Tech Talk Live Notes for January 13, 2014

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James Johnson

The ACC is amazing right now.  There are big games in the league every night.  UNC doesn’t have an ACC win yet.  It’s really competitive.

It was tough right after the BC game.  The team had an alumni function right after, so the had to get their minds right quickly.  It helped them get over the loss.  Sunday was a day off, and Monday was a film day.

Win or lose, you have to forget quickly.  Notre Dame beat Duke, and then they lost their next two games.

It’s really tough to score on that Syracuse 2-3 zone.  They extended the zone a little bit against the Hokies to take away the three-point shot.

As a shooter, you have to have a short term memory.  Sometimes you have bad nights.  You have to stay away from forcing things and taking bad shots.  That’s what Jarell Eddie has to do.

Joey van Zegeren makes Tech’s defense better, and Trevor Thompson is coming on.  They are Tech’s top two centers right now, with Cadarian Raines at #3.  vaz Zegeren has 32 blocks this year, and he had 22 all of last year.

Tech is a better defensive team this year, and part of that is because of the inside presence of Joey van Zegeren.

Marshall Wood is better (stomach flu), but he’s not 100% right now.  Right now everybody is health enough to play, but a few guys aren’t 100%.

It was great to see so many former players back for the game on Saturday.  It was good to hear their stories.  The players got a lot out of it.

Tech has done a much better job of taking care of the basketball over the last two games.  Syracuse is one of the top five teams in the country in turning teams over, but the Hokies did a good job against them.

Johnson is concerned that Devin Wilson will wear down.  He plays a lot of minutes, and he has a lot of pressure on him as a freshman.  With Adam Smith banged up, Wilson has to play even more minutes.

Johnson’s favorite team growing up was the Chicago Bulls because of Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman.  Johnson could coach Rodman because of how hard he played, but it might be difficult at times.  He doesn’t have a team now, though.  In football, he likes the Cowboys.

Tech shoots a lot of free throws, particularly in the preseason.  They still set time aside for free throws during the season.  Tech is a much better free throw shooting team than they are showing right now.

Johnson has a great relationship with Clemson coach Brad Brownell.  They run into each other on the recruiting trail a lot.

Johnson would like to see his players do more shot fakes.  That’s something he’s telling his team.

Tech needs to get some wins to help their confidence.  They have to find a way to finish games.  They have to make free throws and do the little things.

Clemson had three players get double-doubles in their win over Duke on Saturday.  They are tough and athletic, and they have a lot of guys who can score.  They are one of the best defensive teams in the country.  The Hokies will have their work cut out for them.

Monday was Day 3,335 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of The Commonwealth Cup.

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