2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/8/07

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The Hokie Hotline (football and basketball season)

When: Every Monday from 7:00-9:00 during football season, 7:00-8:00 during basketball season.

Where: Click here for a list of radio stations, and to find the link for listening to the show on the Internet (look to the right on the hokiesports.com page that loads when you click the link). You can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.

Seth Greenberg

  • VT has a very small margin of error. If they play defense, get their
    spacing right and play sound basketball, they have a chance to win. That’s
    what they did Saturday.
  • Duke takes everybody’s best shot because of who they are and what they’ve
    accomplished. Fortunately, in Tech’s last two games at Duke, the Hokies’
    best shot was pretty good.
  • The clock situation didn’t bother Greenberg in the Duke game. The biggest
    problem he had during the game was the officials telling him the Hokies were
    going to inbound from a certain spot on the court, and then after the
    timeout, making them inbound from somewhere else. Greenberg had spent the
    entire timeout drawing up a play from the other inbound spot.
  • The officials overall did a great job on Saturday. It’s a very tough game
    to officiate.
  • Deron Washington is an athletic freak. Greenberg has never had anybody
    jump over another player during a game. That’s a T-shirt or a poster waiting
    to happen. (Editor’s Note: Do tell.) It was a good no-call when
    Washington jumped over Paulus. There was very little, if any, contact on the
  • Washington played a great game. He had two big rebounds down the stretch,
    hit some critical free throws, and blocked the shot at the end of the game.
  • Markus Sailes is a very good player for what the Hokies are trying to do.
    It’s important to have players like him on your team. He understands his
    role and does it very well.
  • Why did the Hokies lose to Marshall, but beat Duke? “Because the Xs and Os
    are Janes and Joes,” according to Greenberg. Everyone involved with the game
    is human.
  • The Hokies are 34th in the RPI and have played the 4th toughest schedule
    in the ACC. That was the plan heading into the season. They are in good
    shape right now, but they have to find a way to win some more games. But
    it’s a good start.
  • Lewis Witcher is starting to get more assertive and more aggressive. He
    hit a big shot at the beginning of the game and hit some clutch free throws
    in the second half. He’s a productive player right now. Fouling out is good
    for Witcher, because it means he is being aggressive.
  • UNC-Greensboro is a very physical team, and they shoot the ball well. They
    almost beat N.C. State last week. The inside player, Hines, is a very good
    basketball player for any level. He is averaging almost 11 rebounds per
    game. He is the type of player that always gives Tech trouble.
  • Coleman Collins was working so hard defensively that he didn’t have a lot
    of energy for the offensive end. They went to him on back-to-back
    possessions in the second half, but they didn’t get what they needed. But he
    looked good on his jump shots, and his lift was better than it has been all
  • UNC is a very special team. Greenberg thinks this team is better than the
    team that won the National Championship two years ago. They have more
    frontcourt depth, and they might be a little better shooting team.
  • The Hokies spend a lot of practice time working on their middle game. The
    middle game is a guard driving into the middle and either finding an open
    man, or shooting a “teardrop.”
  • Greenberg likes to save timeouts. There are four automatic timeouts in
    each half, and it’s important to have timeouts for end game situations. But
    sometimes you have no choice, if the other team is on a run.
  • Greenberg wasn’t happy with Tech’s ability to guard the side ball screen
    against Duke. Josh McRoberts was able to get too many good shots off that
    play. That’s really the only thing the Hokies didn’t do well.
  • The Tech men’s and women’s teams are playing UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday
    in the Greensboro Coliseum. They are trying to give Tech fans in the Triad a
    chance to see the Hokies play. If it works, they’ll try to do it again in
    the future. If it doesn’t, then they won’t.
  • It was very hot in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday. But it was hot for
    both teams. It’s a great environment for college basketball. It’s a standard
    that everyone is trying to reach.
  • Greenberg is happy for the players, the fans and the school for the win
    over Duke. But the most important part of it was that it was a road win in
    the ACC.
  • Goal #1 for the rest of the season is to beat UNC-Greensboro. That’s the
    most important thing they can do right now. Everyone in the ACC has the goal
    to play in the NCAA tournament.
  • Depending on how the Hokies are playing up front, they are probably more
    talented this year than last year. A.D. Vassallo and Deron Washington have
    really stepped up, and they are providing a lot of production. Coleman
    Collins is making progress, and he has more help on the inside this year.
    Nigel Munson adds another talented guard.
  • In college basketball today, there is no such thing as an upset. There are
    simply too many good teams, too much parity and too many variables.
  • The Hokies have a very tough schedule coming up with UNC, Florida State
    and Maryland. It will be very tough, but every game in the ACC is tough.
  • It will take consistency for the Hokies to continue to play well. They
    haven’t always had that. They must be very tough in their post defense
    against both UNC-Greensboro and UNC. UNC has many weapons, and Tech will
    have to be on top of their game.

Monday was Day 772 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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