2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/15/07

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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

  • The great thing about playing in the ACC is that you’ll play a team
    ranked in the top 25 just about every week. And you have a chance to beat
    them.
  • Greenberg was most pleased with the team when they beat UNC Greensboro.
    The Hokies played very well against the Spartans, despite it being a major
    trap game. That shows mental growth amongst the players.
  • It’s great for the program to be ranked. It’s great for the players
    and the university. But as great as it is, it doesn’t matter. Teams go in
    and out of rankings the entire year. It doesn’t get the team where they
    want to go.
  • The Hokies need to continue to do exactly what they’ve been doing. They
    need to keep defending, playing hard and taking care of the basketball.
    Winning comes when you do things like that.
  • Zabian Dowdell, the ACC Player of the Week, has been playing at a very
    high level. Moving him back to the point has been very helpful. He has made
    some great plays for other people as well.
  • Seth went recruiting after the win over UNC. He saw Jeff Allen, Malcolm
    Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson, as well as some other players the Hokies are
    recruiting. Delaney was MVP of his game. He had 39 points and was 7-of-8
    from the three-point line. Jeff Allen was also MVP of his game. He had 17
    points and 10 rebounds. Hudson had 19 points.
  • Going into the Duke game, Greenberg believed that if his players showed up
    and played like they were capable, they would win the game. But Carolina is
    so fast and so physical. The Hokies had to really play well, and play with
    confidence, to beat them. And they did.
  • Tech got great contributions from their bench. Cheick Diakite did a great
    job on the glass, and Nigel Munson and Chris Tucker played really well also.
    Everybody who came off the bench made a contribution.
  • Nigel Munson played with great confidence, but they expected that of him.
    He grew up playing against UNC point guard Ty Lawson, so he certainly was
    not intimidated. The first time Greenberg saw Munson play was against
    Lawson, and that’s when Greenberg offered Munson a scholarship.
  • Munson is really starting to get a handle on what the Hokies are trying to
    do offensively. He is a good listener, and he’s starting to understand
    what they are doing and why they are doing it.
  • Nigel Munson is on the same level as Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon four
    years ago. The only difference is that Dowdell and Gordon had to start, and
    Munson has the luxury of playing behind two senior guards.
  • The ACC is a league of good guards. Every single team has good guards. But
    obviously the Tech guards are very good.
  • Terrance Vinson has begun practicing with the team again. He is a really
    tough player. He will knock you around the lane, and he’s very strong. He
    just needs to get back in shape. Greenberg isn’t sure when he’ll play,
    but they are getting him ready.
  • The fans were absolutely unbelievable in the UNC. They stayed in the game
    even when UNC got up 17-9. There isn’t a better atmosphere for college
    basketball than the Cassell when it’s full.
  • The Tech fans in Greensboro were great. That is something the coaching
    staff will definitely consider doing again in the future.
  • It won’t be difficult for the Hokies to get up for Florida State. It
    shouldn’t be difficult to get up for ACC games. Jamon Gordon is from
    Jacksonville, so this will be like a home game for him. Zabian Dowdell is
    from Florida as well. That doesn’t mean the Hokies will play great, but
    they will put out great effort.
  • Al Thornton of FSU will be a tough matchup for Tech. FSU is playing him at
    the “4” position, which means they have a lot of ways to get him matched
    up one-on-one. Tech has to play good help defense, and they have to get to
    it quickly. They also have to keep him off the offensive glass.
  • There were about four plays near the end of the game that kept UNC in the
    game. The Hokies will learn from those mistakes, and they also have to
    understand that teams like UNC will make a run.
  • Coleman Collins was magnificent in guarding Tyler Hansbrough early in
    possessions. You can’t let him catch the ball deep. He really did a great
    job. He was active on the glass and he played really hard. He’s getting
    his bounce back as each game passes.
  • Greenberg said the Hokies have one more scholarship available, and they
    could possibly use that on another member of the 2007 class. Malcolm Delaney
    is going to remind a lot of people of Zabian Dowdell. He has a step-back
    jumper, and he has very good shooting range.
  • Next week will be crazy. The Hokies play Maryland at home on Sunday night.
    Then the coaches will have to work all Sunday night to come up with a plan
    against Miami, because they leave on Monday for Miami, where they will play
    Tuesday night. It’s going to be a tough stretch.
  • A.D. Vassallo is giving the team terrific minutes. He gives you much more
    than shooting. He can take you off the dribble, and he’s a very tough
    player. He’s got a very good feel for coming off screens. He has greatly
    improved his shot selection.
  • Florida State is a very good team. They have played a very tough schedule,
    and lost some tough games. They are very athletic. Overall, they are a very
    tough team.

Monday was Day 779 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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