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- Illinois has had a tough season. They had a player arrested for a DUI.
They had another player, under 21, get involved with a car accident with
another player as a passenger. He was under the influence of alcohol, there
have been felony arrest warrants, and overall it’s a big mess.
- Illinois has also had a number of key injuries this year. But despite all
this, they still made the NCAA tournament.
- Illinois has averaged over 26 wins per year over the past six years. Only
Duke has won more games in that span.
- They are an offensively challenged team, but they are a great defensive
team, allowing just 57 points per game.
- For every team appearance in the NCAA tournament, their conference earns
one unit. For example, if all the ACC teams lost in the first round, the ACC
would earn seven units because seven teams made the NCAA tournament. The
NCAA will pay each conference a certain amount of money for each unit it
accumulates. The ACC divides that money equally amongst all the schools.
- Bill Roth asked former Tech basketball player and current professor
Quinton Nottingham who would win between the 1995-96 and 2006-07 hoops
teams. Nottingham said the backcourts were a wash, but this year’s team
didn’t have anybody that could guard Ace Custis.
- Roth responded by saying that this year’s team has been tested much more
than the 1995-96 team, and this year’s team would win because of the
competition they have faced.
- Illinois is a very good team. They haven’t lost to anyone bad all year.
They are a very physical team up front, and they screen well. They are big
on the inside. They take good care of the basketball, and they play great
- They remind Greenberg a little bit of Clemson. They aren’t the best
shooting team in the world, but they are very scrappy. They are long and
rangy on the inside.
spoke to a coach from an opposing team in the Big Ten, who said that this is
the first time all year that Illinois has been healthy.
- It’s shocking that they were a bubble team when they won 23 games overall,
nine in the Big Ten, and a high RPI. They are more like a six or seven seed
rather than a 12.
- Greenberg is very happy with the five seed. He thought going in that the
Hokies would be anywhere between a five and a seven. He was shocked at a
couple of the four seeds in the tournament, one of them in particular
(laughter from the audience).
- The Illinois point guard, Chester Frazier, is a very good on ball
defender. He doesn’t shoot it well, but he’s a very tough player.
- In ACC play, the Hokies were over 70% from the free throw line, a very
solid percentage. They had a couple of bad games in the ACC Tournament, but
it’s not like they don’t practice free throws. They practice them a lot.
Part of the problem is that they got the wrong guy to the line, Markus
- Greenberg thinks the NCAA tournament should be expanded. There are about
110 teams that won over 20 games this season. Those teams had great seasons,
but they are walking around today like it’s the end of the world because
they didn’t make the NCAA tournament.
- Drexel won 14 road games this year. Syracuse won 23 games and beat
Georgetown. There are a lot of good and deserving teams that got left out.
- Tech will play their big lineup some against Illinois to counter their
size. Cheick Diakite should see a lot of action, and Lewis Witcher could
also. He had a great practice on Monday.
- The players need to appreciate this experience and enjoy it, but they also
need to make sure they give it their very best effort.
- Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery was a former Bruce Weber assistant,
so Illinois and Southern Illinois mirror each other. Tech has already faced
Southern Illinois this year, so that is somewhat of an advantage.
- Greenberg said the Hokies are not a pressing team. That’s not who they
are. They aren’t going to reinvent themselves for one game (NC State). You
create a system for the long haul. NC State starts three McDonald’s
All-Americans. They are a good basketball team.
- Illinois has won their last eight first round NCAA tournament games. They
are physical and they don’t beat themselves. But the Hokies are good, too.
They have good guard play and they don’t turn the ball over. It should be a
- Greenberg hopes the officials call moving screens on Friday night.
Illinois runs some sneaky moving screens in their offense.
- Greenberg appreciates everyone’s support this season. The players
appreciate it and they’ve enjoyed it. It’s been a fun year in the Cassell.
Monday was Day 835 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.