2007-08 Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/14/08

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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 see the show in person at Awful Arthur’s in Blacksburg, and you can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.

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Seth Greenberg

  • Tech ran a well executed play when they got Jeff Allen to the line for the
    game winning free throw. Maryland likes to extend on screens, and they were
    able to slip Allen under the basket. He did a great job of collecting the
    ball and drawing the foul.
  • With Eric Hayes out, they wanted to wear Greivis Vasquez down. They wanted
    him to have to work hard to get the basketball and make his work
    defensively. They screened him a lot.
  • Sean Singletary has the ability to will his team to win. Last year at UVA,
    the Hoos came out and made about four of their first five. Greenberg isn’t
    sure they were good shots, but Singletary kind of willed them in.
  • Singletary has the ability to score and make those around him better. He’s
    also a terrific on-ball defender.
  • Jeff Allen was ACC Rookie of the Week. He got Tech off to a great start
    against Maryland, and did a great job rebounding the ball.
  • Bambale Osby of Maryland plays very hard. He’s a great competitor.
    Greenberg would love to have him playing for Tech.
  • Hank
    Thorns made a great pass on A.D. Vassallo’s baseline dunk. Vassallo is a
    much better athlete than people give him credit for.
  • Hank Thorns played aggressively and confidently. He played excellent
    defense. He came up with some big steals.
  • The ACC is #1 in the RPI. If the ACC is down, then what’s wrong with the
    rest of the country? There is so much parity across the country. Boston
    College lost at home to Robert Morris 57-51, then came back and beat Wake
    Forest, scoring 112 points in the process.
  • Miami is having a great year. They have a terrific frontcourt. They have
    three legit big guys in Anthony King, Jimmy Graham and Dwayne Collins. NC
    State is talented and they’ll get better. It’s so early in the season, and
    there is a lot to play out.
  • Tech has made 138 out of their last 185 free throws. That’s 75%. It’s all
    about getting the right guys to the line. Malcolm Delaney is a great free
    throw shooter, as is A.D. Vassallo. Deron Washington is much improved.
  • Tech stole a couple of possessions from Maryland just on hustle plays.
    Greenberg is very proud of that.
  • Maryland went small, so Tech went small. Greenberg didn’t want the Terps
    to start pressing when the Hokies had a bigger lineup in the game.
  • Tech didn’t call a timeout to set up their final shot. Sometimes it’s
    difficult to get the ball in. Sometimes Maryland will go man or zone out of
    a timeout, and it’s tough to predict. Greenberg didn’t want to have to call
    a timeout, then inbound it, then reset the offense.
  • Seth still talks to his brother Brad quite often. James Johnson, who
    replaced Brad on Tech’s staff, has been a great addition. He’s a great
    recruiter and he’s great with the players.
  • Tech spent two hours on Monday going over what they want to do against
    Virginia in transition. UVA is a very different team that Georgia Tech, who
    the Hokies play on Saturday. Both teams shoot the ball well, however. The
    Yellow Jackets haven’t been able to get over the hump, but they almost beat
    Kansas earlier in the year.
  • Virginia is a very good basketball team. Singletary is having a great
    year, and Calvin Baker has been a great addition. Adrian Joseph is doing a
    great job as well.
  • UVA really shoots the ball well at home. They are averaging almost 10 made
    three-pointers per game. Tech has to contain Singletary in transition,
    because he can kick it out to a bunch of other shooters.
  • It’s not a bad turnaround from UVA to Georgia Tech. The Hokies will travel
    to Atlanta at 1pm on Friday. The next weekend is very difficult. Tech plays
    Duke next Thursday at home at 7pm, then plays at Boston College on Saturday
    at 4.
  • Greenberg wanted to reward Terrance Vinson for his hard work, so he played
    him against Maryland. Greenberg isn’t sure he’s anything more than what we
    see, but he’s a hard worker and a great teammate.
  • Lewis Witcher has had a rough week. His dad has been in and out of the
    hospital with a pretty serious illness the last two weeks. Lewis has had a
    hard time with it.
  • Also, fans still need to remember that Witcher is only halfway through his
    sophomore season. He’s quick, he’s long and he’s skilled. He has to get more
  • Tech has to take UVA out of transition and guard the ball. The Hokies have
    to rebound the ball, because the Hoos are great on the glass. Tech has to
    grab the long rebounds.
  • Cheick Diakite didn’t speak English when he first came to the United
    States. He spoke French, as well as four other languages. He’s added English
    over the past few years, and now he speaks it perfectly. He’ll graduate in
    3.5 years.
  • Tech’s players are fairly oblivious to the Tech-UVA rivalry. They just
    want to go play some basketball. They’ll have a better understanding of the
    rivalry after they go out to take their first warm ups.

Monday was Day 1,143 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the
Commonwealth Cup.

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