2007-08 Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/4/08

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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

  • Note: Seth Greenberg and the team were en route to Raleigh on Monday
    night. He joined Bill Roth and Mike Burnop for several segments via phone
    from the team bus. The following notes are from their conversation with
    Greenberg.
  • Deron brings so much energy to the team. Obviously there is good and bad
    with every player, but he makes winning plays. Whether it’s a tip-in dunk,
    knocking a shot away or taking a charge. He does all the things you need to
    find a way to win games.
  • Lewis Witcher was terrific. He was quick and active, finished well, played
    on instinct, and made some big free throws. He had a very good week of
    practice leading up to the game.
  • In overtime, Virginia Tech has been the aggressor. They want to make
    people react to them. They want to run. Once you win one of those games, you
    start believing. The Hokies have a lot of different guys who can contribute.
  • NC State is a very talented basketball team. They’ve got four McDonald’s
    All-Americans. They have a great inside game. Tech couldn’t defend McCauley
    last year. He is a great passer for a post player. There were some matchup
    issues.
  • Tech has to make it hard for NC State to get into their sets. They have to
    defend the post early, because the Wolfpack have made more free throws than
    their opponents have attempted.
  • Courtney Fells is a very good player as well. Ben McCauley always finds a
    way to come up with big plays.
  • UNC and Duke have separated themselves. It’s great to be 5-3, but it has
    no bearing on the last eight games. Tech is going to have to play good
    basketball. They need to keep rebounding and making plays down the stretch.
  • Greenberg doesn’t fear his freshmen hitting a wall at some point. So far,
    so good. Dorenzo Hudson has struggled some, but the first few weeks he was
    with the team, school wasn’t in session. It’s been totally different for
    him. He didn’t get August and September to adjust like the other freshmen.
  • It’s a process getting a young team to understand what it takes to be
    successful. When they started, their definition of playing hard and
    competing were different than Greenberg’s. They have a much better idea now,
    so they are having more success.
  • Costner’s and McCauley’s numbers are down a bit this year, but they have
    started to come up lately. The emergence of J.J. Hickson has cut into their
    minutes. The loss of minutes could have led to some confidence issues.
    Unfortunately Costner’s due for a big game. He struggled against Wake Forest
    on Sunday.
  • Tech has a series of games coming up that will force them to play with a
    bigger lineup, with two inside players. NC State, Miami and UNC are very big
    teams.
  • It’s very important for Tech to win the transition game. The more you can
    get big people to run, the less effective they’ll be. NC State is the lowest
    scoring team in the league in ACC play.
  • Malcolm Delaney is picking up one or two fouls per game on bad decisions.
    He’s got to be a little more disciplined and tough. He’s got to play with
    his feet.
  • Ben McCauley is a very difficult low post matchup. He can pass it, and he
    can go up with either hand. He is a big part of the scouting report.
  • Tech rebounds out of quickness. They are getting 16 rebounds per game in
    ACC play from their wing players, A.D. Vassallo and Deron Washington. That
    is a huge part of their success. Jeff Allen is a very good position
    rebounder. Cheick is a good rebounder. They rebound by committee.
  • Cheick Diakite should see more time in the upcoming games because the
    Hokies are playing such big teams. They will need his physical style of
    play.
  • Right now, Tech isn’t planning to sign another guy in the spring. They are
    keeping their options open in case something happens, but right now they
    aren’t planning on it.
  • The Hokies will still be very young next year. Nine of their 13 players
    will be freshmen or sophomores.

Monday was Day 1,164 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the
Commonwealth Cup.

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