2007-08 Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/25/08

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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

  • In the ACC, it’s never as good as you think it is, and it’s never as bad
    as you think it is. You can’t think about the past or the future. You have
    to stay in the present. Tech has been able to do that.
  • Tech showed a lot of resiliency in the Maryland game. They were probably
    still in the UNC game at the start of the Maryland game, but they snapped
    out of it and found a way to win.
  • The
    Hokies overcame double-digit deficits against Maryland and Georgia Tech.
    That’s good, but Greenberg addressed it to the team on Monday. They can’t
    keep pulling rabbits out of their hats. They have to get off to good starts.
  • It’s not that Tech isn’t ready to play to start games, but they are
    turning it over and not playing smart at the beginning of games. You can’t
    do that.
  • It’s imperative that the Hokies take care of the ball at the beginning of
    the game against Boston College, because the Eagles aren’t a team that
    forces a lot of turnovers. Don’t give them extra possessions, because they
    are efficient offensively.
  • Anyone can beat anyone in the ACC. Tyrese Rice can win a game
    single-handedly. When they get others to step up, BC is a very dangerous
    team. They won’t come to Cassell expecting to lose.
  • The Hokie Celebration on Saturday netted $30,030. That’s a new record. It
    will go towards the new basketball facility, which is supposed to break
    ground in April.
  • History says the Hokies have go to at least 9-7 in the ACC to get an NCAA
    tournament berth. With nine wins, you have a shot. A lot will depend on what
    other teams do.
  • Greenberg is telling the team that there is no pressure because there were
    no expectations. What expectations exist are there because the players
    created them by winning games that no one thought they would win.
  • Greenberg feels that after the UNC game, the light bulb went on with the
    players. They realized that you can’t take anything for granted in the ACC.
    The Hokies have had some outstanding practices since losing that game. The
    walkthrough prior to the Georgia Tech game was as good as they’ve had.
  • The Hokies had a great practice on Monday and a great film session. Their
    BC walkthrough will be at 1:30 on Tuesday.
  • A.D. Vassallo and Deron Washington are playing at a high level right now.
    Washington is making some plays and making his teammates better. He did a
    great job against Anthony Morrow on Saturday. Greenberg switched Washington
    to Morrow during the middle of the game, and he responded very well.

  • Image provided by TechHoops.com

    Bryan Randall was a great leader for the basketball team during the
    2003-2004 season, the only year he played. He coached the locker room, and
    was a great influence on Zabian, Jamon and Coleman. His speech after the
    Syracuse game
    that year was maybe the greatest speech Greenberg has been
    around in athletics. It helped turn the season around.

  • Hank Thorns also has great confidence and leadership skills. He’s the
    littlest guy with the biggest mouth. He’s not afraid to tell you how he
    feels, and he’s going to say it with conviction. He gets people to follow
  • Thorns now leads all ACC freshmen in assists. He has four or more assists
    in six of the last nine games. He’s playing very well. Tech has improved
    quite a bit offensively.
  • Allen Calloway was at the game on Saturday. It was great to see him. It’s
    amazing to see him. Just to see him is a little bit of a miracle. He’s in
    great spirits.
  • Scheduling is very difficult because it takes two to schedule. They’ll
    play in a tournament in Puerto Rico next year, and there will be good
    opponents. They’ll try to get a made for TV game in a place like Madison
    Square Garden. They’ll have the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and they’ll try to
    get a good home and home series.
  • Greenberg has had conversations with Tennessee and Bruce Pearl, but that
    game doesn’t fit where the Vols are right now when it comes to scheduling.
    You can forget about scheduling a home and home with teams like Florida and
  • Teams like Mississippi State would be a good game, but would you want to
    go to Starkville? Well, they don’t want to come to Blacksburg either. It’s
    very hard to schedule these days because your conference games are so tough
  • The team had a walkthrough on Sunday and watched some film. On Monday they
    practiced from 3:00-4:30. They worked on a lot of things and got a lot
    accomplished, and they also watched some more film.
  • Greenberg doesn’t think they’ll lose any players to attrition this year.
    Everyone is in great spirits and they enjoy playing with each other.
  • J.T. Thompson made some big plays against Georgia Tech. His offensive
    rebound off the missed free throw was huge.
  • It was a good rule to move the lane back one spot on free throws. To many
    players were pushing other players under the basket to get offensive
    rebounds, and no fouls were being called. For example, Shelden Williams
    would be getting an offensive rebound on a free throw, and Deron Washington
    would be sitting in the first row. And the foul would be called on Deron,
    Greenberg joked.
  • It’s also a good move to move the three-point line back to the
    international line. Now it becomes part of your coaching philosophy, because
    not everyone can make that shot.
  • Tyrese Rice is physically strong. You have to step up on ball screens and
    you have to be quick to help. The Hokies really have to focus on slowing him
  • Josh Southern is playing well for BC. He has great size and he can shoot
    the ball out to the free throw line. He’s gotten better as the season has
  • Greenberg would rather finish fourth and get the bye than finish fifth and
    get the extra game. That would mean the Hokies would have gotten a bye in
    the ACC tournament in three of their first four years in the conference.
    Recruits were being told that Virginia Tech couldn’t win at this level, but
    that’s obviously been proven wrong.

Monday was Day 1,185 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the
Commonwealth Cup.

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