Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/12/09

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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.


Seth Greenberg

  • The UVA game was an exciting game and a hard fought game. It was a little
    too close for comfort, but the Hokies did a lot of good things. They were
    much better in their sets. They scored a lot of buckets on set plays for
    certain players.
  • A lot of different players gave good minutes. If you put Lewis Witcher,
    Cheick Diakite and Victor Davila together, that’s a good day.
  • Greenberg could see the energy in the faces of his players before the
    game, and that’s a very good sign. It was good to get back home.
  • Tech only plays 14 home games this year, and that’s too few. They need to
    play more from now on, but they also need to keep challenging themselves
    with their out-of-conference schedule.
  • Sylven Landesberg scored 20 points on the Hokies, but he also had six
    turnovers. The Hokies created some easy offense off those turnovers.
  • Jeff Allen didn’t score much, but he made basketball winning plays. He
    came up with some huge rebounds and deflections. He was trying to score over
    a 7-foot player, and that’s difficult. Games like that will happen.
  • If the Hokies can win a game without Allen scoring a field goal, that
    means they should be okay. He needs to get a little more aggressive, and
    sometimes he isn’t making his first move quick enough.
  • 10 of the 12 teams in the ACC are ranked in the Top 80 of the RPI. You
    have to play well each night to have a chance to win.
  • Greenberg had his team sign contracts last week, before the UVA game.
    Before the season, they have to sign guidelines. It covers everything from
    how you keep the locker room, to class attendance, to how you wear your
    hats. Many other coaches got in touch with Greenberg about the contracts.
    They want to do something similar with their own teams.
  • Victor Davila did a nice job. He’s got to get a little more physical
    defensively, but he’s going to be a good player. He’s coming along nicely.
    He’s got to be better rebounding.
  • Richmond is a very good basketball team. They can shoot the ball. They
    have played some very good teams this year, and they played them tough. They
    led Wake Forest for quite a bit of their game.
  • The Hokies are getting the right guys shooting the ball. Delaney and
    Vassallo are great shooters. Every team takes bad shots at times, you just
    have to limit them. The one constant is that the toughest, hardest playing
    team will usually win. The Hokies missed a lot of shots close to the basket
    against UVA. Shot selection wasn’t an issue.
  • J.T. Thompson will probably stay in the starting lineup. It doesn’t matter
    who is starting and who is coming off the bench. They played nine players 11
    minutes or more against UVA.
  • Hank Thorns would have played a little more against UVA, but his knee
    stiffened up a bit. UVA was running a lot of high ball screens, and it was
    tough for him to get off those screens with a bum knee.
  • The Hokies have come up with a three-quarter court press, and it’s been
    working pretty well in practice. They are going to wait and pick their spots
    to use it.
  • The new basketball practice facility won’t give Tech an edge in
    recruiting. It will just give them a chance to compete on a more level
    playing field with the rest of the ACC schools.
  • Greenberg does not want a new arena. Cassell Coliseum is perfect. It’s an
    environment that helps the Hokies win games. What they need is a
    “wow” factor for recruiting, and the practice facility will
    provide that.
  • The fade away shot that A.D. Vassallo made towards the end of the UVA game
    was an “11” on a scale of 1-10. It was a big-time shot on a big
    stage.
  • Richmond runs a matchup zone that will be difficult to go against. It’s
    the only time the Hokies will see a defense like that this year. They run a
    Princeton offense, but they’ve got better talent to run it with. They are a
    good team.
  • Deron Washington just finished his last paper, and he’s now an official
    graduate of Virginia Tech.

Monday was Day 1,507 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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