Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/2/09

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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

Note: Greenberg was late and missed the first segment of the show.

  • Sunday’s game against NC State is a big game. It is the close of the first
    half of the ACC schedule. It would be a tremendous accomplishment to close
    it out at 5-3. Obviously the Hokies would love to be 6-2, but it’s a fine
    line between winning and losing in the ACC. Tech has to get a little
    tougher.
  • Ben McCauley will be Tech’s biggest challenge against NC State. State
    likes to run their offense through him. The combination of McCauley and big
    man Brandon Costner, who can step out and shoot the three-pointer, is
    difficult to play against.
  • Courtney Fells is also a very good player for NC State. He can really
    score.
  • Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley are two of just nine NC State players
    with 1000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists for their career.
  • NC State has a good team, but Tech has a good team. If the Hokies had
    gotten a stop against BC, they would feel a lot better about themselves.
    However, for most of the Clemson game and for the stretch run against BC,
    Tech was playing at a high level. The problem is that everyone in the ACC
    plays at a high level.
  • There are probably six are seven teams that are playing at an elite level
    right now. After that, there are probably 60 or 70 teams that are good. The
    Hokies are one of those good teams. It will come down to which of those good
    teams can best deal with the ups and downs of the season.
  • Tech is +1 right now, meaning that they’ve won two road games and lost
    just one home game. They need to hold serve at home on Sunday.
  • Tech has a maroon and an orange set of road jerseys. If it was up to
    Greenberg, they would have a black set as well, but that probably wouldn’t
    go over too well with the fan base.
  • If you’re helping too much on defense, it means you are getting beat off
    the dribble. That’s a problem. Tech didn’t do as good a job as they needed
    to of stopping the ball screen against Clemson and BC. That’s why they
    switched to a zone for a few possessions against Clemson.
  • The play in the Clemson game that eats at Greenberg the most was the Tiger
    score with one second left on the shot clock. Tech had tipped the ball out
    of bounds, and the shot clock didn’t expire for whatever reason. Clemson
    ended up getting two points out of it.
  • In the ACC, there are eight teams in the top 55 of the RPI. You play a
    good team every night you step on the court.
  • The Georgia Tech-Wake Forest game is the perfect example of how deep the
    ACC is. Georgia Tech was in dead last, Wake was in first, and Georgia Tech
    won. There are no upsets in the ACC.
  • The first two days of practice this week are dedicated to fundamentals,
    such as ball screens, press offense, etc.
  • Actions have consequences. That’s why A.D. Vassallo didn’t start against
    BC, and that’s why he didn’t play until the 12 minute mark of the first
    half. It was a tough thing to do as a coach. Vassallo is a great kid. He
    plays in an emotional manner because Greenberg coaches in an emotional
    manner.

Monday was Day 1,528 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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