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.
- Tech had some chances this past week, but they weren’t able to get over
the hump down the stretch. They weren’t as efficient as they needed to be at
the end of games.
- The difference between 7-9 and 9-7 is really just two plays. Boston
College made last second shots against VT and Georgia Tech to get to 9-7.
The Hokies were unable to make those plays, and they are 7-9.
- Tech still has a shot. If the Hokies can find a way to beat Miami on
Thursday, it opens the door for some more opportunities.
- Tech had a good practice on Monday. The attitude and mindset have never
been bad, they just haven’t been able to get stops and make plays that you
need to make it have a special season.
- The Hokies don’t have a good record over the last five games, but they
played well against FSU in the first meeting, then beat Clemson, and played
well against Duke and UNC. In those five games, they’ve played better
defensively than they have all season.
- Malcolm Delaney and A.D. Vassallo were named Third Team All-ACC. That’s a
great accomplishment, considering the amount of talent in this league.
- FSU is a terrific defensive team. Solomon Alabi definitely changed some
shots in the lane. At the same time, Tech missed a lot of easy shots.
- Tech had the right guys shooting the ball against Florida State. They just
missed shots. It was just one of those games. The defense and effort was
- Delaney and Vassallo are probably playing too many minutes, but they have
played at a high level this year. Other people have had an opportunity, but
they haven’t been consistent.
- Greenberg thinks someone will pick up Vassallo’s slack next year. It might
be done in a different style. Tech might have a different type of lineup.
But someone will step up, or several guys will step up.
- Where Tech is today as a program is light years ahead of where they were
when they joined the ACC. No one is more critical of the team than Seth, and
they will do their best to get better.
- Greenberg doesn’t think Tech has been as tough mentally and physically as
they have been in the past. As he takes notes after every game, that’s the
one thing he knows the team has to focus on getting back to.
- Tech will play more home games next year, but they will also continue to
play a good schedule. You need wins, but you need to play some quality
- Jack McClinton is a great player. He’s a great competitor with very deep
range on his shots.
- Tech will practice in Blacksburg on Tuesday and then travel to Atlanta
immediately after. They’ll have a walk through at Georgia State.
- Brian Asbury is playing really well for Miami right now. He has only made
14 three-pointers this year, but nine have come in the last six games. He
had a great game against Tech in the first meeting.
- Dwayne Collins is a tough matchup. He also had a big game against Tech.
They can get the ball to him in a lot of ways. Miami coach Frank Haith has
shortened his bench quite a bit. He is playing his most experienced players.
- Miami is a physically strong team. Collins and Jimmy Graham are really
strong on the inside. James Dews has the ability to make shots. Asbury is a
tough matchup because he’s so rangy.
- Tech could see some zone from Miami. They played nine possessions of zone
against the Hokies back in January, but they have gotten better at it since
- VT has to focus every ounce of energy on beating Miami. They can’t worry
about a possible matchup with UNC in the quarterfinals.
- Greenberg isn’t a big dome guy. Greensboro, Tampa and Charlotte are great
sites for the ACC Tournament. It’s important to get the ACC brand around the
- The ACC needs to find more ways to expand their reach. Right now, they
don’t allow cameras in the locker room. Greenberg watched a Big Ten game
recently and saw a player give a great speech to his team before the game,
and that’s good exposure for the team and the league. Things like that
aren’t possible in the ACC with the current set of rules.
- VT had a chance to have an ESPN All-Access last week, but the ACC vetoed
it because they wouldn’t allow a camera in the Tech locker room. The Hokies
and all ACC teams need a chance to promote their programs, and the league
can’t hold them back.
Monday was Day 1,563 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.