2009-2010 Tech Talk Live Notes for 2/1/10

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Tech Talk Live (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 Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg.

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Seth Greenberg

  • The Cassell Guard showed up at Tech Talk Live on Monday night. Greenberg said they are doing a great job at games this year.
  • The Hokies playing with a never say die attitude keeps the fanbase engaged. Finding ways to win makes people excited. Tech did that at UVA, but couldn’t get it done at Miami.
  • Tech needs to have a certain sense of urgency on every single possession. Their margin of error is very small. They didn’t have that in the first half against Miami. The Hokies didn’t close out on shooters and they weren’t active in their gaps.
  • Tech was trying too hard offensively early on against UVA, but they weren’t aggressive enough defensively. Once the Hokies started getting more alert defensively, they started making shots.
  • Down the stretch against UVA, Tech executed as well as they have in a long time. They got stops defensively, which helps them offensively.
  • Seth didn’t see the Jeff Allen elbow live, but he saw the Erick Green elbow against Miami. Green was turning his body and he had his space invaded by the Miami player. Perception and reality are two different things.
  • Greenberg got a technical foul after Green was whistled for the elbow. It was the worst technical he’s ever gotten. He didn’t feel like he did anything to deserve it.
  • In terms of preparation, Tech was ready to play against Miami, but for whatever reason it wasn’t there in the first half. They got much more active in the second half defensively, but it was too little and too late. They need that sense of urgency for the entire game.
  • Tech did show great character in the second half to get back in the game. You also have to give Miami credit. They hit some tough shots.
  • Malcolm Delaney has not made a three-pointer in his last 16 attempts. Greenberg isn’t worried though. That just means he’s due for a big game.
  • Greenberg elected not to foul with 10 seconds remaining and up by three points against UVA. That’s asking the players to put a clock in their heads. You also don’t want to foul a three-point shooter and give the other team a chance to win the game. Zeglinski made a great shot. He was a long way away, it was contested, and he was fading away. Tech’s defense was great.
  • The Hokies will be helping raise money for Haiti at the UNC game this Thursday. They are also selling bracelets for Coaches vs. Cancer that honor Allen Calloway, the former Tech basketball player who died last year. The bracelets say “Forever a Hokie, AC 21”.
  • UNC’s interior players only had 10 shot attempts against UVA. That’s the key to defending the Tar Heels: keep the ball out of the post.
    The biggest thing against Carolina is to compete offensively. They will try to push you out.
  • Victor Davila played great against Virginia. He made some big shots in that game. Greenberg had the video department make a highlight video of all the good things Davila has done this year. Davila needs to know what he can do.
  • Greenberg wants everybody to get to the UNC game bright and early. He has a gut feeling that Malcolm Delaney is going to have a huge game.
  • Against the zone, Tech has to have good ball movement and get the ball to the middle of the zone. The Hokies were pretty good against the zone against Miami, except for about a four minute stretch. You have to beat the zone down the court, which is tough to do when you aren’t getting stops defensively.
  • Bull & Bones is going to be the official restaurant at the new Pete Dye River Course clubhouse. That’s great news for golfers in the NRV.
  • Seth Greenberg’s Top 5 Super Bowl quarterbacks: #5 Tom Brady, #4 Troy Aikman, #3 John Elway, #2 Joe Montana, #1 Terry Bradshaw.
  • Tech went no contact on Monday, and they also had a 15 minute segment on attacking fullcourt pressure. They’ll see a lot of that against Clemson on Saturday. Since Tech plays at 4pm on Saturday following a 9pm Thursday night game, there will be a quick turnaround. There won’t be a lot of time on Friday to get ready for Clemson. The Hokies will have some short segments during practice this week to help them get ready for the Tigers before they even play UNC.
  • Greenberg doesn’t have to say a lot to the team to get them fired up for UNC. He’s already got them convinced that they are a good team. Let’s just stick together as a team and try to find a way to do something special.
  • J.T. Thompson is playing at a high level. He’s giving Tech a great spark. He’s doing a lot to make the Hokies better.
  • UNC isn’t playing as well as they like. Are they playing well? No. Are they capable? Yes. This is still the team that beat Michigan State.

Monday was Day 1,892 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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