2009-2010 Tech Talk Live Notes for 2/8/10

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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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  • Hours: Sun.-Sat. 11am-2am, Sun. Brunch 11am-3pm

Seth Greenberg

  • Greenberg joked that the Hokies were able to beat Clemson and save a lot
    of made field goals for the next game.
  • The atmospheres for the UNC and Clemson games were huge. They came with a
    lot of passion. The fans stayed with the team even when they couldn’t score
    a basket early against Clemson.
  • Greenberg was excited to see less Carolina blue in the crowd this year.
    That means Tech fans are excited to see the Hokies play.
  • Tech actually took part of their practice time on Monday and Tuesday to
    prepare for Clemson. With just one day between the two games, it had to be
  • Shooting free throws in the new practice facility is a big improvement.
    There are more baskets to shoot on, so the team can get in more free throw
    practice in less time. It’s really helping. (Editor’s note: VT is #1 in the
    ACC in free throw shooting in conference games with a mark of 75.9%.)
  • Each player has to make 100 free throws each day, and they keep track of
    how many shots it takes them to get to 100.
  • Dorenzo Hudson was down on himself after the Clemson game after scoring
    just five points. Greenberg grabbed him and held him up in front of the team
    and told them “This was a great game because somebody stepped up for
    Dorenzo after he’s been stepping up for everyone else.” Hudson was just
    worn down. He came in and shot at 9am on Saturday and again in the early
    afternoon. He works so hard that sometimes he wears himself down. Greenberg
    held him out of practice on Monday.
  • J.T. Thompson brings great toughness off the bench. He brings energy. He’s
    attacking the basket hard and he’s pretty good at trapping ball screens.
    He’s a very experienced player. It’s nice to bring a junior off the bench
    who has been there before.
  • Terrell Bell is really rebounding well for his position. He has replaced.
    A.D. Vassallo’s production on the boards, and that’s important. He made a
    couple of huge threes (2-for-2) against Clemson.
  • The Clemson game was very unique. Both offenses were offensive. Both teams
    put everything they had into defense.
  • The line for students to get in the game went almost all the way to Main
    Street, down Washington Street. It wasn’t exactly warm outside either. That
    was very impressive.
  • Jeff Allen is playing terrific right now. The biggest thing is that he’s
    playing with a smile on his face. He’s really excited right now.
  • Tech has four more weeks of basketball. They’ve got to keep getting
    better. They can’t get caught up on winning. They have to remember how
    they are winning. They are winning because Terrell Bell is hustling to block
    shots, because they have guys who are rebounding out of their area, they are
    playing great defense, etc.
  • Erick Green has played really well the last two games. He’s more
    confident. He’s getting Tech into their offense and he’s playing good
    defense. These were big games, and he responded. He’s not even making shots,
    which is a major strength of his game, and he’s playing well despite that.
  • Oliver Purnell chose to play halfcourt defense for most of Saturday’s
    game, mostly because Virginia Tech crushed their halfcourt press last year.
  • Allan Chaney isn’t practicing full speed yet, but he’s conditioning and
    shooting. He’s shooting the ball very well.
  • Defensive transition was huge for this past week. Carolina and Clemson
    like to get down the court, but the Hokies were very good in getting back on
  • Seth Greenberg’s Top 5 states for college basketball this season: 5)
    Kansas, 4) New York, 3) Ohio, 2) Pennsylvania, 1) Virginia.
  • NC State is interesting. When they shoot 40% or better from three-point
    range, they are 14-0. When they shoot 29% or less, they have not won a game.
    Tracy Smith is a very tough matchup in the low post. He tortured Duke.
  • Tech can’t let Scott Wood get going. He lit up Florida State for 31
  • In the past, NC State has gotten Virginia Tech to react to them. That has
    to change. The Hokies have to be more aggressive offensively. NC State has
    lost four in a row and they are due for a win. They lost to Florida on a
    halfcourt shot. They won at Marquette, they won at Florida State, and they
    blew out Duke. They are a capable team.

Pierson Prioleau

  • It’s exciting to win a Super Bowl. It’s a beautiful thing. The city of New
    Orleans is a lot like the Hokie Nation. He hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep
    since the game ended.
  • Drew Brees is a great leader. He puts in the work. He’s right up there
    with guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
  • This Saints team had a similar chip on its shoulder that the Hokies played
    with in the 1990s when Prioleau was in Blacksburg.
  • Prioleau has played for a lot of teams during his 11 year NFL career, and
    it feels great to finally be part of a Super Bowl winner.
  • Prioleau joked that the men’s basketball game is 12-0 at home and he
    hasn’t been able to come to a single game because of the playoffs. He should
    probably just stay away.

Monday was Day 1,899 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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