Tech Talk Live Notes for 2/15/10

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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

      • Tech came from behind against UVA, but Greenberg felt like the Hokies
        controlled most of the game. They had a couple of hiccups, but they were
        able to get stops and make some big shots.
      • Either team could have won that game, but the Hokies have continued to
        make plays down the stretch. As much as Tech has struggled offensively,
        their last seven possessions were very good.
      • Tech did a really good job of cutting well and executing against NC State.
        Dorenzo Hudson hit two big threes in transition to start the game, and that
        got the Hokies off to a good start. Things kind of snowballed for NC State.
      • The Tech players are working hard. Dorenzo Hudson and Jeff Allen were 30
        minutes early for Saturday’s shoot around. Others were 30 minutes early for
        the actual game. Greenberg was in his office watching the news before the
        game, and they showed a live shot of Cassell and he noticed some of the
        players walking in at 6pm when they weren’t required to be there until
        6:30pm. They are invested.
      • The Hokies had a really good practice on Monday, and they had a film
        session. Things are going really well.
      • Malcolm Delaney just has to play and not worry about fouls. He’s got to be
        prideful and not worry about things like that. He can’t let people think
        they are getting to him. Just go play. If you get fouled, you get fouled.
        Just go out and play.
      • Cadarian Raines is giving Tech a physical body who protects the front of
        the rim well. Erick Green is giving the Hokies good minutes. He has a good
        floor game.
      • Ty Garland is now the fifth leading all-time scorer in Philadelphia public
        schools. He recently texted Greenberg when he scored his 2,000th career
        point. Wilt Chamberlain is on that list, and he was pretty good.
      • Garland is a great scorer who has a very good feel for the game. He passes
        the ball well and he changes speeds well. He’s just a good basketball
        player.
      • Joe Lundari actually teaches a class at St. Joseph’s on bracketology. He’s
        a smart guy. He’s the first bracketologist. He figured out a way to make
        money.
      • There are still a lot of basketball games to be played. The projected
        brackets don’t mean anything right now. There is a human factor to
        everything involved. The Selection Committee is not a bunch of computers.
      • Greenberg is really proud of Jeff Allen. He got two fouls in the first two
        minutes of Saturday’s game and had to sit on the bench for the first half.
        He stayed in the game mentally, cheered on his teammates and then had a big
        second half.
      • J.T. Thompson did a great job fronting Mike Scott in the second half.
        Despite the difference in size, Thompson hung in there really well. He is
        giving Tech great minutes. He is their Energizer Bunny.
      • If ESPN gets the rights to the NCAA tournament, expansion to 96 teams is
        inevitable. They have so many networks and so much money. They have to
        create more revenue streams to outbid CBS, so expansion to 96 teams would be
        the way to go. The NIT could possibly be eliminated. (Editor’s Note: That
        is a very interesting angle on the expansion discussion.)
      • The top 5 wins in the Seth Greenberg Era at Virginia Tech: #5, Tech’s
        first ACC win against Clemson; #4, Illinois in the NCAA tournament; #3, Duke
        at home in Tech’s first year in the ACC; #2, North Carolina at home when
        they were #1 in the nation; #1, the win at Duke.
      • The Hokies were down by 11 points at the final media timeout of that NCAA
        tournament game against Illinois, but went on a 12-0 run over the closing
        minutes and won the game.
      • Wake Forest has had 14 players foul out in a game this year. They are a
        very aggressive team. Any team with Chas McFarland on it is going to foul a
        lot. Greenberg loves McFarland. He embraces his role.
      • Ish Smith is very good on the high pick and roll. He can split defenders.
        He creates angle problems for defenders who are trying to rebound the
        basketball.
      • Tech is 5-2 against Wake Forest since joining the ACC. They’ve made shots
        against the Deacs. Last year the Hokies changed up their defense a little
        bit. The Hokies have mainly just played well when they’ve played Wake.
      • Greenberg will coach his 600th career game against Wake Forest. That’s a
        lot of timeouts and head rubs.
      • Tech will face Duke at Cameron on Sunday night. Seth joked that the Duke
        people love him … “They like to welcome Uncle Fester with open
        arms.”
      • Duke is playing at a high level. They have three great offensive players.
        They are one of the most complete teams in the country. They pass and catch
        really well, and Singler is one of the most skilled forwards in the country.
      • Tech has one of the greatest home court advantages in basketball. They
        need the fans to come out strong again on Tuesday. They can make a huge
        impact on the game.

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Monday was Day 1,906 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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