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The players are a little beat up, but the team went and helped at the Special
Olympics on Sunday and that helped put things in perspective.
This is the ACC. It’s a big boy’s league. You’re going to lose some games.
Tech is 21-7, which is good. However, they are disappointed in Saturday night’s
Greenberg reminded the team that they were the only group that’s had a chance
to win at Duke. Every other team was blown out in the second half, and the game
wasn’t close in the late stages.
The Maryland game was like a prize fight. The two teams traded punches, but
the Terps made a play or two more. It’s not like Tech played poorly. They just
have to pick themselves up and move forward.
Terrell Bell made a great steal on the inbounds pass by Maryland that helped
Tech force overtime. Dorenzo Hudson’s inbounds pass to J.T. Thompson was even
more impressive than the shot that Thompson made.
It was an unbelievable atmosphere in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night. The
crowd was electric.
Gary Williams has done a great job with his team. They play to their
strengths, they play hard, and they are very good.
Cadarian Raines has a really bad shoulder injury right now. He’s probably
going to have to have surgery after the season. Guarding Maryland’s flex, he
would have had that shoulder hit hard on just about every single play while
fighting through screens. That’s why he didn’t play on Saturday.
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Malcolm Delaney fought very hard on Saturday. He was asked to score and guard
Greivis Vasquez. That’s a full night’s work.
Jeff Allen played at a really high level. Greenberg sat him for few minutes
after he picked up his first foul, but quickly brought him back in. The goal
going into the game was to attack Landon Milbourne. Allen had a size advantage
over him. Allen had a huge game, and he’s playing really hard.
To Greenberg, Greivis Vasquez is the player of the year in the ACC. He’s a
great player. It’s easy to not like him because he’s “a little
whacko”, but he’s a really good player.
Tracy Smith is playing at a high level for NC State right now. The Wolfpack
are playing much better recently. They are playing faster. Scott Wood is such a
dangerous shooter, and Dennis Horner is a great rebounder.
This NC State team blew out Duke and Wake Forest. They are very capable.
Greenberg hasn’t studied Georgia Tech yet. He’s watched them as he’s studied
other ACC teams, but he hasn’t started on that game plan yet. Derrick Favors,
the freshman forward, will be a lottery pick. Gani Lawal will be a top 15 pick,
and Iman Shumpert also might enter the draft. They are very talented, one of the
most talented teams in the ACC.
In the month of February, Derrick Favors shot 65% from the field. That’s a
great month. He’ll be a great challenge on Saturday.
Tech will probably get a good opponent in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge next
year. They will play quality competition in the tournament in Anaheim as well.
Almost every team in that event will be an NCAA tournament caliber team. Tech is
also looking at another made for television event on ESPN. Penn State will play
in Cassell as well. Greenberg is also looking at getting into the Jimmy V
Tech scheduled a couple of teams this year that people thought were going to
be decent. However, they had bad years. Penn State was in the 40s in the RPI
last year, and they won the NIT. No one expected them to be this bad this year.
Tech will be more careful with the “buy” games in the future, i.e.
the Campbells, Browns, etc. of the world.
The Cassell Coliseum environment has been great this year. They need it to be
great one last time on Wednesday. It needs to be great for Lewis Witcher, who
will have his senior night. It needs to be great for the whole team so they can
get a much needed win.
Monday was Day 1,920 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.