Tech Talk Live Notes for 2-28-11

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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 page that loads when you click the link). You can see the show in person Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg.

Seth Greenberg

  • Greenberg is really proud of the players for their win on Saturday night.
    They defended very well, and the atmosphere in Cassell Coliseum was amazing.
  • Tech needs to keep winning. If they continue to do the things they need to
    do, such as rebounding, defending, playing with a sense of purpose, taking
    care of the basketball, etc., then winning will take care of itself.
  • Duke usually imposes their will in the closing minutes of the game. Tech
    didn’t allow that to happen. Instead, the Hokies imposed their will on the
    defensive end, which allowed them to get out in transition and get some
  • No excuses, no regrets. Trap game, quick-turnaround, whatever … Tech
    won’t have any excuses for not playing well against BC. They can’t have any
    regrets about the way they played when the game is over.
  • The Tech program is still building its brand. They are working at home
    with alums and locals, and most importantly the students. The student body
    has been great all year.
  • Cadarian Raines practiced on Monday. He will still redshirt, but it’s
    important to get his big body back in practice. He looked good on Monday. He
    is a very strong player. Sometimes it was like Victor Davila was running
    into a brick wall.
  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Tech has to embrace the
    present and look forward to the chance to get a quality win against Boston
  • The key to success is simple: get good players. That’s how they’ve managed
    to take down three #1 teams. You have to get good players and get them to
    rebound, play hard, take care of the basketball, etc.
  • Greenberg had friends call him after the game and tell him that they had
    seen fans rush the court before, but they had never seen anyone engulf the
    court. Tech fans were amazing all day long, from early in the morning to
    late at night.
  • Tech has to have energy in the building on Tuesday night. Cassell needs to
    be rocking again. Double-digit wins in the ACC in back-to-back seasons would
    be a major accomplishment. The BC game is pivotal, because the Hokies have
    to hold serve at home.
  • Erick Green (who missed two free throws late in the game) is a great free
    throw shooter. Greenberg has all the confidence in the world in Green at the
    free throw line.
  • It’s tough to compare this senior class with the Dowdell/Gordon/Collins
    senior class. The previous trio came into uncharted waters. Tech was a
    losing program, and they turned it around. This current group has a career
    winning record in the ACC, which is a major accomplishment. They have a
    chance to be the winningest senior class in the history of Virginia Tech.
  • Jeff Allen has been very good his entire career, but he’s been even better
    this season. His maturity and approach this year have really improved. You
    could see it in his eyes with six minutes left.
  • Malcolm Delaney didn’t make many shots against Duke, but he made a lot of
    good decisions off the ball screen. He made a great decision to kick it out
    to Terrell Bell when Bell tied the game.
  • Tech had a rough night from the free throw line against Duke, but they are
    well over 70% for the season. Tech has been a good free throw shooting team.
    Victor Davila has struggled, and that has brought the team down, but
    everyone else is shooting pretty well.
  • BC’s Joe Trapani has scored in double figures over the last 11 games. He
    and Reggie Jackson are really good. Trapani can play three different
    positions. He can step out and shoot threes, he can take it to the basket,
    and he can post up. Jackson is a great guard, and he’s playing at a high
    level. He is tough to keep out of the lane.
  • This is a huge game for Boston College. If they don’t beat Virginia Tech,
    they probably don’t stand a great chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Tech
    will get their best effort.
  • Tech didn’t play well at Boston College earlier in the year. They played
    hard, but their balance on defense wasn’t good, their help was late, etc.
    The Tech players understand what’s at stake. Another win and they are in
    pretty good shape to get a first round bye in the ACC Tournament, which
    would be three out of four years for this group of seniors.
  • Jarell Eddie played great against Wake Forest on Tuesday. He has a really
    good feel for the game. He had a great practice on Monday as well, and his
    approach is terrific. Greenberg really likes his future.
  • Greenberg likes this team a lot. They have pieces that fit well together.
  • Rece Davis said on Saturday that the signs Tech fans brought to GameDay
    were the best he has ever seen.
  • Greenberg had all of the GameDay guys over to his house for dinner on
    Friday night. They are a great group of guys who really enjoy what they do.
    Digger Phelps was the only one to pick Virginia Tech, and he called
    Greenberg on Monday and took credit for the win.
  • Prince Parker slipped after dunking in warm-ups on Monday, and they think
    he might have broken his foot. He’s been a great practice player for the
    Hokies ever since he joined the team.

Monday was Day 2,284 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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