Tech got some good shots up in practice today. It was really intense as usual, but you get used to that when you play for Buzz.
The Hokies are in a groove right now. They are playing for each other.
This time of the year, it’s all about the players. The scouting report is out on every team, so it comes down to execution.
The fan support at home has been amazing.
It was really tough sitting out last year. It’s tough knowing that you can’t help the team in games, so Allen and Zach LeDay just treated practices like games. He and LeDay don’t have cable or anything like that, so they basically had nothing to do but hit the gym.
Transferring to Tech was the best decision for Allen. Playing for Buzz Williams has taught him so much about basketball.
The transfer process is very long. You have to get cleared, and you have to make sure your classes can transfer over. It’s a tough decision to make, but sometimes you have to take chances in life. Allen just trusted Buzz.
It was fun beating Florida State despite getting cut and getting stitches. However, it wasn’t fun getting those stitches taken out.
Ahmed Hill brings the music to the postgame locker room. It’s always a fun environment after a win. Even Buzz Williams dances sometimes when the players make him.
The reward for a job well done is the opportunity to do more work. Their main focus right now is Pitt. This team really wants to finish strong. They have been practicing really hard.
Tech has to play with better defensive intensity against Pitt this time. They did not play well in the first meeting. The Hokies have to get stops and run out in transition. When they went on runs last night against Wake Forest, it was because they got stops on the defensive end.
Tech didn’t start the game great last night. He was more worried during the first timeout than he has been in awhile, but the Hokies were able to start playing well quickly after that time out. They are showing signs of maturity. This team is trying really hard to do things the right way on both ends of the floor.
Chris Clarke is being incredibly unselfish. It’s really tough as a freshman to come back from an injury during the middle of the season. Justin Robinson continues to grow and mature. Devin Wilson is providing a distinct niche, and everybody on the team realizes how much he means to the team defensively.
Ground is the hardest thing to make up. Tech’s assistants have done an incredible job. The staff has been in a very good groove. He feels like the staff is improving, and the team is improving as a result. Tech has done a better job of hiding their deficiencies over the last few games.
He told the team at halftime of the Wake game that they played bad in the first half, relative to how they had been playing. They had to get more disciplined in the second half, and they did.
Buzz knows the players pay attention to his body language and his words. When he congratulates an assistant on a well-executed play, he knows his players see that too. Assistant Jamie McNeilly is a star. He handles a lot of Tech’s special teams stuff (such as inbound plays).
Two of Tech’s assistants have been head coaches (Jeff Reynolds and Steve Roccaforte), and that’s very important. It’s very valuable to Buzz to have those guys on the staff. He thinks Isaac Chew will be a head coach within 50 days. He turned down the opportunity to be a head coach last year.
Tech has two more opportunities during the regular season, and they are both at home. The support at home has been a real positive. The Hokies have to compete better against Pitt and Miami than they did in the first meetings with those schools.
Seth Allen came to Tech exclusively based on faith. Buzz had never seen him play. The family had just left UVA on an official visit when Allen’s father called and said they were on their way to Blacksburg. At that point the only coaches on the staff were Williams and Isaac Chew. They took Allen out to dinner on his last night in Blacksburg. Chew told Williams that he had never seen him so intense. Allen committed to Tech before he even got back home to Fredericksburg. Williams will never forget that moment.
Buzz knows he is a hard person to get to know, and that’s on purpose. He’s probably the direct opposite of what everybody thinks he is. He loves all his players very hard, and he’s very tough on them. He always tells them the truth even if it’s not what people want to hear.
Buzz lost respect for members of the local media because they accused him of certain things last year. Thus, they aren’t getting any intel from him, and they aren’t getting inside the circle.
Justin Bibbs got off to a big start on Sunday night against Wake Forest. He’s doing better on the boards, and so are some of the other players. Tech is playing a little smaller because Chris Clarke is back, but the team rebounding is getting better.
Buzz is friends with a lot of fired coaches. He sends videos of practice to them to get feedback on the team.
Tech has to decrease the voices they are listening to and be true to their roots. That’s how they’ve been successful this year, and they have to continue to be like that. Everybody wants to be patted on the back, but they can’t let it get to them.
Tech can’t turn the ball over 20 times against Pitt this time around. You aren’t going to beat anybody if you do that. Defensively, they have to limit Pitt’s uncontested shots.
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