I've gotten the feeling during Tech's five-game winning streak that Seth Greenberg has been preaching to his players to leave no doubt in the selection committee's collective mind this season. After two disappointing Selection Sundays, the Hokies are finishing strong instead of crawling to the finish. Their current hot streak has been a great ride, but it could easily be derailed if they falter against a team like BC. However, I doubt Greenberg is going to let that happen this year. I've had questions about Greenberg's coaching and scheduling philosophies in the past, but his motivational skills and player development have been off the charts this year. The team is focused and getting production out of everyone. It's a stark contrast to last year's reliance on Vassallo, Delaney and Allen and its miserable ending to the season.
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Virginia Tech 87, Wake Forest 83
Wake. Wow. (Kyle Tucker)
"The Hokies got eight straight points – all of them answers to Wake buckets that kept the Deacons from extending its lead past 11 points – from back-up forward J.T. Thompson during one stretch in the second half. He scored 10 points in barely four minutes and finished with 16 points and five rebounds (including a huge offensive board off a missed free throw when the game was tight late)."
Roles defined, Tech clearly a team (Aaron McFarling)
"That might sound simple, but teams can go entire seasons without achieving that kind of chemistry. You could argue the Hokies last year were one of them. In the most crucial moments, the 50-50 balls seemed to go the other way, the wrong players seemed to take the big shots and the game-saving box outs seemed to go unperformed."
Has Virginia Tech done enough to make the NCAA tournament? (Darryl Slater)
"OK, so let’s assume – and I know how silly that can be in college basketball – that the Hokies take care of business against their two remaining opponents outside the top 50: No. 106 Boston College (road) and No. 119 North Carolina State (home). And let’s assume they win none of their final three top-50 games: No. 2 Duke (road), No. 42 Maryland (home) and No. 29 Georgia Tech (road). They would be 2-5 against the top 50, presuming Seton Hall doesn’t work its way into that group."
Hokies' Terrell Bell has 'monster game' (Mark Viera)
"Bell, a swingman, had 14 rebounds on a night when Greenberg said it would be crucial for his guards to grab rebounds because of the physical nature of the game for the post players. In fact, Greenberg called Bell on Monday night to remind him of the importance of him and others rebounding."
Hokies conquer deficit, down Demons (Collegiate Times)
"With two of the Hokies’ key big men sitting out, the Deacons took control of the game and ran up an eight point halftime lead behind 21 first-half points from sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Junior guard Malcolm Delaney single-handedly kept Tech in the game with 15 points of his own in the first half and finished the game with 31 total."
Kuiper’s 3-Pointer: Virginia Tech-Wake (ACC Sports Journal)
"The Hokies used a 2-3 zone on and off for about 10 minutes of the second half. To be honest, I didn’t think it was a very good zone, but it was effective. I think Seth Greenberg’s reasoning for using the zone was to try to slow Wake down. The way you do that is to control Smith. For the most part, I think it worked."
Niemo’s Notes | 2.17.10 (Tech Hoops)
"The Hokies all but locked up a first round bye in the ACC Tourney last night. VT has the tiebreaker over wake, clemson, and uva, the 4th, 5th, and 7th place teams respectively. Based on the games everyone has left, Tech just needs to go 2-3 the rest of the way to lock up a bye. I know that’s not what anyone wants, just saying that is what it will take."
Hokies Down Deacs 87-83 (Tech Sideline)
"Delaney, as well as all of Tech's guards and wings, paid attention to Seth Greenberg's key to the game: the perimeter players must rebound the basketball. Delaney finished with nine rebounds, Dorenzo Hudson pulled down seven to go along with 21 points, and Terrell Bell had a whopping 14 boards and four blocked shots."
Hokies Rise From the Dead to Knock Off Demon Deacons (Fight for Old DC)
"The dunk sparked a 21-8 run that gave the Hokies a 71-69 lead, a lead they held onto for the final 6:30 en route to an 87-83 come-from-behind win over #23 Wake Forest. The win put Tech in sole possession of second place in the ACC at 21-4 overall and 8-3 in conference, while Wake fell to 18-6 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. In addition, the Hokies remained undefeated at home in 14 attempts, and accomplished their first five-game conference win streak since joining the league."
Wake Forest Recap (The North End Zone)
"Delaney had a monster of a game as usual, finishing with 31 points. Hudson also came up big time, putting up 21. And Wake Forest? Ya'll can suck it. What a bunch of whiney little bitches. And elbow-throwing Chas Mcfarland? Right here buddy..."
Around the ACC
2010 NFL Draft Profiles: Derrick Morgan (From The Rumble Seat)
"Weaknesses: Against some of the better competition (Iowa specifically), Derrick was neutralized. Foot speed and balance can also be causes for concern. There were a few times when Morgan made it through the line and was knocked down with ease. Despite this, some of his best tackles were made from his knees or by scissor kicks."
Canes You Have Known and Loved (The 7th Floor)
"Sadly, the memories most people have of Andy are usually far from favorable. For example, after missing a FG in a VT loss, and then missing 3 XP's in a rout over Rutgers, Butch lost the faith in Crosland and opted not to go for 2 Fg's against FSU (ultimately resulting in another loss)."
Let’s Take Doak Back (Scalp Em)
"Years past has seen a traditional scrimmage-type game that many fans decided to skip, but Jimbo and the FSU staff assure fans that this year’s game is going to be anything but average. The day will start off with a friendly lacrosse match between FSU and UF on the field. Outside the stadium, live entertainment, kids’ games, an antique car show, a BBQ contest, and activities for all fans will be going on."
Midweek Aftermath (On The B.Rink)
"Virginia Tech won its fifth straight game and have Duke in the cross-hairs this weekend for the ACC lead in Durham. They were trailing by as much as 11 in the second half before storming back and owning the final 4 minutes of the game. The guard duo of Delaney and Hudson put up 52 of the Hokies’ 87 points and J.T. Thompson scored 16 points off the bench."
Lucky seven (D1SCOURSE)
"The most notable collapse of the 64/65-team era came just last year, when Virginia Tech turned a 6-3 start into a 7-9 finish and was sent to the NIT. But it still wasn't taking a 7-3 start and turning it into a ticket to the wrong postseason tournament."
Frozen Fenway vs. Camp Randall Classic (BC Interruption)
Brian takes time from getting bitched at for ordering a salad after Mrs. Brian ordered the surf and turf. Who cares if it makes her look like a pig, there's no way she's going to finish it all. Why would Brian spend $20 on an entree for himself when his $30 entree will feed them both for two days?: "There you have it. Frozen Fenway wins 4-3. I greatly enjoyed my experiences at both outdoor hockey games this year, but nothing can top seeing your team play an outdoor hockey game in one of the most iconic stadiums in all of professional sports (the game's final result be damned)."
Skinner model: what is going wrong this year (Eagle in Atlanta)
"My biggest fear in all of this is that next year will be more of the same. Will any of these guys changed their attitude over the summer? Will any of them improve their games? I hope so, but I fear some will check out at the first sign of adversity. I've long said Al is a great coach. If he is then turning around this mess won't be a problem."
Meet preview: ACC swimming championships (From Old Virginia)
This was my sport in high school (Ed. note: So many things make sense now), so I take a little extra pride in the fact that this is a sport in which UVA is more or less the undisputed ACC lord and ruler.
2010 Clemson Baseball Season Preview (Shakin The Southland)
"ts a definite NL-like philosophy that many folks don't agree with, particularly for the offensive game of college baseball. I can't say that I love it, but Jack does manage to win with it and always has. I'm reminded of the Earl Weaver saying, "If you play for one run, that's all you're going to get," when I see Leggett's teams struggle to score enough to win though. My biggest complaint with Leggett has been the way he handles pitchers, and that he takes them out far too early."