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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Seth Greenberg and Blaine Taylor on Tech-ODU

By Dan Steinberg

Way late on this, but Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor had some fun comments on the possibility of the Hokies and Monarchs resuming a series. For the purposes of entertainment, bear in mind that Old Dominion currently is 22-6 with an RPI of 28; Virginia Tech is 17-8 with an RPI of 65.

Anyhow, the question was when the series would begin again, posed to Greenberg on 102.1 The Game.

"Uh, it probably won't happen," Greenberg said. "You know, we're scheduling in the best interest of Virginia Tech and what we need to do for our basketball program. You know, we're gonna play games that we think can help us grow our brand, games that will be televised on national television. And that, it is what it is."

Then the clip was played for Taylor on the same station. He sighed.

"Well, you know, I don't ever want to tell other people how to do their jobs or what they should do," he said. "When I first got here I said you know, if we could be one of the best teams in the state or the best team in the state, we would have a really good program, and that's one of the things we've aspired to do. So one, I'd like to think that the teams that at least talk like they want to be some of the better teams in the state would open themselves to playing some of the best teams in the state.

"We've won more games in the state of Virginia than anybody in Virginia the last half-dozen years. And we had a good series with Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, what happens, if one team kind of gets the best of the series, sometimes the other team says 'Hey, there's some other people to play and some other things we want to do.' So I get along with Seth just fine, and he can do his business the way he wants. if he doesn't want to play, I can't make him. But I do think the fact that we won some games in the series is something that enters into it, obviously."

(First seen on Gobbler Country.)

By Dan Steinberg  | February 22, 2011; 3:35 PM ET
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Posted by: GravelLot | February 22, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

These two guys have to be two of the best interviews radio and tv can give. They are both so animated and Blaine especially comes up with these sayings that make you scratch your head and go "where did he come up with that"

That being said, I think Seth is in a no win situation. If he schedules ODU and VT beats them, its a "well they should have beat them, VT is in the ACC and ODU is in the CAA" argument. If he schedules ODU and loses, it hurts them losing to a mid-major. Don't schedule them and you are ducking playing "better" opponents. Tough situation.

Posted by: JPO2200 | February 22, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"If he schedules ODU and VT beats them, its a 'well they should have beat them, VT is in the ACC and ODU is in the CAA' argument. If he schedules ODU and loses, it hurts them losing to a mid-major."

That "argument" isn't holding water so well anymore. Look at the CAA and the ACC--one's rising and the other's treading water. The ACC will be back in a big way soon but the gap between Power Conferences and Mid-Majors is closing rapidly.
Get used to it.

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 22, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

That being said, I think Seth is in a no win situation.

Posted by: JPO2200


How is playing a team with a great RPI a "no win" situation? ODU is something like #29 right now. That would be a much-needed "good win" for Tech's resume.

Except they probably wouldn't win (and maybe that's what you meant by "no win". LOL!).

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | February 22, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Tech and UVA should schedule a couple in-state CAA teams every year, against Richmond as well. Forget TV, it only enhances the state's basketball profile, regardless of who wins, and regardless of whether ESPN televises it. It would only help all teams involved, and hopefully help keep higher-level talent from Hampton Roads and maybe a few more Oak Hill kids in the state after high school. Greenberg's shortcoming in making the tourney is evident here - he is playing not to lose, thus he ends up losing, year after year, and going to the NIT.

Posted by: armchairlinebacker | February 22, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Greenberg doesn't get it. If you want a national brand it might be smart to try an emulate one. He should look no further than Georgetown--a real national power. They play everyone with no fear.

If ODU is good enough for Georgetown, Va Tech should be clamoring for a home and home series. Greenberg could learn a lot from JTIII.

Posted by: jnoel002 | February 22, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Seth is just mad because ODU has beaten the Hokies 4 out of the last 5 meetings and the Monarchs actually make the NCAA tournament (and even wins sometimes). Both of these guys are hilarious and I for one think they should play every year. The animosity makes for an even better rivalry on the hardwood. C'mon Greenberg, man up!

Posted by: zatoony | February 22, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Olllllllld Dominion Hail! ;-)

Posted by: Tiffany010 | February 23, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown plays Old Dominion, at home and on the road. Hasn't hurt Georgetown, matter of fact it may have made them a better team.

VaTech used to play Old Dominion, at home and on the road. After getting beat several times, Seth backed out.

Has anyone looked at VaTech bb schedule this year. first 100 games were home games. (and really ?tough?/soft games)

I would think a lot of teams would want to visit Old Dominion, not bad rpi from year to year and they are in a hot bed of talent. It could be a good recruiting trip for the opposing coach.

A tournament-ready team should play the best competition it can during the regular season.

Major conference teams expecting to be on the bubble are scared of good mid major teams, across the board.

Maybe the bracket busters games should play rpi 1 vs 2, right on down to 334 or whatever the number is today. Let all teams participate in this late season tournament.

Its nice the NCAA selection teams put teams like VaTech in each year, the mid majors deserve an easy first round game like so many of the major teams get. LOL>

Posted by: Rando | February 23, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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