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Bell, Hudson finding their 'niche'

It's no secret that Virginia Tech relies on star guard Malcolm Delaney for the majority of its offensive production. Delaney is a scorer and creates offense by distributing the ball.

But as this season has progressed, Terrell Bell and Dorenzo Hudson have emerged to play crucial roles for the Hokies (15-3, 2-2 ACC), who take on Virginia (12-5, 3-1) tonight in Charlottesville.

"I'm really pleased with the niche Bell and Hudson are settling into," Coach Seth Greenberg said this week on a teleconference. "They're really embracing their roles and doing a lot of things to help us win that don't show up in the stat sheet."

Bell is doing a better job guarding ball handlers and has done well as rebounding the ball and focusing on defense. At 6 feet 6, Bell is long and can contest shots. Although the Hokies don't rely on him for points, Bell has also been a complimentary scorer at times, adding 11 points in a win over Boston College last Saturday and 13 in a victory of Miami on Jan. 13.

And after Hudson scored 41 points in a win over Seton Hall on Jan. 2, he has become a more confident scorer and a credible vocal presence for Virginia Tech. He has become a team leader and Greenberg praised him for how he coaches up his teammates.

"He's done a great job, because he works so hard, of holding others accountable, which you really need to have if you're going to have a good team," Greenberg said. "If a coach spends all his time motivating and things of that nature, he doesn't have time to coach. If your upper-classmen coach your locker room and educate your younger players and what's expected of them, then you can focus your energies on coaching your team. Dorenzo's leadership has been tremendous."

With both juniors starting to fill their role on the team, Virginia Tech has started to build a more complete line up.

Greenberg on in-state rivalry

Earlier this week, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg was asked for his take on the Hokies-Cavaliers rivalry. While the meeting is still about state bragging rights, there has been added importance since the Hokies joined the ACC, particularly in this crazy season.

"It becomes a bigger game because it's a league game and the teams are having some semblance of success and both teams are fighting to stay alive and be relevant in the league," Greenberg said. "It's an in-state rivalry, but it's also a league rivalry right now. It's something the kids are aware of, but its not like they're an hour away from each other and they're seeing each other all the time. We understand how big a game it is because they need to win their home games, and we need to try to find a way to break serve on the road."

By Mark Viera  |  January 28, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
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