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Hokies prepare for Landesberg

A key to Virginia Tech's meeting with Virginia will be the Hokies' ability to neutralize the Cavaliers' best player, Sylven Landesberg, a sophomore guard.

Landesberg, averaging 17.5 points per game for Virginia, is difficult to defend is his positioning and movement without the ball and his curling off of screens.

"He curls screens so hard, it's hard to stop him," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said. "He keeps his dribble alive and keeps coming at you."

Greenberg said Landesberg is persistent in getting to where he needs to be to get a good look. Landesberg is good at changing speeds while moving without the ball and can quickly free himself up on designed screens.

"He's good with the ball and he knows how to move," Hokies guard Terrell Bell said. "You've got to stay with him. Some guys are just shooters, some guys are bigger post-up players. It's hard to guard a guy that's always on the move."

Making Landesberg more difficult to prepare, Virginia is aided by two legitimate outside scorers. The Cavaliers' other shooters are Sammy Zeglinski (.469 three-point percentage) and Jeff Jones (.453 three-point percentage). When Zeglinski and Jones are on, that can open up driving lanes for Landesberg, who will drive hard to the basket.

Whether he is getting open for jumpers or cutting to the rim, Landesberg poses a challenge for Virginia Tech.

By Mark Viera  |  January 28, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
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Landesberg is a good player, but he is not great, and both UVA and V tech are not good teams. I know UVA started off its ACC season very well, but reality has begun to set in with that most recent Wake loss. Once it's all said and done (considering the Hoos don't even have a landmark out of conference victory) UVA will be dancing in the NIT while at least five other ACC schools advance to the NCAA tourney.

Posted by: BCTW | January 28, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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