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Va. Tech needs to 'compete harder' offensively

For Virginia Tech, there has been a heightened emphasis on playing tough defensively. But while the Hokies have maintained a defense-first mentality, Coach Seth Greenberg said he also wanted to see his team compete harder offensively.

“Work harder to get open, catch it where you need to catch it, don’t let people take you out," Greenberg said Monday after Virginia Tech's win over North Carolina Central. "At times, we were all right. In the two games that we lost in league, people took us out a little bit."

Virginia Tech lost at North Carolina on Jan. 10 and at Florida State on Jan. 16. But when Greenberg talks about offensive toughness, there are not statistics that clearly illustrate his point.

Rather, he is referring to a certain mind-set. He wants the Hokies to dictate how they will run their offense. He wants a player to get to the elbow, if that is where he needs to be on a given play, and get open to catch and shoot.

"You want to be tough defensively, but you’ve got to be tough offensively," Greenberg said. "We’re not as demanding to say: ‘All right, this is where I’m going to get the ball. You’re not stopping me from catching the ball here.’ We’ve got to get better at that.“

By Mark Viera  |  January 22, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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