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Seth Greenberg brings laughs after N.C. State win

It is usually easy to read Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg.

After losses, he speaks softly at postgame news conferences and sometimes offers curt responses to questions. After wins, he is articulate, accommodating to reporters and even entertaining.

But after the Hokies' 72-52 win over North Carolina State on Wednesday, Greenberg outdid himself with perhaps his best postgame stand-up routine of the season. The reporters who cover N.C. State and are not used to Greenberg were treated to a humorous show, and some must have left wondering, "Is this guy for real?"

What follows is a transcript of the first few minutes of Wednesday night's news conference after the Hokies' first win over N.C. State in Raleigh since 1917.

Virginia Tech hasn't won here since 1917 --
You know, I wasn't born back then. President Kennedy wasn't born back then. I mean, do you think those guys think about 1917? I mean 1917. Oh yeah, I tell you what, we haven't won since 1917. You guys better win, or I'm going to kick your ass. (Laughter.) I mean, come on. The bigger thing is --

You haven't won --
You know my record everywhere. I still haven't won in Tallahassee. (Laughter.) In recent memory, prior to me losing my hair, I haven't won here.

So what changed for you this time in Raleigh?
Well, you make you first 10 shots, that's usually a good thing. As opposed to Saturday, where we missed our first 20. I think we defended consistently. I think we did a really good job of guarding the three-point line. We were hitting shots. And we had lot of guys
contributing.

Have ever seen a team go without a three-pointer in a game the way N.C. State did?
The way my team shoots, it shoots it sideways --

Maybe 1917?
I know for sure, Virginia Tech guarded the hell out of the three-point line in 1917. (Laughter.)

By Mark Viera  |  February 12, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
 
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