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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Seth Greenberg disciplines two Virginia Tech freshmen

By Mark Giannotto

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg confirmed in a text message Thursday that the reason freshmen Jarell Eddie and Tyrone Garland played a combined one minute in the Hokies' 72-57 loss to Georgia Tech Tuesday night was a "failure to fulfill my academic expectations." The coach declined to discuss specifics.

Eddie, a 6-foot-6 forward, played one minute during the second half, but was pulled almost immediately after getting beat and giving up an offensive rebound on the same defensive possession.

Eddie had averaged nearly 13 minutes per game in Virginia Tech's previous four games. Garland was averaging around eight minutes per game during conference play in relief of guards Malcolm Delaney and Erick Green.

Eddie is averaging just 3.1 points per game, but just two weeks ago performed well in consecutive conference matchups with North Carolina (six points) and Wake Forest (12 points, five rebounds). Garland is averaging 3.6 points per game, and has knocked down 7 of his 16 three-point attempts this year.

The end result Tuesday was that Greenberg essentially used just six players against the Yellow Jackets. Four of Virginia Tech's five starters played at least 36 minutes, and Delaney never left the game. Georgia Tech's bench outscored the Hokies, 35-2.

Tired legs could have been a contributing factor to the Hokies woeful 24 percent shooting percentage during the second half, especially considering Tuesday night was Virginia Tech's third game in six nights. But when asked during his postgame news conference, Greenberg scoffed at that notion.

"No, that’s not an excuse, he said. "You want to build an excuse, you can build excuses for anything. We want to say we’re tired, we can say we’re tired. That’s not real. You can build excuses for everything that happens negatively in your life. So someone wants to say they’re tired; I think that’s a cop out. We’re not tired. We just didn’t play well the last five minutes.”

By Mark Giannotto  | January 27, 2011; 11:33 AM ET
 
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