On Saturday, Seth Greenberg won his 100th game as Virginia Tech's head coach. On Wednesday, Greenberg will try to earn No. 101 against Wake Forest, the nation's No. 1 team.
Greenberg went out of his way to praise Wake Forest, calling the Demon Deacons "as talented, as skilled, as well-coached a team as we've seen in a long, long time." He said the Hokies will look into the "Pack Defense" that has made Wake Forest dangerous this season. The defense was developed by former Washington State Coach Dick Bennett and keeps defenders packed together near the basket, therefore protecting the rim. Wake Forest's front line includes two 6-foot-9 forwards (James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu) and 7-foot center Chas McFarland. Greenberg labeled it "21 feet of post player". Together, Greenberg said "they block out of the sun".
Somehow, the Hokies must figure out how to get to the rim. Ball movement will be critical to spread the lane, Greenberg said. Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney will need to have a big game against Wake Forest's guards for the Hokies to pull of the upset. Delaney, never one to dismiss a challenge, enters the game aware of the attention Wake Forest sophomore Jeff Teague (21.4 points per game) is drawing. Delaney topped 20 points just once in his past five games, so he might be due. The underrated guard will hear his name elevated into the list of the ACC's top players if he can match Teague, counteract the "Pack Defense" and top the No. 1 team for Greenberg's 101st win.
January 20, 2009; 11:23 PM ET
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