It was a forgettable night Sunday in Durham for Virginia Tech, who lost by 25 points to a Duke team that was deeper, tougher and better. Among the rubble left in the wake of the blowout:
"That's probably giving a compliment,” he added.
Duke is a tough defensive team – watching them courtside, the athleticism that earned Nolan Smith the starting point guard job was clear and the size of the interior players was evident – but 44 points could be properly categorized with Greenberg’s keen choice of “inept” regardless of opponent.
“Their defense wasn’t that good, especially at the guard position,” said the ever-proud Malcolm Delaney, who scored 12 points. “I felt like we could attack them the whole game. The second half, after we went on that 4-0 run, we went away from it. We started reacting to them.”
Delaney was referring to a second half in which the Hokies were outscored, 30-9, after scoring the first two baskets to make it a four-point game.
“I have no problem with those threes,” Greenberg said. “When we let those guys shoot threes, some people say we could have gotten better shots. …Certain coaches do that with talented players, and other coaches do that when the team’s not disciplined. I got to believe that Vassallo and Delaney are guys that can make shots. When they have room and rhythm, I want them to take those shots.”
“Cheick’s playing well,” Greenberg said. “He was protecting the rim, he was getting some good presence, he was playing hard. He was playing well, so he earned it.”
Greenberg does not like to entertain questions about the NCAA tournament this early in the season, but the reality is without a pristine nonconference résumé, the Hokies cannot slip up in the ACC.
January 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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