Home 40 minutes at a time
News

40 minutes at a time

Contributors

Story by Chris Graham
[email protected]

Listen to “The SportsDominion Show” ACC Basketball Monday interview with Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg.

greenberg_s.jpgVirginia Tech is back on the good side of .500 in ACC play, which means that the Hokies have to be considered part of the equation when it comes to the NCAA Tournament.
Seth Greenberg has a simpler equation in mind.
“It’s real simple. It’s just – the next 40 minutes are the most important,” Greenberg told reporters today during his weekly teleconference.

The Hokies would appear to have things working in their favor – with home games against Boston College and Wake Forest and only one more road contest, at Clemson on March 9.

If Tech could just hold serve, we’re talking about 9-7 in the ACC and 18-12 overall. That would seem to give them a leg up toward getting an invite to the Big Dance, though ESPN.com’s Bracketology columnist Joe Lunardi has the Hokies on the outside looking in, with Maryland, another team with a 7-6 ACC mark right now that was swept by Virginia Tech in the regular season, as a #11 seed.

“Every two days, Bracketology changes. Who really cares? What does it really mean? So someone’s going to win a game, someone’s going to lose a game, so it’s going to change tomorrow? Someone’s trending up, someone’s trending down. All it does is it feeds the animal that is the NCAA Tournament. And obviously it’s great because there’s so much attention put to making the tournament, who’s in, who’s out, who’s on the bubble. But it doesn’t mean anything,” Greenberg said.

Forty minutes. That’s all that matters right now.
“I know that that’s the world’s sickest cliche. And probably you guys are rolling your eyes and thinking that it’s coachspeak, but let’s face it. It’s true. I wish I could come up with something really creative so you could say, Man, that’s brilliant. But there’s no brilliance in it,” Greenberg said. “The next 40 minutes is important, and if you’re fortunate enough to play well the next 40 minutes, and you have a chance to win, and you’re good enough to win, then you know what, the next 40 minutes become a little more significant. And that’s really all we can control.
“A pretty boring answer, I know. I apologize,” Greenberg said.

  

Chris Graham is the executive editor of The SportsDominion.

Contributors

Contributors

Have a guest column, letter to the editor, story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.

Latest News

Artificial intelligence
Politics, US News

Researchers, Sen. Warner encourage inclusion of AI in national digital copyright legislation

josh gibson
Sports

MLB now, officially, recognizes Josh Gibson as the greatest hitter who ever lived

As of yesterday, Ty Cobb, and his .367 career batting average, sat atop baseball’s record books. Today, we wake up to Josh Gibson’s .372 being the best all-time.

donald trump
Politics, US News

What role will political violence play in a second Trump administration?

In a wide-ranging interview with a Time reporter this past April, Donald Trump said he expected victory in the coming presidential election, but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of political violence if victory didn’t materialize.

chris graham acc hoops
Sports

Podcast: #12 national seed UVA getting set for the 2024 Charlottesville Regional

swimming
Sports

Swimming: UVA coach Todd DeSorbo announces hire of Margaret Zagrobelny

uva pitt baseball
Sports

How will UVA coach Brian O’Connor set up his starting rotation for the regional?

school bus student children backpack
Local, Schools

Three local school systems to receive funds to purchase clean school buses