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Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg was thrilled Saturday after his Hokies upset No. 5 Duke. Monday, he was far more subdued about the win.
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Date published: 1/10/2007
Virginia Tech's 69-67 overtime victory over then-No. 5 Duke on Saturday will likely go down as one of coach Seth Greenberg's most memorable wins with the Hokies.
But for right now, Greenberg is tired of discussing it.
"Quite honestly, I don't want to hear about Duke," Greenberg said on Monday. "I wish them the best. I hope they have a great season, but it's really [about] the next game. In this league, if you celebrate the past and don't prepare for the future, you don't have much of a future. It will suffocate you."
The Hokies (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit University of North Carolina-Greensboro tonight at 7:30 before taking on No. 1 ranked North Carolina (14-1, 1-0) on Saturday.
Greenberg said the win over Duke gave his team more confidence, "but it was just one game."
"There are no easy outs in this league," Greenberg said. "It's great that we had a great win on the road, but we've got to play the next one."
The challenge for Greenberg will be getting his team ready to play UNCG (7-8) tonight. He said the matchup could be considered a "trap" game because it falls after the Duke win and before the home game against North Carolina.
"Obviously playing Greensboro in between Carolina and Duke is probably not the brightest of scheduling," Greenberg said. "But it is what it is."A 'freakish' athlete
Two of the more unforgettable plays in Virginia Tech's win over Duke were made by junior forward Deron Washington (11.3 points per game, 5.0 rebounds).
Washington hurdled clear over the head of Duke point guard Greg Paulus late in the second half for a lay-up.
He then blocked Paulus' potential game-winning 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer.
The 6-foot-7 New Orleans native finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and a block. Greenberg said that's the type of effort he's expected from Washington all along.
"I tell Deron all the time that he's just another 6-7 athlete unless he plays with tremendous passion and commitment," Greenberg said. "We got that effort out of him. Now we've got to bottle that effort. That's what he needs to be held accountable for, but he's a freakish athlete."Mays key to Tigers success