Chat with Seth Greenberg
Greenberg won the 2005 and 2008 ACC coach of the year awards.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we'll be recapping the first weekend of the NCAA tournament when Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg stops by to chat.
Greenberg just finished his ninth season with the Hokies and has a record of 167-117 at Virginia Tech. He's made it to the postseason in all but three seasons, including Virginia Tech's first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 11 years in 2007.
Send your questions now and join Greenberg Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:01 PM)
Coach is here! Fire off those questions!
Which No. 1 seed do you think is playing the best right now?
Seth Greenberg (2:04 PM)
Kentucky. I think when their backs were against the wall and on the ropes at 42-all, they took all of the blows from Iowa State and answered with a 42-21 run. This is a different Kentucky team with veteran players to complement the freshmen. The vets give them the stability needed. The development of Teague as a coach has been fun to watch. And they defend every possession.
If you're going to find a silver lining to this Marshall injury, is it that it happened in the second game of the weekend and now they have an entire week to either see how he deals with it or get his backup ready to go?
Seth Greenberg (2:06 PM)
That is about the only silver lining I can find in the injury. They might have a month to prepare and still not find a way to get to the level needed to reach the Final Four. Marshall makes everyone better. Zeller is the player of the year in the ACC. Harrison Barnes has the ability to make shots when the game is on the line. John Henson attacks the front of the rim. But MArshall is the most valuable player for this team. He makes everyone better. You don't get early post ups unless you have someone who sees the play early. You don't have rhythm jump shots unless you have someone who sees the play and delivers the ball.
How hard is it on a team to lose a player like UNC's Marshall so late in the year?
Seth Greenberg (2:08 PM)
One of Roy Williams' greatest challenges will be to convince his team that they can win without him. To believe they can play well will be important. Getting his team to defend key possessions, win the loose balls. They will have to be committeed defensively for 40 minutes.
What is your thought on Syracuse without Fab Melo? Do they have enough to make it to a Final Four?
Seth Greenberg (2:10 PM)
I like this Syracuse team. It's very rare a team can bring off the bench players like Waiters, etc. Their ability to strike and strike quick reminds me of Oregon football. They convert liveball turnovers into baskets as quick as any team in the country. They have players stepping up different nights. This team has a lot of pieces. Through all of the controversy, it seems like it has galvanized and given them a cause. I'm not saying they're playing for Fab. I think they're playing because this team has great trust and expects to win.
Coach which upset was the biggest in your mind from the first weekend of the tournament?
Seth Greenberg (2:12 PM)
Lehigh-Duke. Prior to that game, after watching Lehigh, I was extremely impressed with not only their talent, but their competitive spirit. It also helps that you have the best guard on the court. CJ was the best player on the floor at any position. Their poise in handling the traditional Duke run was impressive. Rivaling that upset, the poise of Norfolk State was a reflection of their coach. In them you had a team with big guards that could get in the lane and a go to low post player. That combination along with Missouri's inability to get stops was a formula for an upset.
Would you agree that Marquette's Jae Crowder is the best all around/most versatile player left in the tourney?
Seth Greenberg (2:15 PM)
I love Jae Crowder. I love his competitive spirit, toughness, get into passing lanes, eat glass. But the most versatile player, in my opinion is Draymond Green. The last five minutes against St. Louis, he summoned his inner Magic Johnson. Both players are great, but I feel like Green, all season long, has displayed the leadership and character that has driven this Spartan team.
Jeff from clovis n.m [via mobile]
Will a double digit team make the final 4
Seth Greenberg (2:17 PM)
NC State has played as well as any in the ACC in the last three weeks. They have an extremely athletic four man and a guard who controls the tempo. Unfortunately, this is not the best matchup for them to advance. Taylor has the size and strength to at least contain Brown, a guard I feel is an elite player. I think the overall size and depth will do in the Wolfpack. In Ohio U, the game starts with the guards, DJ Cooper, tough to keep out of the lane, makes his teammates better and is fearless. His backcourt mate is a streaky, but effective scorer. Having said that I don't see either advancing to the Final Four.
Bob K. (Austin)
Your coaching Indiana verses UK, after watching this weekend which poison do you pick? Or do you have a new strategy for Indiana?
Seth Greenberg (2:20 PM)
Indiana relies on wearing teams down and outscoring their opponent. Losing Jones hurts Indiana's ability to compete with the Wildcats. Indiana's 22 TO's against an aggressive VCU defense concerns me. 22 TOs against Kentucky is the formula for a blowout. There will be a tremendous amount of pressure on Jordan coming off of VCU. What makes this Kentucky team so special, it's not Anthony Davis, although he's the best players in the country, it's not Marcus Teague whose point guard play the last month of the season has been off the charts, to me it's Jones, Miller, Lamb, three players invested in the program and have set the tone for this championship run.
Outside of the #1 seeds, which sweet 16 team has looked the most impressive so far? My vote goes to Florida.
Seth Greenberg (2:22 PM)
Very smart man. I agree. Florida, their defensive intensity, their ability to keep the ball in front, finish possessions has been impressive. Their shot selection has improved. They play with excellent spacing and with great purpose. The first half of the SEC semifinals gave everyone an indication that this team has a legit shot to make a run to the Final Four.
Seth Greenberg (2:24 PM)
After watching Murray State, I was so impressed with the job Coach has done with his team. In my early analysis, I questioned if they were as big, physical as Marquette. After watching them, they are as big, physical tough as any team I've watched this year. Daniel plays as hard as any front court player I've see this year. They're an elite team in any conference. Royce White blew me away. He single handily attacked the Kentucky front court. As good of a performance at the start of the second half as I've seen all season. Having said that, when on the ropes, and the pressure of the NCAA tournament baring down on the Wildcats, they not only answered the bell, but they counter punched to a 42-21 run to close the game.
Seth Greenberg (2:25 PM)
John Calipari does not get enough credit for getting his team to compete both offensivley and defensively on each play. It's one thing to collect talent, but it's another to get that talent to play to its potential.
Buzzmaster (2:29 PM)
Thanks for chatting Coach!