Feb. 13, 2011
– GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH Paul Hewitt
“I apologize to our team and to Georgia Tech for putting myself in that position. Obviously, whatever I did was warranted to get put out of the game. I apologized to my team at halftime and after the game. It was poor judgment on my part, and I should not have put myself in that position.”
On what he did to get the first technical foul
The official made his judgment, and I have to go with that. Specifically, what led to that, you’d have to ask him, and in no way am I putting it on him.
On the second technical foul
Again, you’d have to ask him. I tried to ask, and at that point, he did not want to hear it. That’s when I should have gone back to my huddle.
On Delaney’s performance
He made shots. The last time was a combination of Iman doing a good job and him missing some shots that he’s made before. He obviously was on today. He’s a first-team, all-league caliber player, and he had one of those days.
VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH SETH GREENBERG
I would be lying if I said I didn’t have some anxiety with the eight days off, just seeing if we could raise our temperature and get ready for the speed of the game. That’s kind of what I pounded into them at shoot around this morning. We haven’t gone up and down in eight days. As they have all season, they came out with a great attitude and a great focus. The guys off the bench, even though they didn’t score a lot, they kept the status quo; we had a bit of foul trouble. What can you say about Jeff, Malcolm and Terrell? They just played at such a high level. We spent a lot of time this week trying to get Terrell Bell to be more aggressive, I think we are better when he is aggressive. The zone was really good today. We did a good job of getting over those screens. In the end they made threes but the game was well in hand. I thought our guys were much more active for the length of the game than we were last time we played Georgia Tech.
On Jeff Allen:
He’s just playing well. Hes playing smart, he’s moving his feet. He’s like Pacman, just gobbling up rebounds. His focus and attention to detail are really good. He’s just playing really well.
On playing zone:
That was one of the things we worked on this past week in practice. We lined up all of our managers and worked on the slides. You just want to try and steal a basket here, steal a basket there, and just keep people off balance. If they do screen the middle then the wing can play the ball. We played about 10 possessions of it and I thought it was fairly effective.
On Malcolm Delaney’s performance:
He’s his own worst critic. He’s hard on himself. He takes a lot of things personally. This is important to all these guys. They have invested a lot in this and they understand we have six league games left. He just wants to get the most out of it. He’s gotten into the gym and done some extra shooting, which has been really good. He was more alert and attentive defensively. That little chip, that drives him.
On the quick turnaround:
No we don’t take tomorrow off, we take Wednesday off. Because we had the week off we spent time covering things Maryland would do. They have a pretty good feel for that. It will be interesting to see how much zone they play. It’s crazy to have eight days off and two games in three games. They will be ready. We are going to keep them fresh.