Seth Greenberg visits with MT men's hoops

ESPN analyst stops in Murfreesboro

October 9, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Former Virginia Tech men's basketball coach and ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg spent the day with the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team, while making his college basketball preseason rounds.

Greenberg is making his trek around the country right now, watching practices and visiting with teams during the preseason. He spent the day in Murfreesboro, attending a luncheon with MT head coach Kermit Davis, chatting on air with 102.5 The Game and observing the Blue Raider practice.

"Coach Davis runs a great practice," Greenberg said. "He's a great teacher and holds players accountable; there is an excellent pace and toughness to his practice. His team committed defensively and is alert off the ball. Offensively, they cut hard and play with a purpose."

The Blue Raiders tip off the regular season Nov. 10, hosting 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Southern University and the March Madness analyst had a few encouraging words for the team after watching MT practice Wednesday afternoon.

"I've been to several practices this year and I can tell you, you guys practice harder with more of purpose than any of the practices I've seen. Your ability to focus and compete at the start of practice to the end of practice is great, but that doesn't mean you are where you need to get to. That just means you're starting in a good place."

Greenberg went on to talk to the seniors about being leaders in the locker room and setting examples on how to play hard in practice.

"I used to tell my teams all the time, 'The hardest playing, toughest team finds a way to win.' You don't have to be the prettiest team; you just got to be the toughest and hardest playing team."

Middle Tennessee returns eight players from last year's squad that posted a 28-6 record, including starters Shawn Jones and Kerry Hammonds II. As juniors, Jones and Hammonds helped guide MT to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989 and the seventh all-time. The Blue Raiders recorded a 19-1 mark in Sun Belt Conference play last season, winning the regular season league title for the second-straight year and third time in the last four seasons.

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