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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Radford coach has seen this before

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Radford basketball coach Brad Greenberg remembers the day his younger brother, Seth, engineered one of the biggest upsets in Allen Fieldhouse history.

“I was player-personnel director of the (Portland) Trail Blazers. I remember going in the media room at halftime. Our public-relations director said, ‘Did you see that score?’ I said it had to be a mistake on the screen. He said, ‘It’s a final.’ I couldn’t believe it myself,” Brad said of Long Beach State’s remarkable 64-49 victory over KU on Jan. 25, 1993.

That Long Beach win — make it that Long Beach blowout — was completely unexpected.

Roy Williams’ Jayhawks entered the game 16-1 and ranked No. 1 in the land. Seth Greenberg’s Long Beach State squad was 13-3 and unranked.

KU advanced to the Final Four that year. LBSU fell in the first round of the NCAAs.

“Later I watched the game. It was the most incredible thing,” Brad said. His Radford Highlanders enter today’s 7 p.m. game 4-2 and unranked in another Greenberg-brother meeting versus the No. 1 team in America.

“They (49ers) did play well. But Kansas that game missed a ton of shots that hung on the rim. It was as if some sort of leprechaun was knocking it off. They (49ers) ended up having a good team. Little did anybody know at the time they had (long-time) NBA players in Lucious Harris and Bryon Russell on that team.”

That Long Beach State victory is a source of pride in the Greenberg family. Seth is currently head coach at Virginia Tech.

“I think in his den downstairs in Blacksburg (Va.) he has a Long Beach newspaper or the L.A. Times, some headline with some sort of reference to the Wizard of Oz or something,” Brad said. “Obviously, any time you beat a No. 1 team, it’s special. I don’t have to tell you about the magic of Phog Allen Fieldhouse. It’s one of the special places.”

Radford’s hopes of a similar upset tonight might rest on the shoulders of Artsiom Parakhouski, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound senior center from Minsk, Belarus. He’s averaged 22.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game for a team that has lost to Duke (104-67) and Duquesne (71-63) and beaten Navy, Lynchburg, Winthrop and Presbyterian.

“We call him ‘Artsy,’ as if he’s a little kid,” Brad Greenberg said with a laugh. “No, we call him Art. Most people call him Art.

“I think he is on the radar for sure with NBA people. He is a guy most teams know they have to see, maybe numerous times. He will be in the draft somewhere.”

It’s KU big man Cole Aldrich vs. Parakhouski tonight in a super sub-plot for the game.

“It’s two guys who will look each other eye-to-eye for the most part,” Greenberg said. “Both have strength and bulk. My suspicion is Cole is a little bigger than the 245 (pounds) you see on the screen. Art is every bit of 270.”

KU coach Bill Self believes Parakhouski is the real deal.

“He’s a big guy who moves very well. We haven’t played anybody like that yet without question,” Self said.

Comments

number1fanfromillinois 5 years ago

Let's hope the Morris twins bring their "A" game tonight if Cole's going to be battling

Dirk Medema 5 years ago

Let's hope everyone brings their A game.

It should be a good test for Cole. Hope he's amped.

Kevin John 5 years ago

Im sure glad Withey has been in practice everyday to bang with Cole. Ill be watching from The Westcoast with a cold corona. Go get'em Cole!!!!!!!

On another note: Mr. Self please schedule a campus tour with Portland;s Terrence Jones for his 5th. and final visit. He can really play and I don't know why people are sleeping on this kid. Crazy Shawn Kemp style of play with shooting range.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

lv_jhwk 5 years ago

up4par: Jones crossed KU off his list long ago.

FairgroveJayhawk 5 years ago

Withey has actually just came back to full contact, lets hope his return is without further injury.

I haven't looked at this team's roster but did find some rather interesting information regarding Greenberg as head coach:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech_Hokies_men's_basketball

Looks like they have a knack for knocking off top ranked teams.

FairgroveJayhawk 5 years ago

disregard that; wrong brother, wrong team, tooo early

Martin Rosenblum 5 years ago

Gary -

I know it's early. But, my schedule says this game is on ESPNU. Will it also be on ESPN360?

Kent Wells 5 years ago

It is early Mem. Go back to sleep...

OCJHAWK 5 years ago

memhawk - You can log into espn360 and it will give you a list of upcoming games they will have.

ChicagoJHawk 5 years ago

In this day & age of college basketball you can't sleep on any team, upsets happen all the time, but I'm really not too worried about this game. Cole may have his hands full today, but the rest of our team should dominate. I'm thinking this will most likely be a blowout.

If this Parakhouski guy is as good as they say, that will definitely be good practice for Cole & Markieff. This should help prepare our bigs for the tournament, eventhough I realize that we're still a few months away.

Tony Bandle 5 years ago

Damn...ralster and up4par2000 have certainly raised the bar on the avator quality!!!!

No offense, but I am quite sure Withey's "banging" on Condor probably goes unnoticed by the big guy....I think TRob and Twins take care of that chore!!

Radford Rasputin will be a good test of how Cole is doing. One thing to watch, Condor probably won't be double-teamed with the big guy on him, so the twins will have to deal with more defended looks at the hoop.

Ten days remaining to the return of BM, "the missing part", "the glue guy", "the anchor", "the stablizer", "the shut-down presence", "the savior".......notice the quotation marks...other posters comments, not mine. Let's just wait and see.

bradynsdad 5 years ago

i havent seen withey play but if manning can get him to the level he has gotten our other big men too it should make for an outstanding second semester.

jaybate 5 years ago

OakvilleJHawk,

Brady has to be a huge help to this mylar thin current seven man team of Self's. Just having Brady on the bench, means Xavier finally gets to go all out on offense and defense, rather than conserve fouls; this ought to mean a couple more get to the rim baskets and a couple strips for Xavier; and that's four scored points and two denied shots, or about two denied points, plus one or two added made baskets on breaks.

And with Brady back, when KU finally does play some serious competition with a high scoring 3, Brady's got to mean at least 20 minutes of excellent defense.

And most beautiful of all, with Brady back, surely Self will give Brady 10 minutes a game at the two, so that KU can have 40% plus trey threats at all three perimeter positions and end the clogging of the lane.

And Withey's return, even if he just sits on the bench behind Cole, has to free Cole up to really get after it on defense and risk fouls.

I think this team will be absolutely transformed by the return of Brady and the arrival of Withey. The starting five will not change. But, my god, as the UCLA game revealed, Self hasn't got anything D1 ready after the starting five plus Kieff and Tyrel. Brady and Jeff are just what are needed, IMHO.

And if Brady and Withey weren't getting here quick, Self was going to have to yank the red shirts from both Releford and Little.

TRob and Elijah look pretty, but they're not ready. They can do 5 against rebuilding teams like Memphisto and the U-KLAN (note: I had to put that jibe in about UCLA, because Howlin' Mad Howland tried to slip some jibes about TRob's PT in his post game), maybe 10 if the match-up is just right, but they just are not ready to play big minutes against Top 20 opponents.

Welcome Brady and Jeff! Make sure you study and pass those finals. We need you guys!

P.S.: Speaking of finals, could it be that TRob's PT has fallen, because he's in danger of not making his grades? Gosh, I hope not. TRob, you are a stud and a half, and there will come a time this season when the ten minutes you give us will be decisive. Hit the books. You can do it!!!

SoCalAlum 5 years ago

Jump to the 6:09 point of the Big South Preview if you want to see Parakhouski video (last year's Big South conference player of the year). He seems big, yes, but quick or speedy, no.

Eliott Reeder 5 years ago

I was just about to post that vid... Apparently Artsy was an honorable mention AP All-American last year...

jaybate 5 years ago

Wednesday Quickies:

Quick, schedule Virgin Tech ASAP to drub Seth. Death to Seth.

Quick, beat Brad bad until death to Seth (enough with internal rhyming about brothers).

Quick, let TRob guard Artsiom Parakhouski--a good, big, slow-footed center is ideal for TRob to learn on. TRob will be quicker than APar.

Quick, note that cupcakes come in classes, too: cupcakes (Hofstra); mid-minor cupcakes (Radford/Oakland); minor cupcakes (Tennessee Tech); de minimis cupcakes (Alcorn State).

Quick, take cover: its been more than a week since the last bad PR issue for KUAD.

Quick, where is Billie Gillispie?

Quick, predict which early period verbals and signees will change their minds and sign with Self late in the recruiting cycle?

Quick, how many would rather watch the Radford game than have sex with Lara Croft?

Quick, let me take this opportunity to praise the heck out of Xavier and say that my criticism of his defense is in no way meant to suggest I think he is anything but a pupal state super star. The guy has serious game and you can already see that many of his teammates respect him the way great impact players are respected.

Quick, someone needs to hire resigned KU coach Mark Mangino to portray Oliver Hardy in a bio pic about Laurel and Hardy. But Mange has to lose about 75 to be truly convincing even with The Method.

Quick, some one tell the world that KU's trey shooting is stunning:

Xavier 50% Sherron 45% Kieff 60% Conner 43% Jordan 50%

And Tyrel is trending up to the 40% club at 39.1%.

And Brady is coming.

And Marcus is obviously just in a slump.

In coming!!!!!!

Joe Baker 5 years ago

SoCalAlum- Great clip and insight. If they go man, which they probably will, Cole should be able to handle this kid. I don't get these players. If they are so good, why do they settle for these schools? Why not majors?

If they switch to zone, if their players are unable to hang in man, they will collapse on Cole. Our perimeter game or rim attack will have to be aggressive.

omng392 5 years ago

Hi all I know some of you have asked about see the games on TV. I've got the College Basketball package through Cox and I've seen all of the Jayhawk games... It should be available in most major areas..

Tony Bandle 5 years ago

Jaybate:

1] Quick - Yes, Dead and death to Brad and Seth. 2] Quick - TRob will race around Apar like Sambo around the Tiger and turn him into butta' 3] Quick - Cupcakes: maximus minimus, the exhibition games. 4] Quick - Bad PR never goes away, you just need a lot more good PR to cover it up!! 5] Quick - Billie is washing HCBS's windows at the moment. 6] Quick - Early verbals reversals?? HCBS will get every brother combo...guaranteed!! 7] Quick - Was that watch sex with Lara Croft or have sex with Lora Croft??? Watch KU, of course!! 8] Quick - X needs to get more selfish...what a great thing to criticize a true OAD about!!! 9] Quick - I nominate Mark Mangino as the next contestant on biggest loser. He'll make Jillian cry!!! 10]Quick - " Hey world, KU's trey shooting is stunning" 11]Quick - Brady and Jeff, gosh who's left?, c'mon let's go, opponents we will mow!!!!

Chris Corley 5 years ago

Guys, where can I catch the game online? I am stranded in the Des Moines blizzard.

jbruku 5 years ago

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LloydDobbler 5 years ago

Instead of paying a high school team to come in, why don't Perkins and Self just go ahead and put Lawrence High and Free State on the schedule and get it over with. They would save money, local high schoolers would get exposure, and the university could advance its greenhouse gas goals by reducing its carbon footprint by reducing the use of fossil fuels on the plane ride over. That's a win-win-win!

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