Good morning, hope everyone had a safe weekend.
A few thoughts on my trip to Chapel Hill:
Lewis Clinch picked a bad time for his hot streak. In the last three games — losses to No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 12 Clemson and No. 4 UNC — he’s made 18 of 37 threes. If only Clinch had gotten hot when Tech was playing the likes of N.C. State, Maryland and UVA….
Iman Shumpert appears to have hit a wall. The freshman is 2-for-13 in the last two games, with 13 turnovers against 9 assists.
Gani Lawal still leads the ACC in rebounding (9.8), but his scoring has tailed off. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford included Lawal in his latest edition of “Draft Watch: Who’s hot, who’s not?”
With Tech clinching last place in the ACC, we know the Jackets will be playing Thursday afternoon, March 12 at about 2:30 in the Georgia Dome. They’ll face the No. 5 seed. Right now Clemson and Boston College are tied for fifth at 8-6, with the Tigers holding the tiebreaker. Clemson swept Tech. The Jackets lost at home in OT to the Eagles and conclude the regular season Saturday at B.C.
For the first time in forever, ACC Tournament tickets are available to the general public. An upper-deck ticket to all 11 games costs $363. With Tech likely to have a short stay, I’m wondering how many of you are thinking about going. Here is the info about the schedule and tickets.
Hopefully you saw the story Ken wrote about Russell Athletic’s relationship with Tech and UGA.
Are you okay with Tech associating with a company other schools are cutting ties with? And, does the size of Tech’s contract complicate the issue? Ken points out that it’s a lot easier for other schools to cut Russell loose because they’re not making a whole lot from the company. For most schools, they license their name and logos to Russell and get royalties off sales. Tech, on the other hand, gets paid to wear Russell products.
Ken also notes that the Worker Rights Consortium includes 185 schools. While a bunch of prestigious schools have cut ties to Russell, a lot more have not.