The Clemson win and the FSU matchup

First, some notes from Tech’s 86-81 win over Clemson in the ACC tournament:

It was the third time in four years that the No. 12 seed beat No. 5.

Lewis Clinch’s 32 points were the third-most by a Yellow Jacket in an ACC tournament game, behind Will Bynum’s 35 in 2005 and Mark Price’s 33 in 1983. Clinch had scored a total of 14 points in his three previous ACC tourney games.

Gani Lawal’s 7 offensive rebounds were one short of Malcolm Mackey’s Tech record, set in 1991.

Clemson is 7-8 since its 16-0 start.

Tech had 18 assists against 17 turnovers, one of the few times this season the Jackets posted more assists than turnovers.

Clinch, Iman Shumpert and Gani Lawal played 35, 33 and 32 minutes respectively. We’ll see how fresh they are against FSU. Clinch rolled his right ankle when he came down on Tanner Smith’s foot. He called it a “light roll” and said it didn’t hamper him after he got it taped up.

Lawal, who was unstoppable after a bad start, said the Jackets won because they got loose balls and came up with tough rebounds down the stretch.

“In many games this year…other teams made defining plays. If it was a 50-50 ball, they’d come up with it,” he said. “Every time Clemson came with a punch we came with a punch of our own. We really kept our intensity up and withstood their runs to make the big plays.”

Lawal (20 points, 14 rebounds) reiterated that the tournament is a “whole new season. Two and 14? We’re going to try to forget about that and have four one-game seasons in the ACC tournament.”

Looking ahead to Florida State, Lawal said the gameplan is simple: contain Toney Douglas.

“I feel he should have been player of the year,” Lawal said. “Contain Toney Douglas and attack their length and athleticism and have a real aggressive mindset.”

In the only regular-season meeting, FSU won 62-58 in Tallahassee as Douglas scored 10 of his game-high 21 in the final 5:09. The Jackets shot 34.4 percent for the game, with 18 turnovers. Lawal shot 5-for-16, Clinch shot 2-for-11, and Shumpert and Lance Storrs each went 1-for-6. Tech was 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

Lawal recalled that a bunch of “dumb turnovers and ill-advised shots” cost Tech.

“We very well should have won that game — that’s another one” that got away, he said.

But now Clinch is hot, and the rest of the team is getting better looks because opponents are concentrating on him. Plus, Tech should have a homecourt advantage.

So what’s your prediction for Tech-FSU?

50 comments Add your comment

Dadgum

March 12th, 2009
8:34 pm

Hey all you losers that post here…..Paul Hewitt is a great coach and recruiter. Jackets win!!! I predicted a 10 point Tech win, sorry I was wrong. Can’t wait for next year. Tech basketball is in good hands!!!

Rock on……..

Why

March 12th, 2009
9:03 pm

Why do you want all of us Dawg fans to post here?? We have our own page to post on.

Atlanta Jackets

March 12th, 2009
9:12 pm

Tech wins. Mutts lose. Good day.

Is there any chance that Favors plays? I’d hate for him to lose his redshirt, but we may need him. He’ll be in the NBA in four years (maybe three). Mark it down!!

Jimmy

March 12th, 2009
9:20 pm

My prediction? Paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!

Gordon

March 12th, 2009
9:50 pm

Yes, Dadgum, we won today. Let’s give Hewitt a big raise and add 3 more years to his rollover contract.

I’m happy for Hewitt and the team. I hope they can keep it going.

Atlanta Jackets, your schtick is already getting old.

GM

March 12th, 2009
11:02 pm

Hewitt never ceases to amaze! He’s got his guys playing great just at the right time as always. After we win the ACC tourney, expect us to make a run as a 14th seed in the big dance. Elite 8 or maybe even Final Four. Man this team is hot! With Favors coming next year and Hewitt as coach…preseason #1 without a doubt……somebody wake me when football season starts.

Tech Wrecked...AGAIN

March 13th, 2009
7:23 am

CONGRATS…..I THINK THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE A RING!!!!!

Not gonna happen

March 13th, 2009
9:28 am

FSU wins by 25. Tech is too tired to play the def it’ll take to contain Douglas. Better luck next year…

Howdy "Tech Wrecked...AGAIN"

March 13th, 2009
9:34 am

Hey man, Check out this realization – You are a Dawg fan posting on a Tech board at 7:23AM! Are you kidding me? Obsess much loser? 45-42 was months ago…we’ve moved on…why haven’t you? Time to try to talk to your fellow fans instead of us now ok lil’ fella? There’s no need to talk trash when you’re the losing team. This is a basketball blog by the way…another sport you lost to your rival in this year 67-62. Go ahead and throw another gay or nerd joke this way…only shows how sad and desperate you really are….We get it dude…you like UGA….now move along with the rest of the herd….you’re getting in the way of the ACC tournament….you know the ACC right? where REAL basketball teams play.

Atlanta Jackets

March 13th, 2009
9:49 am

Howdy, nicely played. “Tech Wrecked” you just got burned! LOL!

BLAZER

March 13th, 2009
9:58 am

WHEN”THEY” LOSE THEY BLOG ON OTHER PEOPLE PAGES

Damn Howdy!!!

March 13th, 2009
10:04 am

You just owned that dude!

wreckmaniac

March 13th, 2009
10:04 am

Atlanta Jacket: Favors will be in the NBA in one year. Thats the problem. How can any of us get excited about this guy coming to Tech ?
He’s at Tech because other coaches did not want a one year player. The best way to recuit (unless you’re Roy Williams) is to get a bunch of 4A players who will stay instead of a group of 5 A players that won’t.

Tech Wrecked...AGAIN

March 13th, 2009
10:07 am

U-G-A…U-G-A! WE BEAT LSU and LSU beat TECH so therefore we BEAT TECH! HAHAHA…losers! Matthew Stafford threw for 400 yards against y’all. What do you gotta say about that? Joe Cox will make you beg for mercy.

laxdawg33

March 13th, 2009
10:22 am

Tech wrecked, you are an idiot and the reason that Tech fans constantly insult our intelligence as Georgia fans….. dont bring up football in basketball season, its irrelevant…. also, Atlanta Jackets you are an idiot too if you think favors will be here for years (or even three years)….. he will do the same thing that thaddeus young, javaris crittenton, and chris bosh all did….. he will leave after one year…..wreckmaniac is right, if tech doesnt change its recruiting ways, they will not win championships… they cant afford to keep recruiting top notch players who are on the fast track to the nba

Just a Fan

March 13th, 2009
10:30 am

UGA posters. I thought you guys had the early shirt at McDonalds this morning. Who the heck is serving breakfast? Get a life

Just a Fan

March 13th, 2009
10:31 am

UGA=Trailor Trash

March 13th, 2009
10:33 am

Oh yea that’s right TECH Wrecked….Again, there is a statistical category for that: we beat this team and you didn’t…LOL. Good for you beating LSU, you still LOST to us (football, men’s basketball, derick favors, women’s basketball, volleyball, football recruiting…etc.) You and the rest of your trailor park brothering had our number this year! Isn’t it time for you to get off the computer at SEARS and go pick up your free cheese and stamps for this month?

Ruprecht

March 13th, 2009
10:35 am

Favors is a great recruit for Tech. He may be the talent that gets us over the 7-9 hump quickly. The big difference in his (most likely) one and done is that we have 4 other solid 2+ year players coming in with him. Completely different situation than the Crit/Young fiasco. Don’t abandon recruiting the best players available.

Dadgum

March 13th, 2009
10:37 am

laxdawg….I hope you are joking. Right? Can’t you see it now a blue chip player wants to come to Tech or would consider Tech but Tech has changed it’s recruiting ways and not going after those type players. The kid ends up at NC State or somewhere and is a phenom. No thanks, always give me the blue chippers.

No, the problem is the NCAA/NBA for allowing these kids to leave after one year. Stop that and you have a better NCAA and NBA. Think about this, MLB either takes a kid after high school or after his junior college year minimum. In either case he is probably still 3 years away from being in the bigs (if ever). But somehow, the NBA thinks that a kid can go straight from high school or freshman year into the pros. Sure LaBron did and there are exceptions but few. For every LaBron and Garnett there is a Kwami Brown too. Ya’ll think about it.

Rock on….Paul Hewitt is a great recruiter and coach and I hope he stays many more years.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 13th, 2009
10:42 am

I like our chances

Dadgum

March 13th, 2009
10:46 am

Oh yeah, and for what it is worth. Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton were never considered one and done by anybody when they were being recruited. Sure, solid recruits and good for building a few years of good basketball on the flats, but NEVER one-and-done players. Not by anyone in scouting or anywhere. So, if you don’t think the system is at fault you are wrong. Sorry.

Rock on……GO HOKIES!!!!!!

Hey Dadgum

March 13th, 2009
10:50 am

“GO HOKIES!!!”

??????

WHY??????

It's GREAT to be a GEORGIA BULLDOG!

March 13th, 2009
10:51 am

You guys needed a ring just cause y’all beat us. HEHE! Losers! Joe Cox will own you next year. We’ll go undefeated. UGA = NATIONAL CHAMPS! So suck it NERDS! We’re number 1!

Richard Simmons

March 13th, 2009
10:56 am

Hey Atlanta Jackets, I had a wonderful time last night you beast! Give me a call ASAP so we can arrange are rendevous for tonight. I can’t wait big boy!

Dadgum

March 13th, 2009
11:02 am

well my daughter goes to VT for one, for another if VT wins they are in the dance which is good for the ACC, for another it knocks UNC out of the tourney and if we are lucky enough to continue playing we would play VT and not UNC. Every GT fan should be pulling for VT today. Thought it wa sobvious but I explained it anyway.

Rock on…..

cs

March 13th, 2009
11:06 am

Hey TECH,

It doesn’t matter what happens today if you don’t win the whole thing you will be going home for a long summer. By the way, you are not going to win the whole thing.

Boston Williams

March 13th, 2009
11:21 am

UGA, GT? ….Excuse me dahling, but when do the Heels play?

Hey "cs" - get a life

March 13th, 2009
11:22 am

Why are you posting on a TECH Message board? Why are Dawg fans talking trash about basketball(67-62)? Dawg Basketball will NOT WIN Anything of any importance EVER….So you telling us it’s “going to be a long summer” doesn’t really compare…THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP THOUGH LOSER!

45-42
67-62
baseball score to come soon…i’ve got my broom ready

Hey "Richard Simmons"

March 13th, 2009
11:27 am

Here’s some photo evidence of TRUE gayness at UGA

http://deadspin.com/258009/i-guess-you-cant-be-a-successful-quarterback-until-youve-been-with-a-man

What do you have to say about that?

Hey Dadgum

March 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Got ya. Good point. I’m a little slow. GO VT!!!

cs

March 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Simple Jack

March 13th, 2009
11:50 am

I have a good brain and I think that tech will go all the way. I have a good brain.

UGA = TRAILOR TRASH

March 13th, 2009
12:06 pm

Rocks the trailor mabye when they throw a fit after getting beat by TECH!

Hey Simple Jack

March 13th, 2009
12:07 pm

Tune it down a notch…Your not supposed to take it FULL UGA RETARD…

Hey Simple Jack

March 13th, 2009
12:13 pm

gt fan

March 13th, 2009
12:26 pm

hey dadgum…. take your tired and slow witted soap box crap elswhere.

clue… the vast majority of gt fans do NOT want paul hewitt here. the guy is a slacker. he has slacked ever since he signed his 7 million forever contract.

he admitted that he sleeps well even though our program is in the tank. he said last week that he has never rcruited so hard. say what? it took him 3 years of losing to finally recruit harder??????

he has lowered his bar to where a year like this year isnt so bad. and it shows!

personally the crap you spew sounds more like what a dawg would do. pretend to be a nitwit acting tech fan who takes a contrary position to everybody else and makes inane posts just to irate us ….

JUST LIKE YOU DO!

and as most real tech fans would say. viginia is a poly not a tech. there is only one ‘tech’ on the national scene and it aint from virginia.

Hey UGA Fans

March 13th, 2009
12:28 pm

yellowblood

March 13th, 2009
12:45 pm

What a difference a win makes. Last night’s Tickle Pile was the best since we beat the thugs in Athens. I thought everyone had a huge release especially some of the football team that was there.THWG!!!

If you ignore them, they will go away

March 13th, 2009
12:47 pm

Let’s just ignore these U[sic]GA “fans” instead of stooping to their level. We’re just encouraging them…

For what it’s worth. Hewitt obviously knows how to coach, or he wouldn’t have taken a team of mostly nobodies to the Final Four. it seems the issue is he doesn’t know how to integrate top tier talent into his rotation and get the most out of the team.

Hey Yellowblood

March 13th, 2009
12:49 pm

yellowblood

March 13th, 2009
12:54 pm

tickle piles are awesome. matthew stafford is hot. i miss him dearly.

Atlanta Jackets

March 13th, 2009
12:56 pm

I tend to ignore most of them. But I laugh at the others. Mutts can be funny, but mostly when they don’t intend it.

I’d take Favors even if he only stays one year, but that’s crazy. I’d expect him to at least stay two or three. He can work himself into a top ten pick by that point. And if he works hard, he’ll graduate too.

UGA = Jim Crammer
Tech = John Stewart

Burn! LOL!

ERIC

March 13th, 2009
1:12 pm

Go Jackets!!!

ggodsey

March 13th, 2009
1:36 pm

I’m a gay dawg fan, so what of it. I rule

BravesFan79

March 13th, 2009
1:50 pm

Atlanta Jacket: i dont think you understand how good Favors is. He will probably be a top 2 pick in the 2011 NBA draft. And Lawal (if he stays) will be a top 10 pick. We WILL have the BEST frontcourt in the NATION!! GO GT!!

BravesFan79

March 13th, 2009
1:57 pm

I ment the 2010 Draft. And this is why college basketball is SO much better than college football! Any sport where a team can go UNDEFEATED and still have NO shot at a title…. ISNT a sport! Its a dog and pony show.,,,a beauty pagent. Hoops = real sport! which of course uga sucks at so yall are jelous……
btw…im a GT and UGA fan, just a bigger gt fan!

Hey BravesFan79

March 13th, 2009
2:23 pm

favors and lawal are both black….doesn’t it make it hard to root for them since you’re racist?

ggodsey

March 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

quit talking trash about my dawgs! i named myself after godsey….he sucks…wait…he beat the dawgs…damn i’m dumb.

Atlanta Jackets

March 13th, 2009
4:11 pm

Are we winning?