Digesting the Duke win

    Wow, Georgia Tech just knocked off No. 5 Duke. The week just got a lot better for Tech fans, who had had a rough one between the loss to Georgia in basketball and the Orange Bowl.

   This might actually give the Paul Hewitt-bashers a little time to rest their typing fingers and send UGA fans back to their own blogs for a bit.

   But beyond all the riff-raff, what does it really mean? You have to figure it bodes well, bodes real well.

   If Tech can beat Duke, which was shaping up to have one of the top teams in the ACC, it can expect to compete with the best the league has to offer.

   I know plenty of folks in and around the program have been saying that all along. But it’s one thing to say it and another to do it. Losses to Dayton and Florida State weren’t backing up what they were saying.

   This does.

   The Yellow Jackets, at 1-1 in the ACC, are halfway to last year’s ACC win total already. They’ve got solid results to fuel their confidence.

   On top of that, as some of the Tech players pointed out after the game, the Yellow Jackets managed to beat a good Duke team while some of their best players were having bad games.

   Iman Shumpert committed seven turnovers next to three assists. Derrick Favors finished with seven points.

   But it didn’t matter, because Tech out-Duked Duke. The Yellow Jackets were 5-for-14 from 3-point range while Duke went only 6-for-28. Tech got to the free throw line twice as much as the Blue Devils, taking 28 free throws to Duke’s 14, and Tech went 17-of-18 from the line in the second half.

   Tech outrebounded Duke 26-12 in the second half, including 11 offensive rebounds.

   And this very important statistic for the Yellow Jackets – they committed only three turnovers in the second half.

   Everybody knows what Tech has going in the frontcourt, but if the backcourt can put up a solid game against a team with good guard play and stingy perimeter defense, then this team can start climbing toward the high ceiling Hewitt is talking about.

   Freshman Mfon Udofia got some high praise after the game from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

   “Udofia played like a veteran today,” Krzyzewski said.

   Udofia went 3-for-6 from 3-point range, scored 13 points, hit both his free throws with 6.3 seconds left and played hard for 34 minutes.

   I’ve told you my theory on Udofia: bigger the stakes, bigger the game. So it should be interesting to see what he’ll do as he plays in his first ACC road games. Tech has two this coming week – at Virginia Wednesday and at North Carolina on Saturday.

   As for another key frosh….

Hewitt on Favors

   Favors was under double-digits in scoring for the third consecutive game – he had six points on six shots in 23 minutes against Charlotte, eight points on eight shots in 21 minutes against Georgia and then seven points on six shots in 29 minutes against Duke.

   To me, what we’re seeing is the learning curve. You’ve got a freshman starting to make his way in the ACC, and he’s got some things to learn. Happens to the best of them.

   Duke did not make it easy on him, double-teaming Favors just about every time he touched the ball. They forced him into four turnovers, including three walks, and generally made him feel uncomfortable at every turn.

   Hewitt bristles at some of the comments and questions he’s getting about whether Favors is getting the ball enough, taking enough shots, making the progress he should be. He had a few things to say on the subject after the Duke game.

   “You’re talking about a guy who’s one of the best guys I’ve had a chance to coach,” Hewitt said. “He’s an absolute pleasure to coach. It’s really interesting everybody gets on these blogs and talks about he should be this, he should be that and just forget the kid just turned 18 July 5th.

   “He’s going to be a great player, a great, great player,” Hewitt continued. “He’s never been challenged physically like this. Go back to the Florida State game. He talked about how that was the most physical game he’s ever been in. He’s going to be a great player, he’s a very good player now. He’s having an excellent freshman year and he’s going to get better.”

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Augusta Jacket

January 9th, 2010
9:39 pm


January 9th, 2010
9:39 pm

Great game Tech!

Augusta Jacket

January 9th, 2010
9:41 pm

Tech still needs to improve the FG% to have a shot at finishing above .500 in the ACC


January 9th, 2010
10:19 pm

Great Win Jackets!!! Anytime we beat Duke it is a great win! With that said…the loss to Georgia earlier this week took a lot away from this achievement. It will take many more such wins without the dreaded failings to mediocre teams before my family spends limited resources to return to the AMC. Proud of our free throw shooting for the first time in years.


January 9th, 2010
10:27 pm

we have two lottery players in the starting lineup but a div 111 coach


January 9th, 2010
10:36 pm

Great job. Just keep it going.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 9th, 2010
10:48 pm

To have four fast breaks in the first few minutes of the game and come away with only one point, and not to hit a layup until midway through the second half says Hewitt has no concept of how to use strength down under. We cannot continue to rely on good defensive play and outside shots; there HAS GOT TO BE an inside game.

Reggie Ball

January 9th, 2010
10:58 pm

Even I could coach this team better than Blewitt…..Hit me up when you finally let him go, you can find me behind the counter at the Varsity


January 9th, 2010
11:00 pm



January 9th, 2010
11:01 pm


Biff Pocoroba

January 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

Hewitt wins one like this every now and then. Chan used to do the same thing and would win just enough support to hang on to his job. Unfortunately, the team will start to get too high on themselves and will probably come out and choke against Virginia on Tuesday. Hewitt has to win consistently if he wants to get people off of his back. And people would leve him alone about Favors not playing well if they hadn’t seen him waste Chris Bosh and Anthony Morrow a few years ago and then see what they are doing in the NBA now.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 9th, 2010
11:35 pm

Hewitt’s teams always have a January slump, so today was probably our last win until February

Red Foreman

January 9th, 2010
11:40 pm

Did I mention that all dawgs are gay???


January 9th, 2010
11:47 pm

Great win Jackets, great defense as usual. Good to see us being the team to make the necessary plays to win at the end. We would have lost this game last year, lets keep improving on offense and carry this into the heart of ACC play.

LOST to UGA 66-73 this week.

January 10th, 2010
1:40 am

Why don’t you try to explain away that GA tek LOST to UGA with your THUGS such as Javaris Crittenton and Stephon Marbury ?

Explain away that Paul Hewitt is 4-6 vs. UGA.

Explain away that your Academic Progress Rate is 914


Tech Hoops

January 10th, 2010
1:59 am

You guys who are still bashing Hewitt are just plain stupid and if you don’t want to come to AJC, that’s fine I’ll take the seats. The offense is a little behind in development for the half court. But a win against DUKE is huge. And you idiots who say Hewitt can’t coach. A young team does not become the 7th best FG %age defense in the nation by themselves. Remember that Hewitts best teams had very good defense. You can’t ask for more than at the end f the first half where Coach K was really upset over the no foul calls. Do you folks remember when in 05 we were at Cameron and coach K was yelling so much he fell down into the fetal position.

So support your team. Yeah we lost to UGA but thats just a freak thing as Cremins never won there EVER!! And you UGA fans still talking smack, well you may have won that day but you wont be dancing in March so you can sit at home and post UGA garbage on our blog while we play in the dance.

So get behind this team and Hewitts teams seem to gel in Feb and this is a dangerous team.
Did you see the stats for the second half above? See how many teams have that good of a half against DUKE this year. Clemson scored 12 in the first half against them.

This is a great win and Hewitt is pulling it together. And as I have said all along, his teams compete and played Duke at their game, aggressive defense and transition…..and beat them at it. Not many teams can do that. If you leave Hewitt alone, he can bring in more players as things move forward.


January 10th, 2010
2:21 am

Great win for Tech on Saturday! Let’s see how the team responds when they hit the road in the ACC…

U lose

January 10th, 2010
7:01 am

After that great accident win over duke u will wake up lose to virginia chokealiers n next team n when face duke at duke u lose by 30 there yes u turn corner n miss the exit….again as u sit out another Ncaa n ACC tourament to


January 10th, 2010
7:50 am

Hit the free throws and you win the game. Basketball is really a simple game.

Seen It Before

January 10th, 2010
8:00 am

If history is guide, a win against Duke at home is followed later by a 30 point loss to Duke at Cameron. I wouldn’t get too excited. A win at Virginia and even a close loss at UNC will say more about this year’s team.


January 10th, 2010
8:50 am

Is Moe Miller hurt or has he lost his spot in the rotation?

ACC fan

January 10th, 2010
9:26 am

Big win for Tech. Interesting that their players all say they won in a game with two of their guys having sub-par games. 7 turnovers is par for the course for Shumpert in ACC play. And holding Favors to single digits is the norm. Hardly less-than-normal performances from those two over-rated Jackets.

If Singler hit any of the wide-open jumpers he took, Duke wins. Tech played their best game of the season yesterday. They always do against Duke. We won’t see that kind of energy or focus until the next time Duke comes to Alexander Memorial.

Give Tech their due: they managed to beat Duke in Atlanta for the second time in 15 years. I didn’t check the record books, but I believe it’s their third time in 20 years and I think they’ve won once in last 15 or 16 trips to Cameron. throw in ACC tourney play and Duke is over 90% winning percentage over the Jackets.

Obvious truth

January 10th, 2010
10:01 am

” A young team does not become the 7th best FG %age defense in the nation by themselves.”

This guy seems to have some sense, i worry about some of the others.

Obvious truth

January 10th, 2010
10:01 am

Hewitt is doing something right.

Obvious truth

January 10th, 2010
10:05 am

“Hit the free throws and you win the game. Basketball is really a simple game.”

This guy is also smart.

Didn’t Hewitt say that they have been working hard on that. They must be doing something right.


January 10th, 2010
10:08 am

Ms Rogers, have you ever thought about getting a makeover? I think it would do you wonders. I am not trying to be ugly just truthful. Take that Junkyard Blawg man with you, he needs it worse than anyone on this website.

Meadowlark Lemmon

January 10th, 2010
10:11 am

Hewitt is a bigger clown than me. Did anyone see that strategic last timeout called at the end of the game. How does a coach expect his team not to choke when he does?


January 10th, 2010
10:40 am

Great D and making FTs will have to be our MO for the season because the offensive game plan is weak. Still not sure why we can’t have both our big guys on the floor most of the time. But I will take the win.
Shumpert has got to play better. He still thinks he should be the star and he’s just been awful…on O. His D was superb.


January 10th, 2010
10:44 am

nhe, Mo Miller has lost his spot in the rotation. He is just not an ACC caliber player.
I’m not sure why Nick Foreman is getting as much time as he is. Scheyer lit him up every time he came in the guard him, which is the only reason he was on the floor.

Russ, the Interim Mascot

January 10th, 2010
11:27 am

73-66 30-24

Was that Washaun, Caleb or Travis Leslie that just ran by the Tech D?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 10th, 2010
12:07 pm

If I remember correctly, Tech never played in Athens under Cremins. All those games in those years were played at the OMNI, so Tech Hoops, your point is invalid. Hewitt cannot coach PERIOD, and if this team does anything it will be because of player instinct not coaching. Hewitt must go.


January 10th, 2010
12:27 pm

Can we please clean up this blog. The stupidity reflects on the whole City of Atlanta. Does anyone remember how Americans used to be thought of as caring, generous, kind people. It is no wonder some other countries say we are evil.

Cracker jacket

January 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

Even a blind hog will find an acorn sometimes! Delaying Hewitt’s firing is all this win does!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 10th, 2010
1:47 pm

Cracker, let’s just hope it doesn’t delay it yet another year.


January 10th, 2010
2:03 pm

ACC Fan: Duke hasn’t been in contention for the nat champ in 10 years and will not until K gets a big man. Maybe one of the twins will work out. UNC has this conf by the throat as much as FL and AL in SEC football. Singler was manhandled yesterday and I don’t say this because Tech is good but because Duke is bad. They will struggle to end the season in the top 10. I’ve never seen a Duke team have the meltdown in the final 5 minutes as I saw yesterday.


January 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

As an obsersver of college basketball with no particular favorite, looks to me that GT has tremendous talent this year. At times they look fundumentally flawed in entry passes into the post and sometimes look a bit selfish on the offensive end. Glen Rice needs to work on his game if he wants playing time; his shooting and defense needs alot of work if he wants to stay in the rotation. He needs to spend more time in the gym working on his jump shot, improve his shooting technique, and footwork. Coach needs to settle on a 6-8 man rotation and stress fundamentals like free throws and defense if he expects to win the the conference.


January 10th, 2010
2:27 pm

Wake up Tech fans. I was surrounded by Duke fans at the game yesterday. We have a solid football coach and a very good basketball team this year. Hats off to the UGA fans- they always support their program. What are you waiting for- Pat Riley as a coach?. Do you think this recruiting class called Hewitt and said “Hey, can we come play for you?” He worked his tail off to the land the class. Stop thinking your so smart Ebaying your tickets and go support the program.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 10th, 2010
2:34 pm

So why doesn’t he work equally hard developing an offensive plan. Where is the inside game? The only thing that happened consistently in the paint yesterday was rebounding. And I DO go to the games, although this will probably be my last year. I’m sick of underachievment.

nebraska jacket

January 10th, 2010
2:49 pm

Please Tech fans, we BEAT DUKE stop bitching about the game plan WE WON THE GAME.


January 10th, 2010
3:48 pm

It was a big win and there was a huge fan interest. This was not just because Duke was in town. Scalpers at the gates wanted , and I think were getting, $ 150 for “midcourt, front rows”. When I finally got inside there were NO vacancies. Of course, Alexander seats only 10,000 and, for that reason, is the best place to see ACC basketball in the entire conference.


January 10th, 2010
3:48 pm

I applaud the guys for playing a solid game against a good team. I however think we caught Duke at a bit of a good time. They seemed off to me. They missed a lot of open shots which is not something they do often. We did play good defense, but if we are really going to reach the potential of this team, they have got to get better at their spacing and movement in the half court. I saw some points in the game when this happened to give me hope (and Lawal was tenacious at working on the low post), but the troubling thing is how familiar the lack of movement is for a Paul Hewitt coached team.

ACC fan

January 10th, 2010
4:32 pm

Wreckmaniac: GT fans should come out and support their team. not just this year, but every year. I’ve had season tix for hoops since 2000. The only games that sell out are Duke, UNC and UGA. They had to post a sign yesterday that the game was a sellout because Tech NEVER sells out a basketball game unless it’s one of the aforementioned schools. The Thrillerdome is a morgue on most nights and is rarely more than 1/3 full at tipoff.
I don’t know what DRad can do to fix the problem, but they need to do something. The arena and crowd are a laughingstock in teh conference, especially in years when the team is playing well and has talent.
I know Tech is more of a football school, but the Jacket fans need to get out and support the hoop team as well

Supersize that order, mutt

January 10th, 2010
4:47 pm

ACC fan, until 3 years ago, the dome was full for most of the ACC games. Hewitt has diminished the fan interest, because Tech seldom plays up to its potential. He never adjusts, and he always has the same excuses. The game yesterday may have been a sellout, but there were still empty seats. Even though it ended up being an exciting game, nevertheless, the excitement wasn’t there that was there the year of, and the year after, the Final Four. Cremins isn’t coming back, not should he, but when he was coach at Tech, there was always excitement. Students camped out the night before to get tickets; now they just dribble in, some not even arriving until after tipoff. The only thing that DRad can do to fix the problem is to get rid of Hewitt and bring in a coach who will excite the fan base and provide teams that improve as the season goes on, winning games they are not supposed to and all of them that they should win. Tech hasn’t even had a winning percentage in ACC play and has never won either the regular season championship or the ACC tournament championship. Look how many of both that Cremins won. All those athletes on the floor yesterday deserve and NEED better coaching than they are receiving. Sorry to be so negative about things, but I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Ha Ha Ha

January 10th, 2010
4:47 pm

Hey Georgia fans? How does it feel to have neither your football or basketball teams in the top 25? You keep chanting “state champions” but I’d rather be regional or a shot a national champtions that a measely ole state champion. Go berate someone else b/c your football and basektball teams are IRRELEVANT!


January 10th, 2010
5:42 pm

Tech fans: I believe that there is only one person on Tech blogs primarily responsible for anti-Tech smack talk…. and it isn’t a uga person. A few years ago a pitiful high school senior had his sights set on a Tech baseball scholarship that never came. To add insult to injury, this sad person couldn’t even gain regular admissions to Tech. He ended up at Emory U where he was able to play baseball. However, this person is so bitter and angry at Tech he spends most every waking moment on these blogs doing the only thing he can do that he thinks will ‘hurt’ Tech.

Very sad, actually.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 10th, 2010
6:00 pm

reality, you should say who it is.


January 10th, 2010
6:09 pm

Telepathy really works.FT.


January 10th, 2010
6:14 pm

Always nice to beat Coach K, but this is still GROUND HOG DAY!

wait till we go on the road again.

Carroll Rogers

January 11th, 2010
10:43 am

Cremins went 0-4 vs. Georgia in Athens, one game before they started playing at the Omni and three after.

The reason Hewitt called a timeout with 1:11 left, was that the point guard was supposed to go right, he went left, so Hewitt called a timeout before the play could break down. Gani ended up hitting the jumper, so it looked to be the right call.

I think Alexander is a great place to watch a game when it’s full (or mostly full) like it was on Saturday, but don’t think you can say it’s better place to see a game in the conference than Cameron, which seats like 9,314, Wreckamaniac.

carl s

January 13th, 2010
6:10 pm

Paul hewitt is a good coach. He is a class act as well which we should all respect when compared with a Lane Kiffin. They need a perimeter game to win. Without that all teams gang up on the inside making it difficult to score. I don’t think the players they have in the back court can do the job done the stretch in Feb and Mar. I hope they do succeed because I am very grumpy when they lose….