Clemson’s point guard Stitt is questionable for Tuesday

    So the ACC schedule won’t let up for the Yellow Jackets this week, with No. 17 Clemson coming in on Tuesday. (Tech moved up a spot to No. 19 this week in the AP poll, by the way.)

   A lot hinges on the left foot of Tigers’ point guard Demontez Stitt. He sprained his foot Saturday against NC State, left the game with 13:52 left and did not return. He was on crutches after the game and did not practice Sunday.

   Clemson coach Oliver Purnell was non-committal, not surprisingly, on the ACC coaches’ teleconference this morning. He made it sound like the decision would be made based on whether Stitt could go in practice this afternoon. If he couldn’t, he likely wouldn’t play tomorrow. So I’m not sure where that leaves us, since I can’t exactly take a glimpse into their practice court this afternoon.

   I know Tech coach Paul Hewitt said he’ll be taking a “believe-it-when-he-sees-it approach,” preparing for Clemson at full strength.

   Without Stitt on the floor against State Saturday, Clemson’s lead went from 12 points to the three points the Tigers won by by 73-70. Clemson scored only one field goal in the last 9:13.

   Stitt had scored in double-digits for six consecutive games leading into the State game, including 20 points in their win over Carolina.

   If Stitt can’t go, primary ball-handling duties fall to sophomore Andre Young from Albany, GA.

   There’s an opening there, but Tech knows not to count on that. And the inside matchup will be interesting as always with Trevor Booker and Gani Lawal going toe-to-toe. Booker was just named co-ACC player of the week along with our friend Sylven Landesberg of Virginia.

Marbury going international

   I just read where Stephon Marbury has signed to play for the Chinese Basketball Association.

   Here’s a link to the story on ESPN.com, but I’ll put out what I thought was the most interesting part from the “boss” of the Shanxi team he signed with.

   “Wang added that Marbury’s salary would not be too high because the former New Jersey Nets and Phoenix Suns player wanted to promote his personal brand of shoes in China.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4836023

Not so many Moe minutes

   Moe Miller has not seen action in Tech’s past three ACC games against North Carolina, Virginia and Duke, and that’s apparently not for any other reason than he’s not performing at the level Hewitt wants in his rotation now.

   It sounds like Miller, Lance Storrs, and Brad Sheehan are all in the same boat. Nick Foreman is getting some minutes because he’s willing to get down and dirty defensively and give Tech some real physical minutes off the bench.

   “I’ve gotten to a point where this is a rotation I feel very comfortable with,” Hewitt said, when I asked him about it this morning. “And what I ask he and Lance and Brad to do is just stay ready, because you never know, somebody could roll an ankle or have a really bad game.”

35 comments Add your comment

Dannyboy

January 18th, 2010
4:39 pm

I don’t want to be first…

Carroll Rogers

January 18th, 2010
4:53 pm

Buzzed Driving

January 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

Sheehan was bad against UNC. Great move relegating him to the bench. I cringed when he came in the game. He would foul even in situations when he didn’t have to. The ESPN commentators noticed it too. They said “if you’re 7 feet tall, don’t reach out and grab the player, just stick your arms up and make him shoot over you.”

Buzz29

January 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

I’m taking a “believe it when I see it” approach to Hewitt. I’ll believe he can coach when he can get his players pumped up for ALL the games not just games against Duke and Carolina. Mark it down, we’ll be a bubble team.

collegeballfan

January 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

Two things. 1 – when was the last time Tech beat NC & Duke in the same season? 2 – What is the problem with Favors?

Buzzed Driving

January 18th, 2010
6:55 pm

We won’t be a bubble team due to collegeballfan’s #1 above.

Nancy Reagan

January 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

Technophobia

January 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

Hey Carroll, somebody on the AJC staff needs to report on the 3 Duke FB players that were kicked off the team today.

http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/Duke-kicks-3-players-off-team-011810

Technophobia

January 18th, 2010
7:29 pm

As for Stitt, I’d be surprised if he didn’t play. They’ll just tape the heck out of it. The question is how much he will be limited by it. It’s a huge game for Tech and Clemson is ranked higher so we can’t afford any kind of let down.

Playing to our competition

January 18th, 2010
8:24 pm

If the pattern holds of Tech beating teams they should lose to (UNC and Duke) and losing to the teams they should beat like UVA and UGA, then they should fare pretty well against Clemson.

Worry about another let down though after the big win.

Technophobia

January 18th, 2010
8:44 pm

UVa is actually playing pretty well this year and is in first place right now. It’s early so that probably will change but since that was a road game I’m not so sure that was as bad a loss as if seemed at first. I didn’t see that game though so I really can’t tell. The next two games could be critical for us.

SamInAtlanta

January 18th, 2010
10:47 pm

UGA RUNS THIS STATE

January 18th, 2010
11:20 pm

gt may beat unc and duke but what does that mean when you lose to UGA?? HAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!
UGA 73 – gt 66!!!!!!

Just a reminder…. UGA 30 – gt 24!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Our worst football team in over 15 years beat your best team in 20!!!!! at bobby dodd stadium!!!!!!!

Also, our women’s team beat you down as well 56 – 50!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Guess what?? Baseball is coming around the corner!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!

Tech Forever

January 18th, 2010
11:35 pm

Well, considering Georgia ranks 47th out of 50 states in Standardized Test Scores for high school students I’d have to agree……UGA does in fact run this state!!!!!

C

January 19th, 2010
12:55 am

??? Ok so UGA gets some 47th place students and GT gets the rest…how does that make GT look good? GT has a billion dollar endowment, what does the state have to show for it? yeah – cold fusion in a beaker.

TECH SUCKS

Ozzy

January 19th, 2010
8:28 am

WOW C!

We’re impressed you could use the words endowment, fusion and beaker in sentences!

A+.

To Hell With Georgia!

UGAissolastdecade

January 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Lose one ACC game, win one. Lose one, win one. That would suggest an ‘L’ tonight against Clemson.

spectator

January 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Did I miss something? I didn’t see anything about uga in this article. So why is this dumb tool from uga commenting? I guess the poor loser has nothing else to do.

yellarjacket

January 19th, 2010
8:46 am

I think our guard play will be the key tonight against Clemson. We all know Clemson is going to full court press to speed up the tempo and try to get our young guards to make mistakes in the backcourt. If they handle the pressure, then I believe Tech will win. If not, we’ll lose.

Our guards must also feed the post all night. Try to get Booker into foul trouble. We need to get Favors involved early and often. I believe he’s ready to have a monster game. When we get the ball inside to Lawal/Favors in the half court, it opens up the perimeter for an open jumpshot or drive to the basket. If Shumpert plays like he did at UNC, we’ll win this game.

Bicker Bicker

January 19th, 2010
9:56 am

Now is a great time ——- to let the petty bickerers know you generate a lot of blog clog —- with such juvenile comments that have nothing to do with constructive discussion.

Just so you know.

BobinBuford

January 19th, 2010
11:37 am

At 4:00 Saturday, I was ready to call for Paul Hewitt’s scalp. By about 4:20, I could not believe what I saw. They actually came back and won. Maybe CPH took some lessons from CPJ.

Now that they have equaled their ACC win total from last year, I guess that means they will be in the Big Ten – ACC challenge next year.

SouthBendJacket

January 19th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bobin…I was in the same boat as you. I actually sent a text to a UNC fan conceding the win about the same time as the scalp issue. Couldn’t believe we pulled it out. As for Favors having a big game, I haven’t seen much to be impressed by. His footwork is terrible and he looks scared to be on the court. Looking at the other top prospects in the country, I can’t believe he was rated this high. I haven’t seen all of the Tech games this year, but he was very disappointing in the ones I saw.

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Yes Bob, good point. no more sitting out the ACC/Big Ten challenge.

As for collegeballfan, Tech beat Duke and Carolina in the same season in 06-07, beat Duke at home 74-63 on Jan. 10, then beat Carolina at home March 1 84-77. Lost to Duke on the road that year.

As for Favors, seems to be something a little different every game, whether it’s foul trouble (like Carolina) or turnovers (Duke), or getting kinda overmatched inside (FSU).

Fletch

January 19th, 2010
1:26 pm

Agree on Favors SouthBendJacket, he needs to learn how to play facing the basket and develop some moves, he played with his back to the basket in HS, turn and dunk and fast break slams. He’s got skills just needs to work hard in practice.. I have a feeling you will see his maturation process start soon.. THWG

Hey Dogtards

January 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

Hey “UGA RUNS THIS STATE”

Way to define your season by beating GT!!! Our goals are a lot higher than beating our in-state rivals, but I’m glad to see you’ve reached yours already!!!! That’s good, because from the looks of it your basketball team will be lucky to be like your football team and play in an irrelevant post-season game.

You may run the STATE, but we’re competing NATIONALLY (ranked in football, basketball, and baseball, unlike the uog).

ND

January 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

Blewitt can’t develop players so Favors isn’t going to get any better than what we’ve already seen. I personally think he wishes he had gone to another school.

Biff Pocoroba

January 19th, 2010
4:43 pm

Sheehan is too frightened when he comes in the games. He looks and plays scared whenever he is out there.

Born2Buzz

January 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

1) Let’s never refer to Stephon Marbury as a Tech man again. I would like to see his student transcript to see if he ever passed a course while enrolled. We know he only attended for 2 semesters. He was the beginning of the end for Bobby.
2) Storrs and Miller have lost their slots in the rotation because they are not ACC caliber players. They only played the last 2 years because there was no one else on the roster. Wouldn’t be surprised to either one transfer after this year. Sheehan will still see spot minutes every now and then just because he is 7 ft. tall.
3) Favors shows glimpses of dominate play but he is still a freshman big man. He will continue to improve and may be a force by the end of the season. Then he will jump to the NBA and start learning all over again. He has a better court awareness than most freshman big men but still gets antsy with other bigs banging him, causing the occasional walk or throw away. It’s hard to adjust to having guys just as big and talented as you guarding you every minute after rarely if ever seeing it in high school.
4) Hewitt really needs this team to follow up the good win at UNC with a win against a very good team in Clemson tonight. Maybe UVA isn’t such a slouch team afterall.

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

Anyone think you will ever see Shumpert play like he did Saturday EVER again??? The answer is a resounding NO. Usually he is good for 6 turnovers himself. Carroll great job making it look like BLEWITT actually has made a good decision in benching Mo Miller, Sheehan and Storrs, but an eskimo who has never seen a basketball game coulda made that call. Sheehan has absolutely no clue what is going on. Miller can’t shoot, pass or dribble for that matter. Storrs, well I leave that one alone I think its fairly obvious.

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

By the way the Bills hiring Gailey after all the intervies they’ve had is like going to Ruth’s Chris salavating over the menu and then ordering the GRILLED CHEESE…..EPOCH FAIL!!!!!!!!!

ND

January 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

Sheehan is a classic example of a player not improving a lick under Blewitt. When he is in the game he plays just like he did last year.

Angus

January 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

Starbury not a Tech man? Sure why not.

Not b/c of who he is, but I hardly consider Bosh a Tech man as well. He’s a good dude and great player now in the NBA, but added very little to Tech’s history book in his one year.

And, someone needs to get Sheehan some Schenscher film.

Bryan Basamanowicz

January 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

Sheehan will be fine if he just settles down a bit and realizes that he’s at an incredible advantage by default. Our old 7′0′ friend Luke Schensher didn’t quite come into his own until his senior year and after a lot of hard work. … need I say… Luke was awesome!

ND

January 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

Sheehan will never produce anything close to what big Luke did. And Luke didn’t get better b/c of anything Blewitt did.

Tech Forever

January 20th, 2010
8:59 pm

C,

You idiot. The point is the overwhelming majority of “educators” in the Georgia Public School Systems graduated from UGA……resulting in our youth being completely uneducated at 47th out 50. I cannot believe I had to actually spell it out for you.