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.
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.”