Stitt will start for Clemson

    Word around the press room is that Clemson’s point guard Demontez Stitt is going to start tonight against Georgia Tech. Coach Oliver Purnell said as much in the Clemson pre-game radio show. That sprained left foot that forced Stitt out of the NC State game Saturday has done quite a bit of healing.

   Stitt practiced on Monday, in a limited capacity, but looked good during Clemson’s shoot-around this morning, according to some folks from the Clemson sports information office, which prompted ESPN announcer Len Elmore to ask – what foot injury?

   So there you have it. Nothing should come easy tonight for the Yellow Jackets and that’s about what you’d expect deep into January and heading into the thick of the ACC schedule. This is Tech’s first home game since the Duke win and the Jackets could use something to prove to themselves they can get a little consistency going.

   It’s no secret Derrick Favors has struggled in ACC play and tonight’s matchup inside with both Trevor Booker, the reigning co-ACC player of the week, and Jerai Grant, won’t make it easy on him. Booker scored 21 points in Clemson’s win over Carolina and 20 in their follow-up win over N.C. State.

   Then you have Clemson’s press to deal with getting the ball up the court. But if you break it down coming up the court, the entry passes could come easier. Tech looked pretty good against Carolina’s pressure defense, of course Tech looked pretty good a lot of ways in that game on Saturday. The trick now is to bring that into a second consecutive game.

   This is Tech’s third nationally ranked opponents in four games. And this is one team that will have some unhappy memories of getting upset by Tech in last year’s ACC tournament 86-81.

   Tech would be well-served to get an early lead tonight, for obvious reasons, but here is one more: Clemson has not trailed in a game since the early-going against Boston College. That was three games ago. Not since the Eagles took a 2-0 lead on Clemson in the first minute of that game on Jan. 9 have the Tigers trailed in a game. Rattling them early, especially at home, could go a long way for Tech tonight.

104 comments Add your comment

Well dangit

January 19th, 2010
6:41 pm

Damn you stitt

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
6:46 pm

Rather play them at full strength – Partly because I always want to beat a team at full strength and also I want to lose every game so we can get rid of BLEWITT although with a Duke and UNC win I dont know if that is going to happen regardless

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:06 pm

I see a lot of empty seats in the chair backs. For an ACC game? puzzling

Jacket13

January 19th, 2010
7:08 pm

Watching this team is so frustrating!

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:12 pm

Tech boys went to the barber yesterday…Gani? Brian Oliver?

Jacket13

January 19th, 2010
7:15 pm

This is just horrible basketball! This team looks nothing like the team that beat Carolina! They look horrible! Can they ever be consistant?

Jacket13

January 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

Favours no defense at all! His Basketball IQ is horrible!

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:19 pm

Josh Smith of the Hawks is here taking in the game

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

Pretty sloppy on offense for both teams to start. Looks like we may be starting to settle down a little. Up by 7! Go Jackets!

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:32 pm

Tech is outrebounding Clemson 17-9. And that’s helping them make something good out of what’s been an ugly start.

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:35 pm

Hey, Moe Miller is in….And Clemson is 0-for-4 from the foul line

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
7:41 pm

Ugly start no doubt but lead is up to 10. Defense has been pretty good except for a couple of open 3’s early, IMO.

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
7:42 pm

Favors is leading Tech with 11 points right now.

Jeremy

January 19th, 2010
7:43 pm

Tech needs to finish strong and put away Clemson….too much talent not to.

Greg

January 19th, 2010
7:44 pm

Tech’s problem isn’t talent…..it’s problem is PH.

Darren

January 19th, 2010
7:45 pm

can’t hit a freaking free throw?

Homer_Rice

January 19th, 2010
7:46 pm

Dave Braine is a moron.

Hubie_Brown

January 19th, 2010
7:51 pm

Carroll,

At work and can’t see the game. Is Tech’s Favors and Lawal dominating inside or is that a bit of a snow job with their numbers? Any reason they shouldn’t put this away in the second half?

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
7:52 pm

Up by 6 at halftime. Go Jackets!!!!!

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
7:53 pm

Hubie, it’s on ESPN 360 I believe if you can get that.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
7:55 pm

Only 1/6 in three pointers. If we can warm up a little there it would definitely help.

JD

January 19th, 2010
7:58 pm

Neither team looks great. Clemson looks plain awful. Maybe they are down about Kevin Steele leaving? LOL

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:03 pm

I wonder how many “points in the paint” that Clemson has. Seems like we’re dominating defensively down low.

Jeff

January 19th, 2010
8:03 pm

I want Tech to win. But Dan Rad must see the empty seats here. Pathetic crowd showing, but I cant really blame them. Several empty seats around me.

Carroll Rogers

January 19th, 2010
8:06 pm

A lot of the Favors/Lawal baskets are in transition – Tech is outscoring Clemson 18-2 in fastbreak points.

had to go talk to somebody at halftime and bumped into Matt Harpring and Mark Price. Lots of familiar faces around here tonight.

TateWright

January 19th, 2010
8:06 pm

PH is here for the next seven years….book it.

Billy the Kid

January 19th, 2010
8:07 pm

This game shouldn’t even be close right now. Clemson looks unimpressive and just plain overmatched. Tech is dominating the paint at both ends. If it weren’t for the sloppy ball handling and poor shot selection by Tech, it would be a beatdown. Tech should pull away in the 2nd half.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:07 pm

After last year, I think a lot of people were disgusted, myself included. If they keep winning the seats will fill back up.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:09 pm

There’s a three!

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

4 personals on me now

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:14 pm

At this rate, I’m going to the NBA next year. They don’t call fouls and traveling there.

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:16 pm

I will continue to post as long as I’m just sitting here on the bench.

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:18 pm

Put me in coach…..I’m at my average now and promise to stay out of the way.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:19 pm

ESPN showing 3 on Favors. 4 on Grant the Clemson center.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:20 pm

Favors leading all scorers with 13 points.

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:20 pm

Coach told me I had 4 fouls. Wutsupwiffdat?

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:21 pm

Favors tied for lead in rebounds with 7, Shumpert has the same.

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:22 pm

3 fouls is correct. I just checked with the stat man.

Jacket13

January 19th, 2010
8:26 pm

As much talent as this team is suppose to have, they have no killer instict and they make games closer than they should be! This Clemson team is not a great team at all. Oliver passes on a wide open three to shoot a 5 foot air ball. Get the ball inside to the studs and let the lose it. These guards, other than Shumphert on some ocassions are soft and they look scared out of their mind! What happened to Udofia, he has fallen off so much. He carried the team at the beginning of the season.

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
8:26 pm

Again FUNDLEMENTALS which should be constantly coached are killing us – TERRIBLE FT shooting and not being able to get a REBOUND….they have 16 offensive rebounds right now…..COME ON BLEWITT

Jacket13

January 19th, 2010
8:27 pm

Can someone teach Shumphert how to pass the ball?

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

Terrible call.

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
8:33 pm

BLEWITT just called a timeout 10 SECONDS before a TV Timeout…WHAT A MORON

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
8:36 pm

Looks like the Real Shumpert is back for good!!!

Davis

January 19th, 2010
8:45 pm

You’re a joke.

Gains

January 19th, 2010
8:46 pm

Lots of foul trouble for GT

Flav-a-Flavors

January 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

Who’s a joke?

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
8:51 pm

Good thing is that it appears BLEWITT has also taught Clemson the art of FT shooting

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
8:55 pm

Clemson has never been able to hit FT’s. Where you been?

NoCoach Hewitt

January 19th, 2010
8:57 pm

Better than we can…well the last ten years
Did he just tip that pass to the opponent for an easy two??? Great assist.