Hey, good time for a short turn-around, eh? I’m sure the Yellow Jackets are antsy to get back on the court today against NC State and right all the wrongs that went on Thursday in Durham.
Gani Lawal had to want a clean slate since the first 33 seconds Thursday (and his two fouls). Now he’s got it, and at least he didn’t have to wait a full 48 hours to get it.
Tech goes from playing a Duke team atop the ACC standings (at least before Duke tipped off against Boston College today) to a team tied with Miami at the bottom of the ACC standings. You figure they should take advantage, especially playing at home.
The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 at Alexander this season, 1-3 on the road, and it’s pretty obvious by now, you better own your homecourt if you expect to make headway in the ACC.
At 4-4 coming in, Tech is in a three-way tie for sixth place in the ACC, with Clemson and Florida State, not a great place to be. But this point in the schedule is. Tech is playing three of its next four games against bottom-dwellers in the ACC standings, today vs. NC State, Wednesday at Miami, (Saturday at Wake Forest) and Tuesday at home against North Carolina. Tech wins three of those four, they’ve rebuilt some momentum heading into the game at Maryland on Feb. 20.
Me, personally? I’m just glad I was trying to fly into the DC area for that game this weekend. I’m amazing they got the Georgetown-Villanova game in today. The Hawks game is canceled there tonight and from what I just heard a few minutes ago, the Thrashers, who played in DC last night, are sitting on a runway in Richmond, getting de-iced. They had to bus down from DC and the two-hour ride became four in all that snow.
By I digress. (Here’s where I resist the urge to segue with something about Tech digressing…) Today is important for Tech to get back on track defensively and trying to put the Kyle Singler show in the rear view (8-for-10 3-point shooting). The Blue Devils shot 44.6 percent from the floor, which is the highest percentage of any team against Tech this season.
So the Yellow Jackets will be trying to turn that back around today. If they can figure out a way to stop Tracy Smith inside, they’ll be well on their way. The 6-8 forward is averaging 17.4 and 8.3 rebounds points per game. He scored 23 points against Duke on Jan. 20, to start a stretch of 20-plus point efforts in three of four games for State.
Well the fight song is playing, I better get down to the court….Don’t forget the 1990 Final Four team is getting honored at halftime. Dennis Scott is supposed to be here. Kenny Anderson was a question mark. Brian Oliver won’t be here because he’s broadcasting a game between Houston and Southern Miss in Houston.