Tech ready for clean slate against N.C. State

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.

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Technophobia

February 6th, 2010
3:59 pm

Technophobia

February 6th, 2010
4:09 pm

Announcer says Shumpert has the flu but will play.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:09 pm

19:09 by this time last game Gani already had two fouls

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:13 pm

yes i’m told Shumpert has some kind of virus

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:20 pm

Tracy Smith is 1-for-4, State is shooting 1-for-6 at 13:52.

Gani’s dunk just made Tech 2-for-10. the defensive struggle is on.

Technophobia

February 6th, 2010
4:26 pm

We may be ahead but this is the worst start in a while.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:28 pm

That’s Mfon’s second foul, which you’d rather not see yet in a game where Iman is not 100 percent

Rich from the Sports Buffet

February 6th, 2010
4:31 pm

10-7 after 11 minutes of play … wow.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:31 pm

The lob is there today….and it’s not bad for the shooting percentage.

State just called timeout at 8:16, down 12-7, shooting 3-for-17

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:34 pm

Mark Teixeira is in the house today…..just waved from up in a luxury box….i think i actually heard a few boos

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:35 pm

Buzz is now surfing on cheerleaders rolling on the ground. Stealing that one from Duke, are we?

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:41 pm

Scott Wood pulling a Singler?

nebraska jacket

February 6th, 2010
4:43 pm

Another day, another head-scratcher.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
4:53 pm

Gani is 0-for-4 at the free throw line and looking lost there again.

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
4:53 pm

Playing down to the competition.

OMG! Gani airballs a free throw. Hewitt – can you not coach effin free throws???!

Drad – are you watching this train wreck?

Glad I stayed home.

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
4:55 pm

Good lord we suck.

Fire Paul Hewitt this afternoon!! Anyone could coach this team as well as Hewitt. Anyeffinone!!

Paul in RDU

February 6th, 2010
5:01 pm

The Jackets look like they aren’t handling the short turn around after the trip to Durham very well at all. They look lethargic and are allowing State to dictate the pace of the game.
They need to stay full court in the 2nd half to try to speed things up.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:02 pm

Nine players are here off the 90 team, including Ivano Newbill, who was a redshirt frosh that year, Malcolm Mackey, Carl Brown, Kenny Anderson and Dennis Scott. ….the last two guys were just announced together. they’re coming out with arms pumped. nice reception.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:06 pm

Both Brian Oliver and Bobby Cremins who couldn’t be here, just gave video messages….classy

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
5:08 pm

Is Texiera still there?

See if he’ll pay the buyout for Blewitt.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:09 pm

Some halftime numbers for you: Tech is getting outrebounded 23-18. Tech is 2-for-7 from 3-point range, while State is 4-for-12 (Scott Wood is 4-for-8). Tech is 4-for-10 from the free throw line. Gani has four points and four rebounds. Tech has eight assists and 10 turnovers. …..Zachery Peacock is the best thing they’ve got going, he has 14 points at the half, on 5-of-6 shooting

Paul in RDU

February 6th, 2010
5:09 pm

Carroll – Kenny should try to get reinstated as an amateur – he would have 2 years of eligibility left. We need more consistent production at PG

Ashley

February 6th, 2010
5:10 pm

What was that about a clean slate?

Paul in RDU

February 6th, 2010
5:11 pm

Glad that most of the 1990 team made it. The last time I saw those guys together was on Bourbon Street the night they won the regional.

PJ

February 6th, 2010
5:15 pm

As I have for years… consider that no amount of TALENT (and these gents have plenty) will ever perform well under this “coach”. He has to go and that is all there is to it. They will win some games on raw talent… but they will none because they are coached on how to win.

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
5:21 pm

Missed dunk by Gani.

Missed layup by Mfon. Quickly followed by a foul on Mfon.

UGLY! Actually sad.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:33 pm

That’s four on Udofia with 12:35 to go

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:52 pm

Iman Shumpert has really come to life here in the second half. He’s got 14 points, all in the second half

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
5:54 pm

So Tech gets the lead and everybody scrams? As my boyfriend would say, I see how you are…

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:05 pm

NC State’s hanging around.

We’ve got trouble again inbounding. Another hallmark of Hewitt’s team’s.

Missed free throw’s, can’t inbound the ball. Ughhhh.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
6:06 pm

That’s four turnovers against the State press now. Tech’s lead down to 70-65.

Gustopher

February 6th, 2010
6:07 pm

Great Carroll. I would have thought the AJC would have done a story on the 1990 team

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:10 pm

Here it comes.

Close your eyes if your squeamish.

DRAD!!!!!!

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:10 pm

Are you watching this $hiT? All that great coaching is paying off. We are so pathetic that we can’t get the ball inbounds. What a joke. But we look nice in a suit!!

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:12 pm

Don’t worry about making your frre throws. What a joke!

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:14 pm

Why would Moe Miller stay at Tech? and why wouldn’t our great coach use him to handle the ball insituations like this?

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:15 pm

Favors is over rated. Should come back for another year.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
6:16 pm

I did, Gustopher. It was supposed to run today but is now running tomorrow. Be on the look out.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
6:18 pm

Actually it’s an angle i took on the Brian Olivers, not the whole 1990 team.

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:19 pm

Why would Moe Miller stay at Tech? Because he has no basketball future and he’s going to need a degree to take care of that baby.

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:20 pm

Still working really hard to lose the game. We may can get it done. If you are playing Tech later this year why wouldn’t you press the entire game? Our inbounds game and free throw game suck.

Carroll Rogers

February 6th, 2010
6:20 pm

Oh my gosh. What in the world. Talk about a mad scramble. …That foul on Glen Rice was baffling to me. Then it looked like Iman was being held by 24 as he’s going to receive the pass from Bell on the inbounds play. ….But all those turnovers against the press, got Tech is a heap of a mess.

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:20 pm

Holy crap.

If Hewitt had any honor, he’d resign.

Time to pull the trigger

February 6th, 2010
6:21 pm

OK, seriously – can we take up a collection and get rid of Blewitt? That was the worst prepared team I have ever seen. If my junior high coach (years ago) had seen us “handle” the press like that we would have been running for miles and miles. Have they never practiced against a press?

Gustopher

February 6th, 2010
6:22 pm

I will have to keep my eye out. I am sure it will be great

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:23 pm

How can a group of ACC scholarship basketball players not inbound the basketball and break a simple press?

Answer – LOUSY COACHING!!

GoJackets

February 6th, 2010
6:23 pm

Did we even attempt a field goal in the last 5 minutes of that game? That was pathetic. Having that many turnovers late in the game is embarrassing.

wardo

February 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

He has no future with Hewitt on the bench. I don’t think he is super good but he is a capable ball handler when our high school point guard is failing miserably like he has for the last several weeks. Hewitt used to be famous for playing the whole roster. The rotating of players never stopped. Now he rarely looks down the bench. The players ability didn’t matter, it was more about up tempo and fresh legs. I think that Miller could provide the fresh legs from time to time.

JacketLady

February 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

FIRE HEWITT!!!! FIRE HEWITT!! FIRE HEWITT!! Doesn’t have a CLUE about fundamentals!

Big 'Ol Stinger

February 6th, 2010
6:27 pm

I wouldn’t disagree with the ball handling argument wardo, as long as he is forbidden to shoot.