Tech should take nothing for granted in Miami tonight

It’s game day today, with Georgia Tech traveling to Miami for a 7 p.m. tipoff, and if we learned anything on Saturday when Tech played N.C. State, it’s to take nothing for granted.

Just because Miami is tied for last place with N.C. State in the ACC at 2-7 doesn’t make this some kind of shoo-in, especially against a Miami team that’s 10-1 this year at BankUnited Center.

The Hurricanes (16-7, 2-7) played six of their first nine ACC games on the road and went 0-6 in those six ACC road games. As bad as that record is, the Yellow Jackets know a little about how difficult life is on the road in the ACC, at 1-3 themselves.

Miami is 2-1 in ACC play at home, with wins against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, while losing to Boston College. (One other impressive win for the Hurricanes this season came against South Carolina to win the Charleston Classic tournament.)

Starting tonight, Miami gets five of its last seven ACC games at home.

The Hurricanes are a team that thrives on 3-point shooting and leads the ACC with 7.9 3-pointers made each game. They come from all directions: James Dews, Malcolm Grant and Adrian Thomas each average two 3-pointers made per game.

Miami will try to spread the court and draw defenders out on the perimeter to give Dwayne Collins room to maneuver inside, making it difficult to double-team him down low.

The 6-8 senior and old friend of Zachery Peacock (both are Miami natives) is averaging 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Glen Rice Jr. and Sr.

Not only is this a big night for Peacock, who is from Miami and will be playing in front of a big group of relatives and friends, but Glen Rice Jr. will have his dad in the stands. Glen Rice Sr. lives in Miami, where he played the first six years of his 15-year NBA career.

Glen Rice Jr., who is from Marietta, said his dad has came to one other Tech home game this season and the tournament in Puerto Rico. They talk on the phone regularly, and when asked what basketball advice his famous dad had given him lately, Glen said:

“He tells me to keep balance on my shots and stuff like that,” said Rice, who laughed when he was asked if his dad, known for a quick trigger, told him to shoot more. “He just tells me to shoot when I’m open, not force anything.”

Looking ahead to Maryland

Maryland’s game tonight against Virginia was postponed until Monday night because of the blizzard that hit DC last weekend, and the extra foot or so of snow expected up there today. Why should you care?

Well, Georgia Tech plays at Maryland a week from Saturday, the 20th. The Yellow Jackets will be coming off games at Wake Forest Saturday and at home against North Carolina Tuesday. Maryland, meanwhile, will have to play at Duke on Saturday, at home against Virginia on Monday and then at N.C. State on Thursday. So Maryland will be playing three games in the time Tech is playing two leading into that matchup.

Hey, you’re looking for any edge, when it comes to playing the team with the second-best record in the ACC (6-2), on its home court. Press, press, press?

As for tonight’s game, and speaking of press, I won’t be there in Miami covering the game because the AJC is trying to limit travel costs. We’ll have a free lance writer there. But I’ll be happy to jump on the blog tonight and chat some. I will be listening to the game on the radio.

302 comments Add your comment

Yellowjacket82

February 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

The Jackets need a road win badly. They take care of business tonight.

By the way…first?

Gustopher

February 10th, 2010
12:55 pm

Great blog Carroll. Will you be traveling to any of the games?

Gustopher

February 10th, 2010
12:56 pm

Besides Miami?

El Buzz Con Queso

February 10th, 2010
1:22 pm

Come on Jackets!

collegeballfan

February 10th, 2010
1:22 pm

The only thing to take for granted is that Tech will play poorly on the road. Again.

And the unfortunate thing is that they have shown that they can shut down a team’s 3 point game. But not on the road.

They need to play Collins inside one on one. By using Sheehan they have 20 fouls to give on defensing him. Collins will get his points, just shut down the 3 point game.

El Buzz Con Queso

February 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

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BuzztheKiller

February 10th, 2010
1:30 pm

Better not take it for granted as they are 1-12 in their last 13 ACC road games…

Jesse Stone

February 10th, 2010
1:33 pm

I heard this game can be seen on theacc.com. Is that free?

Really??

February 10th, 2010
1:42 pm

How can GT win on the road when they couldn’t beat a weak UGA team on the road?!?!?!?!

UGA 73 – gt 66!!

HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!

Technophobia

February 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

Jesse, the last time we were ACC.com it was $15 if I’m not mistaken.

BuzztheKiller

February 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

Really?? How do you get to keep posting on the Tech blog without the librarians running you off? Isn’t here a time limit on free internet usage?

Ozzy

February 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

With Hewitt as a coach, the only thing they should take for granted is that they won’t be ready to play, miss a ton of free throws and have trouble inbounding the ball.

Hopefully they can overcome their lack of coaching and win a road ACC game.

Kennesaw Fan

February 10th, 2010
3:02 pm

What doomed us at Duke is the three… I wonder if they can actually put some pressure on the perimeter shooters

Ozzy

February 10th, 2010
3:09 pm

That was one of the things that doomed us at Duke.

yellarjacket

February 10th, 2010
3:19 pm

If Tech wants to have a shot of finishing with a winning ACC record (9-7) for only the second time in Hewitt’s tenure, they better win this game tonight. Our remaining road games are Maryland, Wake, and Clemson. Considering our struggles on the road, I can’t see us winning any of those. If we continue to play solid defense (aside from the Duke debacle), rebound, and shoot 70% from the foul line, we can beat this very young Miami team.

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

Yes, Gustopher, I’ll be at the remaining three road games and the ACC tournament. Just sitting this one out.

They could use a win tonight to build some confidence toward those last three ACC road wins that Yellar points out. Buzz Killer taking the road record back to last year…that makes it really ugly, doesn’t it?

Jesse Stone

February 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

I will not be spending $15 to watch this game online. Hello GameTracker!

Kennesaw Fan

February 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

What radio station broadcast the game?

yellarjacket

February 10th, 2010
4:11 pm

I hope Zach has a good game tonight, since his entire family will be at the game. Zach’s been our most best/most consistent player the last couple of games. I think he deserves some consideration for All ACC honors this year.

Carroll – read your article about Zach in the paper this morning. Glad he is finally getting acknowledged for his contributions to this team, especially his senior leadership. This team deseparately needs a vocal leader and I think Zach can be that guy.

SteveC

February 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

Looks like another 7-9 ACC record, at best, for the Jackets. What, pray tell, would make anyone believe otherwise? Blame it on whatever you like — road factor, inconsistency, lack of maturity or leadership, coaching, 1-and-done syndrome, the ‘choke’ factor, over-rated, or all of the above — I doubt they’ll be able to win more than 2 more ACC games in the regular season.

Conyers Yellow Jacket

February 10th, 2010
4:37 pm

SteveC: As much as I hate to agree with you, I do. Unless they win at least one or two games in the ACC Tournament, they may not make it to the NCAA.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
4:53 pm

I know we beat Duke on the road in 2004 when we had the apex of Bhewitts phenomenal 9-7 ACC record, but I don’t know if we won another one on the road that year.
So, having seen GROUND HOG DAY for too many times now, it is almost certain we will not win this game tonight. What is certain is we will miss many f/t’s and have zero timeouts come crunch time.
Let’s be grateful, that this is not on TV and we will not waste 2 hours of our precious life watching an ugly game of street ball.

gte268p

February 10th, 2010
4:54 pm

Hewitt claims Zach P should be considered for All-ACC. So if Hewitt believes that (and Zach P has proven it), then why isn’t he starting him!? ARGH!!!!!!!

yellarjacket

February 10th, 2010
5:02 pm

gte268p – with Hewitt’s substitution pattern, does it matter if Zach starts or not? He’ll be in the game at the first stoppage of play anyways.

Tokyo jacket

February 10th, 2010
5:22 pm

gte268p makes you a 1997 kind of guy, right?

NoCoach Blewitt

February 10th, 2010
5:31 pm

The only thing I will take for granted is that Blewitt will once again will go on the road and LOSE with talent 100 times greater than the opponent’s. Good job Paul!!! You have made me lots of money over the last 9 yrs ………I mean can anyone see Blewitt winning 2 road ACC games in one year??? Highly unlikely

NoCoach Blewitt

February 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

So more or less than 20 turnovers tonight??? Higher or lower than 50% from the free throw line??? How sad is it that I have to use these two numbers??? PATHETIC

Born2Buzz

February 10th, 2010
6:02 pm

Just gonna listen to the sultry tones of Wesley Durham…who is the best in the business BTW. Team really needs to step up tonight. Let’s see if they have gotten it through their skulls that you have to play as hard as possible every second of every game in order to win in the ACC.

Will be interesting to see if Hewitt pulls some guys off and chews them a bit if there is lackadaisical play, after his rant following the last game.

Born2Buzz

February 10th, 2010
6:04 pm

gte268p and others, I would just like to see Favors, Lawal and Zach on the court at the same time. I don’t think we have seen that at all this year. Carroll, can you confirm this somehow?

Born2Buzz

February 10th, 2010
6:05 pm

NoC B, what’s the line tonight. I may take you up on that bet. I just have a feeling they will play well tonight. Of course I could be completely wrong. Not unusual.

The Dude

February 10th, 2010
6:42 pm

I was gte183p in fall of ‘99, I suspect gte268p is from that same class…

“… has came…” really? And I’m the engineer.

I wouldn’t count on any road wins for the rest of the season. Why you ask? What precedent has Blewitt set for his teams?

Dope

February 10th, 2010
6:47 pm

No tv for the game?

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:11 pm

No Born2Buzz, I don’t remember seeing all three of those guys in the game at once.

106.7 FM in Atlanta, or 790 AM

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:16 pm

Gotta think it’ll be a good night for Peacock….

Miami’s first three, makes them 1-for-6 from 3-point range already

Scott

February 10th, 2010
7:20 pm

Hopefully Atlanta teams will get a sweep of Miami tonight.

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:21 pm

O-for-2 start at the line for Gani Lawal at the line, 0-for-4 for Tech at the line. not what you want to see. …

Technophobia

February 10th, 2010
7:29 pm

How do they look so far? Defense, taking care of the ball, ball movement. Obviously the free throw issue remains.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
7:30 pm

they have the hawks on, this isn’t on the radio?!?

NoCoach Blewitt

February 10th, 2010
7:31 pm

Blewitt on the road #1

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
7:33 pm

0-4 for f/t’s…..pathetic

NoCoach Blewitt

February 10th, 2010
7:33 pm

RAMBLE ON!!!! ——-790 realizes when a team with “Coach” (i use that term loosely) Blewitt is on the road they have a 3-5% chance of victory ……..Hawks on the other hand should win this evening

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

Techno, unfortunately I’m not at the game because of travel costs. I’m listening too.

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:35 pm

Ramble on, try 106.7 FM

Technophobia

February 10th, 2010
7:39 pm

Oh, I thought it was pay for view in ACC.com but I just checked and apparently it’s not. My mistake.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
7:39 pm

Thanks Carroll

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
7:42 pm

WE MADE A FREE THROW!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 10th, 2010
7:42 pm

TWO OF THEM!!!

Carroll Rogers

February 10th, 2010
7:48 pm

Techno, you’re watching on video on theACC.com? where do you link to it?

Buzz

February 10th, 2010
7:50 pm

Another stellar coaching job by CPH!!!!

Jesse Stone

February 10th, 2010
7:52 pm

Does this team practice? Sounds like one of my P.E classes.