Ready or not, it’s Wake time

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Glad to report, I’m here and blogging with you tonight from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

About 1 a.m. last night I wasn’t feeling so great about making by noon flight up today, after I was woken up by a guy spinning out in the parking lot of my complex and watched him finally just stop and get out, leaving his car diagonally “parked” behind three other cars. But being the pragmatic, or wimpy, gal that I am, I called a cab this morning to get me to the airport and let him navigate the icy side streets, which he did beautifully.

Here’s hoping all you guys are safe and snug at home, ready to tune in and see which Yellow Jacket team shows up tonight. It seems to me that just when I think there’s no way they’re winning, they come up with something, so I won’t be ruling them out tonight at Wake Forest.

It won’t be easy, playing a Wake team that’s 11-1 at home this season, including 5-0 in ACC home games, and hungry to get back at Georgia Tech for its 79-58 romp on Jan. 28. And Tech is reeling from three bad games, losses at Duke and Miami, and the narrow escape over N.C. State.

The Yellow Jackets have got to turn the momentum in a hurry and in some tough circumstances. But they have a lot of good memories to draw on (from last game and winning four of the last five in the series) and they’ve had two full days here to get used to the environment. Tech flew in early yesterday morning (Friday) to beat the storm, and practiced here at Lawrence Joel, thanks to the generosity of Wake Forest.

The keys tonight are the same as they were in Atlanta on Jan. 28: keep point guard Ishmael Smith in front of them and Al-Farouq Aminu off the boards. The Yellow Jackets did a decent job of that in Atlanta, keeping Smith to 12 points – I believe 10 of them came in the second half after Tech had built up a healthy lead – and holding Aminu to eight rebounds. And yes that was limiting him. The Norcross High graduate leads the ACC with 11 rebounds per game and has hit double-digits in rebounds 15 times this season.

Smith is entering some rarified air at Wake Forest. He needs four points to hit 1,000 for his career and is 41 assists shy of 600. He would be the first Demon Deacon to hit both those numbers. The loveable Muggsy Bogues (1984-87) came up 14 points shy of that feat.

So hey, cozy up with some hot chocolate and your valentine (or hey, your computer) and chat with me. And flip over on commercials to the Olympics would you? And let me know what’s happening.

Oh, and they just wrote Tech’s starters on a board above my head in the press room. It lists Mfon Udofia in the starting lineup, instead of Brian Oliver. That tells me Paul Hewitt wants Udofia’s defense in there to help Iman Shumpert deal with Smith. That’s my hunch anyway.

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NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:11 pm

Need to win this game but who am I kidding its Blewitt on the road and it is already 6-0

Carroll Rogers

February 13th, 2010
8:12 pm

Three turnovers already…but the good, is it looks like Tech is concentrating on dumping the ball inside.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:14 pm

Carroll that is true but it is pretty apparent that they are new to that game plan.

DRC

February 13th, 2010
8:15 pm

Carroll–I live in Macon and remember when you were writing for the Macon Telegraph. You did a good job following GT back then. Coverage got kind of slack after you left but Coley Harvey does a good job of keeping us informed down here now. GT off to slow start tonight. Might make for a long night.

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:15 pm

Excellent start. I’m betting we blow Wake out of their gym with our world class half-court offense.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:17 pm

Think I rather watch Apollo Ohno then this GT basketball rerun …….I think his first race is next

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:22 pm

So far the only good thing i can say is that we havent missed any free throws

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:22 pm

I’d rather watch UoG play than ice skating.

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:23 pm

I realize y’all don’t know me personally… that was a strong tidbit of sarcasm. And I know that Ohno is a speed skater.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

HAHAHAHAHA Ohno Pwns …..last place to first in about .05 seconds

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

The three ball seems to be finding the bottom early.

Carroll Rogers

February 13th, 2010
8:25 pm

12 of Tech’s 14 points on 3s? Who is this team?

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:25 pm

I’ve got the truck race on my “prev chan” button… still cleaning up from “the big one”.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:26 pm

Bad sign when your opponent has 9 more shots than you do 7 min into the game

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:27 pm

Carroll, in my world you would owe a “s-h-eye-t” for repetition.

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:27 pm

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:28 pm

Hey Blewitt finally remember Mo Miller is on the pine

Carroll Rogers

February 13th, 2010
8:29 pm

chuckle at the no FTs yet, I give you that one NoCoach…DRC thanks for saying hi! Seems like a long time since those days sometimes, but always remember Macon fondly!

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:30 pm

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:31 pm

I told you after the last debacle that Miller should be contributing. Wake up Hewey!!

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:32 pm

There’s the playground ball we’re used to… oh how I miss Jarrett Jack.

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:32 pm

Can we trade Shumpert? What a turnover machine. He can NOT handle the ball!

Carroll Rogers

February 13th, 2010
8:34 pm

I couldn’t see the technical from this end of the court….Zach shoved Chas?? Did y’all read the nasty story I posted with the blog on Thursday? McFarland living up to Mr. Nasty?

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:36 pm

A small shove. Probaly not worthy of a technical foul.

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:36 pm

Good start to free throws.

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:36 pm

Shumpert has his head all up in his a$$. Find him some bench!!

Carroll Rogers

February 13th, 2010
8:36 pm

Thanks wardo

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:37 pm

Except that we’ve only shot one.

The Dude

February 13th, 2010
8:38 pm

Half-court offense for tonight is THREE POINTERS.

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:38 pm

Udofia looks like a high scool player. He has no confidence.

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

Who told Shumpert that he had the green light every time he touches it?

DRC

February 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

Can we trade Shumpert and Bell?

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

Iman is obviously a one game star and that has already passed. I have no clue why he still starts. He obviously has pictures of Hewitt coaching or something Paul would be EMBARRASSED by. Should be Mo, Oliver, Bell, Lawal and Favors starting 5

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:40 pm

Seven turnovers in 11 minutes …..Outstanding ball control

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:41 pm

Does anyone have any expectations coming out of this TO?

DRC

February 13th, 2010
8:41 pm

If we get into a three point shooting contest tonight we lose.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:42 pm

BTW how did BLEWITT blow getting Al-Forouq?????

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:42 pm

Great look off the TO as expected.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:42 pm

Wardo …..yes my expectations are an immediate turnover

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:43 pm

I’m sure his brother told him what a clown the coach was. He had to go somewhere else.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:45 pm

We are looking at about 30 turnovers tonight ……..Can you please recruit a REAL point guard Paul???

What a surprise Favors in early foul trouble …….and the Groundhog Day begins

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:45 pm

Another stellar performance by Favors tonight.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

Oh Boy Free throws

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

where did carroll go anyway??

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

Even the play by play guy is talking trash about Blewitts “offense” …..all dribble no pass

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

Dave Odom loves our offense. No passes, just shoot it baby!!

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

Hopefully to knock some sense into Hewitt

NoCoach Blewitt

February 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

Okay who wants to bet we miss both these free throws?/?

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

an inside pass and easy bucket? there are nights when It looks like that is an illegal play.

wardo

February 13th, 2010
8:51 pm

question: How come all the super hyped players we get look over rated when they play for us but others super hype players look comfortable playing for other teams?