Tech and 3-point defense

Though Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team has allowed three teams to hit at least 10 3-pointers against them, coach Paul Hewitt said there’s not a common thread.

The most recent barrage came from Georgia in Tuesday’s 73-72 loss, which included Dustin Ware’s game-winner, which Hewitt called “inexcusable.”

While not satisfied with his team’s 3-point defense (38 percent allowed), Hewitt said the reasons for the success that Georgia, Northwestern and Kennesaw State had from beyond the arc were somewhat different:

  • Tech wanted Georgia to shoot 3-pointers. The Bulldogs were making less than 30 percent before facing the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs hit 12 of 22.
  • Northwestern was a good 3-point shooting team. The Wildcats hit 12 of 19.
  • Kennesaw State was the result of poor defense. The Owls hit 10 of 23.

Hewitt was asked if teams are getting better looks because the Yellow Jackets, who are smaller than most of their opponents, are concentrating on interior defense and rebounding. The Yellow Jackets have outrebounded six of their eight opponents. He said no, listing the reasons above.

In the press conference after the loss to Georgia, Hewitt said he thought Mfon Udofia did the right thing when he left Ware to try and stop the penetration of Georgia point guard Gerald Robinson, who beat the top of Tech’s matchup zone and had gotten into the free-throw lane.

After watching the film, Hewitt said Udofia shouldn’t have left Ware because Robinson had nowhere to go once he got into the lane. Tech’s players were instructed not to leave Ware, but Udofia slid over because “he was trying to make a play,” according to Hewitt.

The Yellow Jackets (4-4) will host Savannah State (1-9) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers are hitting 31 percent of their 3-pointers.

Big men and fouls

Hewitt also said how impressed he was with the play of redshirt freshmen Daniel Miller and true freshman Nate Hicks. But he would like to see them be more aggressive.

Miller is 4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game. Hicks is averaging 2 points and 3 rebounds in 8 minutes. Neither have fouled out this season. Hewitt pointed out that Syracuse game as one in which they were far too passive. Syracuse hit 56 percent of its shots and 26 of its 38 free throws.

“Use your fouls,” he said.

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December 10th, 2010
11:13 am


December 10th, 2010
11:15 am

they have a 3 point defense?


December 10th, 2010
11:16 am

CPH is the Jim Donnan of basketball.

Biff Pocoroba

December 10th, 2010
11:30 am

I think Tech just isn’t used to seeing good shooters in practice so they don’t know what to do in a game Oliver will look good one game and then miss 10 shots his next 2 games. Iman will score 15 one game and and have 15 turnovers the next. Hewitt just continues to coach his players down but he is going to refuse to leave until Hank agrees to name the new arena the McCamish arena and Paul Hewitt Court


December 10th, 2010
11:31 am

watching KSU, NWU, & uga, thot they were using the wish defense……….(got more swishes than wishes)


December 10th, 2010
11:44 am

yeah the dogs were hitting less because they were being GUARDED on many of them. hewitt’s awesome d left them wide open. DUH. This coach is the biggest moron on the planet. Fire his ass!

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
11:53 am

73-72 hahahahahahaha

GT Joe

December 10th, 2010
12:11 pm

Wow, Hewitt is now resorting to blaming his players.

He blames Mfon for leaving Ware on the game-winner, but he admits that they “wanted” UGA to shoot 3s. Which is it? Did he tell Mfon “don’t leave that MFer or I’ll whip your butt”? Bobby Knight woulda said it, Coach K too. And it woulda worked.

How about some in-game adjustment? Did he not realize that UGA was killing it from outside at halftime, or at least with 5 minutes to go? He couldn’t do an in-game adjustment of his own jock strap.

Oh yeah, he also threw Oliver under the bus on that last play, saying the long pass was a “bad decision, he won’t do that again”. How about manning up and saying “wow that was a stupid play I called, won’t happen again”.

No, Hewitt is blaming his players now. His players are fiercely loyal to Hewitt, but he is throwing them under the bus. Chump.

He hasn’t taken responsibility for any of those 3 losses:

UGA: he could have said, we wanted them to shoot 3s, and we were wrong.
Northwestern: They are a good 3 shooting team, fine. What did you do to stop them, as a coach? Nothing.
Kennesaw State: Poor defense? That is 100% coaching. Either your game-planning or schemes were wrong, or you have a problem coaching your players to execute properly. Either way, your fault. But we will never hear that from Blewitt.


December 10th, 2010
12:23 pm

Coach Paul Hewitt has no clue what he’s doing. No surprise he thinks it’s nothing. We should’ve fired him last year. When has he developed a player at Tech outside of Jarrett Jack? Anyone?

Jarrett Jack

December 10th, 2010
12:29 pm

Jarad, you think he developed me? Ha!


December 10th, 2010
12:31 pm

It is all a result of poor defense and poor coaching. Hewitt stinks and we will not be a good Hoops team until he is gone. Every time I watch them play it is 2 hours of pain and aggravation. Please DRAD, Fire Hewitt and get a coach that understands tough Man to man defense as well as X’s and O’s. The talent Hewitt gets doesn’t matter because he coaching is sooooooooooo poor.


December 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

The reason Northwestern shot so well is because they are a good three point shooting team? They made 63% of their three pointers against us. No other game have they gone above 45% and they have played some pretty bad teams. Why did they get so much better against us? Because we have no perimeter defense. Kennesaw St and UGA exposed that as well. We don’t need a different excuse for every game, the reason is the same for all of them. Coach some better defense Hewitt and you won’t have to make up excuses.


December 10th, 2010
12:53 pm

Dawgs strike again and we’re no world beaters in Football or Basketball…… Where does that leave Tech?

the buck stops somewhere

December 10th, 2010
1:02 pm

Of course it was Oliver’s fault on the last play. When your strategy is to use up all your timeouts well before the end of the game, you can’t be blamed for a bad play because he didn’t have any timeouts in order to put one together. It is a good strategy when you don’t seem to have an ability to actually draw up a play anyway.


December 10th, 2010
1:19 pm

Hewitt has had big men, but they had to go elsewhere to develop.Hewitt is lousy He has to go.

Fire Paul Hewitt

December 10th, 2010
5:14 pm

I have season tickets. I am not going to any more of the games. I will be openly rooting against Hewitt for the remainder of the year in the hope that we lose all of our games – all of them. I’m not rooting against the players, they deserve better than this. Continue to lose and the problem will be solved.

Bring back Jim Donnan

December 11th, 2010
8:32 am

What was Blewitt’s excuse for not having an inbounds play to call at the end of the game other than “uh…just chunk it down towards the basket…”

Tech fan plus

December 12th, 2010
7:09 am

In true Hewitt style, blame the kid.