Quotes after Tech’s win against Wake

Quotes following Georgia Tech’s 74-39 win against Wake Forest, courtesy of the sports information department:

Head Coach Paul Hewitt’s opening statement

“I am very happy that we had another good performance defensively tonight. Right from the start I thought we were pretty sharp in what we were trying to do, take away their three-point shooting. I think offensively we threw the ball around a little bit, and they recognized it, we weren’t as sharp as we were the other night in terms of getting guys open and running the offense the way that we wanted to. I am happy that we got the win and now we are in a good position to play an important game up in Virginia.”

Hewitt on Iman Shumpert

“He had to do a little bit on his own today, I didn’t think he had as much help in terms of getting open. He created shots for himself and broke down the defense on his own a few times and created some shots for himself and Glen [Rice, Jr.] as well.”

Hewitt on the younger players

“I think they are learning their roles. They know them now, but I didn’t think we executed well in the first half. I thought we were throwing the ball around a little bit, so I was very pleased that we were up 18 at the half. They recognized it too when we walked into the locker room at halftime. They knew that they didn’t do nearly the job that they did against North Carolina.”

Hewitt on Daniel Miller

“He is filling up the stat sheet and we talked about that after the Carolina game that his stat sheet is deceiving. We are going to keep running plays to him because I think offensively he is a good player and he is going to have to start finishing those plays around the basket. That will come with time. I have seen him do it in practice. We are going to try and go to him early and he has been catching the ball out a little further than I would like. I think he is recognizing it now. I know that even if he isn’t scoring he will get his hands on the ball getting steals, blocked shots, tipped passes, rebound well, block out well he is doing a lot of good things.”

Daniel Miller on his performance

“We started off the game trying to get the ball to me, but I just couldn’t get anything to fall today so I tried to make up for it on defense. I am getting more comfortable and they will start falling. My role on the team right now is The Defensive Man. I just am trying to help the team; I need to make sure that my man doesn’t get a rebound. If I do that then I have had a good night. I know that I have to make up for a slow start on the defensive end with block shots and I got a few steals tonight out on the perimeter.”

Iman Shumpert on the big men and how they affect the guards

“Lately, Daniel, Kammeon Holsey and Nate Hicks have all been setting really good screens. Early on the season, I don’t think we were doing that and the guards weren’t waiting to get set, guys were trying to dodge fouls. Now, we are just more in sync with each other. We are setting screens tighter and coming off of them better and guys are getting open and raising their shooting percentage.”

Shumpert on the positive team energy

“Feeding off of each other’s energy is the best feeling in the world. One day we were down, after Clemson, but we just stayed together in that locker room and kept it close. We came back home, had a great crowd and everyone was just feeding off the energy. We kept the huddles tighter, talking more, no one’s energy died, the next practice was great. Everything is positive now.”

Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik

On the team’s shooting struggles

“The more we can see that ball go through that rim, the bigger that rim gets. When we struggled to make shots, even from the free throw line, that rim seems really small. You struggle with your confidence especially when you are a young team. We have good shooters. We had some open looks. We just didn’t make shots. I mean, in the first half, our two point guards, were 0-for-5 from the free throw line, which was indicative of the night we had shooting the basketball.”

On fighting through tough times

“Well, some of them are freshmen and have never gone through this; this is a new experience for them. I told them it takes courage and perseverance to not let people challenge your confidence right now during this time. I know Wake won last year, but this is a totally different team, there is nobody back from last year’s team that made last year’s team what it was. It is totally different, we are starting from scratch.”

On what he told his team

“I relayed this story that Jay Bilas told me several months ago, the story about when they were freshmen [at Duke] and they got beat by probably this kind of a margin. On the trip back to Durham, there were a lot of doubts, a lot of tears, but they stuck together, they persevered, and a couple of years later they had their moment. That is what I told our team.”

On his freshmen

“We have so many of them out there. There were several times, a majority of the time, that there were three, four freshmen out there at one time. Tony [Chennault], bless his heart, he is out there with not even a week of practice under his belt. It is an unforgiving league, no one is going to feel sorry for us, and we don’t expect that. We’ve got a huge game on Saturday.”

16 comments Add your comment

Jimmy

January 19th, 2011
10:39 pm

Unlike GaTech, 1st!

Jimmy

January 19th, 2011
10:44 pm

Seriously though, when I watch Tech I just don’t see what they are trying to do offensively or defensively. It’s like street ball out there. Watch UGA and their half court sets and how many layups or easy shots they get. Mark Fox is an intelligent coach. Hewitt relies more on athletic ability than coaching. This is why his 4 and 5 star players don’t improve at Tech, yet they do in the NBA. I wonder why more coaches don’t use the triangle offense??

kennyh

January 19th, 2011
11:21 pm

just amazed at the photos from the game.. are the stands really that empty? does Drad notice? How sad the state of GT basketball…hewitt must go..

Bobby!!!!

January 20th, 2011
8:52 am

We beat UNC on the road, now we stomp a hole in Wake Forest!!!! GA TECH is back on track!!! Keep up the great work guys!!!

juvenal

January 20th, 2011
9:41 am

street ball builds cred, may be the right strategy, if they are playing for their own pride……

Dave from GT

January 20th, 2011
9:42 am

Did you watch the UGA UT game the other day….. the ending was priceless ! Not much nookie in Athens that night!

Buzz

January 20th, 2011
10:02 am

The stands say a 1000 words!!! Way more NC support the other nigth and now half empty arena for a home ACC contest!!! Im not spending my money until HEWITT IS FIRED!!!! I know it’s not fair to the currnet players, I’m supporting them from home, but BLEWITT HAS TO GO!!!! This team lost to Kennesaw St. which has only won 3 games since!!!!! NOT LOST GOT BLOWN OUT!!!! Lost to Georgia,Siena,Northwestern (blow off the court), destoryed in the second half against Clemson and Blew leads vs. Boston College!!!! Do I need to say anymore???? FIRE PAUL HEWITT and I’ll return to the trillerdome!!!!

collegeballfan

January 20th, 2011
11:25 am

I really like the contributions of D Miller on the defensive end. He is improving each game. And we have him 3 more years, Hicks 3 more years and Holsey 3 more years. And Royal comes in next season. That is 20 fouls in the paint.

Buzz

January 20th, 2011
11:31 am

Too bad we don’t have a coach that can coach them!!!!!! I like Hewitt as a recruiter but his Asst coaches are clueless!!!! Compare our asst coaches to the ones on the Duke bench. Either have Hewitt hire all new asst coaches or FIRE HIS BUTT!!!!!!!

juvenal

January 20th, 2011
11:52 am

buzz, so i’m an idiot because i went? maybe i should quit going to church till i like the preacher….

Buzz

January 20th, 2011
11:56 am

juvenal did I call you an idiot??? I choose not to go until there are changes you f in moron!!!! And church is free to go to you idiot!!!!!!!!

juvenal

January 20th, 2011
12:45 pm

doubt it sees much of you, based on your dauugie-style vernacular, but i will go to the institutions i support as much as i can…God bless you…….

Hayseed Dixie

January 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

These two wins are bull—. The season will bear both of these out as aberrations.

It’s easy to get up for North Carolina. If you can’t get up for UNC, you shouldn’t be playing basketball.

Even a *fraud* like Hewitt can get his team pumped and focused for the Royalty of College Basketball.

Wake Forest is terrible. Tech took the confidence of the UNC win and pounced on a juco-quality team. Wow.

Let’s see how they do on the road, against an average team that’s playing well. Let’s see how they do in the remaining games they’re supposed to win.

Let’s see how they do in the tourneys.

Buzz

January 20th, 2011
1:49 pm

USA basketball hired Hewitt to coach U19 team!!!!!! Are you serious???? LOL!!!!!!! FIRE PAUL HEWITT!!!!!!!

Blue Fox

January 20th, 2011
7:07 pm

Wake is as bad a team as Duane Morrison’s last editions at Tech, when only ~200 fans were showing up for games and students came wearing paper grocery sacks over their heads, the “Jack-Aint’s” (are you listening, D-Rad??).

Wolley Stekcaj

January 21st, 2011
9:20 pm

It is all a smoke screen, 18 to 20 losses on the way. Just look at the schedule! Hewitt will use these last two wins to justify another miserable year.