Quotes after Tech’s loss to Virginia

Quotes following Georgia Tech’s 72-64 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday, courtesy of Virginia’s sports information department:

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Hewitt

Opening Statement:

“I thought I could have had better prepared. There were a couple of things that I saw in the game that we talked about, but didn’t practice enough. So, I told the guys after the game that I did not have you prepared as well as you should have been, especially in those three point shots. We talked about it a lot and they know what we had to execute but we didn’t do it.”

On 3-point shooting

“When they see Georgia Tech on the shirt, if they are open, it’s going in. I promise you. At halftime, I was thinking, seven for eight. You can put teams in a gym by themselves that wide open and they are not going to make seven out of eight. It just shows you that have to be prepared to stop people as opposed to hoping that they miss.”

On Virginia starting four guards:

“We were ready for that and we talked about it. It was just a guess on our part.  I watched the second half of Boston College and [Joe} Harris played a lot of the four.  I had a hunch that they were going to play him at that four so I wasn’t surprised when my staff came back in the locker room and said that.”

On being prepared:

“There are some things that we could have done better. I don’t think I spent enough time on a couple of things. We talked about it great length. You are at the time in the season where you worry about their legs too much, but I probably worry about their legs too much, and not work on the execution. I think in the second half we did really well. We tightened up some things and adjusted well.“

Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett

Opening Statement:

“I think we were sloppy at the very end, and I think we left a lot of points on the table. Whether it was finishing layups or making free throws, that would have made it a little different. But [the team] played longer, withstood a little dry spell in the second half, and we got looks. I thought there were stretches of real good basketball, where the floor was spaced, we got nice rhythm, and defended okay. I didn’t think it was a great defensive performance, but I thought it was solid. I’m very thankful for the win. I was glad to see Joe [Harris] stuck his nose in there and got eight rebounds—we needed that. I told the guys, ‘Keep knocking—you’re getting close. Just keep knocking. You’ve been in a lot of games for stretches.’ That was our theme going into the game.”

On defensive focus

“Georgia Tech beat North Carolina by 20, and they beat Wake Forest handily. At home they’ve played so well their last two games, and those two guys, [Iman Shumpert and Glen Rice, Jr.], have been hot. We knew they were probably going to try to post them up on that mid-post area, but we said to make them earn. There were a few shots they got easy, but for the most part, we really tried to work hard to make other guys beat us.”

On three-point shooting:

“I want them to take good rhythm shots. We’re trying to get paint-touches off the dribble and make the next pass. When feet are set and hands are ready, and a ball is kicked out, you’ve got to take that. When teams are going to pressure you or extend and get into you, you have to use the dribble. Then we say to make the next pass. I thought we did that well, and the guys got a little rhythm. I like that we were getting into the lane, whether it was a three [pointer] resulting from it or some drives or drops, those are good things. Like I said though, shooting’s a funny thing. You keep shooting as long as they’re good shots and don’t get to discouraged when they’re not going in. When they are, you just keep letting them fly.”

On play of Mustapha Farrakhan:

“His ability since we’ve opened the court a little more, his ability to beat you off the dribble, and his ability to shoot the three—he’s showing completeness offensiveness. Then defensively, he’s being challenged with guarding a leading scorer or one of their better scorers. He’s playing like a senior and playing well in the stretch. I’m happy for him. We’ve been knocking and we’ve been close, and I keep encouraging him to lead and make us finish and bring the guys together. I think he’s been pretty steady for us.”

Freshman Guard Joe Harris
On today’s game:

“I think we played a complete game today. Takeaway the turnovers at the end of the game and I think we really did play a complete game.”

On run before halftime:

“I think we played really well defensively in the first half. Coach (Bennett) really hit on that coming in at the half.”

Junior Guard Sammy Zeglinski
On shooting percentage:

“We shot the ball really well and I think that has a lot to do with how we have been practicing. We have really been working on taking aggressive shots.”

On stopping Georgia Tech’s run:

“I think it got a little ugly at the end but I think in the second half we were able to contain their run and that helped us maintain our lead.”

Freshman Guard KT Harrell

On the win:

“We definitely needed that win. Georgia Tech is a great team and for us to come out of here with a win was really important.”

On tough ACC schedule:

“We have played tough teams and are not scared to play anybody. As long as we continue to play together and stay positive we can play with any team in this league.”

On defense:

“Defensively, we did a great job. We played how we were supposed to play. We played good defense for the entire game and that was the difference in the ballgame.”

39 comments Add your comment

blazer

January 22nd, 2011
4:17 pm

Hewitt says we were not prepared-can we deduct some his salary then!!

ran around like chicken with their heads off!!

Machelle should have played zone against the dukies last nite!!

Coach Paul

January 22nd, 2011
4:25 pm

“We simply are not nearly as good or strong as the UGA team”.

-Johnson and Hewitt

Worm

January 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Woe is YOU,Paul!

Biff Pocoroba

January 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

there is no need to prepare your team when you have a lifetime contract and you despise the fans and the media. the sooner this clown is run off, the better.

moboman

January 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

Not well prepared enough. Really?? Maybe by the ACC tourney.

not prepared

January 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

another embarrassing acc loss to a mediocre va team. But, hewitt’s contract just got extended again–they owe him more millions!

hewitt’s quote about why they lost: “Couple of things we talked about, but didn’t practice enough,” Hewitt said. “I probably worried about their legs too much and not as much on execution.”

sounds like he has no clue what he is doing, but he gets paid millions every year. great work: tech athletic geniuses!

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Old Tech fan in NC

January 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Several of VA 3’s looked like Rice against Wake…totally unguarded.

Do you really not practice guarding? I guess we all already know the answer…

GT Dad

January 22nd, 2011
5:52 pm

No preparation and no adjustments made – HEWITT.

No teamwork and fundamentals – HEWITT

No impact from “talking” – HEWITT

Any questions?????????????????????????????

A lifetime is a long, long time.

January 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

Lifetime contract.

Thanks guys!!!

-UGA

burdell68

January 22nd, 2011
6:03 pm

Same old song – same result

Bill

January 22nd, 2011
6:04 pm

Tech is poorly coached. Hewitt didn’t expect Northwestern to shoot 3’s.Didn’t expect Georgia to shoot so many 3’s.Didn’t expect Virginia to shoot 3’s. Problem is the rotation of guards on the perimeter defense. Udofia and Miller are usually out of position. Hewitt collapses the perimeter defense to help inside the lane. Problem is when you are small up front, you can’t collapse the PG on defense. Also,team doesn’t know how to defend kick out from penetration. Been like this about 6 years running .This is coaching , folks.

KC

January 22nd, 2011
6:18 pm

if GT would have the kahoonas to take this man to arbitration court, no judge would say that contract of Hewitt’s is justified and GT would win the argument hands down. At worst, GT would have to pay Hewitt a few million but not what the contract calls for. I do not care if you beat UNC 15 straight times, losing to everybody else including Kennesaw St, Siena and Charlotte is not good enough. Honestly, Hewitt was able to get by two years ago only winning 2 games in the ACC because of the new signees. But these players deserve better. Will this nightmare on Techwood Drive ever end?

Bill

January 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

This is something like Rod Serling would write…..”Nightmare on Techwood Drive”. Might have been too scary for even the “Twilight Zone”.Perhaps some of that money used for the buildings could free up money for a buyout.

Eagle Eyrie

January 22nd, 2011
6:41 pm

Hewitt doesn’t take responsibility for the other losses? No wonder TEch has a losing record.

Bulldawg

January 22nd, 2011
7:16 pm

We love Paul. You Tech boys are over reacting. He just needs a little time. Betweeen the Football and the Basketball, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everybody need a little sister!

GTBob

January 22nd, 2011
10:50 pm

I’m no coaching genius by any means, but when just about every team you play has their best 3 point shooting game of the season against you then maybe that is a problem you should address. A team full of talented guards, one of which is one of the best defenders in the country and we allow teams to shoot over 60% from three point range. It’s a bit of a joke at this point.

Butts Wagner

January 23rd, 2011
3:52 am

This is something like Rod Serling would write…..”Nightmare on Techwood Drive”.

No, GT basketball is Groundhog Day. And just like the movie, every time Hewitt kills himself, he wakes up and gets to do it all over again.

K

January 23rd, 2011
5:18 am

Does Hewitt ever learn?
Hind sight is 20/20.
How about preparing BEFORE a game!!!!!!!

K

January 23rd, 2011
5:18 am

It’s called COACHING!

dbr

January 23rd, 2011
7:52 am

As a BULLDOG fan I just wish GT would hire some more coaches for their other sports with the name Paul . It seems
be a great fit !

dbr

January 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

MAYBE HEWITT COULD COACH THE WOMENS BASKETBALL TEAM ALSO
AND JOHNSON THE BASEBALL TEAM TOO

Brock

January 23rd, 2011
9:18 am

On 3-point shooting

“When they see Georgia Tech on the shirt, if they are open, it’s going in. I promise you. At halftime, I was thinking, seven for eight.

All that tells us is you don’t know how to teach your guys to defend the 3 pointer!! You just called yourself out!! You just proved to anyone that knows basketball that YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COACH!!!

My god how embarrasssing is this idiot and how much more do we have to take!!

Be a man for once in your life and resign your position and stop letting this team, this school and their fans down. Enough is enough!!

GR82BAG8R

January 23rd, 2011
10:08 am

Bulldog, I agree with you – - we like Mark Richt.

Everybody needs a little sister.

"We ARE a basketball school"

January 23rd, 2011
11:54 am

GT …………. if you all could take back the on line ( St. Simons ) blathering after your one lil, funky upset of UGA in 08, none of the abuse being heaped upon you would be happening right now.

Y’all had a nice lil b ball tradition and in fact, far superior to UGA’s. Period. now, when you all won that 08 game and shot off your geeky mouthes, UGA bloggers had to respond.

I will not do that. I know that with the horrific 2010 football season and ugly AF loss and the now on going horrible recruiting by Al Groh ( 1973 Super Bowl ring and all ) and being REJECTED BY Tuitt and the fabulous trend that UGA is showing in b ball AND recruiting, that it would be unfair.

So …………………….GT continue to do what y’all are doing. After all, you are a basketball school. Right??? Hmmmmmmmmmm???

One more thing …………….avoid Ethel Street.

Go Dogs.

JacketSteve

January 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Did anybody believe we were going to win this game just because of a fluke win over UNC and beating Wake, the worst team in the ACC in a few decades? The players won those games with raw talent in spite of the lack of coaching. I didn’t even watch this game because I vowed not to watch or go to another Tech Bball game until Hewitt is gone.

Think about the up and coming coaches around the country who would love to come here with the amount of local talent to recruit and ACC exposure. Cremins built a monster program having to travel the country, mostly NYC, for talent. We’ve got so much of it right here in Georgia now that we should be a top 10 program. That brings up another point. Why don’t we have any of the great NYC talent on this team? Isn’t Hewitt a NY guy? I guess everyone up there hates him too. Can we PLEASE find the money somewhere to fire this idiot?!?!?!?! I love GT basketball and want to look forward to March Madness again some year.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 23rd, 2011
1:03 pm

He’s the worst coach in the history of Coaching, and that’s from high school on up.

I got no clue

January 23rd, 2011
1:15 pm

Sorry….instead of practicing i was depositing my paycheck and checking my bank balance. Rolling around in money in fun.

Matt from MN

January 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Hewitt is not a coach, so don’t call him one. Fire Hewitt now!!!

college football

January 23rd, 2011
10:32 pm

hewitt is but an average high school coach…he doesn’t have a clue. When your team looks lost on the court, you’ve got real problems. Who in gods name gave that guy that kind of money? Now your stuck with him!

Wreckmaniac

January 23rd, 2011
10:35 pm

If Hewitt is so determined to stay in Atlanta, he needs to go to Kennesaw State or Emory.

Wreckmaniac

January 23rd, 2011
10:37 pm

This team will not win another ACC game this season. Natta.

Wreckmaniac

January 23rd, 2011
10:37 pm

Good grief, can we get Dwane Morrison back ?

Wreckmaniac

January 23rd, 2011
10:43 pm

Agnes Scott is looking for a coach. We all know that Hewitt has to stay in Atlanta. This can work out .
Or Dekalb College, or Southern Tech or Berry College ( not far) or Bernau or Georgia Perimeter or
West Georgia or………

Wreckmaniac

January 23rd, 2011
10:44 pm

We got rid of Bobby Cremins for this ?????

Born2Buzz

January 24th, 2011
12:39 pm

Wreckmaniac, we play Wake again, so we probably get 1 more win, and it will be the only win on the road all year. We will lose to any team that can shoot 3s.

And again, we didn’t get rid of Cremins. Cremins resigned because he felt he wasn’t getting the job done anymore (and there were some alums who felt the same way).

Wolley Stekcaj

January 24th, 2011
6:07 pm

Hewitt would be better off to use Paul Johnson’s famous quote, “It is what it is.” Has worked for Johnson, maybe Hewitt could get another year using this stratgey!

Wolley Stekcaj

January 24th, 2011
6:09 pm

Born2Buzz,
Teams don’t have to shoot threes to beat us, they just have to play us. Weak Forest will kick our butts in Winston Salem. Remember you heard it hear. Wolley

old u

January 25th, 2011
9:01 pm

IS AL GROH CAOCKING YOUR PATHETIC HOOPS TEAM TOO? lol