Oliver heating up at right time

Brian Oliver is finding his shooting stroke at the right time for Georgia Tech’s basketball team.

Oliver scored 28 points by hitting 11 of his 18 shots, including four of his nine 3-pointers, in Tuesday’s 72-57 win against Virginia Tech.

It came a game after he hit five of his nine shots in the loss at Virginia to raise his shooting percentage to 35.7 percent this season. He’s now hitting 37.9 percent of his shots after the performance against the Hokies.

During his struggles this season, coach Paul Hewitt has stood by his player, saying that he just needed to keep going to the gym and hoisting jumpers.

That belief and that work appear to be paying off.

“Honestly, I am not sure of what the difference is between tonight and a week ago,” Oliver said after the Virginia Tech game.

He said there have been some mechanical things that were wrong with his shot that have led to mental issues.

“You cant get down on yourself,” he said. “You say to yourself keep taking good shots, but you have to make sure that, as a shooter, you are always thinking that the next shot is going in. I just cleared my mind, went out there and went back to fundamentals tonight.”

Hewitt joked that Oliver simply needs to shave his beard, saying he had a lot more success last season when he made 39.4 percent of his shots, including 38 percent of his 3-pointers.

He got hot by hitting jumpers around the free-throw line to exploit Virginia Tech’s aggressive 2-3 zone defense. He then started bombing 3-pointers in the corner.

It was the second time this season that Oliver has gone crazy on a 2-3 zone. He scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting against Syracuse, which made the 2-3 famous, in November.

“I get a little bit more freedom to get my shot off,” he said. “It’s more comfortable for me to attack that way.”

Tech needs him to continue to shoot because Glen Rice has suddenly gone cold. Rice scored 24 points against North Carolina and 21 against Wake Forest. The Cavs keyed on him, as did the Hokies. As a result, he has missed 13 of his last 16 shots.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

33 comments Add your comment

Mister T

January 28th, 2011
5:29 am

This is so lame, but….FIRST!


January 28th, 2011
7:18 am

Tecch went into the season knowing they had to hit jump shots. They have not done so consistently and the dismal record is the result.

Bobby Cremins

January 28th, 2011
8:22 am

Hire me back baby!!!!!!!!!


January 28th, 2011
10:13 am

Hey Doug! Will you teach me how to Dougie?

Danny O

January 28th, 2011
10:22 am

Oliver did a great job of releasing quickly, which was key against the Hokies’ aggressive defense. Hopefully Kam and D. Miller can pick up the offense in the paint to take some pressure off the shooters.


January 28th, 2011
10:50 am

He has done well when playing against a zone defense. Now we need to see him hit some shots against man to man defense.


January 28th, 2011
12:04 pm

Just in time for our annual RUN FOR THE BUBBLE!!!



January 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

Every time around this part of the season, I get nervous. The team starts to play a little better, giving me the anxious feeling that Phewitt will back yet again, taunting us for one more season. Then, we’ll start the new season 5 -8 and repeat the same thing all over again.. In my dreams, GT someday gets a real coach. People are happy, the stands get filled up again and Phewitt is a distant memory.


January 28th, 2011
2:20 pm

Anyone knows “Coach” Hewitt’s e mail? I’d like to e mail him this:



January 28th, 2011
4:17 pm

If Oliver and Glen Rice can get hot at the same time they could hold their own in the ACC and the rest of the nation for that matter!!


January 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

I wish the coach would institute a “no tattoo” policy. How do the kids afford all these tats anyway?


January 28th, 2011
4:25 pm

…referring to all of Brian Oliver’s tattoos.


January 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

Maybe they use the Ohio State method.


January 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

I don’t know if I should feel sorry for everyone else but I’m having a lot of fun this year. Best seats I’ve ever had. A team with fight. Just about the whole team getting better.
About like buying stock in March 2009.
The team doesn’t give a damn, near as I can make out, what most of u think.
Following their lead, I don’t either.
If CPJ can’t beat UGA with 2 first rounders (which Tech never has) and 4 high draft choices plius a warrior QB in 2009, he’s never going to do it.
So why don’t u fire him and Danny Hall too.
Now listen.
If u are pulling for Tech to lose so u can tell me that I am wrong, that’s exactly what Uga fans do.
Think about it.

5150 P.O.A.D.

January 28th, 2011
5:51 pm

Crickets, Crickets, Crickets

Awfully quiet over here.

Paul do as i say not as i do

January 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

I am a hypocrite

Mark Richt

January 28th, 2011
8:46 pm

Two questions with the same answer.
1. Who’s got the dream team?
2. Who’s your daddy?

Mark Richt

January 28th, 2011
8:48 pm

That would be me.

Yurtle move to athens

January 28th, 2011
9:03 pm

Your attitude is perfect for our fan base at THUGA.

Richt will turn the dream team into the average team.

Jorge O'leary

January 28th, 2011
9:53 pm

You may be getting the dream team but CMR is still your coach. 10 to 6 leghumpers! HAHAHAHAHA


January 28th, 2011
10:17 pm

Tech: It ain’t the players, you need a new coach.

Paul Hewitt

January 28th, 2011
10:24 pm

Goals for 2011: 1. Get a better parking space.
2. Get a bigger office.
3. Blame the ajc sportswriters for all my losses.
4. Ask for a raise.


January 29th, 2011
5:40 am

ESPN felt the crippling losses of McCollum,Tuitt,Farmer,Garrett,Chambers,Freeman and Stovall has doomed any chance of GT having anything but a dismal recruiting class.

5150 UOAD

January 29th, 2011
3:26 pm

I hope B.O. is better than the B.O. we have in the White House and Equal to or Better than the B.O. from Lethel Weapon 3.

the truth

January 29th, 2011
6:23 pm

hey mark Richt that would be FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 29th, 2011
7:23 pm

Fear The Turtle Baby….we are in your house Sunday

Jacket Backer

January 29th, 2011
11:01 pm

Time for Hewitt to warm up his car and keep driving north forever!

5150 UOAD

January 30th, 2011
12:34 am

Hewitt drive SOUTH Jacket backer is just trying to get yo to burn gas. I want you to drive down I-95 until you car becomes a BOAT. I pray you don’t drive a Metropolitan NASH.


January 30th, 2011
10:33 am

Ha ha ha. Gotta love the front page of sports today in the AJC talking about pathetic Tech basketball LOSING tons of money. Can you dorks do anything right? Can’t sellout basketball OR football. Sad.


January 30th, 2011
11:51 am

NCAA is reportedly checking into Marvin McCollum Jr.’s dealings and relationship with Randall “Big Chick” Landers. Landers is a multi-milionaire who deals heavily in silver and gold. Apparently McCollum has suddenly taken possession of large amounts of silver and gold. Marvin is being scrutinized for having a new Toyota Prius nd the NCAA is supposedly interested in his relationship with Maria Fenell, car dealer, and Charles Garrett, noted tatoo artist and car collector. When asked if he knew about Marvin and the new car, Garrett replied “YEAH!!!”. Marvin and his girlfriend, Michelle, planon raising hogs after he gets his degree in animal husbandry at Nebraska. “It may sound strange to some folks but it’s what Marvin and I dream about. After all, Otis Cleveland started with a small lot and one hog and now owns Little Mission Engineering afer getting his degree from GT. Some of Otis’ projects such as Ron Cantrell’s mansion are just mindboggling.”


January 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

The McCollums now have 20 Berkshire hogs in a brand new lot in front of their house. Marvin would not disclose where the hogs came from but said putting the lot 20 feet from their house in the front yard was an idea he got from visiting Dave Matis in Wisconsin. “It is pretty neat”McCollum stated. “We can open the front door and throw table scraps right to them.” His brother Garnett replied “I think they have all lost thir minds. Who wants pigs in their front yard?”. “We do” replied Marvin and Michelle.


January 30th, 2011
1:32 pm

Yellow Fellow was at the McCollum residence and hog lot filming a commercial with Marvin about their pressure treated and decay resistant wood. Marvin made a point to show off his corn tatoo on his right arm.


January 30th, 2011
7:27 pm

Oliver is not dressed out or warming up fir the Maryland game.