How can Tech turn things around?

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Georgia Tech lost its fifth consecutive game, 102-77, on Sunday to Virginia Tech. It hasn’t beaten an opponent on its court in more than a year, a stretch of 14 games.

Other than by winning the ACC tournament, the Yellow Jackets have no hope of playing in the NCAA tournament. Even the NIT tournament seems a long shot at this point.

While the postseason seems a long way away — there are still six regular-season games remaining — what Tech do to avoid a losing season for the second time in three years?

Getting off to better starts might help.

During its past six losses, the Jackets have found themselves behind by at least eight points in the first half of each game. The Hokies had an unfathomable 25-point lead with 7:41 remaining.

When a team is having trouble scoring, like the Jackets are, that’s not a recipe for success.

FSU was able to race out to a 20-4 lead with 10:37 remaining in the first half. Clemson had an 11-point lead with 2:58 left. That came after Tech led by 12 with 10 minutes remaining.  Miami led by 11 with 9 minutes remaining and eventually pushed it to 21 in the second half. Maryland led by eight just five minutes into the game. Virginia led by 16 with less than a minute left.

Even in its wins Tech has had to come from behind. The Hokies led the Jackets by seven with less than 12 minutes remaining when Tech’s jump shots finally started to fall in the 72-57 victory in Atlanta.

“Offense is just not clicking,” coach Paul Hewitt said. “We aren’t making shots.”

No, they aren’t. Tech is hitting just 40.7 percent of its field goals, including a miserable 29.3 percent of its 3-pointers.

The Jackets had some good looks early against the Hokies on Sunday, but the shots wouldn’t fall. As a result, Virginia Tech bounced out to a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Hewitt said he called a timeout at that point to tell the team to keep running the offense and the shots would fall.

By the time the shooters found the range it was too late.

“We started chipping it away and then I had the error in judgment that I had,” Hewitt said, referring to the technicals he received with 7:53 remaining. The Jackets were trailing by 20 at that point.

Iman Shumpert said the players didn’t follow the game plan. That has been a common reason given for losses by a few of the players during the streak. He also said they weren’t aggressive enough.

“We need to come out and play hard,” Shumpert said. “This had nothing to do with coach Hewitt, this had nothing to do with the system. They played harder. They wanted it more.”

Now, Georgia Tech is left to ponder how to break this streak with Chattanooga coming to Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, and a game at Duke next Sunday.

“We can’t do anything about this game,” Hewitt said.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

154 comments Add your comment

just a fan

February 13th, 2011
5:08 pm

first? Second?

just a fan

February 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

wow, never been first before!
So what’s the take on Hewitt now? Is he just trying to get fired and collect the $7M?

crb

February 13th, 2011
5:12 pm

New coach would be a good start!

NOBODYYOUKNOW

February 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

THEY CAN”T, THEY”RE TECH,

Hewitt = Mubarak

February 13th, 2011
5:16 pm

Well the answer to Doug’s headline is obvious; we have to get someone who knows X’s & O’s. In most jobs, if anyone displays the continual degree of incompetence that Paul Hewitt has, they serve hard time. But thanks to one of the most preposterous contracts ever written, the only prisoners are fans of the program. Radakovich needs to not only rid the cancer that is Paul Hewitt, but bring in a credible coach to reinvigorate the life of a proud basketball tradition. I’m hoping it will be done sooner than later, because next year would be a great year to burn (yet another) for a transition. Although I really want DRad to get a good coach in here – someone like a Lon Kruger or Brad Stevens.

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 13th, 2011
5:16 pm

MAKE HEWITT’S life HELL so he will leave on his own. If we are not going to pay him to leave then treat him and his wife like the CANCER they have become.

StingerSplash

February 13th, 2011
5:17 pm

“not clicking on offense”?
That would presume that there is some semblance of an offense at some point.
To answer the larger question, how does Tech turn this around the answer is thus — it doesn’t this season. But the road back starts after the coming opening loss in the ACC tournament with a change along the bench.
And it ain’t the players.

B

February 13th, 2011
5:17 pm

I respect Iman Shumpert’s loyalty in coming to Coach Hewitt’s defense. But Tech not “wanting it” enough (supposedly) has been a perennial problem for at least 6 seasons now, especially on the road; surely at some point it has to have something to do with the coach and/or his staff… doesn’t it?

Tech student

February 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

Enter your comments here

NCJacket

February 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

I dont think he could have done anything about this game even before it started. He has always had a poor road record and one winning ACC season. I watched and cheered for the team but it was exactly as I expected.

Ozzy

February 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

How can they turn things around? They can’t, or they would have already done it.

The season was in the toilet when they lost to Kennesaw.

Who cares at this point?

Tech student

February 13th, 2011
5:23 pm

Well, we can finally do the thing that tech fans have ben clamoring for since 2008 and get a new coach. Heck, we could hold a ‘ raise money to buyout paul hewitt’ event in the stadium and probably get more people than attend a game to come.

HSV Jacket

February 13th, 2011
5:24 pm

What game plan? What system? Shumpert or Rice dribbling outside the 3 pt line for 10 seconds on each possession like they’re Kobe or Lebron? Then throwing up a fadeaway jumper or trying to drive through 3 defenders? And how about guarding the shooters on defense?

mtraininjax

February 13th, 2011
5:24 pm

Hewitt is gone if he can’t make the NCAAs. Plain and simple, without super talent, he can’t coach his way out of a paper bag.

GT

February 13th, 2011
5:27 pm

I supported CPH for as long as I could but he has turned our program into a laughing stock. I will still support the program but I know the casual fan won’t. The new building will be a complete waste because we have a joke of coach running the show. It is embarrassing to watch. Do we practice?

Cliff

February 13th, 2011
5:29 pm

Enough is enough! The men’s basketball program is beyond repair with Hewitt as coach. The program only gets better with a new coach. Dan needs to make the move.

Ralph

February 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

Not only is Hewitt a poor coach — he can’t graduate players either. This program has become a disgrace on several levels.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of it’s last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Hewitt is a loser

February 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

Anyone else get the email “A Defining Moment in College Basketball”. Come out to the Miami game to celebrate. I laughed so hard. I’m a season ticket holder too. Anyway the only way we will celebrate is if HEWITT is fired at center court before tipoff. How’s that sound DRAD?????

Gordon

February 13th, 2011
5:44 pm

Why would Radakovich wait until the end of the season to do what we all know must be done? I’m getting this nervous feeling he won’t. With a good hire, there hasn’t been any damage to the program that can’t be fixed rather quickly. We still have talent on our roster. But if Hewitt is here next year, it will take a while to recover because we will have a historically bad year on and off the court, especially if Shumpert leaves.

NovaJacket

February 13th, 2011
5:48 pm

We can’t. We’re irrelevant even in our own state, much less the ACC, in basketball. It’s shameful.

moboman

February 13th, 2011
5:49 pm

Shumpert’s half-court failed alleyoop pass when and easy pass for a layup would have sufficed speaks volumes about the state of this program. There is no discipline being taught on offense or defense. Helter skelter may have worked at Sienna, but it doesnt cut it in the ACC. We need a coach.

Buzz 2010

February 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

Calling for Bobby Cremmins… Look his name is on the court, bring him back!!

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

Georgia Tech is simply a lower tier athletic program.

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RAMBLE ON!!!

February 13th, 2011
5:54 pm

I’m glad I didn’t waste a beautiful day to watch this crap (knew better), although I would have loved to seen Phewitt get canned.

All that is left is the ceremony, and then GROUND HOG DAY IS OVER!!!!

bigstack19

February 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

REPLACE THE COACH WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS A CLUE!

rich

February 13th, 2011
6:08 pm

How Can Tech turn things around? Is this a rhertorical question?

the ole ball coach

February 13th, 2011
6:11 pm

Watkinsville

February 13th, 2011
6:12 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE listening to all the whining take place amongst you pompous dorks.

You TRULY deserve the turmoil.

ArkyTech

February 13th, 2011
6:12 pm

I think we all know the answer to this question……

JWooden

February 13th, 2011
6:12 pm

Unfortuneately, BCremins is too old, Brad Stevens isn’t doing too well at Butler so who knows about him, and JFox couldn’t make that move…..could he? Boy what a coup that would be…Even Michael J Fox would be a good move…come on Rad before all the recruits give up on Tech.

Genius Jacket

February 13th, 2011
6:18 pm

We are bad because we don’t hsve players who can pass calculus and physics.

Tech Forever

February 13th, 2011
6:21 pm

Watkinsville

Why such hate?

Tech Forever

February 13th, 2011
6:24 pm

Genius Dog

Our recruiting issues are significantly less prominent in basketball than football…..that doesn’t make them any less existent or relelvant with regard to football though.

blazer

February 13th, 2011
6:28 pm

get better-it is getting worse-lose Hewitt-sent miller to the bench and play udofia.

can we not play the rest of the bench the last three minutes knowing we had lost the game!!

Tech Forever

February 13th, 2011
6:30 pm

Watkinsville

So in other words you get satisfaction out of other people’s pain. Very telling.

Watkinsville

February 13th, 2011
6:31 pm

Tech Forever……

Because it is a bitter in state rivalry. I wish your athletic teams NOTHING but failure. A large part of your fanbase are good people, but a large part are also pompous d-bags who belittle everyone who happens to NOT have an interest in Engineering.

The End.

sports

February 13th, 2011
6:33 pm

Tech basketball sucks almost as bad their football…which both are a joke.

The Scranton Strangler

February 13th, 2011
6:41 pm

I agree with Watkinsville.

Even those of us who have no affiliation with a rival of Georgia Tech are extremely turned off by their fan-base. I have never listened to a group of people who are so arrogant about off field issues when it comes to a sports debate in my life.

Tech “fans” want to have an image of superiority and true class, but the attitudes they adopt actually make them and their sports teams the easiest to hate.

I also agree that watching them fail is enjoyable. Spin that as being sadistic all you want. But when I see your “fans” upset that things are not going the way you’d like, I cannot help but to smile and think how it couldn’t be happening to a better bunch of people.

GO HOKIES!!!!

RambleOn84

February 13th, 2011
6:44 pm

What the hell is a hokie?

Tech Man

February 13th, 2011
6:47 pm

Ma Tech is a proud institution. She will find her way on the hardwood. And, yes, we are proud of Georgia Tech. All Georgians, Southerners, and those who take pride in the US competing in a global marketplace should take great pride in Georgia Tech.

Always a Jacket

February 13th, 2011
6:47 pm

This embarrassment is on DRad

Anyone who follows ACC BB knows about Hewitt

DRad’s Priorities are the problem

RambleOn84

February 13th, 2011
6:54 pm

BTW,
The “Scranton Stangler” outed himself as just another Georgie fan trying to sling mud…probably the same person as “Watkinsville,” agreeing with himself.

VPI fans would never refer to Georgia Tech as “Tech,” as they consider that nickname to be theirs.

Is that you, Logan???

The Scranton Strangler

February 13th, 2011
6:56 pm

Hokie (ho-key): def: A mascot of a basketball team who just, today, dropped 102 (one-hundred-and-two) points on Georgia Tech.

But it’s obvious Va Tech isn’t good….. it’s all Paul Hewitt’s fault. Right?

Buzzy

February 13th, 2011
6:57 pm

We can turn things around with a new coach and a couple guys that can shoot the rock.

RambleOn84

February 13th, 2011
6:57 pm

Give it up, man…you outed yourself…probably not the first time, huh? Was it difficult telling your parents?

Jacket Backer

February 13th, 2011
6:58 pm

Pretty simple….Hire a new coach!

hbtd

February 13th, 2011
6:59 pm

Join the Southern Conference. Techs athletic programs are obviously way over their head in the ACC.

The Scranton Strangler

February 13th, 2011
6:59 pm

I live in Atlanta. I know the lingo on AJC is to refer to the University of Georgia as the “Dawgs” and Georgia Tech as “Tech”.

Who on earth does anybody who doesn not like “Tech” athletics instantly have to be a “Dawg”?? I am from Brookneal, VA, now living in Atlanta. Today is the only day you will see me as Your team played my team.

And my team demolished yours.