Quotes after Tech’s loss at Duke

Some quotes following Georgia Tech’s loss to Duke on Sunday, courtesy of the Blue Devils’ sports information department:

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Hewitt

Opening Statement:

“Got off to a pretty good start. Did some of the things that we wanted to do: try to score in transition; if we didn’t have anything in transition, use the clock a little bit and space the floor out. I thought we did a pretty decent job, but the one thing we didn’t do for the entire first half, which was a number two priority behind stopping from three, was defensive rebounding. They had six in the second chance points, which was something, they feast on that. They get second shots, get offensive rebounds and kick them out for threes or drive them up too easy. That was tough to overcome.”

On satisfaction with the 3-point defense:

“Yeah. I wasn’t satisfied with the rebounding because the rebounds led to some of the threes they got. I think they were 2-for-6 in the first half, excuse me, 4-for-10 in the first half, and I’m going to guess three of them were from inside-outs off the offensive rebound, which is hard to defend.”

On defending Nolan Smith and Shumpert getting into foul trouble:

“In the second half he just got going. I thought in the first half, I really think it was our inability. We gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and that might change the game a little bit. I’m not sure the foul trouble had much to do with that difference. He’s [Nolan Smith] a great player. He’s having a great year. More than likely the player of the year in the league. He’s got a chance to do something that’s never been done in this league and that’s a pretty big statement to say that something’s never been done in a positive way.”

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Opening Statement:

“I was pleased with our performance tonight. Georgia Tech is always a difficult game, especially with [Iman] Shumpert and [Glen] Rice. They’re two of the better players in the league. They started a little bit different line up. They didn’t start their two bigs and the game plan we had was not appropriate defensively for the team we were playing against. We put our guys in positions that weren’t very good. [It] got us scattered. We changed it after a few minutes. Once we settled down [and] played our regular defense, I thought we played really well defensively. [Tyler] Thornton was a huge plus for us. The offensive rebounding in the first half and then our defense … we got nine fouls, and I’m not saying they weren’t fouls, well most of them, we were fouling too much and then we started just playing very disciplined defense. We got Nolan [Smith] in there with two fouls and he played about four minutes without getting a third. We ended the half in really a beautiful manner. I thought it was outstanding the way we ended the half. In the second half, it carried over. We continued to play well. We didn’t turn it over very much. Eighteen and 10 on assists and turnovers, but Thornton gave us just a really huge boost.”

On adjustments made at timeout before half:

“We just wanted to get a two-for-one and we wanted to make sure Nolan did not foul. Tyler [Thornton] made a play on his own there. His defense of [Iman] Shumpert was very good, so that kept Nolan out of foul trouble even in the second half. We just executed really well. It was really good basketball, those last few minutes, for us, of the first half.”

On game plan heading into tonight:

“Going into the game, their two guys averaged taking 25 shots apiece. They were taking almost all their shots. When they were in different spots, we wanted to make sure we were running people at them. When they have two big guys in the game, you can do that and not give up threes, but when they have four perimeter guys in, it’s just not a good strategy. [Maurice] Miller got open. [Lance] Storrs got open. We got spread out too much and were reaching and grabbing. We needed to get back to playing a different way, the way we normally play.”

On the national rankings:

“After Kyrie got hurt, we were just No. 1 for a long time because we didn’t lose. That’s just the nature of the polls. I never felt we were the No. 1 team in the country after that. I did when [Kyrie] was with us. I think we’re a good team and we just got to keep winning. Whatever happens in that, with seeding and all that will just work out. We just need to take care of our own business on getting better. It’s the time of the year where people are desperate. You’re playing desperate people sometimes. The teams that are ranked high all get great shots from everyone. I do think that can make you better before going into the tournament. I’m not surprised at all these games. We play Temple on Wednesday; they’re top-25 and go to Blacksburg on Saturday. Those are going to be really difficult games for us, but that’s good. We shouldn’t worry about what it does in the polls. The conference race we should be concerned about. We want to finish well in the conference race.”

On Nolan Smith:

“He keeps getting better. [Brian] Zoubek got better. You get better if you want to get better. He wants to get better. The fact that he’s one of two leaders, he understands this responsibility of showing up at a high level every game. I’m sure that he was excited about matching up with [Iman] Shumpert. We believe Shumpert is as talented as any guard in our league. He’s done well; he’s been very good. That gets you going, too. It brings out more in you. Nolan’s had an incredible year. I never talk about player of the year, but it’s not even close in our conference. This kid nationally has got to be recognized. He’s been consistent even with Kyrie and then Kyrie goes down and that’s a big load. I don’t think anyone in the country has had that change and especially not the preseason and the first part of the season to prepare for your role. He just, ‘Ok I’ll be Spider man. I’ll sing the lead. I’ll take all those.’ I think it’s one of the best performances in a long time in our league, especially when you consider those things.”

On the team’s improvement:

“The big guys keep getting better. Mason [Plumlee]and Ryan [Kelly] had really good games. Our defense has been pretty solid. We’ve been a very good defensive team. And we’re rebounding well. Whenever we take care of the ball like we did tonight, 18 and 10, then we’ve played pretty well. We still win sometimes when we get 10 and 15, but it taxes your defense. When we don’t turn it over, then they have to come against a good set defense. That’s still our staple and has been our staple for 31 years.”

Duke Sophomore Seth Curry

On what Duke did in the second half:

“I think we just buckled down and stopped fouling really. At the beginning of the game, we were giving them easy buckets on the free throw line. Once we stopped that, they weren’t able to score easily and we were able to rebound the ball and get out and run.”

On Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s technical foul in the first half:

“I think it really fired us up. It’s not something you see often, so it means Coach is really fighting for us, and we try to go out there and fight for him too.”

On the play of Nolan Smith:

“We try not to take it for granted, a guy like that just bringing it every night, giving us big points, rebounds, whatever it is – he does it for us. It’s great to watch a guy that’s having a great season, a senior who leads by example and we just try to follow.”

Duke Senior Nolan Smith

On the physical play:

“Knowing that you’re going to get contact, you just try and finish and just be strong.”

On the upcoming non-conference matchup with Temple:

“It’s good for us. We always use [games like this] to simulate the [NCAA] Tournament, playing a team that’s going to be a high seed in the Tournament. They’re a top 25 team, and it’s going to help us stay focused. We can’t lose focus going out of conference. We’ve got to stay focused and get ready for them. It’s going to be a big-time game.”

On whether the team cares about being ranked No. 1:

“Not at all. I think for this team, we just to continue getting better and keep winning basketball games. Being number one right now doesn’t matter at all. Last year’s team, we weren’t number one until the end. If we get it, it’s cool but we’re not worried about it.”

Duke Senior Kyle Singler

“It was a tight game, especially in the first half early and we couldn’t build a lead. Then early in the second half, we were able to get stops and knock down a couple of shots and then we started building that lead.”

On his show of emotion in the first half after Nolan Smith’s three:

“We were kind of in a rut. It’s that time of the year when basketball is getting a little bit more exciting, and you kind of have to stretch yourself a little bit. I think that’s what happened.”

On his approach to this game after a frustrating game against Virginia:

“I tried to approach it just like any other game. I really didn’t think about it much actually, and I thought that really helped because coming off that game, it really was a frustrating game to play. But in this game, I thought I did a good job of not focusing on it and just playing.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

72 comments Add your comment

Biff Pocoroba

February 20th, 2011
11:34 pm

“Coach” Hewitt: “I sure am glad that I never have to coach another game at that place. I’ll have $7 million next year and will never have to face Duke again.”


February 20th, 2011
11:42 pm

same ole same ole.


February 20th, 2011
11:45 pm

Only time we looked decent was when Moe was in. Too bad he cant stay in. Usual skelter defense. Its a shame to see that we have players, but ….

Paul in RDU

February 21st, 2011
12:14 am

I’ve seen this movie before


February 21st, 2011
12:34 am

meh, I have ran out of energy to care anymore. Only a few games left in the season. Hopefully we have something to be excited about going into next season.

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the truth

February 21st, 2011
2:05 am

this reminds me of tech basketball this year!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f4g8IKvsfA

Axe is Falling

February 21st, 2011
5:14 am

Just Fire him now. Bet the crowds will be larger if you fire him now.


February 21st, 2011
6:26 am

Wake me up when Hewitt’s gone…

ACC Basketball

February 21st, 2011
6:54 am

Four straight years with a losing record in the ACC! Enough said!!!!!

The Future

February 21st, 2011
7:03 am

Hewitt will be gone after the last regular season game.


February 21st, 2011
7:21 am

Will coach Hewitt get that elusive 20th road ACC win in only his 11th year on the Flats? He had 18 after the 07/08 season so it looked good at that point, but he has only two more chances. It’s going to come down to the wire!


February 21st, 2011
8:00 am

Watching Tech’s big guys not getting many points in the paint and the other teams doing it so easily makes you to wonder about coaching and player development.

Old Tech & Mountaineer fan in NC

February 21st, 2011
8:11 am

I realize it made no difference in the final outcome, but it was funny that after coach K received the T and gave the refs a tongue lashing, Dook received NO fouls the remainder of the first half – quiet a coincidence.

I’d like to see a Tech game with Tech making zero 3 attempts.

Too Easy

February 21st, 2011
8:12 am

Does a DUI arrest make Jarrett Jack a thug?

brent cunningham

February 21st, 2011
8:15 am

I think Mark Price would make a great coach, teacher, and motivator.If he has a good staff behind him , he will do great on the recruiting trail.He would also go easy on the jacket’s pocket book until hewitt’s money goes. He would teach them the three pt. shot, as well as the free throw shot.Noodles as one of the assistants


February 21st, 2011
8:26 am

While I have a self-imposed ban on watching or spending money on GT Basketball until Phewitt is removed, I actually watched this game. I got nervous when we were up 9 – 4 early on thinking “Crap, we’re going to make a game of this and give Phewitt another chance of returning if, for some ungodly reason we win this game” But then sanity settled in and I watched the “offense” continue to work it’s Phewitt-coached system and thought “What was I thinking, of course we’ll lose this game. And by 20 points”. Just like that, we were down 31-28 and then Duke had a 9-0 run before the end of the first half. I want to take the day off work on March 14, just so I can either drown my sorrows or celebrate DRAD moving this garbage of a coach out of here.


February 21st, 2011
8:46 am

The contrast of Hewitt and Coach K was never more real than last night. Coach K was in constant contact with his assistance which had every aspect of the game in tack. Hewitt was alone on the bench, totally lost. K got a tactical which changed the game around, engaged emotional after how many years? Hewitt looked like someone who had wandered off the street into the area. Duke players know what time it is, they are confident, attacking, very organized. Tech looked like a pick up game in the park. One man doing all the work while the rest watched. They cannot shoot foul shots, rebound, block out, set screens or call the right play. Confusion is their calling card has been for the last several years.


February 21st, 2011
8:48 am

After watching that game I sure am glad we have Coach Fox!!!!!


February 21st, 2011
9:01 am

I will mention it again in case you are wondering—Hewitt will be fired on or before March 14th—-and yes I have some credible inside info. Mainly who the new coaching candidates are. Can’t proceed without firing Hewitt. GT will not go with a tenured experienced coach and that is all I will say.


February 21st, 2011
9:07 am

If you ask me what my gut feeling is on a new coach, you did ask, right? I would give a slight nod to Mark Price. Again I have no knowledge of who only the type of coach. Chris Collins at Duke might also foot the bill of the type GT will look at. One thing guaranteed though. It will be a very quick short list search. Think two weeks or less.


February 21st, 2011
9:09 am

Would rather watch a great team play anywhere than a poorly coached team play in the latest and greatest gym.

St Johns now 17-9 with the same team as last year

Hayseed Dixie

February 21st, 2011
9:15 am

@Biff Pocoroba

You know what- as sad as it is, that’s probably *exactly* what he was thinking. He doesn’t have to be embarrassingly outclassed anymore, and he’ll lottery winner wealthy.

The real question is, who is gonna hire Hewitt?

We already know Kennesaw State and Siena won’t want him.


February 21st, 2011
9:18 am

Dadgum, I hope you are wrong about Price. He has NO experience. If we have to go the young assistant route, then maybe Collins or Craig Neal, but I hope we get a head coach from somewhere.

Hewitt Fan

February 21st, 2011
9:57 am

@Hayseed Dixie
“The real question is, who is gonna hire Hewitt?
We already know Kennesaw State and Siena won’t want him.”

He built Siena into a powerhouse..Oh yeah, St Johns offered Hewitt before Lavin..St Johns is a better job than GT.He turned it down because he is getting 7 mil after this year and he will get a better job also….No one has anything to say about Duke last night ..I guess no one noticed when the Announcer said “dont try to play Duke game” that means Duke can grab,hold and push and you can not!


February 21st, 2011
10:06 am

The misery continues. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base.


February 21st, 2011
10:07 am

Why didn’t Hewitt take the job at St Johns? He said he wants to coach at Madison Square Garden before. It could have been a clean break up for both parties. Tech could have had Lavin then. It still makes me sick.


February 21st, 2011
10:13 am

I’m not doing any bashing here but Hewitt is 4-7 vs my DAWGS & he’s 0-2 vs Coach Fox!!!!! Just sayin…


February 21st, 2011
10:14 am

St Johns didn’t want Hewitt. He said he turned it down to try and look good.


February 21st, 2011
10:22 am

Tech is a joke and just flat out sucks!


February 21st, 2011
10:23 am

Mark Price doesn’t have the passion or intensity to be a good coach. We need someone who keeps a cot in his office and falls asleep watching game film every night.


February 21st, 2011
10:29 am

@BYRDDAWG (and other UGA fans)

If you make the NCAA this year, it will still be fewer times (4) during Hewitt’s 11 year tenure that Tech did (5), not to mention we went to the championship game. As bad as Hewitt is, he still had better results with Tech than UGA did with Harrick, Felton, and Fox.

buzz on

February 21st, 2011
10:40 am

I’m sure Drad has someone in mind. I don’t care for the way Rads has handle the Hewitt problem but Rads is a top AD and has his on security to worry about. He will make a good choice I believe!
The main thing is to remove Paul Hewitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pray for the USA……..Never another Contract like Behitts……………

supersize that order, mutt

February 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Hewitt fan, get a life. We know you love Hewitt, but regardless of officiating in Duke’s favor, Hewitt just flat sucks as a coach. No matter whom Tech has played this year or any of the past several, haven’t you noticed that we can’t shoot the free throws we get, we can’t drive the lane for a layup, we can’t fast break without pulling up at the 3-point lane and throwing up what is usually a brick, we can’t inbound the ball, we can’t defend in the paint, we can’t defend the 3-pointer…..I could go on and on. When any one team under any one coach continues to have the exact same traits, then it’s NOT the officials…..it’s either the players or the coach or both. We have had too many good players under Hewitt to blame it all on them; IT IS HEWITT’S LOUSY COACHING !!!!! He should be, and hopefully will be fired in a couple of weeks. And you can go with him.

buzz on

February 21st, 2011
10:48 am

Hew itt didn’t take St. Johns job..he said because “his family wanted to stay in Atlanta”…not because he wanted to stay at GT.
GORDON..be nice! Byrddawg said he was not bashing, ok. I’m a GT fan 110% but he was telling the truth. he was just helping try to fire Hewitt.

buzz on

February 21st, 2011
10:52 am

Hewitt fan…you must be very lonesome!

No Tech Fan

February 21st, 2011
10:58 am

I did not think the Basketball team could be worse than the football team, but it is! I tuned in last night to watch the game and was amazed at the thugs that play for Tech. Physical basketball is the way they described it. Iman Shumpert pushes off with his free arm the entire time he has the basketball and never was called for it. I guess that what Tech has to do when they can’t win the right way.


February 21st, 2011
11:02 am

Hewitt Fan is an idiot. Obviously his title say’s it all. I’ll give you the benefit fit of doubt since you are either on the team (doubt it), or one of his Assistant “Coaches”.

St. John was never dumb enough to offer Phewitt. I can’t believe any College program would be dumb enough to hire him now. Especially after screwing GT with this buyout.

Tommy speaks the truth.


February 21st, 2011
11:04 am

Things will get better once Paul Hewitt is gone. @1o:58 I know its hard to be a fan right now.


February 21st, 2011
11:06 am

The problem with Hewitt is that the players don’t get better once they get to GT. I mean maybe a few like Luke or Jack but overall it is plain as day to see. They simply can’t get over the hump.

I contend that if you get good players and have someone very experienced coaching and teaching the finer points that makes up for any head coach experience on a resume. GT is not going to attract a marquee head coach. Mark Price will put fans back in the seats, recruit solid kids, and for God sakes be able to teach the game’s finer points. Again, Price is my gut feeling not real sold it will be him. Tech could do a lot worse than Price and we don’t need a repeat of the last 10 years. Price will be affordable and if he doesn’t work out he moves on without bankrupting the program.

UGA = Yawn

February 21st, 2011
11:10 am

I thought Hewitt’s contract is through next year? If that is the case, he won’t be gone!

supersize that order, mutt

February 21st, 2011
11:17 am

Yawn, you’ve been on this blog before; haven’t you read anything? Hewitt’s contract is NEVER through, unless he quits or is fired. It is a automatically renewing, essentially lifetime, contract.

Matt from MN

February 21st, 2011
11:21 am

Another embarrassment for the men’s BBall program at Tech. What’s the definition of insanity again?


February 21st, 2011
11:22 am

Hey Old Tech & Mountaineer fan in NC – There’s always at least one of you out there…. could it actually be that after the T, Duke actually – didn’t foul? OMG, GASP! A novel thought….. A 20 to 17 PF difference isn’t huge and actuall has nothing to do with the outcome of the game. The Jackets have one of the worst bench coaches in college basketball. Accordingly, the team doesn’t do anything particularly well. They don’t rebound, they don’t take good shots, and they turn the ball over. That lesson shouldn’t cost $7 million, but such is life for Tech Basketball right now. It’s a shame too, in my book.

UGA = Yawn

February 21st, 2011
11:23 am

supersize, I disagree. I thought the end of next year it expires. Someone needs to clarify.

UGA = Yawn

February 21st, 2011
11:25 am

Plus, it would coincide with the opening of our new arena for the 2012/13 season. His contract expires next year, 2011/12 season, and we will then open a new arena with a new coach (2012/13). I still stand by my earlier comment that he goes nowhere until the end of NEXT season – not THIS season. Time will tell.

supersize that order, mutt

February 21st, 2011
11:32 am

Yawn, sorry, but you are 100% incorrect. Damn, go back and read Bradley’s columns about firing Hewitt. It is very clear that there is absolutely no way out of the contract without firing him. We wait till after March 15 (30 days before the AUTOMATIC rollover) on April 15, and the buyout goes up another 200K. As often as I have seen you on this site, I cannot believe you still don’t know what the problem is. And if DRad is half the AD we think he is, Hewitt WILL BE GONE THIS YEAR!!!

supersize that order, mutt

February 21st, 2011
11:37 am

Moreover, Tech cannot fire Hewitt “with cause” based on wins and losses. So unless he were to do something to publicly humiliate the school, Tech has to pay the full buyout. He HAS, in fact, humilitated us, but that’s reflected in wins/losses, and that doesn’t count. Tech is just plain stuck. Fire him now and it costs 7.1 million. Wait a year, and it will cost more, till it caps out at (I think) 8 million.


February 21st, 2011
11:59 am

He’s done folks. Stop worrying about it. As soon as we lose in the ACC tourney the axe will fall.
Only question now is whether we can win another game. Wake is horrific but we are playing them in Winston Salem. And we all know a road win is almost impossible for Hewitt.
Maybe we can beat UVA Wednesday. But I would doubt it. A good coach, which Bennett is, can look at 1 game film of ours and know how to defend this team. Hewitt has never changed his O, no matter how bad it is.

And supersize is correct.

UGA = Yawn

February 21st, 2011
12:03 pm

As I said – I hope I am wrong. I will believe it when I see it. My gut says he is here through next year. If you ask me, he should have been fired 3 years ago!