Brian Gregory quotes

From Georgia Tech’s 65-54 win Monday night over Alabama A&M, courtesy of Tech’s sports information office.

Opening Remarks

“We didn’t play very well.  We didn’t play with the effort that you need to play with, or the concentration that you need to play with.  When you have 22 turnovers – that’s concentration and that’s reading situations.  They (Alabama A&M) missed some shots, and that’s a lot of defensive breakdowns (by us) as well.  For the first time, we did not build on what we had done in the past.  Not evaluating on a win or loss, but evaluating on the process: today we didn’t do the job we needed to do.  It was disappointing.  I’m disappointed and we’ve got to respond.”

“That was 40 minutes of something that did not resemble the type of basketball that we need to play.”

On the play of freshman F Julian Royal:

“I thought Julian Royal played with a great energy level.  He had five offensive rebounds and a couple of them were big plays for us that were just pure hustle plays.  That was good to see that as a freshman.  I was very pleased with his performance.  (He was) probably the only bright spot for me.”

On Royal’s presence on the floor:

“He made a couple shots.  Those turnovers were not from the post.  He didn’t have a big effect on us not turning the ball over – those are from the guards.  But he was able to make a couple post moves and he made the jump shot. What he did, I’m not sure he stabilized us, he saved our butt. That’s a big difference.”

On whether or not the long layoff contributed to the team’s effort:

“Everybody would say that. Every day you have to come and work.  Regardless of whether it’s finals or not, you can use that as a legitimate excuse, but we haven’t had finals for the last three days.  Our habits at times need to continue to improve on a daily basis, and we’ll play better.  This was the first time this year I was disappointed in the energy level and the effort that we gave.  And still, I say that, and we held them to 35 percent from the field and we out-rebounded them by 22.”

27 comments Add your comment

1 4 GT

December 19th, 2011
11:28 pm

1st It’s still a win. Coach, and I would guess his players, may not be happy with the overall play, but use it as a learning tool. I believe Coach will do just that. GOOOOOOOO JACKETS THWG

5150 UOAD

December 19th, 2011
11:31 pm

It was a win but it didn’t sound good on the radio.

Five Dollar Tickets

December 20th, 2011
6:45 am

I knew there was a reason I picked Thursday’s game to go see. Let’s go Jackets!!!!

Burdell

December 20th, 2011
7:41 am

Glad to see Julian Royal stepping up and playing well. I like the fact that CBG is making him earn his playing time with hard work and hustle.

Better get the intensity level back up before we have to play Alabama and the ACC slate.

GO JACKETS!!

juvenal

December 20th, 2011
9:09 am

Ken, glad to see you on this beat, we know you will do your consistently great job, esp. after you are done with football……

collegeballfan

December 20th, 2011
9:16 am

Having Royal have a big game is important. He really disappeared after the first game.

Games are won on the practice floor. Today’s practice ia big.

William Casey

December 20th, 2011
9:32 am

I was at the game (and will be Thursday). It was a surreal environment and didn’t seem like a real GT game. Alabama A & M had a good game plan. They pressured Udofia from the opening tip and nobody else seemed to want to bring the ball up court. The Jackets did not make them pay by immediately attacking the rim when opportunities presented themselves. The first ten minutes of the game were ugly, ugly, ugly. The way A & M played dictated that this should have been “the Glen Rice” show(and it eventually was.) I understand that Coach Gregory wants to build an unselfish team concept but sometimes the other team dictates that you turn your star loose. Julian Royal looked much more comfortable out there. He hustles ALL the time and knows what is a good shot for him and what’s not. Very unselfish. Also have to give A & M credit. They are very offensively challenged but very quick on defense.

juvenal

December 20th, 2011
9:56 am

Rice much better at bringing the ball up…..

Ken Sugiura

December 20th, 2011
10:55 am

thanks, juvenal. i’ll jump on basketball after the bowl game. ready to see what happens.

JDHGT

December 20th, 2011
6:13 pm

Ken, I agree wholeheartedly with juvenal. You have done a great job with football. Many of us don’t comment often, but I want you to know that every Tech alum and fan that I encounter has nothing but good things to say about your work. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Paul in NH

December 20th, 2011
6:59 pm

If Alabama A&M can pressure Udofia into 7 turnovers what are the guys in dark blue and light blue going to do?

kshizzle

December 20th, 2011
9:09 pm

Completely agree with JDHGT. I have enjoyed your weekly interviews regarding the upcoming games. Sorry I can’t remember the name of the other guy or show. I think next year might be special for GT Basketball. I think Robert Carter and Marcus Hunt with the experience coming back might be one of our best teams.

GT65

December 20th, 2011
9:55 pm

You got to like that coach..get’er done!

gt40pinhd

December 20th, 2011
10:50 pm

don’t know much about the coach, but looking at the recruits he has coming, he must be good!

Wal-Mart Retards

December 21st, 2011
1:33 am

Paging all Dawg fans! Any? Nope, didn’t think so.

GT Alum

December 21st, 2011
1:45 am

Nice to hear a coach who’s unsatisfied with an ugly win, instead of one who makes excuses for losses.

yeller bug

December 21st, 2011
12:59 pm

Tech will have a real tough year this year, but you gotta like the approach CBG is taking. Be proficient in fundamentals with an attitude of unselfish team ball. We establish those traits, then the future stars will like cream, rise to the top. We’ll be a legitmate contender for the ACC crown in two years despite the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburg.

Chuck Allison

December 21st, 2011
4:57 pm

Despite the addition of Pitt and Cuse? Please! These two will prove to be no better than mid level ACC basketball teams. Duke, Carolina, and Maryland will still be the top tier until we rejoin them. We are now rebuilding after a 10 year hiatus where we had no coach.

ToeMeetsLeather

December 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

Maryland is in about the same shape we are in Chuck. In fact, with the current roster combined with next years recruiting class, I think we have eased by them. UVA is probably a solid number three to the big two right now. We are bunched there with everyone else. If CBG can bring the right point guard in to go with the current young roster and the kids coming in next year, I think we could move up to that #3 spot very quickly.

Athens Tech

December 21st, 2011
9:44 pm

letheAmongUs...

December 22nd, 2011
6:56 am

GT People? Well, They’re Just “Nicer People” – http://theshewdawgblawg.blogspot.com/

phil

December 22nd, 2011
10:36 pm

How bout them Bears! Ahahahaha!

DawginTX

December 23rd, 2011
12:04 am

Regarding the Mercer game, I only have one thing to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo

Stephen

December 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

Where was the pressure defense last night. Mercer was tired and Tech should have shown at least some full court press. That was mind boggling

DIT

December 23rd, 2011
10:07 am

Normally don’t like to post on a tech blog. However, it’s the only blog that is fresh. Heck I would not worry too much about this loss to Mercer. Y’all have a new coach, were not expected to do too much this year. Gregory is a good coach and will get tech going again. Hewy-it left y’all high and dry.

dry dirt road

December 24th, 2011
9:46 pm

Does anybody know why Mark Price did not get hired as head coach for Tech basketball? Was the reason b/c he wanted too much money? What about Noodles also? I recall both of them playing on tv for Tech, w/stringbean Noodles bringing it downcourt.

Noneya

December 25th, 2011
11:03 pm

I knew this year would be rough. I won’t pass judgment until I see what he does in a full recruiting cycle and gets into year 2.

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