Tech-N.C. State live blog

Greetings-

I’m sitting in the lobby of the RBC Center, waiting for will call to open so I can get my credential to go inside. My first trip to this arena. I’ve heard good things from an environment/noise standpoint and am looking forward to it.

“I remember two years ago, we played N.C. State, that’s when Moe Miller had his mask when he broke his nose,” guard Nick Foreman said. “They were like, Hey, Moe, Jason called, he wants his mask back.”

Anyway, a few thoughts about the game. First, win or lose, it should be a good test of where Georgia Tech is after the strong showing (relatively speaking) in the loss to Duke. From an amateur psychologist standpoint, you could see how it could be satisfying and sap some of the team’s edge. I don’t think that’ll happen, though. Still, you wouldn’t have thought the Jackets would lose to Fordham, either.

I asked Jason Morris about what the team had learned that it could take on the road, and he talked about playing energy and effort from the opening tip, that sometimes the team had been too relaxed at the start of games last year. I asked him if I could expect to see an all-out effort from the start, and he hedged and gave what I thought was a pretty mature answer that I included in my story that ran in Wednesday’s paper.

“You can say it as much as you want, but we’ll see once we tip off how it goes, but that is the plan, coming out full-fire, full-fledged, because we have lost the last four games,” he said.

I do think, though, that the team may have turned a corner in the Duke game.

Said Morris, “I guess last game is the first time I feel like everyone started believing in themselves and believing in the system.”

That said, I don’t know that this will be a linear progression. In fact, I’d say I’m pretty sure it won’t be. If I had to guess, there’ll be games when the Jackets play like they did Saturday, others where they just don’t have it and lapse into old habits and others where the other team is on its form and there’s little Tech can do. But I think that’s what makes this season interesting to watch.

Anyway, things I’ll be watching:

Rebounding. Tech is No. 3 in the ACC in rebounding margin at plus 6.7. N.C. State is second at plus 7.4 and is third in the league at offensive rebounding percentage.  If you’re wondering, Tech was eighth at plus 1.0 last season, but that was at the end of the season.

Rebounding “is a clear and concise example of how hard you’re playing, the intensity that you’re playing with and the energy that you’re playing with,” Brian Gregory said. “That’s a pretty good marker to look at. When we’ve rebounded the ball well, we’ve played pretty well.”

N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown. Second in the ACC in assists per game at 6.8. Gregory raved about his ability to stay in control of his team and called him “a special player.” Obviously, a tough matchup on both ends for Mfon Udofia.

Guard Glen Rice Jr. He came off the bench to score a career-high tying 28 points against Duke. How will he follow it up?

How well can Tech, specifically Kammeon Holsey, presumably, get a body on C.J. Leslie, the Wolfpack’s active forward?

Links

Story in News & Observer about N.C. State’s wealth-spreading offense under Mark Gottfried.

Sort of Tech-related. Former Tech football defensive coordinator and N.C. State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta got a promotion and raise, to associate head coach for defense and a two-year deal worth $400,000 annually. Tenuta briefly jumped last week to Illinois before returning to N.C. State.

217 comments Add your comment

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 11th, 2012
7:59 pm

Thanks for your coverage Ken. The AJC web page the last few days has mostly been bulletins from dawgieville. You are our shining light and this Tech fan appreciates it.

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2012
8:17 pm

shining light – wow. i’ll have to put that on my resume.

Dawg48

January 11th, 2012
8:23 pm

Ken is the game on TV? Thanks in advance.

Dawg48

January 11th, 2012
8:24 pm

Nevermind found it. Lol

Rick

January 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

I think Tech will play hard, and I think State will too.

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
8:34 pm

Ken, thanks for your coverage of Tech FB and BB. I hope you’ll stick around!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
8:39 pm

Ken, don’t be talking about a resume. We need you here :)

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
8:40 pm

Ken, glad there’s a live blog tonight. I was surprised and disappointed that there wasn’t one for the Duke game.

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
8:45 pm

I like CBG, he’s done a great job of recruiting and focusing on “team” effort. I feel good about the direction of the program. A new coach will have ups and downs his first year but I believe this coach will succeed in the near future.
Go Yellow Jackets!

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2012
9:05 pm

glen rice coming off the bench again. holsey, miller, morris, reed, udofia starting.

K

January 11th, 2012
9:11 pm

Why does Rice not start???

K

January 11th, 2012
9:13 pm

Then again, there he is!

Rick

January 11th, 2012
9:18 pm

Is it true that GT is 1-9 in Raleigh over the last ten times?

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

Rick, I don’t think it matters, NCST plays Tech tough at home or away.

Buzzzed

January 11th, 2012
9:26 pm

Is this on TV? ESPN had Dallas playing and ESPN2 had Texas playing.

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2012
9:26 pm

tech having a tough time on the boards. no offensive rebounds yet.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:30 pm

Buzzzed, it’s on Fox Sports South

ToeMeetsLeather

January 11th, 2012
9:30 pm

CPH was 1-9 just about everywhere.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:31 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:32 pm

Tie game !!!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:33 pm

Can’t believe we didn’t get that offensive rebound

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:40 pm

Is this blog still open? Boy, you guys are dead.

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
9:44 pm

Tech fighting!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:45 pm

definitely playing decent

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
9:48 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:49 pm

that was sweet

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:50 pm

Glad Rice came to play tonight

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

11-0 run. tech playing some tough defense, look like they’re getting some help with calls. at least the ncsu fans think so.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Ken, I thought NCSU was getting some cheap calls

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
9:54 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:55 pm

Did Hewitt ever lead anybody by 11 at halftime on the road?

GT1971

January 11th, 2012
9:55 pm

Nice! Tech up 40-29 at the half.

K

January 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

Let’s call it game over!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

Hey, 1971, good to see you here

BigTimeTECHFan

January 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

Nice half, close it out Jackets. when is the last time Tech won at NC State

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

works for me, K. LOL

BigTimeTECHFan

January 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

hey supersized, did you like El Paso?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:57 pm

BigTime, when was the last time Tech won anywhere on the road before this year?

swarmi

January 11th, 2012
9:57 pm

Rice “feeling it” tonight!

Like his shots on the way down.

IL Jacket

January 11th, 2012
9:58 pm

This Brandon Reed is looking pretty good.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 11th, 2012
9:58 pm

Udolphia staring to get better, feeling the offense a little better

Go Jackets!

January 11th, 2012
9:58 pm

Interesting there are no other bloggers…

IL Jacket where are you?

GT1971

January 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

Hello Supersize, Ken, et. al. I had an opportunity to go to the game tonight but am in Los Angeles so that didn’t happen.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

BigTime, other than the 4th quarter of the game, yes. I ate the big 2-pounder at Cattleman’s. YUMMMM

BigTimeTECHFan

January 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

didn’t they still one in Duke a couple of years ago

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

1971, I wondered if you were on the road again. Sorry you had to miss it. So far, it’s a good one

ToeMeetsLeather

January 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

These guys are certainly being coached up this year. TECH has a solid group of players right now. Hopefully there are a couple of stars coming in next year to blend with this group, and CBG can land a PG to run the show in 13-14′. If so, we may have a new “Thrillerdome”.

Oh, and keep feeding Holsey!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

BigTime, maybe so, I don’t remember, but that was rare under Blewitt….VERY RARE

BigTimeTECHFan

January 11th, 2012
10:01 pm

2 pounder, burger? that’s crazy