Tech-N.C. State wrap

Greetings-

A little groggy after a late evening – I rolled out of the RBC Center around 1:30 a.m., I think – but wanted to offer a couple thoughts and give you a chance to share yours.

Obviously, an impressive win for Georgia Tech. Coach Brian Gregory got contributions from a variety of spots, starting with Glen Rice Jr., and won convincingly.

Stat of the night: N.C. State got the first 10 rebounds of the game, at which point the Wolfpack still only led 14-12. After that, Tech had a 34-19 rebounding edge.

Stat of the night No. 2: Prior to Tech’s 80-54 road win over Wake Forest last March – the Deacons were dragging to an 8-24 finish and lost 14 of their 15 ACC games by 14 points or more – the 11-point margin was the Jackets’ biggest margin of victory in an ACC road game since the 2003-04 season, when Tech went to the Final Four.

Quote of the game: “Right at the beginning of the game, they were really physical, but then it felt like we took over and they weren’t crashing the boards like we were. We were getting bodies on them. I think we might just have been in better shape that they were.” – center Daniel Miller

1. I thought Tech did well challenging shots and making N.C. State work for looks. The Wolfpack had come into the game with a 48.1 shooting percentage and shot 42.9 percent. Tech didn’t allow a basket in the final seven possessions of the first half when it closed out the half with a 14-1 run to go into halftime up 40-29.

“They had a little slip-up today, but I think we had something to do with it because we played well,” Gregory said.

2. The Wolfpack were definitely hurt by foul trouble, notably forward C.J. Leslie, N.C. State’s leading scorer. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds in 24 minutes and, as Gregory noted afterwards, might have been a little tentative because of his fouls. Perhaps the crowd affected by perception, but it wasn’t a well-officiated game. I think Tech should have little complaint about the way the whistles went.

Also, I think Tech shot the ball about as well as it could expect to in a road game. I’m not sure the Jackets will do better than 9-for-15 from 3-point range the rest of the season.

3. Rice worked hard for his shots on offense. For him to go 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range with the coverage he got is impressive. Plus, he had active hands on defense. Two very good games in a row for him.

“You make the first couple, it’s just easy to get hot from there,” he said.

4. Guard Mfon Udofia had one of his best games of the season – 5-for-8 from the field including 3-for-4 from 3-point range to go with three assists against one turnover. He hit a big 3-pointer to push the score to 72-57 with 2:51 to play that all but ended it. He had one or two unwise forays to the basket, but more than held his own in his matchup with N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown.

5. Forward Kammeon Holsey led with eight rebounds and his work in the post and on the boards helped get Leslie into the aforementioned foul trouble.

“Like Coach said, ‘Every night, your shot isn’t going to fall,’ but I went to the boards really hard to try to bring a physical presence,” he said.

6. It’s a little trite, but if the Jackets continue to give effort like this, I think they’ll give just about everyone on the schedule a hard time. The team has obvious shortcomings, starting with depth, and it seems like both Duke and N.C. State didn’t play great games, although Tech gets some credit for that. But so long as this start-to-finish intensity continues, it’ll be a much more interesting ride than most of us had thought.

“Every time you can get a little tangible evidence that what you’re doing can actually work, it’s going to help the process,” Gregory said. “But it’s still a process. It doesn’t necessarily speed it up, but it does add some credibility to it, which is always important.”

Links

Game stories from News & Observer and Wilmington Star News.

56 comments Add your comment

GT Jacketman

January 12th, 2012
10:01 am

Watching that game was as much fun as I’ve had watching the Jackets in a long time – great effort!!

WNC Jacket

January 12th, 2012
10:03 am

A great win for Tech. Gregory’s system seems to be paying off. They are more interesting to watch than they have been in years. I look forward to a great future for our program. Perhaps even a return to our glory years under Cremins. Keep it up, Jackets.

Tech Rules

January 12th, 2012
10:08 am

“Rice worked hard for his shots on offense. For him to go 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range with the coverage he got is impressive.”

To paraphrase Wes, Rice was also helped a great deal by the bank staying open late!

J W

January 12th, 2012
10:13 am

Good, steady, workman-like game, fellas. Congrats!, now enjoy the feeling today; light practice to keep timing up Friday, and stratgize for next game. Don’t get caught up in the hype and publicity, as there may still be tough times ahead, but this win is something that can set good foundation and be built upon for the future. You can succeed!!!!

hh2

January 12th, 2012
10:18 am

The players seem to be working together better with more flow on offence than I’ve seen in a few years. Yea.

Hayseed Dixie

January 12th, 2012
10:19 am

Great to see Gregory jumping for joy after the guys executed a play in the 2nd- even after we’d built a solid lead.

The ‘don’t take your foot off the gas’ mentality is always welcome.

Glad to see your attention to detail is following into your men’s Bball coverage, Ken.

GRJ

January 12th, 2012
10:23 am

The officiating was horrible and the refs must love getting booed cause right after the T the calls got worse. Tech had at least 12 lucky shots in the game too. Way to go Jackets and CBG.

William Casey

January 12th, 2012
10:28 am

This team is starting to show signs of mental toughness and buying into Coach Gregory’s system. Two things make this season a little more interesting than I thought it would be: (1) GT may actually be competitive on the road; (2) The Jackets may actually be a better team at the end of the year than they are now. It is too early to tell for sure, but the humiliating loss to Alabama may have been the wake-up call the guys needed. One thing for sure: Daniel Miller’s defensive presence gives GT a chance.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 12th, 2012
10:29 am

The Jackets are actually becoming fun to watch again. Win or lose, if they are on their game, they seem to be quite a scrappy bunch of kids, and I am loving it.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 12th, 2012
10:34 am

Great game.

Wow, an ACC road win. Amazing what happens when you don’t have 20 turnovers a game and can inbound the ball.

Welcome back fundamentals, we’ve missed you.

…and the best thing is Hewitt Fan will be hiding under his rock and sparing us of his ignorance and racism.

Hewitt Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:36 am

George Mason is in 1st place, and beat ODU on the road for the first time in 8 years..Hewitt is back!..his team is pressing and playing hard nose D…no more subbing every 3 seconds to avoid foul trouble..In the Colonial, the refs let the kids play..speaking of the refs, who saved Gt last night, good win against NC state on the road, but is going to be a long 3 or 4 year period!

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 12th, 2012
10:40 am

Welcome back ignorance.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 12th, 2012
10:45 am

“but is going to be a long 3 or 4 year period!”

for George Mason. Phewitt inherited a NCAA tourney team with 4 returning starters. 3-4 years from now he will be fired after destroying their program like he did GT’s.

ormewood

January 12th, 2012
10:46 am

What a great road victory! Jackets played as a team, particularly on the defensive end. The offense had movement and spacing. Guys were unselfish. Basketball is a really fun game to watch when you see a team play as a unit.

Coach Gregory has already won as many games in that building as Hewitt did! BG is also 1-0 in North Carolina!

GTSteve

January 12th, 2012
10:47 am

That was right on que, wasn’t it?

Hewitt Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:48 am

@RAMBLE ON!!!

Gt deserved the refs to help them, they have been stealing games from Gt on the road for 10 years..I watched the Duke game, You got to be tired of the same BS year after year, Kelley shot 14 fts, Duke shot 36 fts, Gt 16 and that was the difference… George mason would beat Gt by 25 if they played, I doubt Gt could beat Drexel, Gstate, or ODU, you should check out some of the conference games , they actually let the kids play!

Gordon

January 12th, 2012
10:55 am

Lost in all the talk about our obvious fundamentals improvement is our recruiting improvement. Our last 5 classes have been: 07 not ranked, 08 not ranked, 09 7th, 10 not ranked, 11 not ranked. In the one class that was ranked, Favors and Oliver are gone, and Udofia was obviously overrated (though with Gregory we are now starting to see some improvement). Gregory already has a top 15 class and it could get even better in the spring, and he has signed the type of players that won’t leave after one year.

You would have to be blind not to see the coaching improvement, especially on offense. We will probably match last year’s win total with the least talented team since the early 80’s.

I hope Hewitt does well at George Mason, or anywhere else he lands. Just glad he is not at GT.

GT Girl

January 12th, 2012
10:59 am

Hewitt Fan you are a hater.
GT had a great ACC win and on the road no less!
Go Jackets! Our team is fun to watch again.
Thanks you players and coaches!
Looking forward to seeing what we can do against the twerps this weekend.
Again, Go Jackets. Proud of YOU!

ormewood

January 12th, 2012
11:13 am

Hewitt is coach at George Washington, I believe, not George Mason.

BigTimeTechFan

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

Hewitt Fan

Geoge Mason lost at Virginia by 20, some things never change.

crackbaby

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

Inspiring performance by the Yellow Jackets! The level of effort really stepped up.

NC State was fighting real hard to come back in the second half but Tech kept playing defense and running the offense. You could see the fight leave the Wolfpack players late.

Making free throws was essential in holding a double digit lead. Nice work by CBG and the players. Damn good Jackets!

wreckbone

January 12th, 2012
11:21 am

First of all, George Mason would not beat Tech by 25. I was a Hewitt supporter for years after everyone else fell off the bandwagon. But he had to go and its good he did. I disagree because any team that can hang wth Duke like that with all the fouls and be down by 2 with 30 seconds left after a tourover and 4 missed freethrows in the final two minutes. A mid-major may beat us but not crush us.

Second, the refs did not give Tech that game. You must have been too busy watching G Mason ball to see the beginning of the game. The refs on the left front court (from TV camera perspective) were caling anything small. Thus, in the first halfd we were getting killed by the refs. But the second half, we reaped the benefits of them calling close fouls.

Tech did not have 12 “lucky” shots. And luck comes to those who are prepared. It looks like CBG has his team prepared. They get rattled at the beginning like at UGA a bit but settle down and flat out killed the home team! Low turnovers also and that was the stat I kept looking at in the beginning of the season. This is what excites me is that these guys are getting used to playing with each other and it shows in the stats now.

What a great win and I agree haven’t had this much fun watching Tech since the championship season. Both games opened poorly but they outplayed the opponent the rest of the way. (Hard to come back from an 18 point defecit againt Duke and win) Tech had a very good shooting night and I don’t expect them to be that good. But winning on the glass and working hard for balls and rebounds is so welcome to see.

Hewitt Fan

January 12th, 2012
11:38 am

Before last nights win over an very average NC State team, Tech had lost 4 games in a row…Hewitt took Cremins mess to the NCAA’s his first year after Cremins had a very bad year the year before!…Lets face it Gt made a very average hire..No way any of you really likes Gt offense, X and O’s is not CBG strong point…

IndyGT

January 12th, 2012
11:41 am

@HewittFan – Things have changed, and it didn’t take 3 years. An ACC road win against a decent ACC team. Three road wins already! I like what CBG is bringing in, and is changing the face of GT. I will say this much, and especially to people crying racism. Many people on this blog accused CPH of racism too.. remember CPH was the one who brought Miller in, after Mark Fox dumped him. CPH was a great GT ambassador, and did take us to a national championship game.. and I wish him good luck because of it. Lets all get behind CBG now, and bring back some excitement to GT Bball.

collegeballfan

January 12th, 2012
11:46 am

A well played game by Tech. Gregory and his staff have made a lot of progress.

Miller has apparently been challenged by the coaches and is responding. And Tech has him for two more seasons. Six feet and eleven inches does not grow on trees.

Jacket Dad

January 12th, 2012
11:59 am

Wow! What a nice surprise to read this today! Congrats to the Jackets – hope this is a taste of things to come. It appears Coach Gregory is going about this the rignt way. What a change to be able to watch a game without cringing every few minutes.

swarmi

January 12th, 2012
12:10 pm

Fun game.

I expect more.

funny how dozens and dozens of gt

January 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

fans notice the improvement in an understaffed gt team while phewitt fan still suckles on the teat of paul.

funny how fans of gm have the same exact complaints about phewitt that gt fans have/had. look for gm to fade as the season concludes. just like gt did. we always faded under the tutelage *sic* of phewitt. the same phewitt that spells team with an I.

funny how coach equaled bc’s legacy by winning an acc road game and beating uga in his first year with the understaffed team we now have.

funny that!!!!!!.

wasnt it phewitt fan that said no one that tech hired would recruit better than phewitt especially the local club teams? all those players that would pass us by are now considering gt….. poole, carter for instance?.

wasnt it phewitt fan that defended phewitt’s connection to all the past gt players? all it took was one article by the ajc to dispel that myth. matt harpring and just about every past gt bb player stated in a recent article that the past ;regime did not welcome former players!!!! phewitt was probably going nuts hearing the criticism from all our former players.

it will be a pleasure to see salley darymple price et all in the stands again. having kenny anderson help us with a pg recruit sounds pretty great to me.

make no mistake folks… phewitt was a cancer on the gt basketball program that has been eradicated.

hey phewitt fan go back to smoking butt crack will ya. you are not welcome on our blog.!

hey indy jacket...

January 12th, 2012
12:21 pm

i find it amusing you bring up the race card and phewitt. i found it magical that phewitt started signing white 4 year players after we once again finished last in acedemics and graduation rate in the acc. my guess is that a litter polish birdy to phewitt to cut the crap.

phewitt is a wanna be nba coach who tried to prepare our bb players with ‘individual’ instruction that had nothing to do with graduating or playing as a team. look for coach gregory to correct that problem.

hey indy jacket did you have your honker reduced in size yet? after seeing what you look like i cant see how you are able to keep from tipping over. indy jacket has the biggest nose i have ever seen.

Ramblin Man

January 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

Nice win guys. Keep up the hard work and effort.

......

January 12th, 2012
12:30 pm

“No way any of you really likes Gt offense, X and O’s is not CBG strong point…”

guess phewitt fan cant read either.

anybody notice that udofia has had 2 vg games in a row under coach gregory? look for more of the same. just another issue that phew had. i cant think of a single player that really improved under phewitt. most got worse.

ask don nelson what he thinks of phew’s teaching of fundamentals.

Hewitt Fan predictions

January 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

Udofia would transfer
Royal would ask for his release and go to another school
GT would not get any top recruits from Georgia
Gregory would be the worst hire in ACC history

TC Tech

January 12th, 2012
1:14 pm

Im off to get my anus bleached…

juvenal

January 12th, 2012
1:51 pm

he’s right about acc refs favoring the top ranked teams……

IndyGT

January 12th, 2012
2:16 pm

@hey Indy jacket.. You’ve obviously never heard of Ed Nelson, Jim nystrom, and Luke. I did play the race card in response to Ramble On calling Hewitt Fan a racist. I don’t think he’s racist, I think he supports Hewitt too much.. But he’s entitled to his opinion. Even if I feel he’s wrong about it. I liked CPH, I thought he did a great job at GT early on, then the brains behind the operation (Cliff Warren) left, and he refused to replace him with a competent assistant coach.. and the wheels came off. It’s people like you, that know nothing about basketball, that go on whining about stupid stuff.

Skeezix

January 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

Great win for GT! It is a big deal for any ACC team to win anywhere on the road in the ACC. Hope this signals a turn around in the program that is way overdue.

Paul Hewitt

January 12th, 2012
2:22 pm

If I had been coaching GT last night, Tech would have won by 40.

Brock

January 12th, 2012
2:42 pm

If you would have been coaching last night you would have called a timeout after every 3 point made killing any momentum being built and would run out of timeouts with 16min left in the half.

Gordon

January 12th, 2012
3:26 pm

Hewitt Fan wrote “Hewitt took Cremins mess to the NCAA’s his first year after Cremins had a very bad year the year before!…”

He is right. The first 5 years Hewitt was very good at Tech. He didn’t get that contract for nothing. But then his top 2 assistants left and the bottom fell out. Who knows? Maybe Billy Schmidt is propping up Gregory the way Warren and Keener propped up Hewitt. But untill I find out differently, Gregory gets the benefit of the doubt.

?

January 12th, 2012
4:08 pm

question for you techies…How does Ted Roof keep getting jobs at big time schools?….He has a bit of success and then his defenses rot so bad he constantly gets run out of whatever town he’s in. He lucked out 1 yr at Aub when they had Scam on other side of the ball. Now on to Penn St.
He was one of yours, so maybe you can explain it.

Paul in NH

January 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

Ted Roof and Bill O’Brien (new HC at PSU) were on the GT staff together under George O’Leary from 1998 to 2001. There is nothing unusual about people hiring their friends as assistant coaches. It sometimes even happens at UGA – ask Wilie Martinez and Mike Bobo.

?

January 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

Doesn’t explain Aub or C. FL….and Willie was a friend of Richt…..Richt had no connection w/ Bobo before GA.
And the point is his defenses are bad. So, I guess he’ll take his friends down with him.

Born2Buzz

January 12th, 2012
5:14 pm

Let’s look forward and not back.
Looking forward, I see a team that is hustling and learning to do the hard work to win.
Would love to see Rice become a consistent player who can give and get the same effort and results every night out. He is clearly the most talented player we have on the team.
Would also like to see Udofia continue to evolve into a solid PG. He doesn’t get the big assist numbers but his scoring is essential.
It was a good shooting night (60% from 3’s) and we likely won’t get that every night, but we should get 70% FT and less than 15 TO’s every time out.

I was expecting the worst this year but early on I thought we might be pleasantly surprised. It’s still early but so far I’m liking what I’m seeing.

foothills

January 12th, 2012
5:19 pm

Still bothers me that the guys that handle the ball late don’t shoot free throws well. Overall, very solid effort. CBG is solid…coached more so far this year than CPH did in last 6yrs.

Paul in NH

January 12th, 2012
6:24 pm

?

January 12th, 2012
4:24 pm
Doesn’t explain Aub or C. FL
—-
You do know who the coach is at Central Florida don’t you?

Dave from GT

January 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

wow, do your cheapskate bosses make you drive home after the game ? if so, they should get you a mini winnie to cover the southeast. that way you could rack after the game and come home next day. With 4GLTE, you could upload your reports and not miss a beat (figuratively speaking).

Go Jackets!

January 12th, 2012
7:37 pm

Wow! Reading some of these post you’d think Tech lost. Good game last night for GT BB. Congrats Team! Next up Maryland…
Go Yellow Jackets!

Go Jackets!

January 12th, 2012
7:40 pm

@?, is that your legal name or are you a question mark?

yeller bug

January 12th, 2012
8:22 pm

Tech had just 3 turnovers in the first half—I doubt CPH EVER had a team do that. The team played well—got a little sloppy on the freethrow line at the end—-missed the front end of the last 4 trips to the line—-that can’t happen in a close game, but an ACC win on the road—that hasn’t happened in a while. In 2 years, Tech will be challenging for the ACC championship.

Go Jackets!

January 12th, 2012
10:27 pm

yeller bug, I was pleased with the performance. Not starting Rice Jr. seems to help momentum…
Maybe keeps him focused…
I think CBG has already set a foundation and has recruited well early. We’ll see, Maryland this Sunday. One game at time please sir! Go Tech!