Georgia Tech-Maryland wrap

Greetings

Hope all are well. A few thoughts about Georgia Tech’s 61-50 loss to Maryland.

1. The Jackets shot 33.9 percent from the field, a season low. However, the bigs actually shot pretty well. Kammeon Holsey, Daniel Miller, Nate Hicks and Julian Royal shot a combined 11-for-21, while Tech’s guards shot 8-for-35. Against N.C. State, Mfon Udofia, Glen Rice Jr., Jason Morris and Pierre Jordan were 19-for-33, including 9-for-15 from 3-point range. It wouldn’t surprise me if Tech’s guards don’t shoot as badly as they did Sunday or as well as they did last Wednesday for the rest of the season.

Miller’s post game is developing; he usually looks pretty fluid executing his moves. If any one of them becomes consistently effective, he and Rice could form a pretty strong scoring tandem.

2. I think Tech will have many more games like this the rest of the way, although maybe not as underwhelming offensively. If they continue to play defense like they have – they’re second in the ACC in field-goal percentage defense – they’ll be in a lot of games in the final minutes. Whether they have enough offense and playmaking ability to pull them off is a different matter.

As ugly as Sunday’s game was and as poorly as Tech played at times, the Jackets were down four points with under three minutes to go. (Maryland’s 61 points was its second-lowest total of the season, and the Terps’ lowest was a 62-42 loss to Alabama without two starters who played against Tech) A string of ineffective possessions kept the game from getting any closer.

3. No. 15 Virginia comes in Thursday. Cavaliers forward Mike Scott may be the best player that Tech will have faced to this point, with Northwestern’s John Shurna, Alabama’s Tony Mitchell and Duke’s Mason Plumlee other possibilities. Scott is fourth in the ACC scoring (16.9 points per game), sixth in rebounding (8.9 per game) and first in field-goal percentage (58.8 percent).

Holsey will likely draw the assignment of matching up with Scott.

15 comments Add your comment

hate uga!

January 16th, 2012
4:27 pm

ToeMeetsLeather

January 16th, 2012
4:28 pm

We need to keep feeding Holsey the ball. He is a scorer and I can’t wait to see his future development.

Hicks continues to impress with his game. Didn’t think he would ever be this good. With Carter, Miller, Royal, Holsey and Hicks down low, 2013 could be pretty good.

Got to have some shooters and a PG to compete with the top tier teams. Oliver would have been a key part of this team. Oh well, “if and buts”….. you know the rest.

DesignerJacket

January 16th, 2012
4:45 pm

First sentence typo. Loss was to Maryland. Cheers!

I thought this aricle was about the GT v MD game...

January 16th, 2012
6:04 pm

…”A few thoughts about Georgia Tech’s 61-50 loss to N.C. State.” – say what?????

GT Dude

January 16th, 2012
6:36 pm

been out of town for a while.but thought we beat the Pack???

Ken Sugiura

January 16th, 2012
9:13 pm

aiyee. thanks. will change.

Paul in NH

January 16th, 2012
9:29 pm

Ken,
Nice follow up to the game. I think you are correct with your point #2. GT is playing hard and will continue to challenge the teams they play – especially with their defense and rebounding – but they don’t have sufficient depth or good enough guards to beat the better teams in the ACC.

Greg

January 16th, 2012
9:56 pm

Looks like beating a horrible Georgia team will be the one shining moment in Brian Gregory’s first season. Meanwhile, Hewitt is 13-5 at George Mason. Granted, they haven’t beaten much of anybody either, but enjoy watching him and his team in the NCAA tourney.

William Casey

January 16th, 2012
10:17 pm

@Greg: solid victory over NC State is already a much more “shining moment” than defeating UGA. I’m not at all interested in G. Mason. Go to their blog, please.

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

Miller needs to take it to the basket when he’s so close after an offensive rebound. There’s not much of a down side if he does. Maryland did limit our two biggest threats and we did not limit their biggest threat (Sloglin?). It was not a good game. I believe they’ll play better.

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
10:59 pm

Yes, we beat NCST in Raleigh. NCST dismantled WF. FSU whipped the mighty UNC. Love the ACC!

Paul in NH

January 16th, 2012
11:57 pm

Greg,
As a public service to you, I have copied and pasted below the link to the report on George Mason’s most recent game. You an read all about GMU on the Washington Post site. It seems that a record was set in the JMU-GMU game on Saturday – 63 fouls, and no overtime.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/george-mason-vs-james-madison-patriots-earn-foul-plagued-win/2012/01/14/gIQADYLkzP_story.html

blazer

January 17th, 2012
10:40 am

beating the people over there (athens) is always a Great Moment!!

michael

January 17th, 2012
1:49 pm

what was with holsey? girl pregnant, family member sick, flunking out???? NEED SHOOTERS !!!!

Year of Lee

January 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

Thanks for the GMU link Paul – let’s be thankful that groundhog day write-ups like this are gone:
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“But George Mason also committed 21 turnovers, continued to yield piles of offensive rebounds (14 on Saturday, 66 in four games) and lost their composure at the end of each half.

“It’s a win,” Patriots Coach Paul Hewitt said. “It’s all we can take out of it — it’s a win. There are some things we’ve got to work on coming out of it.””
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Auuuuugggghhhhhhh – thank goodness his reign of idiocy is over!!!!!