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.