Georgia Tech-Miami live blog

Greetings-

Hope all are well. A few thoughts and we’ll get things going.

1. Obviously, getting off to a better start is crucial. Georgia Tech has scored less than 20 points in the first half of the past three games. Miami opponents’ first-half scoring in the past three games – 39 by N.C. State, 39 by Clemson, 40 by North Carolina.

2. Center Daniel Miller and forward Kammeon Holsey have a big challenge in Miami forward/center Kenny Kadji, who is averaging 16.0 points per game in ACC play, and 6-foot-10, 284-pound center Reggie Johnson.

3. Tech’s guards have got to handle pressure and defend better. Clemson guard Andre Young lit up the Jackets for a career-high 29 points. Virginia guard Jontel Evans penetrated with little trouble and controlled the game. Saddle up, Mfon Udofia.

4. It’s 8:52 p.m. and I bet there’s less than 1,000 people here.

56 comments Add your comment

Ken Sugiura

January 24th, 2012
9:12 pm

11-6 miami at under-16 timeout. jackets showing some activity on boards.

Yellowjackets1990

January 24th, 2012
9:13 pm

Ken Sugiura

January 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

tech passing the ball better. or maybe miami isn’t as good defensively as teams jackets have faced.

Go Jackets!

January 24th, 2012
9:49 pm

Sorry Ken, I’m watching the State of the Union. Does not look good for Tech.

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:14 pm

Wow – an intimate gathering here on the blog tonight

Go Jackets!

January 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

Thanks for joining the party Rich!

Ken Sugiura

January 24th, 2012
10:21 pm

thanks, all, for coming by. i’m flattered. chippy game, which is probably to tech’s favor. someone besides rice has got to start scoring.

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:21 pm

Watching the Kentucky – UGAg game – saw the Jackets are down by 11 with 11 minutes to go – not good

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:23 pm

Ken – missed the beginning of the game – checked the box score and looks like the Jackets continued their first half doldrums that you talked about

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:23 pm

Forgot about the game. Been watching the State of the Union Speech and posting on the Tomlinson blog

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:26 pm

Terrible shot by Tech

kshizzle

January 24th, 2012
10:26 pm

I play a lot of pick up basketball with guys that don’t have any idea how to get better at the game. When I watch this GT team play, I am offended and sickened by the lack of effort and inability to even try and institute effort (a requirement in this sport). Sure the last 3-4 minutes of the Clemson game showed glimpses of hope but if you ask me the sport of basketball requires that type of effort the entire game. I believe Brian Gregory is trying to teach this, I believe Paul Hewitt tried to teach this, but the last team to actually understand this was way back in 2004. What is up with kids these days???? They just don’t seem to get it. The person closest to getting this point on the current team is Glen Rice Jr and he doesn’t even get it fully. Hopefully our new recruits have a semblance of sense and will actually understand this fact.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

equally terrible stuff by Johnson of Miami :)

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

kshizzle, Rice gets it SOMETIMES

If do right, no can defense

January 24th, 2012
10:29 pm

Doesn’t look good for Tech. The positive signs are that we are better at the fundamentals like rebounds, but we’ll prolly end up with a worse record than last year.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:30 pm

@ If do right……at least we have one ACC road win and we beat the Dwags

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:32 pm

Knew it was going to be a tough year….but, was hoping for better than this. Feel sorry for Gregory – good guy, good coach

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

Good point, supersize….we still beat UGAg and got that elusive ACC road win

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

Rich, it can only get better. Recruiting looks real good

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:34 pm

nice shot there. you see sparks of quality

GT Trumpet

January 24th, 2012
10:35 pm

Sorry, the State of the Union was more important.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:36 pm

@GT Trumpet, but no more enjoyable. LOL

kshizzle

January 24th, 2012
10:37 pm

This is one of the most effort based sports in existence. I will even take blame that my current fitness level and age are not up to allowing me to put forth what I would consider 100% effort. However at 18-22 yrs of age it has to be there to be good at this sport. Wake up children. Even the current team has enough players to allow the others to put forth maximum effort the entire time they are in the game. College doesn’t have the most demanding schedule, physically. Mentally with academics there is an argument. But if I was in the shoes of a top flight recruit, especially if I had a chance of playing professionally ($$$$$$), I would do whatever it takes to put myself in the best position to actually be a professional. That would take effort. There are several guys that on the current team that could be pros. However I feel most are most likely NOT going to make it.

If do right, no can defense

January 24th, 2012
10:38 pm

Was hoping for a “home” win against a struggling Miami… ah, might as well tuck in now. Early class tomorrow. Hope we can get another ACC win sometime this year.

‘Night folks.

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:39 pm

Supersize – looking forward to getting that recruiting class in and being able to play TRUE home games again….next year should be much better

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:39 pm

@ If do right…., so you’re in school? At Tech? Have a good night

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:40 pm

Rich, definitely. A REAL home arena always helps. This is a terrible situation this year.

kshizzle

January 24th, 2012
10:41 pm

At Supersize that order, mutt. I agree, that is what I said I believe.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:41 pm

FT shooting is still bad

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:42 pm

kshizzle, you can just call me super….. And I don’t mean by saying that that I am super anything, but you can save typing time. LOL

GTJason

January 24th, 2012
10:43 pm

This play has to be the result of practice. Those guys that are on the bench right now are who the starters practice against. If they are splitting the starters up to make practice ball more competitive then they aren’t going to be as cohesive of a team. Depth is the biggest problem.

Ken Sugiura

January 24th, 2012
10:44 pm

i thought they had a shot tonight. not doing it at either end.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:45 pm

We always seem to play terrible in mid to late January, so maybe there’s SOME hope for the remainder of the season, once we get to February

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:46 pm

Ken, I thought we had a shot too. And that rebound coverage was terrible

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:48 pm

On a brighter note, it’s 23 days ’till baseball season starts and the Jackets are preseason number 12

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:48 pm

Glad I don’t have to drive back to Augusta after that

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:49 pm

Rich, I wish that gave me hope, but we always start out good and then collapse in May. Would be nice to do differently this year

Rich

January 24th, 2012
10:51 pm

Supersize, I was thinking the same thing as I typed it. Hope springs eternal though

Supersize that order, mutt

January 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Rich, I’ve grown old saying that very thing. LOL

W Reid Whitaker, Jr.

January 24th, 2012
11:37 pm

Don’t understand why Tech players stand 4 to 6 feet away from the player they are guarding. Late in first half, Tech only had 2 fouls. Seems to me this is teachable ???

HSV Jacket

January 24th, 2012
11:42 pm

Tonight was my first game in person this year. It was worse in person than on TV. Offense still does not seem to have purpose and free throw shooting was abysmal tonight. In some respects, not much different than last year. The two-year stink-fest continues …

Biff Pocoroba

January 24th, 2012
11:42 pm

I had tickets tonight but decided to stay home rather than spend $5 for parking to watch this team “play”. They can’t overcome being “coached” by Hewitt the past few years. Zero talent on this team right now and they won’t win another game this year since everyone seems to have quit. Time to focus on women’s tennis now I guess.

Biff Pocoroba

January 24th, 2012
11:45 pm

Rich, don’t get your hopes up about baseball. We are always in the top 15 until Danny Hall mis manages the team in the post season by not handling the pitching staff correctly and juggling the line up with his hunches instead of just playing the best players. We will host another regional this year and then lose in the first round as usual and DRad will give him a contract extension. Tech sports has become too predictable.

Tech Rules

January 24th, 2012
11:58 pm

Wow. The live blog didn’t even get to page 2. Hard to believe that many people tuned in for the State of the Union address.

kshizzle

January 25th, 2012
12:00 am

Hey Super. You’re right, that is easier to type. Just like it must be easier to play like a freaking wussy like all the guys on our current team do. We’re good at one thing at the moment, and if you are looking for an answer to who is the worst team at stinking it up these days, the answer is us. I ain’t the type of person that would have any inclination to doing something like this but I think they all may need a good slap in the face. To Illustrate, “Hey dude, why don’t you actually try and play basketball the way it is meant to be played, “SLAP!” (Open handed hit across the face.) Answer from player, “I don’t know, I guess it is because I hate actually trying, it is too hard.” Me: Well if you are able to actually get a job in the NBA you can make a minimum of $200,000 a year. Me: I personally got a degree from GT and I’m still under 6 figures. Player: I don’t even understand what that means. I guess I’ll just plan on being a non-effort guy and hope the penny turns up on tails. Not saying all of the best Tech Players went pro or had long careers. However, Dennis Scott, Brian Oliver, Kenny Anderson, Matt Harpring, Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, and early on in his career but Iman Shumpert had or are having good pro careers. There is a path to being a professional in Basketball at Georgia Tech. It is just pretty sad that there are a lot of guys who either took it for granted or were just ignorant and didn’t take advantage of it at the highest level. It’s like the NCAA commercial. “There are some odd number of people who are going to go Pro in something other then athletics and there is still a high percentage of capable athletes that don’t go Pro in their God given talent sport. I might ultimately be one of them, however I have NEVER been in a shape worthy of doing so. I am saddened by people in shape that don’t do it.

ToeMeetsLeather

January 25th, 2012
6:14 am

I went to a Single A high school basketball game tonight and there were four kids on the floor that could shoot the basketball better than any kid CPH brought in over the last few years. WTH was he doing, recruiting from his recliner? Sad state of affairs for CBG to start with. Looking forward to seeing Carter, Hunt and Bolden take over this team!

G71

January 25th, 2012
6:26 am

State of the Union – Terrible as long as the socialists reign.
State of Tech basketball – As bad.
But Tech will improve. The country will not until the current occupier is gone.

Reality Bites

January 25th, 2012
8:08 am

Not a good start to the CPG era.

Born2Buzz

January 25th, 2012
8:37 am

Finally used my tix and went to the game last night. Yikes!
First of all, the atmosphere was DEAD. Maybe it was the 9p start but there was maybe 3K fans there.
Secondly, this team is just not very good (I’m sure playing in a completely dead atmosphere doesn’t help). TML, there is some talent on the team, but it’s all the big guys. Royal is going to be a really good player. Holsey is good. Miller is decent and at least big. Our guard play is horrendous. Rice looks like a guy constantly thinking “why the hell did I sign to play at GT. I should have gone to Duke, or UCONN or any Ky. Oh, here’s the ball, let me force something.” Any kid with that talent that can’t shoot a FT is just out of if mentally. But he is the only guard with any ability. CBG wants to make Mfon the leader of the team and a solid PG but the kid just isn’t capable. I thought Morris was going to be good but holy crap did you see his line in the box score – something ain’t right. The others should all be playing D2.
Let’s hope CBG is recruiting some guys who can shoot the ball, cause that is what is killing us.

And the ACC is WAY down. Miami is just horrible, but they at least had a few guys who could make some 3s, so they made 5 more than we did and that was the difference in the game.

Maybe they will play better against UNC and FSU since they will be on the road and in a better atmosphere. I can hope, can’t I?

Gtkenz

January 25th, 2012
9:24 am

Wow!! Enough said.