Georgia Tech-North Carolina live blog

Greetings-

A few thoughts in advance of the Georgia Tech-North Carolina game, starting at 6 p.m. Game is on both ESPNU and online at ESPN3.com.

To watch:

1. Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey (backed up by Nate Hicks and Julian Royal) against North Carolina forwards Tyler Zeller and John Henson. Zeller and Henson average a combined 29.0 points and 19.8 rebounds per game.

Brian Gregory: “The thing with Zeller is the guy plays hard every single play. He’s a very physical player. He’s got that left shoulder jump hook down where he can shoot it from two feet all the way out to 14, 15 feet. Sometimes it’s an unblockable shot.” (I’m not sure if he meant that he takes hook shots out to 14 feet. I sure hope so. That would be pretty cool.)

Miller and Holsey are going to have to bang for rebounds. If they don’t, it’ll be very troublesome for the Jackets.

2. Someone’s got to get hot. Guard Jason Morris was 0-for-7 against Miami. Guard Glen Rice Jr. was 4-for-14. Point guard Mfon Udofia was 6-for-12 but 1-for-5 from 3-point range. I’m not a coach, but it’s kind of a problem if your big men are matched up with probably the best frontcourt in the ACC and your guards can’t knock down jump shots.

3. The Harrison Barnes matchup. Barnes is a 6-foot-8 forward and will either be defended by Rice or Morris, both 6-5. I’m going to guess Rice, who is pretty active and has some length with his arms. You likely know that Barnes is a lottery pick-in-waiting. He averages 17.3 points per game and has seven games of 20 points or more this season, although he has a pretty high shot volume.

Some numbers – Tech has won the past four in this series, its longest winning streak against North Carolina. … In its four-game losing streak, the Jackets have shot 29.1 percent in the first half. They’re also shooting 54.8 percent from the free-throw line in that span. Aiyee. … My first trip to the Smith Center. You’d be surprised how much baby blue there is in here. (kidding).

Enjoy the game.

83 comments Add your comment

Go Tar Heels!!

January 29th, 2012
5:39 pm

Let’s get this beatdown started!

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
5:57 pm

ha. glad you’re with us. (me?)

ormewood

January 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

Ken, impressions of the Dean Dome?

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
6:09 pm

tech looks a little tentative on the offensive end.

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
6:09 pm

Let’s put a good game together and beat the Tar Holes.

Jacket93

January 29th, 2012
6:20 pm

Roy Williams – the only coach in the acc glad Hewitt is gone. Hewitt really owned him lately and Roy had no answers. Different result tonight I am afraid with CBG.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
6:21 pm

ormewood. a lot of blue. not that loud.

Jacket93

January 29th, 2012
6:33 pm

3 years since the heels have beaten the jackets. Looks like the drought may end, but we’ll see. Roy and the heels might tighten in 2nd half. But tech looks horrible so far.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
6:37 pm

tech can’t get an open shot on offense. even handoffs and passes on the perimeter are work.

we want Bobby

January 29th, 2012
6:46 pm

Bring Bobby Cremins back.

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

Too many 3-point shots come up 0. UNC seems to make the majority of their 3-pointers.

Realistic fan

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

Tech would not beat a good Div 2 team. They are an embarrassment as a sports program. Sorry.

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

I never wanted Bobby Cremins to leave. Or Bobby Ross. Tech’s always had good luck with coaches named Bobby.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

pretty rough. unc just a much better team than tech.

Paul Hewett

January 29th, 2012
6:51 pm

Hahaha I’m loving every minute of this game. I could at least beat UNC. Have fun Jacket fans. 1-6 in the ACC.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:07 pm

Oops, thought it was 6 my time. Did I miss anything?

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

Wow. 60 early in 2nd half? Sorry, 62. Let me guess D has not been too good.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

i’m gonna go out on a limb and say this one’s done.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

Il Jacket – i think that’s a fair assessment. unc getting open shots at will, practically.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

Too many interior points. We are not denying the interior pass.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

Ken, the only incertainty is whether UNC scores 100. Zeller has made 7 missed 1.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:17 pm

Tough D, then they make a 3.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

Great play by Jason.

we want Bobby

January 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

I can’t take it anymore. This is aweful. Remember those good ole days in the Thiller Dome, Lethal Weapon 3. I bet GA State can beat Tech at this point. Bobby Cremins was the heart and soul of Georgia Tech basketball. It’s time for the second coming.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

2 plays in a row by Morris.

Really?

January 29th, 2012
7:20 pm

Where are my comments?

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:23 pm

Really?, how is the photoshopped investigation going?

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
7:24 pm

Really?

January 29th, 2012
7:20 pm
Where are my comments?
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I don’t know but I don’t miss them.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:30 pm

You know the game is a stinker when ESPN goes to the filler material with 8 minutes left.

Hewitt Fan

January 29th, 2012
7:31 pm

Dayton is winning, George Mason is in 1st place…GT is not a well coach team..

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:32 pm

I’m guessing UNC gets 102.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2012
7:33 pm

safe guess, Il Jacket.

Hewitt Fan

January 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

CBG was the worst hiring in the history of the ACC…Gt actually hired a coach that was on the hot seat

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

Hewitt Fan, I don’t know if it is the coaching, but we certainly don’t look good tonight.

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
7:35 pm

Hewitt Fan…if Tech didn’t keep Hewitt, who would have been a better hire out of the candidates available?

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:36 pm

Oh, Ken, I was hoping to get some action on the over/under.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:38 pm

Missed 1st half, but Mirris has looked really good 2nd half.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:38 pm

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:41 pm

Marshall is a beast.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
7:41 pm

Was only able to start watching at the 10 minute mark. To be honest, it’s about what I expected. Blewitt left us with nothing to work with. At least we beat UGA in Athens; he never did.

HighTech

January 29th, 2012
7:43 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
7:43 pm

HT, AMEN to that

2HLLWGA

January 29th, 2012
7:44 pm

We have scored more this evning than in a long time

Jacket93

January 29th, 2012
7:44 pm

Hard to believe just 7 years ago tech hoops was at its pinnacle playing uconn for the NAT’l title. Seems like forever ago. Wow. This is ugly. Hopefully CBG will get some good recruits in.

2HLLWGA

January 29th, 2012
7:45 pm

We may eveyone look like a good shooting team

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
7:45 pm

93, he’s already got some good recruits. After the early signing period, Tech had the 15th best in the country. Can only get better.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
7:47 pm

Well, it doesn’t look like they’ll make 102.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
7:48 pm

Jacket93, that was a great run. Ironic, UConn in news for player receiving impermissible benefits, what was it $8000 and a car?

Jacket93

January 29th, 2012
7:49 pm

You are right supersize, at least we beat the mutts. Hewitt could handle Roy and the heels but always struggled with the mutts. Never understood that. Not sure we will ever get back to NAT’l title game again. That was a superb year by Hewitt and we are still paying him for it. Best year in gt hoops history, but expensive.