Georgia Tech-UNC wrap


Four thoughts following Georgia Tech’s 93-81 loss to North Carolina Sunday night in Chapel Hill.

1. The talent disparity was considerable. North Carolina took the court with seven McDonald’s All-Americans, which is seven more than Tech had. On the website, three of the top nine NBA draft prospects (Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller), five of the top 19 (James McAdoo and Kendall Marshall) and six of the top 62 players (Reggie Bullock) dressed in white and baby blue Sunday night.

I believe I noticed a time late in the first half when coach Brian Gregory went to the bench to try Nick Foreman at power forward, giving Kammeon Holsey and Julian Royal a break. Foreman got posted up by Zeller and had to foul.

Foreman is a former walk-on. Zeller will be a lottery pick when he enters the draft.

2. Marshall had a big influence on the game. Gregory’s big concern was North Carolina’s transition game, which is led by Marshall. The plan was to get somebody in front of Marshall as soon as he got the ball, but that didn’t happen, in part because the Tar Heels push it up so quickly.

Said Royal, “We haven’t played a team yet that had their bigs running every time, sprinting the floor.”

With Marshall leading the break, Tech’s guards had to retreat to the rim to protect against North Carolina’s bigs getting downcourt so quickly, which left the perimeter open. The result was 10 3-pointers (eight in the first half) and 93 points.

“Nobody should ever score 93,” guard Glen Rice Jr. said. “We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do defensively.”

3. North Carolina’s aggressive denial defense gave Tech all sorts of trouble, particularly in the first half. The Jackets had a hard time dealing with the pressure to create real good chances. Tech was 2-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, when the game was decided.

“We struggled to find guys that can make plays and can score,” Gregory said. “That’s just a simple fact.”

4. Some positives for Tech: Jason Morris shot 5-for-7 in the second half, 3-for-4 from 3-point range, in the second half and had 15 points. Perhaps he’s getting untracked. Morris said that he was taking “dare” shots – knowing his struggles, UNC dared him to take standing 3-pointers, and he made them.

Royal continued to impress with nine points and six rebounds.

“You can tell him, ‘You made this mistake, and this is why you made it,’ and he won’t make it again,” Gregory said. “He’s good. That’s why he’s playing more and that’s why he’s playing better.”

Tech made 10-of-11 free throws. In the four games prior, the Jackets had shot 54.8 percent.

24 comments Add your comment


January 30th, 2012
12:40 am

“seven McDonald’s All-Americans, which is seven more than Tech had”. Yikes.

Oh, and First.

Derek Craig

January 30th, 2012
5:18 am

I told coach I can shoot

Atlanta native but UNC grad student

January 30th, 2012
8:07 am

Was in the Dean Dome last night….Tech was totally over-matched on both ends of the floor. Udofia looked nice though. Jackets better get it together real soon before Syracuse and Pitt join the ACC.


January 30th, 2012
8:23 am

The “retreat to the rim” left UNC to shoot…wide open. Is that ever a good plan?
Tech did not “give up” and that is a good thing.

Crazy Robert

January 30th, 2012
9:17 am

Now the team knows what it will take to beat the Heels in the ACC tournament Hope they can put it together by then and pull off a bunch of surprises!

GT Dude

January 30th, 2012
10:11 am

“man-o-man” we were simply out man’ed.


January 30th, 2012
10:30 am

Some telling things.

When Rice says “… we didn’t….” he’s stating they probably could have — but dogged it. Glen, dear heart: THAT’S AN OLD LINE… BEEN SAYING THAT ALL SEASON AFTER NEARLY EVERY GAME.

Or —

Did he mean: “… we couldn’t …”? That says they are unable to match up in ability. That’s different and probably closer to the truth.

Or —

Does he actually mean: “… we won’t … “? That would be sad, because they (he) may have what it takes, but don’t have the desire to execute Coach’s plan.

I’m believing these guys aren’t BG’s type of players. Not his fault. We can give him 2 – 3 years to turn things around.


January 30th, 2012
11:03 am

The phrase in “on track” not “untracked”.

William Casey

January 30th, 2012
11:32 am

“I’m believing these guys aren’t BG’s type of players. Not his fault. We can give him 2 – 3 years to turn things around.”

They aren’t CBG’s type of players YET. Old habits die hard. Just not enough talent this year. Shumpert and Oliver leaving really hurt. Not dissing them or questoning their decisions, just pointing out that GT is not THAT far from being competitive. Shumpert could have slowed Marshall down.

I was glad to see Derek Craig make those two treys. Practice players work hard and get little glory. I bet he’ll be smiling about those baskets forty years from now.


January 30th, 2012
12:20 pm

Old habits are hard to break. Anybody got anything on Bobby C and why he suddenly departed Charleston?


January 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

Ken I hope you’re having a good day. This is shaping up to be a great week of recruiting for the outstanding programs in our state. It will be nice if you decide to write at least one story about all that is going on with cpj and the football jackets. However this is your blog and the techies are lucky to have you no matter what you do or do not cover.

Ken Sugiura

January 30th, 2012
2:44 pm

thanks. i’m having a decent day, and thanks for the kind words. i’m sure you’re aware, but michael carvell is posting a lot of stuff about tech’s recruiting class. i’ll have plenty up on wednesday.


January 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

Udofia DID NOT look good. We don’t need our undersized PG taking 14 shots, the most on the team. You need a PG like UNC has, that takes 3 shots but has 12 assists and 1 TO. Our guard play is horrible. Not only can they not beat anybody off the dribble or consistently hit outside shots, they can’t keep the opponent from beating them off the dribble. Mfon, Pierre (actually Pierre didn’t have a bad game) and Brandon are NOT ACC (or what used to be ACC) caliber players. Counting Morris & Rice, our guards took 3/4 of our shots and made 35% of them. No wonder we were down 20 just before halftime.

Anybody know if CBG has some decent guards in the upcoming recruiting class?


January 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Down by more than 20 points going into the 2nd half the team kept playing hard and actually hung with them in the 2nd half.

Phewitt’s team would have quit like they did so many times before.

This team will win a few more ACC games and next years will do much better.

At least we can inbound the ball!!!

Do What?

January 30th, 2012
7:46 pm

Ken – have you done an Open Records request lately? You never can tell when the GTAA might be hiding NCAA rules violations. What are the violations committed by the former OL coach? Any secondary violations lately?

Mitt Romney

January 30th, 2012
7:47 pm

I look great in a suit. And, I have great hair.

Brad Edwards

January 30th, 2012
9:43 pm

Hey guys, I’m a huge collector of Tech football ticket stubs, and I’m looking for a Georgia Tech @ Middle Tennessee State Football Ticket Stub. Please contact me at if you have one that you are willing to $ell, or any other Georgia Tech away game stubs that you’re willing to sell.

Birmingham Jacket

January 31st, 2012
7:57 am

I like failure in basketball.

Keeps it where it should be in the perspective of college athletics— irrelevant.

I never want Georgia Tech becoming a pansy Duke, North Carolina or Wake Forest.

yellow britches

January 31st, 2012
8:49 am

What did Georgia Tech ever do to David Braine and Paul Hewitt to deserve or warrant the harm they did to our athletic programs? Oh, and here is your quiz for the day: Did you know it is farther to drive from Houston, Texas to El Paso than it is to drive from Atlanta to Houston. And “no” I did not make the trip to the Sun Bowl.


January 31st, 2012
8:57 am

Ken Chip writes recruiting stories. Would be nice if you would cover a couple of areas as well. We care more about that now than the bball team.


January 31st, 2012
10:19 am

Ken – can you please tell me why this is still on the webpage when it is days old? The UGA news is flooding the site with recruiting articles (always positive) while Tech has zip.


January 31st, 2012
4:50 pm

Yea Tech, BorntoBuzz, come on man, we (TECH) we are going to pay some dues, I have a good feeling Coach Gregory is going to do some great things at TECH, remember he is working with what was left and that wasn’t a lot (I’m not bashing Paul H., but I am not sorry he is gone) The guys on this team really try hard and from a talent point of view, they did not quit and I like that. With the Coach Gregory in charge, he will get the player who will do better things in his system. Long as they hussle and try, I’m good, the wins will come. One thing I notice about these player, they know what a basketball is(they played like it was a hot rock or something), the last 4 years, we would get “one or two one and done player/s”. I look forward to the future and hopefully we will be able to keep Coach Gregory, now Paul Johnson is another subject (lol), his system is a 7 game winner, we can get it all, because Coach Bobby Ross did it, That Chicken Head at Central Florida almost put us in postion, why cann’t we shoot for the stars in football?(sorry about call Coach Oleary a chicken head, but he dropped us with no respect/ok, ok I’m finish (lol)………I bleed Old Gold and White


January 31st, 2012
4:55 pm

Jacket68, I thought it was only me thinking that, AJC, please don’t take this wrong, but I believe 95% of the employees that work in the sports section is a UGA grad or has kids who attend UGA, every day UGA has info and positive info about them. reguardless of the police report, info about TECH is there so long it has mold on it.


January 31st, 2012
9:50 pm

Kingster, I like CBG and think we will eventually be fine. I’m just stating my opinion on what I’m seeing. I’d rather see us hitch the wagon to Royal and see what happens. I’d much rather see him take 14 shots a game.