Hope you’re ready for Georgia Tech-Miami in the late show here at Philips Arena. A couple quick thoughts.
1. Forward Kammeon Holsey and center Daniel Miller will be crucial for the Jackets against Miami and their inside duo of Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson. Holsey and Miller had a combined eight points and eight rebounds in the team’s only meeting this season, a 64-49 loss at Philips that was one of Tech’s weakest games of the season. (Miller was sick and Holsey got in foul trouble.)
2. I think Tech will have some advantage playing at Philips, having played 10 games here this season. Miami coach Jim Larranaga made mention of it Wednesday, saying that Tech obviously has a lot of familiarity with the surroundings. If Tech should happen to win, something tells me it won’t be the first thing out of Brian Gregory’s mouth at the press conference, but it at least doesn’t help.
3. The Jackets are coming into the game playing well, having won two of their last three. Point guard Mfon Udofia, Holsey and Miller are all coming on strong. The big question mark, at least to me, is how much that has to do with the schedule and how much of it is actual improvement. You may have read my story about that point, that the combined record of Tech’s first eight ACC opponents was a combined 80-48 (in ACC play) and the combined record of the teams in the second half was 43-85. I do think the Jackets are playing considerably better, particularly defensively, but the opponents are a factor.
Miami should provide a better litmus test.
4. I’m going to guess that, beyond Holsey and Miller, someone else is going to have to have an A-plus game, like a 22-point game from Jason Morris, and the rest will have to at least be solid.
5. Pin your hopes on this, Tech fans. In the seven years that the ACC has had 11 teams, the No. 11 seed has beaten the No. 6 seed four times. Pretty remarkable. The 12 seed is actually 4-3 against the No. 5 seed. Strange. The No. 10 seed, though, is 1-6 against the No. 6 seed (not counting the Clemson-Virginia Tech game).
That’s it. I will almost certainly be on the blog much, if at all, tonight, because of a tight deadline for the paper. So you’ll have to bear without my incisive commentary. Be brave!