Georgia Tech-Miami live blog

Greetings-

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!

187 comments Add your comment

Jeff

March 8th, 2012
8:56 pm

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
9:01 pm

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
9:03 pm

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
9:04 pm

Start tonight

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
9:04 pm

Ken Sugiura

March 8th, 2012
9:28 pm

well done, jeff.

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
9:34 pm

Yes, IL Jacket…loose. Easy with the jumper all night for twos and threes. Go Jackets

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
9:39 pm

That is one fat center for the U. How is he not playing defensive tackle???

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:40 pm

GTSteve

March 8th, 2012
9:41 pm

Stub hub had tickets closer than the first show Morris put up

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
9:44 pm

Playing with some serious energy to start.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:44 pm

I like the way they’re playing…..lots of confidence

Paul in NH

March 8th, 2012
9:44 pm

ESPN had an interesting set of photos for the GT starters – they have their “Tech”s mixed up. Who knew Daniel Miller was a black guy or that Jason Morris had thick black hair and a beard?

GTSteve

March 8th, 2012
9:44 pm

Supersize…you going to the spring game?

HighTech

March 8th, 2012
9:49 pm

It would not hurt my feelings in the least to knock Miami out of the tournament. Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:49 pm

GTSteve, I can’t say for sure yet, but I would definitely like to. 1 4 GT and I are talking about meeting in Madison and going.

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

Damn. Mfon breaking down the defense. Nicely done.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

GTSteve, if several of us go, it would be great to all meet up before the game and even sit together. It would be a blast

HighTech

March 8th, 2012
9:52 pm

Making baskets and forcing turnovers. Sting ‘em!

GTSteve

March 8th, 2012
9:53 pm

Good Deal..I think it will be fun on a Friday night…I still have your email, I will get with you when it is closer..I am planning on going..I think I might go to the Braves opener the Friday night before too

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:56 pm

I don’t drive 4 hours (round trip) to see anybody but the Jackets

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:57 pm

GTSteve, I still have your email address too, so I will definitely be in touch…..and with all the others whose addresses I have too

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
9:59 pm

damn, too many in and outs

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
10:01 pm

Okay, odds time (in spite of the Auburn news). What are the odds BOTH teams are under 20 at the half.

What’s the over/under on total points now? 90?

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
10:01 pm

Good job Miller!

GTSteve

March 8th, 2012
10:02 pm

This team just can’t shoot

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:03 pm

Good luck bugs!

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
10:03 pm

LMAO George!

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
10:04 pm

Did you watch the race this weekend, Dawg48?

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:05 pm

Yea, it was ok…..

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
10:05 pm

Good luck to dogs as well 48!

Paul in NH

March 8th, 2012
10:06 pm

George
I think one team will be over 20 at the half. I’ll take 85 as the total points.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
10:06 pm

48, I guess you’re a better man than I am (in spite of your use of the term “bugs”). I would NEVER wish the mutts good luck. LOL

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:07 pm

Thanks Todie, I bet a $100 the dogs win tonight! :)

HighTech

March 8th, 2012
10:07 pm

Thanks, Dawg. Viva Las Vegas! No. 99 likes this track.

Paul in NH

March 8th, 2012
10:08 pm

These refs wouldn’t know a double dribble if #35 did it right in front of them.

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
10:08 pm

Yeah, never been a fan of Phoenix. Get those boys back east of the Mississippi!

It’s looking like you’re right, Paul, especially at that rainbow.

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
10:08 pm

Sup fellas…

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
10:09 pm

You should have bet on Auburn, 48! You might have had some “inside info”

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:09 pm

SS, I try not to be an A- hole.
What’s the date for Techs spring game? I would love to meet up with y’all and get to meet some of you. If you do not care to catch some fleas. Lol

Boot Licking Toadie

March 8th, 2012
10:10 pm

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
10:10 pm

Ken…

I noticed that not much was spoken about the Walkosky hiring…was the interview done before or is it still waiting on announcement?

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:10 pm

HT, I’m not fan of the Vegas, Cali , Chicago style tracks.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
10:13 pm

48, the Tech Spring game is Friday night April 20. Love to meet you. I’ll just bring some 100 Deet insect repellent with me. LOL

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:14 pm

Friday night? That’s cool!

Dawg48

March 8th, 2012
10:15 pm

Don’t let 5150 know I may show up! Lol

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
10:15 pm

Yeah, I think having it on a Friday night will be a big plus

Ken Sugiura

March 8th, 2012
10:15 pm

FL jacket it was done the day before the news broke.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 8th, 2012
10:15 pm

well, I would imagine 5150 will be there, so he’s gonna find out one way or another

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
10:15 pm

We run a high school offense, 48. Of course it’s on a Friday night!