Notes: How Tech-Presbyterian came together

Basketball coach Brian Gregory spoke with reporters Tuesday morning in advance of Wednesday night’s game against Presbyterian at McCamish Pavilion. A few notes:

1. The Presbyterian game was scheduled as part of the football team scheduling the Blue Hose to play in the home opener this season. As part of negotiations with Presbyterian, associate athletic director Ryan Bamford offered two basketball games to sweeten the deal.

2. Gregory was fine with it, as Presbyterian fits the prototype for what he’s looking for in a non-conference opponent. He said he wants a few things – well-coached teams that will show different defenses and help prepare Tech for the ACC schedule. Perhaps more to the point, he wants a team that will help, or at least won’t hurt, Tech’s RPI ranking.

The staff studies potential opponents for how many returners they have, their schedules in past years, their offensive and defensive style, their RPI over the last several years.

“We spend a lot of time in the spring on that when we’re finalizing our schedule,” Gregory said.

3. Gregory spent some time Monday with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who was in town for the doubleheader at the Georgia Dome. The two are good friends, Gregory having served as an assistant with Izzo and then later for him at Michigan State. The Spartans had just returned from playing in Germany at Ramstein Air Base.

Gregory tossed around the idea of eventually doing something similar in the state around Veterans Day.

“We’re a great military state,” he said. “I think that would be something really neat.”

4. The lineup for Presbyterian – Robert Carter Jr. and Marcus Georges-Hunt at forward, Daniel Miller at center, Mfon Udofia and Brandon Reed at guard – will be the same as the lineup for Tulane.

5. Gregory said all three freshmen, Carter, Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden played well, though he noted all three shot an airball.

“I don’t think that’s ever been done before,” he said. “But that’s O.K., too, because it was good film work that we were able to show.”

The three of them combined for only one turnover. As a team, Tech had an 18-10 assist-turnover ratio. Tech’s ratio last year was .76, 300th in the country.

“That’s a stat to watch for us,” he said. “That’s really important.”

6. After the game, players went to the front row of the two student sections to thank fans for coming to the game. Gregory noticed with a minute and a half left and the game well in hand, that the building was still full. He told the team when the game ended to acknowledge the students after shaking hands with Tulane’s players, “and they took it from there.” Gregory gushed again about the support of students at the game.

Said Gregory, “We need to have a connection between our team and our student fans.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

25 comments Add your comment

GTPhenom

November 14th, 2012
2:23 pm

As a student, I like Coach BG more and more with every passing day. He is the Anti-Hewitt in every way imaginable . . . except he is showing he can still recruit just as well as Hewitt did. He’s doing everything he can to reestablish true excitement for the Basketball program, and is doing a fine job in doing so. We may not have a completely sold out crowd tonight (weekday, very weak opponent, busy week for students heading into a break), but I still expect to see a solid number of fans there. Go Jackets!!! Beat the Hose!!!

GTPhenom

November 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

Oh, and good job once again Ken, your work here on the AJC is incredible. Always nice to have great updates about GT sports

TVFan

November 14th, 2012
2:47 pm

I’m looking forward to tonight’s game. We’re on the right track again.

Gt '10

November 14th, 2012
2:53 pm

GT Dude

November 14th, 2012
3:34 pm

will be at the game tonight,
I am looking forward to seeing the new building and cheering on this year’s team
It will be a good year if we can see less than 10 turn overs a game and if we can get the ball in bounds with relative ease

Biff Pocoroba

November 14th, 2012
3:46 pm

Hopefully attendance won’t drop as much as the women’s team who went from 5500 fans to about 255 last night. I like Gregorys recruting better than Hewitt’s since he is getting 4 and 5 star guys that look like they will stay for at least 3 years instead of playing one semester and then stop going to class thinking about the NBA. These guys probably won’t get us on probation the way Hewitt’s players did by dropping out every year.

Jacket Detective

November 14th, 2012
5:12 pm

DRAD plans not looking so terrible with both football and basketball programs looking up, basketball possibly more so than football. Who would want to be the AD here and be stuck with the contract Hewitt was foolishly given by the prior AD? Maybe he messed up volleyball but I’m not sure I care.
Since basketball and football are starting to do better than some have claimed, maybe it will to.

Jacket Detective

November 14th, 2012
5:13 pm

DRAD’s plans not looking so terrible with both football and basketball programs looking up, basketball possibly more so than football. Who would want to be the AD here and be stuck with the contract Hewitt was foolishly given by the prior AD? Maybe he messed up volleyball but I’m not sure I care.
Since basketball and football are starting to do better than some have claimed, maybe it will to.

Jacket Detective

November 14th, 2012
5:14 pm

@Biff.
Glad you are a bit more positive than usual.

mb94

November 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

More importantly….Lets get a sell out for the UGA game December 4th. Show the puppies what a real basketball team looks like.

5150 UOAD

November 14th, 2012
5:33 pm

Women’s basketball needs to adjust to the game…….. They play with a smaller BALL then they need to play with a shorter basket…..
Money Maker for everybody.
produce 2 different size balls and FORCE the GYMS and High Schools to have adjustable goals.
The GIRLS need to play on 9′ baskets with the smaller ball……OR………Women play with the same SIZE ball on the 10′ baskets…………..Don’t 1/2 AZZ the rules….either ALL or nothing.

GT

November 14th, 2012
5:35 pm

It is basketball weather.

Reformed Toady

November 14th, 2012
5:58 pm

Biff, apologies for the post I directed at you last week. I only caught part of the second half and did not see the half time tribute. I can’t believe they mentioned JC. Sad. I do think BB is looking up! Go Jackets!

White&Gold

November 14th, 2012
8:06 pm

Really bad shooting in the first half. Dang, that was ugly. That zone D they’re running is keeping the ball away from Holsey and Mller.

Lee Goza

November 14th, 2012
8:52 pm

Poole cannot get here soon enough. Our guard play is atrocious.

Ken Sugiura

November 14th, 2012
9:08 pm

Thanks, Phenom. That makes my day.

btgt69

November 14th, 2012
9:18 pm

just beat ugh in both football and basketball. I will at both games cheering for my beloved yeller jakits. Hope I don’t get mugged in the trailer park aka athens

Damn good work,, Ken,, we appreciate it.

GTGirl

November 14th, 2012
9:57 pm

Woohoo another win for our basketball team! Go Jackets! i have my tix for Dec. 4 in our new arena against the inbreds from Athens. It will be a great night as we sting the dwags in ATL! Go Jackets!

ToeMeetsLeather

November 14th, 2012
10:01 pm

Looks like perimeter shooting will continue to be a major issue this year. Sure wish we had “a Marvin Lewis” on this team. Maybe Morris will find his shot and Bolden will settle in and be the man.

Up next, Rice.

Kkenney

November 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

It was a win but didn’t feel like one. Perimeter shooting certainly isn’t a strength of this team, but tonight was an exception. We scored 79 against an OK Tulane team, and we would have doubled up PC if we had had a typical night. The main takeaway is that there is no such thing as a guarantee game, especially if you can’t wake up until the start of the 2nd half. The freshmen will learn from this one.

Jacket Detective

November 14th, 2012
10:46 pm

Shots weren’t failing tonight but they will.

Jacket Detective

November 14th, 2012
10:47 pm

falling, not failing

GT13

November 14th, 2012
11:52 pm

As a student I can say that CBG is doing a great job making us feel like a part of the experience again. We got this team’s back!! I can’t wait to see where this season goes

GTPhenom

November 15th, 2012
12:28 am

The game may have been rough offensively, but let’s note that there are two parts to a Basketball game. While we may have had ups and downs on the offensive side of the ball, defensively, this team was playing phenomenally. They jumped all over Pres any time they had the ball, and clearly fed off the crowd on the defensive side. Only allowing 13 points to a Presbyterian team in the second half is EXACTLY what you expect an ACC school to do to a team like them. If we could’ve hit the broad side of a barn in the game, we blow them out by 30+. As it was, the shots didn’t fall, and it was a bit closer than expected. But lot’s of positives to be taken from the direction this team is heading in. Rice is a very bad team, so it’s looking like we have a true shot at a nice 3-0 start next Thursday.

Ken, it’s always refreshing to see great journalism in action, and your articles for Tech sports are easily some, if not the most thorough that I see anywhere on the internet. I know I simply echo the sentiments that many others post on here, but just keep doing what your doing, and great things will happen. Good job, and I’ll always look forward to the articles.

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