Ankle sprain for Udofia

Georgia Tech guard Mfon Udofia sprained his ankle in Wednesday night’s 75-62 loss to Illinois in Champaign, Ill. It is not believed to be serious. Tech’s next game is Tuesday against Georgia at McCamish Pavilion.

Udofia suffered the injury with about 3:30 remaining in the game. He was replaced by Pierre Jordan.

In the game, Tech led by as many as six points in the first half and as many as four in the second half against the undefeated Illini. However, a 10-0 run starting with 6:26 remaining in the game vaulted Illinois from a 58-54 deficit to a 64-58 lead and put the Yellow Jackets away over the final four minutes of the game.

Tech was outrebounded 36-30 and allowed the hot-shooting Illini to shoot 47.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Tech shot 44.2 percent from the field. Forward Kammeon Holsey led the team in scoring with 14 points off the bench.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Todd

November 29th, 2012
1:44 pm

Team looked damn good last night – just got that deer in headlights look at the end. Illinois was pretty lucky from 3 pt land too – that style will eventually catch up with them.

Road Scholar

November 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

Mfron: You were playing your best ball of your career. Hope you get better and are back for the UGA game. THWG!

Dave

November 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

Up by four with less than 8 to play; agree with Todd, our youth showed last night as we got into cruch time, we will continue to get better and this is the type of a game you can build on.

bill

November 29th, 2012
2:02 pm

Know Gregory is upset with result. But ths team is ORGANIZED. Something we haven’t seen in a few years from GT Hoops. As long as Udofia stays healthy, this team is going to be competitive and will get much better as season progresses.
Not going to say they are an NCAA team yet…they are not….but they have the potential to be. Now they have to beat Georgia and run off some wins before ACC play.
If you are a GT fan, you have to be excited with the 4 game trip…lots of positives. Let’s see what Gregory can do.First time since Favors there is true hope for GT Men’s Hoops.

btgt69

November 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

without Mfon on the ball,, our pocket was picked several times. I am sure BG will work on improving Jordan’s game. One thing for sure,, actually more than one: lots of energy, never gave up, great defense in spite of 14- 3 pointers,, they shot lights out,,,and the main ingredient,: all our players seemed to know what to do and where their teammates were,, great teamwork Jackets,, now whip them dawgs

collegeballfan

November 29th, 2012
2:05 pm

Why is Holsey coming off the bench?

Tony

November 29th, 2012
2:06 pm

I commend Tech’s effort last night. They competed in a hostile environment against a ranked team. Bardo was very complimentary of the Yellow Jackets as well. They are young, but you can see them getting better with experience.

SeanMcGuire

November 29th, 2012
2:07 pm

This team resembles the 04 team just size and strength wise..this team is going to be like Georgia Tech basketball is supposed to look like and you can tell BG is a hell of a coach

North Ave Killer Beez

November 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

Can Solomon leave high school early for the NCAA ?? We need him now!

Buzz2011

November 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

Go Jackets…I remember 2004 very well!

old dog

November 29th, 2012
2:40 pm

I fear our football victory is gonna come back to haunt us in the roundball game…………

GT Dude

November 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

Very impressed with GT B-Ballers over the weekend and last night.
The coach has them working in synch.
A lot of the 3s Illni put were contested, but went in anyways, not much you can do about that
Win or lose these guys are giving it there all and working as a team.
BTW did you notice that two team mates were assisting Udofia up to the line to shake hands after the game; a groupd of young men that care about each other.

South GA Jacket

November 29th, 2012
3:04 pm

“Udofia suffered the injury with about 3:30 remaining in the game….[The Illini] put the Yellow Jackets away over the final four minutes of the game.”

- That says a lot about Udofia’s leadership. I want to beat that team from Athens, but I’d rather him sit out if he’s not ready to go. We need him to be healthy.

Really

November 29th, 2012
3:05 pm

Very impressed with the Jackets last night. They are young so they make take some lumps. Hopefully Udofia can come back soon because he is a steady player on the court for them right now. Another thing I like about Coach Gregory is he is getting good talent from right in state.

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
3:05 pm

collegebballfan – Holsey’s minutes are about the same – 24 last year to 20 this year, and that’s with the addition of Robert Carter in the front court. Gregory said he likes his energy coming off the bench and that often he can go against a starter who’s a little worn out or a backup.

GTBob

November 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

Yeah, the team looked pretty good last night and the game was fun to watch. Freshman mistakes and Illinois being hot from three point range did us in at the end. I hope Udofia heals quick and is back for the next game because he really is the floor general out there.

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

NAKB – i believe he could.

bill

November 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

One thing….if Udofia is out for any lenght of time, Jordan surely can’t play 30 minutes at PG. Guess we’ll see Hunt and Reed play the point. Heyward’s injury looms big right now. Would think Poole could play more PG when he becomes elgible, even when M’Fon is on the bench.Guess Udofia truly is the one Jacket the team can’t afford to lose to foul troble or injury.
You have to be hopeful about this team…surprised more people aren’t enthusiastic about what they saw last 4 games from the Men.

GTBuzz85

November 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

First time in years that I have enjoyed (and look forward to) watching Tech basketball. Great job to BC and players.

JM

November 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

The offense lacked direction after Mfon was hurt. GT only had a few good looks at the basket the rest of the way. Hope he gets well soon. GT needs him next Tuesday.

Illini Bobby

November 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

Tech looked very good and athletic last night. They shot well from the perimeter and the big freshman inside is very skilled and smart. Needs to be more agressive though. I like their up tempo offense, too.
They are picked to finish 9th in the ACC. I see them more of a 5 or 6 place team behind. Duke, UNC, NC State, Miami…

CC

November 29th, 2012
4:02 pm

It wasn’t any of the inside the arc play that won the game for Illinois — it was the lights-out bombs from 3 point land…. and none of those could have been stopped anyway without a foul. Those just happened to be jaw-dropping shots.Tech did a superb job and hung the whole way.

There’s no pouting over the loss — Tech is on an excellent track.

PG

November 29th, 2012
4:09 pm

Tech looked much improved but don’t discount Illinois’ performance just by saying they got “lucky” from 3 point land. The vast majority of those looks were clean with Tech players trying and failing to adequately close out. They also didn’t do a great job on the defensive glass. Definitely progress though, especially on some of the offensive sets.

kingster

November 29th, 2012
4:12 pm

Ken I must say I like the cut of these Jackets, they played very well with a lot of energy, I know Coach Gregory is doing a outstanding job. I look forward to seeing more of this gang of Techters and I hope Mfon gets better soon, we really need him back to lead the team.

gtlinz

November 29th, 2012
4:35 pm

The future is very bright. The 3 freshmen are all ACC caliber players as are next years group and the incoming transfer. Carter has an nba body and a soft touch – just needs to work on footwork (traveling calls from shuffling feet). Georges-Hunt has to learn to create space for his shot (a few got stuffed). Bolden has a great shooter’s touch. These guys all need experience – but unlike the Hewitt regime I trust that fundamentals will be taught. Stacey Poole Jr will be playing soon, and his brother Solomon next year will be our first highly rated pure point guard in years. We have a court full of 2 guards right now. We just need to progress and the NIT would be fine – the NCAAs even better but may be a reach.
Daniel will be a senior next year and Kammeon does bring energy you like. If Solomon Poole can integrate quickly next year we should be dancing.

old dog

November 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

You all have just demonstrated that Tech CAN bring in good athletes….the roundball program proves it! Perhaps CPJ could take some lessons! The ACC is one helluva basketball conference and I wish ya’ll the best. I think you may be better this year than some folks originally thought……and yeah, we brag about or football SEC Conference for sure. However, in the roundball ya’ll are (I must humbly admit) in an elite conference indeed. Reckon this program is headed towards the glory days of Bobby C.? (like when thay had Price and company?) Us old Dawgs won’t (except for me) admit it, but we watched AND PULLED FOR Tech in the NCAA’s back then…

Steve

November 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

Thanks so much for the update on Mfon. I appreciate the hoops coverage. I’m excited about this team I like the intensity they play with. Many of the 3’s hit last night were just great shots.

gt45

November 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

We compete. We will win. Thanks BG for a well done job so far! Get well Mfon-we need you!

GTman

November 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

Best coached GT basketball team I have seen. We’ve definitely had more talented teams, but I am convinced that Brian Gregory can coach half court offense and half court defense. We even looked good on in bounds play (except for that one)!

Illinois shot the heck out of the 3-ball (14 3 pointers). We shot well and like coach said, we just did not match their intensity in the last 5 minutes.

Very encouraged by the team and the recruiting!

Go Jackets!

Born2Buzz

November 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

Glad to hear it was only an ankle sprain. I was guessing a knee sprain the way he went down.
We played great for 32 minutes and then not so great the last 8. Same as against Cal. Coach knows it and is working to get a full 40 minute effort from the team.
Gotta have Mfon back since he is our only real PG.
btg69 & bill, nothing BG can do will make Jordan capable of playing the PG for any extended time adequately. We need Solomon Poole now.

Gordon

November 29th, 2012
5:17 pm

Ken,

Any idea if Mfon will be available for the UGA game, or is it just too early to tell?

You guys don't have to...

November 29th, 2012
5:22 pm

…worry about UGA, with or without Mfon – they are worthless, and bad at basketball, too…

Old Dog

November 29th, 2012
5:44 pm

To Hell with Tek, today, tomoorrow and every other day!

GTRay

November 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

I agree that the guys actually look like a well-coached team. And the talent (though much of it is young) is impressive. Once things like Carter’s rookie issues (playing too soft, etc.) are straightened out, this group could turn out to be really special.

Ken, what’s the word on Julian Royal? He’s not getting much playing time and hasn’t look very good when he’s in the game. I’d hate to see the effort that BG went through last year to make sure Royal signed with Tech to be for naught.

bill

November 29th, 2012
6:06 pm

Royal was pulled after that errant 3 point shot. He hasn’t been getting the minutes you would think he was going to before the season started. Hope he doesn’t consider leaving, but every year , one kid leaves because he isn’t happy. Hate to see him go if he does. BG really did push to keep Royal at Tech. Think he will be a fine ACC player. Just has to fit in the rotation a bit more. But with Poole coming soon, minutes will be decreasing somewhere, even with 3 guards playing.

Think we should give a little shout for the nice job Ken does for this blog. Some of the people before him didn’t do half the work he does. Gives Tech fans quite a bit of info. Actually, come to think of it, he may be the best this column has seen period.Thanks, Ken…much appreciated.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

November 29th, 2012
6:10 pm

I’m looking forward to attending both the Sunday women’s game and next week’s men’s game against the Dogs. Both squads have lots of youth and inexperience, but I think we have the talent and the coaching to get significantly better as the season progresses. Hopefully both squads will peak sometime between March and April.

Jacket Time

November 29th, 2012
6:34 pm

Like what what i saw last night 3 pts killed us, definately have improved from last year and that matters most! Hope we can get atleast 2 pt guards by tues. We gotta beat georgia!

Ishmail McHenry

November 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

Thank you Coach Gregory, best Tech hoops has looked in 4 years.

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
9:48 pm

Bill – thanks. that’s very generous of you to say.
Gordon – I don’t know. I’d think so, but I’m not at all certain.
if you’re not a tech fan, you’re welcome to post. just have something of worth to say.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 29th, 2012
9:53 pm

old dog = CLASS

Old Dog = CRASS

SuperDawg = ASS

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
10:00 pm

i can’t give you a good answer. i haven’t been around the team much with football still going. he made great strides last year, certainly.

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
10:01 pm

sorry – last post about Julian Royal.

realist

November 29th, 2012
10:02 pm

Better than last year, but that isn’t saying much. Still choked in the end.

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fan

November 29th, 2012
10:09 pm

Doesn’t these yellow chop blockers have any class, taking a bowl bid after they get blown out by FSU. The techies have class alright…low class.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 29th, 2012
10:09 pm

@ realist……they are a LOT better than last year, and I don’t call that choking at the end last night.

Tech93

November 29th, 2012
11:39 pm

Tech fought hard last night and showed no quit. Team is still rough around edges, but they are young and that should improve as season improves. They need to be a little more aggressive with getting ball into the paint and driving hard to the basket. Also, would concentrate on getting more touches to Holsey on the inside. With a couple of big wins, they will gain confidence. BG is doing great job recruiting. Looking forward to some good Tech basketball over the next couple of years. Also, I agree with Ken and recommend if not a Tech fan and have nothing good to say then say nothing good at all. I also expect that Tech fans will use the same courtesy when entering other schools’ blogs. Thanks Ken for the good coverage. Go Tech!

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Pooch

November 30th, 2012
8:56 am

As a longtime fan of Mfon (since back @ Miller Grove), it’s nice to see folks appreciative of his efforts and leadership in Year 4. All we used to read about Mfon on these boards was how GT needs a PG. GT has had a point guard – he just wasn’t developed properly until Gregory showed up. You can see it in his emotions and game – the kid loves basketball, is dedicated, and is a great team player.

Harvey D. Pooka

November 30th, 2012
9:37 am

Looking like a decent, solid team this year. Not flashy, not intimidating opponents (yet), but you do present a formdiable foe for anyway and have abilitiy to win any game. Don’t let this defeat deflate confidence, and dedication to hard work — got things are coming GTs way.