1. Bad game. The offense got impatient as Miami’s lead kept growing. The defense lost track of guys and Miami guard Shane Larkin was too much to handle off the dribble. Georgia Tech hadn’t played anyone nearly this good since the Illinois game and I think it showed.
As Daniel Miller put it, “We just haven’t played bigs like this all season.”
2. That said, it’s one game. Robert Carter, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden were all playing their first ACC game. Miami is a pretty good team. Carter and Miller were out for the final 6:36 of the first half when the Hurricanes began to put the game away.
It’s not exactly how you want the ACC season to start, but I think it’s a little early for final verdicts.
3. I don’t think Solomon Poole is going to be seeing a lot of meaningful time soon. He did lead the final charge, when the lead was cut from 23 to 13.
Said Brian Gregory, “You’ve got to give him another three, four weeks before he gets accustomed to what’s going on. He’s out there, we’re calling stuff, he has no idea.”
It’s not a knock on Poole; it’s just that he just got here. It’s obvious he has ability, though.
“They’re a good defensive team. It’s not going to be easy. You’re not going to get easy baskets on them. They’re so big around the basket and other than Larkin, all their perimeter defenders they’ve got, a lot of upperclassmen out there, so they’re not going to make a lot of mistakes. So you have to match that with some composure and I thought there were probably six or seven possessions in the first half that we didn’t do that. And when you do that, that puts you in a tough situation. Again, it puts so much pressure on your defense.”
“One thing is, we have to defend better and our defense has to create some offensive opportunities for us, and we didn’t get any clean rebounds that first half, so we had no fast-break points. We have to do a better job of that.”
“We thought we were going to come out and win today. It’s just got to be the mentality we have for every game. I mean, I think we’re going to win the next game. So we’ve just got to be ready, forget this game and just know how tough it’s going to be.”
“That’s something Tech’s guys do very well – they normally get inside position and can score. They’re very big, they’re very physical, but so are we and so are all the ACC teams. This is a league that prides itself on being very big.”
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog