3 Tech-Miami thoughts, quotes

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.


Brian Gregory

“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.”

Daniel Miller

“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.”

Jim Larranaga

“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

30 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

January 5th, 2013
8:21 pm

Ken are they going to hang the banners in McCamish?


January 5th, 2013
8:46 pm

Our youth in the bigs really showed today. We are a big guy short of competing game in and game out in the ACC.


January 5th, 2013
8:56 pm

Looks like we have some adjustments to make between now and ACC tournament time.


January 5th, 2013
9:17 pm

Welcome to ACC Basketball guys. It’s tough. Gotta be disciplined always. We are pulling for you!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 5th, 2013
9:43 pm

I agree with Wrecker. We definitely need one or two more big men.

William Casey

January 5th, 2013
9:43 pm

Was at the game. Fun place to watch basketball. Miami’s guards are quick. That’s what Poole brings for us. Miller HAS to finish with more authority. GT defense is MUCH better when Miller is in game.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 5th, 2013
9:49 pm

@ William Casey…..I was at the game too, as I was at the Tulane and UGA games. Miami is definitely in a higher class than either of those two pushovers. I agree about Miller; he seemed tentative at times today. One thing that really surprised me was how small Pierre Jordan is. And yet, there were times when he played with a lot of authority. Overall though, we are young, and we still have a lot of growing to do.


January 5th, 2013
9:58 pm

Glad I did not sign up for the espn game plan. Whew, that would have been $ wasted.

Jacket Detective

January 5th, 2013
10:00 pm

Is there some reason we never use a zone defense?
Just to see if it would cause problems like it sometimes has done to us.


January 5th, 2013
10:01 pm

Athletics are no priority at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Just ask Radakovich.

This is not a good basketball team right now...

January 5th, 2013
10:16 pm

Gregory just sounds like he has no idea what to do. Yeah, our defense needs to create opportunities for our offense. That’s why we shouldn’t be playing this passive as hell defense where we worry about not making mistakes.

Miami had a small bench, even smaller without Johnson, and had a ton of seniors. Yet we decide that we are going to slow the game down and make the game about who can execute better. Well no d’uh at how that turned out. That’s horrible coaching. The only chance GT had was to make this a transition game where being better coached isn’t as big a deal, because it was obvious that in the half court game who the better coached team was.


January 5th, 2013
10:30 pm

Hey Super
Is gt basketball gonna go 22-3?
U love making an arse out of urself with predictions.


January 5th, 2013
10:32 pm

The Gt basketball train wreck is in full force.
12 conf losses is a given. This is what happens when you play a weak schedule and think you are better than you are. GT the laughing stock of the acc.

Paul in NH

January 5th, 2013
10:59 pm

GT the laughing stock of the ACC?
Guru obviously hasnt been to Winston-Salem or Chestnut Hill lately.


January 5th, 2013
11:05 pm

Until we get a point guard or anyone that can penetrate and dish, we will have issues in scoring. I would like to see us go big- make the other team adjust to 3 guys in the key. They can set picks for each other rather than for the guards up top. Pick and rolls would work nicely too. Offensively we pass the ball so much because we can’t time when the man down below should be getting it(ball). Regrettably, I would rather have more speed in the game( Poole brothers). I can handle a few TOs if they also disrupt the offense of the other team and create opportunities by being able to get inside the key on the offensive side. WTHeck is the problem with shooting FTs?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 5th, 2013
11:22 pm

Guru……I never made any prediction about the Tech basketball team other than that we would trounce the mutts AGAIN, and we did. What ARE the silly little puppies doing this season? Did they learn yet how many points are in a 3-point basket? I hope Harrick left a cheat sheet behind so they could figure it out.

Jacket Detective

January 6th, 2013
6:25 am

The frosh got a baptism by fire.
It happens.
Schedule does us no favors with away games at NC State, Duke and UNC in the first 5 ACC games.
I am surprised VT fired Seth Greenberg so next Saturday’s home game vs VT is our best bet for an ACC win.
I thought Greenberg was a formidable coach and when shown the door, a top recruit changed his mind and went to Lousiville.
I’d like to advise our fans not to obsess over FTs.
The Frosh will get the hang of ACC play.
Maybe not next game but they’ll get it together.

Jacket Detective

January 6th, 2013
6:33 am

BTW when Miller and Carter Jr were pulled with 6 minutes left in the first half, how about a tough zone instead of 2nd string Bigs vs their 1st string?

Super, Super, Super...

January 6th, 2013
8:27 am

…did you pull an all nighter thinking up this “slam”? “Did they learn yet how many points are in a 3-point basket? I hope Harrick left a cheat sheet behind so they could figure it out.”…


January 6th, 2013
8:39 am

Why was there a “rush” to get Poole here if he is going to sit on the bench? Maybe in a month he will be able to contribute for a run…but it feels like he may just be “burning” a year of eligibility. He definitely is confident(something this team needs). I trust Coach, but I don’t think there will be anymore kids coming in early again.


January 6th, 2013
9:06 am

I think this coach is in WAY over his head….he was a middling coach from a middling conference that our now departed AD got on the cheap. You get what u pay for and we are not gonna make chicken salad out of this chicken B*L*E*E*P coach. He has recurited an average/above average team to an elite conference. consider the knife to a gunfight axiom when looking at our team until the new AD runs the Munchkin and Coach Fish-fry off.

Jacket Detective

January 6th, 2013
9:40 am

But what if we give the coach and players, especially the freshman, a full season or two?
Too many on here are rushing to judgement.
That’s why I may mistake some of u for a dawg troll from time to time.
In the ACC, many players take time to develop.
Holsey and Udofia have both improved from year to year.
Holsey tried to keep us in the game yesterday but needed more help.
It was a bad break for us that backup PG and possible starter Corey Heyward is missing his freshman year.
He may doubly regret getting injured in the off-season if either Poole takes his spot.
I can understand that Tech fans are disappointed in both their football and basketball programs.
Biff says to add baseball to the list?
I just don’t see going negative at the first sign of trouble.
If u paid $1200 a year for 30 years like Cellar, then I guess it’s OK to vent.
I just do not think it is productive.
The frosh were awed by the seniors on Miami and being in their first ACC game.
They will get better.
See a different game by waiting a full season before throwing this very good freshman class under the bus.


January 6th, 2013
10:11 am

Inside guys were not ready dir the battler inside. WE had a ton of baskets that were not falling because contested. 40% of our offense is from freshmen. You could tell Polle was a quick as Larkin. Coach correct Solomon needs a month with the team to understand what its being called. And anyone in here who complains about burning a year of eligibility you will see that won’t matter. I think the thing that will keep him here is his brother playing for these three years. Notice though we have stone tough home games in February. I am hoping the team matures enough to compete in. them. Do you guys think playing a tough ooc schedule would have been good? I think coach knows what he is doing. Guy bashing Gregory on here. You don’t know what you talking about. Medicare class and recruiting. Fourteenth this year plus a top prospect from next year already playing. Recruiting looks pretty good to me.

Biff Pocoroba

January 6th, 2013
12:30 pm

JD, add volleyball to the disappointment list too. That program has gone downhill since DRad ran off the coach and brought in an old LSU friend. The old coach went to Marquette and they won 27 games and went the to the NCAA tournament and Tech can’t even make the top half of the ACC anymore. Women’s basketball looks bad this year too with six freshemen on the roster. We needed the girl from Buford to enroll early like Poole. I was hoping that Robert Carter would be able to step up more this year since he was so highly recruited but he still has too much Josh Smith mentality and likes to take jump shots instead of banging inside and scoring. If he can ever realize how big and strong he is and take advantage instead of playing for jump shots, the team will win some games. Julian Royal is on pace to break the NCAA record of fouls per minute. He has 22 fouls and 18 points in 13 games. Maybe having David Boyd run off at Milton for recruting ruined his game this year.

Silly Mutts

January 6th, 2013
3:31 pm

Well put Jacket Detective Very Will Put!!! My thoughts from watching the game: 1) Miami can play defense really well and are well coached 2) GT was just not ready to play in the ACC and now they know 3) Julian Royal could help the bigs if he would develop 4) Carter took (and made) freshman shots (ie the hook). 3) They all looked really slow (except for Solomon Poole) 4) Defensive and offensive rebound positioning is non existent 5) point guard play is still an issue 6) Jackets need to press more often (GT has alot of depth). Finally, Gt has enough to win. I see improvement in their demeanor even without the results. They just need time to believe in themselves, listen to Gregory and work hard. GO JACKETS


January 6th, 2013
8:01 pm

IT’S JUST ONE GAME!! Can’t we give them more than one league game (or one season, for that matter) before the sky is falling? We’ve got 3 talented freshmen, make that 4 when Poole comes around. We’ve got something to build on….you don’t grow a program overnight.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d rather see CBG build a solid program over a couple years than have a couple flash-in-the-pan seasons.

Give these guys some time. We’re not Duke…yet.

jacket Time

January 6th, 2013
8:22 pm

Agreed. Its one bad game for a growing team. I’m not about to become a cry baby and throw in the towel over this loss. If anything this game is gonna make our guys better. Gregory is an awesome coach and our players are still comming together. The future is bright and there will be a time when the negative cry babies will have to wait longer and longer to post their typical “the sky is falling” comments about a bad loss like this in the comming years.


January 7th, 2013
8:13 am

We have a very young team and they could have given up and completely folded but they played well at the end. I think they learned a lot about themselves and what ACC basketball is all about in this game.

The season has just started.


January 7th, 2013
10:29 am

2nd foul on Miller looked like all ball to me, &, 20 ft. away, my view was better than the refs….anybody catch the bowl game with acc refs that the commentators could not believe some of the no calls?


January 7th, 2013
11:57 am

The game came down to experience. Here are how the classes broke down for Miami and GT for the top 7 players in playing time:

Miami: 4 Seniors, 2 juniors, 1 Sophomore
GT: 1 Senior, 3 juniors, 3 freshman

That kind of discrepancy in the first ACC game is usually going to get exposed. They were much more prepared. Things will get better.