We’re live from Tech-Wake (and Jackets need to take control)

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When we last watched Georgia Tech in a home game, the Jackets held on to defeat Clemson, 66-64, for their third win over a ranked ACC team of the season. It seemed they had started to turn the corner.

Then came Sunday’s reminder that this corner might take a while to turn.

The Jackets had the ball and a one-point lead in the final half-minute at Florida State. Then Zach Peacock missed a free throw, Glen Rice committed a foul at the offensive end, the Seminoles hit two free throws and the Jackets eventually lost, 68-66.

In the final 26 seconds of the game, Tech went 0-for-3 from the floor, 0-for-1 from the free throw line, committed two fouls and had a turnover. Such are the growing pains of a team that has four freshmen (Rice, Derrick Favors, Brian Oliver, Mfon Udofia) and a sophomore (Iman Shumpert) in its regular rotation.

That needs to change tonight against Wake Forest. If the Jackets are to return to the NCAA tournament this season, they can’t afford to have similar meltdowns on their home court. The Jackets are 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the ACC (wins over North Carolina Duke, Clemson; losses to Florida State, Virginia and FSU again). Wake Forest has slightly better records (14-4, 4-2), with a win over North Carolina and a loss to Duke.

I’ll be here, blogging live during the game. But with the calendar about to turn to February, the Jackets need to grow up quick. Let me know your thoughts and I’ll check back at tipoff.

149 comments Add your comment

Yellow Fuzz

January 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

RomeDawg

January 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

With Hewitt as coach, I just don’t think they will be much better than an athletic team with little focus. They are an up and down team and I just don’t know how well coached they are. With the talent they have they should easily be a top 10 team, don’t you think?

GTAnchorage

January 28th, 2010
6:29 pm

I agree RomeDawg, with decent coaching they would be at the top of the ACC this year since it is down. I still think that they have a chance at winning the ACC in the tourney though.

StingerSplash

January 28th, 2010
6:29 pm

Tech caught Clemson at the right time — just as the Tigers’ annual just past midseason slide was commencing.
As for tonight’s game … let’s get ready to underwhelm!

Tech Fan through and through

January 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

I agree RomeDawg, but when the coach only has 1 time out left with 8 minutes to play. Maybe that is where the problem begins.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

Yellow Fuzz — Question answered.

RomeDawg — Until they prove otherwise, you’re right. As far as whether they should easily be a top-10 team, that’s a tough call. On pure talent, maybe yes. But is young, pure talent. Team needs to get better as season goes on. Check back in early March.

GTAnchorage

January 28th, 2010
6:32 pm

The good thing is, with Tech being so loaded, they should be able to compete with just about anyone.

RomeDawg

January 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

As you know, you have to win with young talent in college ball because with most of the good talent you only get a year or two, if your lucky. I think Tech and Kentucky are close in young talent but coaching is separating the two.

RomeDawg

January 28th, 2010
6:37 pm

Being from Rome, I hope Tony Woods see the floor some.

ASHEVILLE DAWG

January 28th, 2010
6:39 pm

Duh IT IS the coaching

Rambling Rick

January 28th, 2010
6:39 pm

I will pray for you Jeff because as much as I love the Jackets I can’t bring myself to be there in person and sit through the missed foul shots , 20 + turnovers and seeing Hewitt use time outs until there is probably one left at 8 minute mark.

Bob Horner had sweet compact swing

January 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

go Demon Deacons…!! what’s a demon deacon anyway..?? Deacons are are held in high regard at the church…Demons are bad…and Tebow would make a decent h-back in the NFL…late 3rd round pick….

TS

January 28th, 2010
6:43 pm

The Jackets are forever turning corners in both directions. They have had the talent to compete in March every season since the Final Four run, and yet … they are terrible at the coachable aspects of the game, like offense, and defense.

George

January 28th, 2010
6:45 pm

Two Norcross Grads will be rumbling in the jungle tonight. This is going to be a great game

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
6:57 pm

Rambling Rick — As always, thank you for the prayers. If you can throw in something about the lottery in mid-prayer, I would greatly appreciate it.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

RomeDawg — True words. But key is always coach who can get their team to cut down on mistakes as seasons goes on. Tech obviously hasn’t done that the last few years.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:00 pm

TS — Or do they turn a corner and walk into a wall? (I think I’ve used that before. Probably will again.)

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

Let’s see if we can and will pound the ball inside…we have the best 3 big men in the ACC

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:02 pm

Jeff, when you gonna hit a Georgia game?. admittedly they did get blown out last night but fox has that team pretty much playing above its collective head.

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:05 pm

me thinks there’s been a lot of tech coverage in the AJC sports annals lately at the expense of others.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:07 pm

Grantham — I went to the Georgia-Tennessee game.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

Jackets 2 early fouls

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

First defensive adjustment may be against Aminu.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:13 pm

Wake on 8-0 run.

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:17 pm

same old early foul on Favors

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

hmm. guess i missed that huh?

RomeDawg

January 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

Thanks for going to Tenn. game. You may have been good luck for us. Can you please make plans to attend Kentucky game?

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

Enter your comments here

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:19 pm

and i only said there seemed to be a lot of tech coverage. i dont accuse you of being baised toward tech. i know you dont like anybody.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:19 pm

Tech’s playing poor inside defense, getting outworked on the boards.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

Todd — I hope you’re better with your gameplans than you are with your research. :)

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:25 pm

Favors is playing strong even with the early foul

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:26 pm

SamInAtlanta– Not in the offensive flow yet but yes on the defensive end.

nebraska jacket

January 28th, 2010
7:27 pm

Can you imagine if we would’ve landed Al-Farouq? The kids an absolute stud. Favors, Lawal (with Peacock thrown in there) and Aminu on the front line I like my chance in any game.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:27 pm

Monster move by Lawal

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:29 pm

my apologies Jeff. i do see where you did the UGA high gear piece. and yes, quite frankly, i am a better game planner than researcher.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:31 pm

Tech was down 17-10…on a 10-3 run to tie it at 20.

nebraska jacket

January 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

D’Andre contributing on the offensive end is huge for us. Oliver can’t be our only guard hitting shots again.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

January 28th, 2010
7:34 pm

So far this game reminds me a lot of last night’s game between the Tech and Miami women’s teams. I just hope we get the same final results.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:35 pm

Jackets are shooting 53 percent, Wake 42. … Lawal has 6 .. Favors hasn’t scored yet (0-for-1).

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

our run is due to our strong defensive play

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

you going to the USC Georgia game saturday?

Bill

January 28th, 2010
7:39 pm

Tech will win or lose this game on the perimeter. Can’t see it because stinkin’Directv blacks out RSN games. (only for ACC),Wake has many players inside that can hurt Tech if Jackets get in foul trouble. Shumpert, Udofia and Oliver will have to score about 45 combo.

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:40 pm

favors is scoreless but must have 2-3 blocks

Ted Striker

January 28th, 2010
7:40 pm

Blogging live from Tech-Wake Forest? Dude, just blog live from your next dental appointment.

Sed Triker, flying in at a sppeed way to faszt for dis computerrrr

SamInAtlanta

January 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

another block from favors…if he could only score

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

January 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

I’m just wondering … aren’t we past due for a time-out?

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:43 pm

Jackets’ defense definitely has picked up … and that was a WEAK offensive foul call on Udofia.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

SamInAtlanta– Favors has been credited with four blocks (unofficially).

todd grantham

January 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

Jeff, did the dental work take?