Schedule looks ominous for Tech’s tournament hopes

Georgia Tech players look like they're starting to wonder what's going on as much as we are.

Georgia Tech players look like they're starting to wonder what's going on as much as we are.

OK. My head hurts. After watching Georgia Tech get outscored by Miami, 41-19, in one stretch Wednesday night and ultimately lose, I’ve stopped guessing what the Jackets are going to do next. Throw a whiffle ball into a wind tunnel. There’s your answer.

We know what the ceiling is for this team. There is none. The talent says that. The unpredictability of the NCAA tournament says that. The lack of any dominant team in the ACC and even nationally says that. But Tech is 5-5 in the ACC. Not good Psychotic is more like it. I just looked at the remainder of the schedule and for the first time I’m starting to wonder whether this team even makes it into the tournament.

Do you think Georgia Tech makes it into the NCAA tournament?

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Tech is 1-4 on the road in conference games. The only win came at North Carolina. That doesn’t seem nearly as impressive now as it did then. The Tar Heels have lost seven of their last eight. (By the way: coach Roy Williams just compared what has happened to his team to the situation in Haiti. Not smart, Roy.)

The Jackets have six conference games left. They have not given us any reason to believe they will win any of their final three road games: Wake Forest, Maryland, Clemson. Those three teams are a combined 33-4 at home.

That leaves three home games: North Carolina, Boston College, Virginia Tech. After watching Tech’s last three games — smoked by Duke; massive meltdown but a narrow escape against North Carolina State; loss at Miami — I’ll guess the Jackets win two of those three. That would make them 2-4 down the stretch, 7-9 in the ACC and 19-11 overall going into the conference tournament.

That’s not going to get it done.

The ACC has done little to earn much respect nationally this season. The conference isn’t likely to get a half-dozen teams in the NCAA tournament, as it has in the past. If Tech finishes the regular season poorly, it will need to go on a run in the ACC tournament to ensure it gets into the tournament.

For what it’s worth, the most recent projected bracket on CollegeRPI.com (from Monday) has the Jackets as a No. 6 seed in the East Regional and 25th in the RPI rankings, which is used by the tournament selection committee. A similar website, Kenpom.com, is updated through Wednesday and also has the Jackets’ 25th. But that’s only fifth among ACC teams, behind Duke (2nd), Maryland (10th) and Clemson (19th) and Virginia Tech (24th).

Any thoughts on this? Do you think the Jackets make it in, or are you starting to wonder like I am?

175 comments Add your comment

Dawglasville

February 11th, 2010
12:16 pm

Maybe they could get Johnson to coach basketball too. They could run the picket fence and since there won’t be any bowl games he may win.

Tim Tebow's Tears

February 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

Can’t wait until the CPH era is OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim Tebow's Tears

February 11th, 2010
12:21 pm

CPH road ACC record last 4+ years….6-31
Even if we make the tourney we lose first round. Top 5 talent in the country wasted. I will contribute to the ridiculous buyout on his contract…

D

February 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

burdell68

February 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

I’m not going Tuesday night and I urge other Tech season ticket holders to do the same. Boycott Alexander until Hewitt is gone or he gets some assistants that have a clue. AND DON”T GIVE THE TICKETS TO CAROLINA PEOPLE EITHER! Nothing is going to happen to the coaching situation until no one goes to the games. Alums can’t quit buying the basketball tickets because of the priority system for football but we can show our displeasure by not going and have Alexander a sea of empty seats. Apparently we can’t sell our ACC allotment because I am getting emails pleading for me to buy them.

Chris

February 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

Much like when Chris Bosh came in, our team this year will be much better a year later. I look for this team to be better next season with Oliver and Rice growing into scorers and M’fon having a year at PG under his belt. Too many Freshmen this year.

TAC

February 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

We have a basketball team that looks like a Chan Gailey football led team. It is sad after the years of excitment Tech basketball provided.

VT Yellow Jacket

February 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

Any rankings before last night can be thrown out the window. This is not a mature team and I (almost) hope they don’t make the tournament. Lawal and Favors aren’t helping their causes for their NBA aspirations.

Saying they have talent is like saying that a kid getting C’s in his classes has potential. It means nothing until is manifests itself.

Bah!

Mark

February 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

I don’t think they will make it. Paul Hewitt is one of the worst coaches I have ever seen. To have 3 future nba players on your team, 2 of them starters in 2 years, and to play like this, is a joke. You could find 90% of the coaches in the ncaa who could do a better job with this bunch than hewitt. If gt was a tradeable stock, it would be a penny stock and i would be shorting this turd. I am tired of PH. He needs to go. He can’t coach. Simple as that. This team shouldn’t have more than 3 losses at this point with the players they have. Hey paul you lazy cretin, quit please. We are tired of your pathetic running of this team.

holy moly

February 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

that i could be a top 5 poster says it all! that apathy is so bad gt fans an the nut lickers alike dont even have much to say about our lackadaisical team and pathetic coach.

but waite….. drad is here to save the day right? WRONG. he has gotten funds totaling 45 million together for a new improved coliseum but we will still have the same clunker for a coach. HEY BIG D …

what is fumy about all this is that this week michael vick admitted to giving it a half assed try unbeknowst to the fans. meanwhile phewitt has admitted on more than one occasion that he is more than happy with his results.

and we still have dummies that defend both. eh schultzie?

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

Last year, I was actually hoping for losses because I figured that we could get rid of Hewitt and actually get a coach. With his contract and the fact that this team has talent, I guessing we’ll get another two more years of Hewitt’s “coaching” ability. That said, I’m actually pulling for us to win now since we’ll never get rid of him. I wonder if Mark Fox would be interested in coming to Tech?? At least he can coach.

Boise Dawg

February 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

Jeff, I tried to tell you that last week. I still think there is a better chance they get in than they don’t, but Tech definitely still has work to do.

Also, I think everyone was a little too quick to jump on the Mark Fox bandwagon. Don’t misunderstand, he needs time to build the program and the team deserves better fan support. I am still hopefull he is the guy to get Georgia basketball pointed in the right direction…. but so far I haven’t seen much of an improvement over Felton. Like Felton he has shown he can pull off an upset here or there, but overall they are losing games they shouldn’t and aren’t playing very good basketball consistently enough.

holy moly

February 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

that i could be a top 5 poster says it all! that apathy is so bad gt fans an the nut lickers alike dont even have much to say about our lackadaisical team and pathetic coach.

but waite….. drad is here to save the day right? WRONG. he has gotten funds totaling 45 million together for a new improved coliseum but we will still have the same clunker for a coach. HEY BIG D … I THINK MOST FANS WOULD PREFER 38 MILLION DOLLAR COLISEUM AND A NEW COACH

what is fumy about all this is that this week michael vick admitted to giving it a half assed try unbeknowst to the fans. meanwhile phewitt has admitted on more than one occasion that he is more than happy with his results.

and we still have dummies that defend both. eh schultzie?

Turnt Up

February 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

Show up and support these kids that work hard in practice and in school. I think it’s petty to punish these kids just to get at the coach. It also sends the message to incoming prospects that our fanbase doesn’t support our student athletes, so consider going elsewhere if that is important to you!

GoJackets

February 11th, 2010
12:31 pm

With the talent we have, if we dont make the NCAA tournament, in a down year for the ACC, then I dont see how Paul Hewitt can possibly keep his job.

OG-T

February 11th, 2010
12:32 pm

I think this team has so much talent that even P-Hew’s mismanagement couldn’t keep them out of tournament. They could win it all or lose it fast. Winning on the road is about coming together as a team. And apparently PH has not created a culture that bonds players (sans 2004). I think his overemphasis on ‘individual instruction’, and rally-killing substitutions comes at the detriment of the team chemistry. His report card for this season so far: D+ for teaching & motivating (the key to practice); and D for coaching (actual game-time moves). He talks about February being the most important month — he’s failing miserably in February so far.

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 11th, 2010
12:32 pm

Also…you’re right Jeff S. This team is so poorly coached, so unsound that I can’t watch an entire game. It churns my stomach to see them play.

JM

February 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

at this point there’s nothing that can be said. The coaches must put together good game plans and the players must execute. There’s no time left to “coach up” the team. Only time left is for execution.

Paul in RDU

February 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

Jeff – A week ago, after the Duke game, I thought that there was no way that GT doesn’t make the NCAA tourney but now I have serious doubts.
The ending of the NCSU game was down right embarrassing. NCSU got smoked in the RBC Center by VT last night and VT only has 1 1/2 good players. Now GT loses to Miami??? How do you give up a 41-19 run to Miami? They have no good players.
Lawal’s comments after the game – “We came out the first half too lackadaisical” – are alarming. After Saturday’s performance how the heck do you come out lackadaisical. I don’t know whether it is the players or the coaching but something is seriously wrong.
The only consolation for me, living where I do, is that UNC are even worse underperformers than Tech. I’m pretty sure their problem is not the HC.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

Yes the NIT ……YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE

GoJackets

February 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

I agree with Turnt Up. Not going to games and supporting our team is not the right way to approach this. These guys work hard and deserve our support. There are plenty of other ways to express our displeasure with CPH.

Todd

February 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

I hope I win those free tickets from the ajc to the bc game. I will flush them down the toilet if I do.

techsucks

February 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

GT BB sucks! GT is a perfect example of an overrated team. Gt is supposedly ranked?? Are you kidding me? GT couldn’t beat an UNRANKED UGA team, UNRANKED Miami team, should of lost to an UNRANKED NC STATE team.

GT will be 1 and done in the ACC tournament.

You are pathetic!

StingerSplash

February 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

Speaking of psychotic (I prefer to call it enigmatic or schizoid, but you brought up psychotic), didn’t you have us believe less than two weeks ago just how good this team was, Mr. Schultz?
There were of those us who pleaded with you not to be so presumptuous in your judgment of this team, given its current glaring deficiency (that would be coaching), which has been laid bare for all to see.
There will not be a run by Tech in the ACC tournament. When has a Hewitt-led Tech team even so much as played for an ACC title, much less win one? (They got knocked out in the semis in 2004 by Duke). If they have, then forgive my faltering memory.

GTHoopsFan

February 11th, 2010
12:42 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt! He is terrible!

GTHoopsFan

February 11th, 2010
12:43 pm

Email DRad@athletics.gatech.edu and tell him you want Hewitt gone.

Saint Simon

February 11th, 2010
12:43 pm

((((((((((((((UGA 73 – GT 66))))))))))))))))))))!!!!!

((((((((((((((((HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA))))))))))))))))))))))!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE IN ALL COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS!!!

eggguy

February 11th, 2010
12:45 pm

Coach Hugglett, what do these players all have in common: Yunkus, Petway, Noodles Neal, Price, Harpring, the Barry bros., Luke S. ??????? THEY COULD ALL SHOOT FREE THROWS!!!
50% FT at Miami, and lose by 2??? Pitiful!
You said you were “frustrated” after the N.C. State game…..how about CLUELESS?
Think I heard where there was 500 people at the game last night, before long, that’s what it will be like at Tech. So sad, I used to watch or go to every Tech roundball game, now I cannot bear to watch them. And, I really feel sorry for the players, no clue as to what to do.
Please do us all a favor and do the right thing, go get your dream job in New York or New Jersey…not as a head coach but maybe as an asst. making $75K per year.
The only reason you are still here is brillant AD Dave No Braine inking you to a lucrative 10 year deal. BAD MISTAKE!!

GT in CT

February 11th, 2010
12:47 pm

I’d feel better if CPH didn’t say after losses that we need to forget about this game and get ready for the next one, and instead said we need to work on defending the 3, foul shooting, or whatever went wrong in the previous game.

David

February 11th, 2010
12:49 pm

Hewitt has to have naked pictures of someone in the athletic dept, thats the only way i still think he has a job.

BoycottAMC

February 11th, 2010
12:50 pm

I’m all about the boycott until Hewitt is gone. To even be a bubble team with this talent is an epic fail that the team and its fans have become all too used to. With all the rich alumni we have, coming up with $9 should be quite plausible.

Jeff Schultz

February 11th, 2010
12:52 pm

Boise Dawg — Anything Mark Fox does this year is a plus. He has no players.

Jeff Schultz

February 11th, 2010
12:53 pm

Paul in RDU — The meltdown against NC State might’ve been the worst thing I have ever seen by a college basketball team at the end of a game.

UGAIsSoLastDecade

February 11th, 2010
12:53 pm

I like how you go back and forth. A week or so ago didn’t you write that we were a shoe-in? I wrote that we would need 21 or 22 wins to make it. I still stand by that. We will NOT be in the NCAA tourney. I said it weeks ago and I stick by it. I don’t flip-flop like you.

Jeff Schultz

February 11th, 2010
12:53 pm

StingerSplash — yes, that was me. I was duped. Now I will predict nothing.

Scotch

February 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

3rd column is free throw shooting. Nothing changes with PH. Remember the Va game a few weeks ago. Look at our attempts to their’s and how many they made to ours.
D’Andre Bell 2-5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 5
Derrick Favors 2-5 0-0 3-4 3 7 0 4 7
Nick Foreman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Gani Lawal 7-16 0-0 3-8 6 17 2 1 17
Brian Oliver 7-10 5-8 0-0 3 4 0 2 19
Zachery Peacock 2-9 0-3 0-0 2 5 0 3 4
Glen Rice Jr. 2-7 0-1 0-0 2 3 2 2 4
Brad Sheehan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Iman Shumpert 2-7 0-3 2-2 0 0 2 1 6
Mfon Udofia 0-3 0-1 0-2 0 2 3 2 0

Totals 24-62 6-17 8-16 16 39 10 17 62
Percentages: .387 .353 .500

Tech75

February 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

Definition of insanity – given the same situation expecting different results

see last year

see two years ago

see three years ago

etc.

When will DRad pull the trigger?

I suspect following the last loss this year; I don’t think he’ll wait any longer than that, and I bet he’s passing the hat now for the buyout

Jeff Schultz

February 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

UGAisSoLastDecade — I would’ve agreed with you last week that they’ll need 21 or 22 wins. I just didn’t think 21 or 22 wins was going to be a problem for this team. Now I do.

Dawglasville

February 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

White trash? Wow, that is kinda strong to start throwing out the racist remarks over a little sports poke. I’ll get off of the blog before you hurt yourself.

Greg

February 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

Look what Calipari does at UK. GT has as much talent as they do. Imagine if we had a real coach like Jamie Dixon at Pitt. We would be ranked in the top 5.

Ozzy

February 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

Movin’ on to baseball. We’re toast.

Go Jackets!

UGAIsSoLastDecade

February 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

The ONLY way to force change is to stop showing up at the games. Stop donating or reduce the amount considerably and let DRAD know how you feel. It worked with Gailey – it will work with Hewitt. he must be replaced. Enough already. ANd the free throw shooting – aargh! They’re not called ‘free’ for nuthin! It’s time we get a coach that recruits 4-year players that understand the fundamentals of the game of basketball. This street-ball mentality does not sit well with me.

Jeff Schultz

February 11th, 2010
1:03 pm

Dawglasville is a ..: I zapped your comment, and if you post something like that again, you’re out.

Ashley

February 11th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jeff,

There absolutely is a ceiling on this team. His name is Paul Hewitt, and his best-ever record in the ACC is 9-7. Hewitt is good enough for a MAAC team. He doesn’t have the stuff to get it done in the ACC.

burdell68

February 11th, 2010
1:06 pm

Support the players? I have been to every home game and every ACC Tournament game since 1980. I have been to every NCAA Tournament game since Kaiser. I’ll have to keep shipping $ and buying the tickets but I’m not going anymore until this basketball program takes some different steps. I see the the same thing every game. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity.

DevilInLaw

February 11th, 2010
1:07 pm

I’m most curious about your claim that you WATCHED the game.

JLC

February 11th, 2010
1:13 pm

I am not a huge CPH fan, but at some point we do have to hold the players accountable. These guys play so much at AAU and camps that simple fundamentals should not be an issue. D. Favors does not look like a 1 and done to me. Look at past 1 and dones…Melo, Bosh, Beasley, D. Rose. Favors name does not belong in that company so far in my opinion. I do like Brian Oliver though.

Tech75

February 11th, 2010
1:15 pm

From my perspective, and I’m not a basketball coach or scout, it appears that PH recruits players that display good skills in AAU and HS ball, but lack discipline under pressure – they too often fall back on street-ball skills when the pressure is on; and each of them has always been “the man” – so no one takes charge in crunch time. These players have never been disciplined; they’ve always been good enough to get by on their street skills. It takes years to undo that damage.

Contrast these kind of players against the type Kryzewski recruits – he recruits players that can run patterns under pressure, execute under pressure – and have some street skills as well. And his teams are consistently ranked top 10.

Do the math… wrong kind of players, a coach too stupid to realize that establishing a disciplined playing style in a player is counter-intuitive to players looking to showcase for NBA scouts on a nightly basis.

Get too many of these type players at one time and you have a disaster – like this year.

And you get fired…

It's about time

February 11th, 2010
1:15 pm

Jeff welcome to reality. Didn’t even read the whole article. UNC beats GT next.

Gordon

February 11th, 2010
1:17 pm

Jeff,

Have you ever seen a coach with less support than Hewitt has now? No matter what blog you go to, it has to be 10 to 1 against. I don’t think Gailey’s poll numbers were this bad. Do you have any insight as to what is going on behind the scenes at Tech? Or is that an article for another day? I know Radakovich didn’t hire Hewitt, but is there hope? Or should we all just settle in for a basketball nuclear winter?