So I went to the Georgia Dome Saturday night, expecting a competitive football game. Oops.
Is it possible I could come to Alexander Memorial Coliseum tonight expecting a blowout and get something else?
Come on, work with me here.
Georgia Tech (7-8, 0-2), which has lost three straight and seven of its last 10, faces North Carolina (12-4, 2-0) tonight. According to RealTimeRPI.com, the Jackets rank 168th in the country in RPI, which tucks them between Western Michigan and IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). The Tar Heels are ranked 18th.
No revelation here: The Jackets aren’t very good. The worst thing is they’re not getting better. They’ve followed a non-conference schedule that included losses to Kennesaw State and Siena with ACC defeats to Boston College (86-75) and Clemson (87-62).
Coach Paul Hewitt, who started to lose the fan base a few years ago, never has felt more heat. Last year’s 23-13 record and NCAA tournament berth was viewed by many as underachievement. Some believe the only reason he remains on the sideline is his rollover contract, which requires a roughly $7 million payoff if Tech fires him. But athletic director Dan Radakovich publicly continues to support Hewitt.
A win tonight certainly would quiet critics. But that’s a longshot. The Jackets are a mess defensively and wouldn’t seem to have an answer for the Tar Heels’ lineup, which includes 7-foot junior Tyler Zeller (14.6 points, 7.7 rebounds). Through two ACC games, Tech’s defense ranks last in points allowed at 86.5, while the Heels are second at 58.5.
So do you see any hope for Tech tonight? Or is this game going to be as ugly as the football game in the Georgia Dome last night?
Either way, I’ll be here live blogging for your pleasure (or displeasure).
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By Jeff Schultz