Today’s game against Duke was the first time I’ve sat down and watched a complete hoops game this season.
It seems like I picked a good time to start eh? The Jackets defeated the hated Dookies 71-67.
You might ask me…”How does a team lose to UGA on Tuesday night and beat Duke on Saturday afternoon?”
Well…my response at this point in the season would be, “Coaching…or lack of it.”
Any team that is skilled enough to beat Duke is skilled enough to beat a UGA team that may not even have a full roster of scholarship players.
So what happened against Duke?
Its simple…defensive hustle for 40 minutes and getting to the free throw line enough times to hit 22 of 28 attempts.
Duke was held to 6 of 28 behind the arc and were out rebounded 38 to 32. The Jackets then nailed all their free throws down the stretch to hold onto a slim lead.
The final score tilted the Jackets way in spite of a late turnover that resulted from the fact that the Jackets had used up all their timeouts earlier in the game and didn’t have any available in crunch time.
I know full well that I’m being harsh on the coaching staff right now. They deserve it, in my opinion. The offense has no identity, we can’t run a fast break, and inbounding plays are an adventure on the wild side every time we attempt one.
I give all credit to the players, who I’ll continue to support and cheer through thick or thin. They played hard and to the bitter end today…and beat #5 Duke in front of a national ESPN audience.
The game ball goes to Gani Lawal…21 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 8 of 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. His thunderous put back slam late in the game put Tech ahead of Duke and brought the crowd to its feet. Well done Gani!
Beat the Hoos!