Jackets Blow Lead, Hold On To Beat UNC 73-71

I have some thoughts on the Al Groh hire which I’ll post up in another blog.  (I think its a great hire for a variety of reasons.)

UNC ramped up the pressure in the second half, outscoring the Jackets 43-31 and at one point completely erasing a nearly 20 point lead to take control with under two minutes left.

But the Jacket dug deep and answered the challenge, hitting free throws and playing just enough defense (without fouling) to regain the advantage and a 73-71 win.

At times, the Jackets seemed to lose focus on offense with Shumpert or Peacock trying to play 1-on-1 basketball to get points.  Combined with UNC’s Will Graves suddenly finding his three point range, it very nearly cost the Jackets their first win at UNC since…oh…about 1996.

In the end, Shumpert’s 30 points and 6 assists combined with Lawal’s double double (12 points, 12 rebounds) to secure a rare gut check win for the Jackets.

If the Jackets can continue to play like they did today, this team can be fun to watch.  To do that, they must be consistent.  No more head scratching losses against teams like UGA or UVA.

Lets see where we go from here…its time to build on success rather than grow complacent and lose momentum.


Right now I’m watching the Jackets play on the road against defending national champ North Carolina.

The WVU vs Syracuse game delayed TV coverage of our game, but when they cut over the Jackets had a good lead and were playing some really good basketball.  The defensive effort and intensity from the Duke game was still there and the offense was moving the ball around to create shots.  We actually looked pretty well coached on both sides of the ball as we built the lead up to 20 points.

The really impressive part of the 20 point lead was the fact that Derrick Favors spent a majority of the first half on the bench, because of foul trouble.

The Heels made a run late and pull to within 14 points as the half ran out, largely because the Jackets lost focus on offense and took some bad shots.  But there have been some solid possessions and even a few fast breaks that have been converted.  Iman Shumpert even finished the half with a great finger tip roller off an inbounds pass as the clock expired.  Imagine that…scoring off an inbounds play under pressure.  How often has Tech accomplished that lately?

There is alot of time basketball left in this game, but if the Jackets can continue to play well and hold on to beat UNC on the road it would give them wins over Duke and UNC in their last four games.  (Yes…the losses to UGA and UVA need to be answered for…)

Still…42-28 looks pretty good when you are on the road in front of a UNC crowd that is waiting for any reason to get loud and rowdy.

Look for an update after the game and post up your thoughts on how the Jackets are playing on the road.  Sure would be nice to get that elusive ACC road victory that we’ve missed the past year (or two?).

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Stinger Envy

January 16th, 2010
4:25 pm



When does Baseball Season start?

St Simons wears cotten socks with wool trousers.

January 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

Why does the Chomsky book make my head hurt?

Stinger Envy

January 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

There is a huge difference between the SEC games on TV now and the ACC games just played. No question that the ACC is a far superior conference. Miss State looks pitiful.

Stinger Envy

January 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

Glad we caught the Jackets at our home and when they were not playing like they have against Duke and UNC. Wow, what a difference!


January 16th, 2010
4:59 pm

Stinger Envy,

Good comments except for the moronic, dumbed down scores ala St. Simons. And yes, the ACC is a far superior conference and you did not get our best BB game. But congrats anyway.

Straight Jacket

January 16th, 2010
5:05 pm

Does anyone else feel that this Tech team gets up for the important games and just doesn’t have any energy for the games we are supposed to win? We will never be a truly good team until Hewitt can get these players to play hard each and every game. Winning against UNC on the road is huge, particularly the way they played earlier. But how in the world does the same team lose to UVA or even worse, to UGA? Those teams have no where near the talent as Tech. Granted, UVA is undefeated but if you say that game we just didn’t play hard for most of the game. I promise you UVA will be mid-pack in the ACC at best by the end of the season. I just don’t see Hewitt coaching the talent that he has properly.

Not Disappointed

January 16th, 2010
5:12 pm

Straigtht Jacket! The truth hurts, but we are getting there…. GO Jackets!


January 16th, 2010
5:41 pm

Favors appears to be lost on the offensive end of the court. And he is planning to go NBA?


January 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

Georgia Techs 4 national chapionships to Ugays 1,whens football start again?I love it when theres a dumba#$%^ss on here.By the way Techs headed to the big Dance to!!Still high on Tampa,common pups we,ve been to Two conference championships since your last one!!!!go tech,go tech go tech go tech go tech.Trade school sticks it to,em again,”Two” championship trophys to “none”. Convict nation fails again,sala chump!!!!go tech go tech go tech,I love this game!!!!!


January 16th, 2010
5:47 pm

The Jackets played a good game and beat a good basketball team. They played with great effort and even appeared to be well coached. Maybe we have turned the corner. Let’s have a great season. Go Jackets!


January 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

I still can’t figure out why the networks only schedule 2 hours for a college basketball game and missing the start of the next game as a result.

Let’s start a new trend by winning the next road game, (here in Tallahassee) as well!

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 16th, 2010
6:30 pm

73-66. And, your APR of your men’s basketball team 914 NCAA PROBATION.

56-50. And, your Academic Progress Rate way worse than UGA again.

30-24. Worse APR again and you hire an old coot 66 years old who had graduated from college before our $ 750,000 Defensive Coordinator was EVEN BORN.

You guys are doing real well, especially still trying to replace JON TENUTA whom the nerds on the football team could IDENTIFY with, 66-year old ? Washed up. Put him out to pasture. No wonder we pay our DC 3 times what Tech can afford.

2 hot dogs, 4 Coca-Colas, 2 bags of boiled peanuts, and a parking pass, and no one goes to your games.

A Rob

January 16th, 2010
6:46 pm

Iman looking good, as are the other guards. Would like to see us look to the post more often as Favors and Lawal can dominate. We have the right mix here to be really good. This team looks to have more leadership on the floor than those in the past few seasons. The question is will Hewitt find a way to keep this up or screw it up?


January 16th, 2010
6:52 pm

Lost to UGA used to call himself Bulldawg.

You’re still a no class A hole no matter what you call yourself bud. But congratulations on holding today’s diatribe to less than two pages.

We get it, you hate Tech. Now back to the poodle blog with you.

Meadowlark Lemmon

January 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

Hewitt is such a loser he couldn’t lose the game no matter how hard he tried. Pitino wants out of Louisville lets pick him up?

Boston Williams

January 16th, 2010
8:32 pm

I am a UNC fan and I have always been impressed w/P. Hewitt as a coach and as a person. I guess the people in Ga. just don’t get “class”.


January 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

No Doubt Hewitt is a Class Guy & Highly Likable. He is also an Exceptional Recruiter. He also However has teams the constantly underachieve and that shows a like of focus and discipline ie the turnovers and lack of decision making.

BS Patrol

January 16th, 2010
9:07 pm

All ACC coaches have “class’ as far as I know. Is it too much to ask for one that can also coach?


January 16th, 2010
9:12 pm

BS, yes, there are least 5 or 6 that can coach. You only want one?

gt actually won???

January 16th, 2010
9:29 pm

Just a reminder…… UGA 73 – gt 66!!!! HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Did you remember the football score?? Let me remind you UGA 30 – gt 24!!!! HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

gt athletics will ALWAYS be inferior to UGA ATHLETICS!!!!!!



January 16th, 2010
10:16 pm

I love Tech and I believe we have a top five talent wise. UGA has no talent but they have heart. I would trade Paul Hewitt tonight for Mark Fox, he is going to be a superstar….maybe not in Athens but he has mad skills my friends.


January 16th, 2010
10:25 pm

Hey uga fans talking smack about hoops!! HaHa what a joke. You beat us but you won’t be beating the best of the SEC so give it a rest. Funny on our hoops blog and we just beat unc so you got nothing to add.

Hewitt bashers you are as bad as the uga fans. This is what I’ve been saying 0hewitts teams can compete. We beat duke and unc in chapel hill and not slowing down the game beating them taking it to them.

Straight Jacket

January 16th, 2010
10:55 pm

gt actually won??? Yep, but you poor little puppies didn’t. Now back to the kennel for your obedience training. Dumb mutt.


January 17th, 2010
12:25 am

“gt actually won???”, OTHER than the fact that we ended the season ranked and the mutts just……were rank! How about the fact that GT is ranked in basketball and uga?……well, they just rank too!

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 17th, 2010
1:55 am

How about your Academics of your athletes, Georgia tek ?

Ignore that, do you ?

NCAA PROBATION with limit of only 11 Scholarships in Men’s Basketball.

Oh, and you LOST 66-73 to UGA. Paul Hewitt now 4-6 vs. UGA.

UGA men’s basketball way higher Academic Progress Rate than GA tek.

GA tek Women’s basketball way worse APR than UGA, and Lost 50-56.

GA tek Football APR way worse than UGA, and LOST 24-30.


by techHoops

January 16th, 2010 10:25 pm

“Hey uga fans talking smack about hoops!! HaHa what a joke. You beat us”


73-66 yes and in the classroom, Academics. What’s it like being on NCAA PROBATION in men’s basketball APR 914 ?

Baba O'Riley

January 17th, 2010
6:24 am

Love it when UGA fans make fun of Groh’s age. Monte Kiffin is 4-5 years older. How’d he do against UGA this past year?

Baba O'Riley

January 17th, 2010
6:49 am

So….buLLdawg. you are on a “tek” beat blog at 1:55 in the morning. To quote some of your UGA brethren:”What a looser!”


January 17th, 2010
7:37 am

Yes, yes, yes…we lost to UGA in basketball. We are 13-4…if our freshmen continue to improve, we will probably go deep in the NCAA Tourney. UGA is 8-8. I’ll be suprised if they make the NIT. Yes DAWG fans pound your chests and be proud of your great basketball team…

Straight Jacket

January 17th, 2010
8:50 am

LOST to UGA 66-73,

Now that’s funny! Not too many Dawgs have the guts to even bring up academics when comparing UGA to Tech. You’ve got balls son! Balls, but not brains! You’re about as smart as that moron BuLLdawg that everyone makes fun of.


January 17th, 2010
9:04 am

You guys be easy on Bulldawg (aka Lost to UGA). He has to take his frustrations out somewhere since he knows UGA will continue to play for second place in the SEC EAST while we will continue to play for ACC and National Championships. While we will talk about our teams, he (loser) will spend his time on his rivals blog – what a joke. I couldn’t care less what the UGA rednecks are blogging about.

UGA – good luck winning that 2nd place trophy in the SEC East and have fun in Shreveport again next year.



January 17th, 2010
9:22 am

UGA will be lucky to be playing for second place in the SEC east! More like third. Thanks for the chuckle this morning with the academic claims doggie fan. Keep trying, one day you will get that full time job.

About the game, great win, but should have never been that close. Too many bad shots in the second half, and my gosh, as usual the Carolina/Duke rules applied with the refs. UNC had THREE times the foul shots of Tech. The refs were not even trying to call it fair. But, that is expected when you play UNC or Duke, so to still win at the Dean Dome is something to build on. Now, to just avoid the letdowns against weak teams like UVA, UGA, and FSU.

Road Scholar

January 17th, 2010
10:02 am

“We rule this state” Yes you do! The Gov is a UGA graduate. Look and see how he has run this state and its economy into the ground. Be proud! Very proud! Wait until your education quality dives as the fees and tuition rises for those of you who are, and I use this loosely, students.

Now for basketball… Tech lost its edge when we went into our stand around and one man dribble offense. The overall team movement in the first half had me rubbing my eyes. It was great! Then we dribbled, dribbled, dribbled, oh and then forced shots. When we move on offense and defense, we create open shots. When we stand around…


January 17th, 2010
11:46 am

I wish Hewitt could get this team more consistent. He should also talk some of these kids out of leaving early. Crittenton was not mature enough for the NBA at all.

Baba O'Riley

January 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

Thaddeus Young also did a lot of sitting before his NBA career got going. Same thing goes for former Georgia recruit lois Williams. It seems these kids would want to stay in college for another year and actually start, but they’d rather go pro, sit the bench and receive a paycheck.


January 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

This team looks talented and immature. They have a lot of abilities, but with so many underclassmen they are just going to be up-and-down all year long. And with the current NBA Draft rules that will not change until the NBA changes.

Nice of Tech to win and I need to get a seat belt for my recliner when watching these games.

SEC Watch

January 17th, 2010
3:49 pm

Have you noticed that even the Dooley’s are abandoning the thuga worshipers? Tech is at fault for not getting up for the Athens minor league teams in either football or basketball and losing. All that thuga has to fell proud of is defeating an ACC team they claim to look down on. As much as they brag about an “assumed” event, it sounds like long term envy to the rest of us. As for having a better APR, anyone could have a great progress report getting through a non-academic club like thuga. Embarrassment to the rest of the SEC. Coach Dooley & family, welcome back to a quality team. Tech, we miss you and wish you would replace thuga in the SEC.


January 18th, 2010
4:53 pm

The real question is can hewitt harness all the talent he has by tournament time



January 18th, 2010
10:41 pm

Remember when UGA beat Hawaii in a setup Sugar bowl and was gonna win the national title the next year?! Now there’s a BWAHAHA!!


January 18th, 2010
11:24 pm

gt may beat unc and duke but what does that mean when you lose to UGA?? HAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!
UGA 73 – gt 66!!!!!!

Just a reminder…. UGA 30 – gt 24!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Our worst football team in over 15 years beat your best team in 20!!!!! at bobby dodd stadium!!!!!!!

Also, our women’s team beat you down as well 56 – 50!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Guess what?? Baseball is coming around the corner!!!


messin with sasquatch

January 19th, 2010
3:36 pm

“get your crayola boxes here!”
things said at a uga graduation party.

[...] Chris Boggs on Tech’s Nice B-Ball Run [...]

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 20th, 2010
12:48 am

Dead in here. Know why ?

Because Paul Hewitt is 4-6 vs. UGA.

Because Paul Hewitt has an Academic Progress Rate of 914.

Because Paul Hewitt NCAA PROBATION limited to only 11 Scholarships.

Because Paul Hewitt 66-73 vs UGA again this year, as always.

Because Georgia tek 50-56 Losers to UGA women’s basketball.

Because APR UGA women also higher than Georgia tek.

Because APR UGA Football player higher than Georgia tek.

And, because 24-30 while you played 6 non-bowl teams LOST 3.

GT Anchorage

January 20th, 2010
4:10 pm

LOST to ugay 66-73, you are a moron putting that APR crap up. Georgia Tech is a much harder school than uga, so it is obviously harder to graduate from Tech. If you looked, I’m positive that you wouldn’t find too many people on any uga athletic team that is taking a calculus class (statistics doesn’t count). All Georgia Tech students have to take calculus, regardless of their major.
So while your school is graduating turf grass management majors, Georgia Tech athletes have to go a much harder route.

Wrusted Reck

January 21st, 2010
9:23 am

Big deal. 0-2 this school year baby!!!


LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 21st, 2010
10:53 pm

UGA Women beat Number 3 vols tonight while Georgia tek beat Savannah State.

Typical cupcakes for Georgia tek in EVERY SPORT.

This Sport, Georgia tek LOST to UGA as well 50-56.


UGA Lady Bulldogs are 70-15 against current ACC teams, mostly on the Strength of Andy Landers 29-3 Record against Georgia tek, including 12-0 in Athens.

15 times Andy Landers has beat Pat Summitt. No coach has done better against Pat Summitt than Andy Landers.

18 times the 2 teams have met with both teams ranked in the Top 10 in the Nation. The vols beat Andy Landers for the National Championship Game in 1996.

53-50, as Andy Landers teaches Defense.

Vincent J. Dooley, as UGA Athletics Director, hired Andy Landers as UGA Lady Bulldogs’ Head Women’s Basketball Coach April 1979.

26 NCAA Tournaments for UGA’s Andy Landers is 2nd Best in The Nation, including 5 Final 4 for Andy Landers.

25 Wins a season and this is the 29th Season at UGA for Andy Landers, who is now over 800 Wins in his Career and already named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

He Graduates ALL of his Players. All.

19 of his former players have played in the WNBA.

429 weeks Andy Landers has been Ranked in the AP Poll, which is 3rd Best in the Nation.

And, tonight Andy Landers beat Pat Summitt for the 15th time head-to-head.

Runner-Up in 1985 and 1996, the 5 Final 4s, 10 Elite 8s, and 16 Sweet 16s, Andy Landers has been ultra successful as a motivator and as a recruiter, along with his main prowess of teaching Defense.

Only 3 teams have done better since 1979 than Andy Landers’ teams, taking the Final AP Poll Rankings and comparing them across all teams.

11 SEC Championships or SEC Tournament Championships for Andy Landers at UGA, and that is 2nd Best in The SEC, the Nation’s Premier Women’s Basketball Conference forever – like Football.

Janet Harris, 4-Time Consensus All-America.

Teresa Edwards won her 1st Gold Medal in 1984, and is the 1st Woman or Man to compete in 5 Olympics in Basketball. Teresa Edwards Won her 4th Gold Medal in 2000.

Katrina McClain competed in 3 Olympics with Teresa Edwards winning the Gold Medal in 1988 and 1996 together as the Backbone of the U.S. Olympics Team.

Recently the vols have had Superior Basketball Teams under Pat Summitt, but the games were not decided until the final basket really ever in the history between Andy Landers and Pat Summitt.

National Coach of the Year 4 times, Andy Landers is a lot of fun to watch coach.

31 All-America UGA Players Andy Landers recruited here.

57 All-SEC Academic Honor Roll, Andy Landers’ Student-Athletes are much better than Georgia tek’s in the classroom, and always have been. These 57 All-SEC Academic Honor Roll players for Andy Landers are in fact his 57 Best Players.

They all Graduate.

Andy Landers so far this year has beat Georgia tek again (he’s Never Lost them in Athens, and sports a haughty 29-3 Record Head-to-Head against Georgia tek), Oklahoma, Rutgers, Virginia, Kentucky and Pat Summitt’s Tennessee Lady vols, and all 6 of them are Top 25 teams.

He will play another 10 Top 25 teams before the end of the season, and 4 of those are coming up now against 4 Ranked SEC Teams.

We don’t have the typical Andy Landers’ Guards this season, but they are a terror on Defense and push the ball underneath very well to The Bigs. They just can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

His inside players however, have been stellar. Ask the vols, who had lost only 1 game all season long and were Ranked Number 3. Andy Landers was Number 8. Those 2 will change places after tonight.

When Jasmine James makes a basket or Ashley Houts, Andy Landers will have a team like his teams of the past and we shall make a run through The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament yet again this season.

Porsa Phillips and Angel Robinson make a great duo underneath for Andy Landers. Meredith Mitchell is a complete player. They all 5 play Defense as well as any Andy Landers has ever taught. It is really all he teaches. They get it. Tonight, for example, we forced the vols into 23 turnovers, none more crucial than their last.


Andy Landers’ Lady Bulldogs and Pat Summitt’s Lady vols are The Class of The SEC.

The Win tonight was in HDTV on ESPN2, the host of the NCAA Women’s Tournament. The SEC Tournament this year is at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth Georgia.

Tennessee and Georgia both could be Number 1 Seeds.

The SEC expects at this point to put 7 SEC Teams in The NCAA Tournament, with only 5 SEC teams not making the Big Dance while the Big East expects to have 8 who will not make the Big Dance.

Notre Dame, you should note, does Consider Itself in the Big East Conference. The BCS gives them a bye playing their soft lousy easy schedules in football, but has changed the rules to favor Notre Dame alone.

It would mean so much to The Lady Dawgs if we would get off our butts and build a replacement for The Stegosaurus.

Playing at Stegeman tonight, Andy Landers on the season, is now 18-1.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 22nd, 2010
6:16 am

Andy Landers it the guy who when he beat Georgia tek on your court last year, your coach would not shake his hand. He is 28-3 vs. Georgia tek in basketball, including 12-0 at Stegeman.

Al Groh is a 66 year old, old coot, who cannot identify with 18-year old nerds. He is washed up. Your Defense was a LOT WORSE than UGA’s, yet he interviewed for a coach and ends up with a guy Georgia tek can AFFORD with your # 48 attendance, having to give away 4 Coca-Colas, 2 hot dogs, 2 bags of boiled peanuts and a parking pass to sell a ticket.

It was obvious that since the day Paul Johnson FIRED JON TENUTA that he needed a Defensive Coordinator to replace him. He started interviewing one long before Coach Richt finally had to cave in to our pressure to get rid of our D.C. which then took him 4 top guys all far better than Al Groh and then to 11 year NFL career man Todd Grantham, who by the way is worth and therefore paid 3 times what Al Groh gets at Georgia tek.

8 of 9 in Coach Richt Era is assured.

30-24 while you played 6 games against teams NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME, yet LOST 3, and the Academics of your Football team are WAY WORSE under Paul Johnson than they are at UGA.

You are Losers.

And, you are really POOR SPORTS, Georgia tek fans, both of you.