Archive for February, 2010

Is Basketball Apathy Setting In?

So…shortly after I posted some kudos to the basketball team and Coach Hewitt, the wheels fall off and they quickly fail the Johnson Logic Test by losing back to back games.

They’ve lost three of the last four games…a blow out at Duke, a heartbreaker at Miami, and a decisive loss to Wake.  The only win in that stretch was the NCSU “escape” which included possibly the worst four minutes of basketball I’ve ever seen a Georgia Tech squad play.

The Jackets are now out of the Top 25 and hold a losing ACC record at 5-6 in the conference.  We’ve gone from being a solid lock for a NCAA tourney berth to suddenly looking at being a bubble team.

But…as bad as the Jackets have played recently, the most troubling development may be the reaction of the fans on the various message boards.   In past seasons there was debate and complaint and venting…now there is mostly a resigned silence and a general understanding that our teams continue to underachieve in spite of a steady string of …

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Applying Paul Johnson Logic to GT Basketball

One of the maxims that Paul Johnson has stressed, since he arrived at Tech, has been that good teams don’t lose two games in a row.

(A maxim is defined as ‘a principle or rule of conduct’ for our vocabulary challenged, canine “visitors” here on the Tech blog.  Its not a magazine you find in Publix.)

The football team has managed to adher to this guideline the first two seasons under Johnson and the end result, up to this point, has been an ACC championship and a BCS bowl bid.

In 2008 the Jackets followed an early loss to the Hokies with a 38-7 beatdown of Mississippi State and late season losses to UVA and UNC with wins over Florida State and Miami.  A Peach Bowl bid resulted.

In 2009 the Jackets lost early to Miami but followed up with eight straight wins before falling to UGA.  They were able to pick themselves up after the UGA loss and defeat Clemson the following week to clinch the ACC title and an Orange Bowl bid.

Looking at the past two seasons, Coach Johnson’s logic …

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