Tech 68, UGA 56: What they were saying afterward

What coaches and players were saying after Georgia Tech’s 68-56 victory over Georgia  in Athens on Wednesday night:

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory:

“I was 10 years old when that [Tech's last win in Stegeman Coliseum] happened. I told our guys that on Monday. Now, there were some [years] in between we didn’t play down here. I didn’t tell them that, you know. I just wanted our guys to understand that one of the things that is unique and special about Georgia Tech is the great tradition we have. There’s a lot of great players who have worn that uniform and never won down here.  Part of our process in getting it back on track is doing some special things, and tonight was special. Our guys will be able to say they broke the streak,  and they will remember it forever. And I know the guys who wore the uniform before tonight, they’re proud of the way our guys played. Irregardless of whether we won or lost, we played the way Georgia Tech is supposed to play in terms of great toughness  and a lot of care for each other out on the court. Much better in the second half, I thought that was the difference.”

“We struggle on offense sometimes, we really do. And Mark [Fox] has done a great job with them defensively as well, and they struggle on offense. But what ended up happening … our defense created some offense, which then made our offense a little easier. That’s what happened in the second half. But we are getting better defensively, do a good job on the glass. As long as we continue to become more efficient on offense, we’ve got a chance to continue to improve. This is a marker in the process. It is not the end by any stretch. It doesn’t mean we’ve arrived. We’ve got a long way to go.  But it’s a pretty good marker to have.”

“Sometimes you need some tangible evidence that what you’re preaching every day and what you’re trying to drive home actually works. We had a good win versus VCU and some other good wins, but obviously this means more. We want to get to the point where every game is just as important as the other. But let’s face it, this game does have a little more meaning to it, a little more juice to it.”

Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller:

“Very special [win]. We made quite an accomplishment tonight that hasn’t been done in a very long time. Many great players have come in here and haven’t been able to do it.”

“We just played a little bit harder [in the second half] than in the first half, and it helped us a lot, defensively and offensively.”

Georgia coach Mark Fox:

“That was a very disappointing loss. We’re not a very good basketball team right now, and that’s my responsibility. Our defense collapsed on us in the second half, but you have to give Georgia Tech credit. Their defense in the second half was better than our offense. That was just a disappointing loss.”

“Our interior play is very poor right now. We’re not getting any interior scoring, and so we’re settling for outside shots, and that is an issue with our team right now.”

“We’re going to get better, but it’s going to take time. You can’t teach guys how to score over night, but our defense? I’m angry about that.”

Georgia guard Gerald Robinson:

“It’s our goal to come out with a sense of urgency in the second half. We didn’t do that tonight. We’re just not there yet, and we have to saddle up. We’re not doomed by any means. We can still have a good season. We’re just going to keep playing.”

186 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2011
3:13 am

Gotta let the Nerds win every now and then just to keep it interested.

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2011
3:14 am

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2011
3:15 am

“interesting”

Mike

December 8th, 2011
3:39 am

You guys got your asses kicked at home. That is what happened.

misterwax

December 8th, 2011
3:57 am

Need to tell coach Gregory that there is no such word as “Irregardless”.

There is “regardless” and also “irrespective” but no irregardless…… need to tell the hack UGA reporter as well…wow… dismal English skills. Go Jackets!

CaliDawg

December 8th, 2011
4:30 am

Gonna be a long year for both teams…

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2011
4:37 am

Jimmy

December 8th, 2011
5:04 am

misterwax sounds like your typical Tech douchebag. Nice goin there buddy!

dmr

December 8th, 2011
5:42 am

Georgia has a great deal of youth and inexperience. Lost our two top scorers from last season plus two big men down low. Losing Thompkins and Leslie is a big deal. Don’t sell those losses short. Mark Fox has done an outstanding job since coming to Georgia. He will need to build some depth and needs a true big man in the middle. Patience will be rewarded in Athens.

102>86

December 8th, 2011
6:33 am

102>86 we own you rednecks…. get familiar with it again.

BufordTDawg

December 8th, 2011
6:50 am

It doesn’t matter. No one even knows that UGA has a basketball team. The entire upper bowl was empty last night. The students aren’t going to go out in the rain for basketball either.

Richter Scale

December 8th, 2011
7:01 am

You must drop a few crumbs every 15 or 20 years or Tech will stay home.

SmyrnaGuy

December 8th, 2011
7:03 am

BufordTDawg….. why say no one cares? Apparently YOU do by either attending or watching the game on TV (like I did). This would imply one cares. It makes no sense to downplay loosing, especially when the team played very poorly.

Is it just me or does anyone else notice that all Fox teams, more times than not, have loooong cold streaks in games? Not holding onto leads by going into a 10 minute scoring comas makes it very hard to beat anyone.

NCJacket

December 8th, 2011
7:07 am

Two young teams playing last night. Coach Fox is a really good ball coach, and this should be a really good series with he and Coach Gregory. Congratulations on the SEC East pigskin title, and good luck on the hard courts for the SEC schedule which is tough this year.

coondawg69

December 8th, 2011
7:09 am

DMR, love that you are drinking the Kool-Aid.

This game marked the beginning of the end of the Mark Fox era. You are at home, GTU is not that good…. and you lose BADLY. Yet another 2nd half collapse. AGAIN!!! This is Fox’s 3rd season. They will be lucky to win 3 conference games this season. Next season, with more 3 stars coming in, what is the ceiling, 6 games??? So after 4 seasons, you win 6 SEC games?
I hope I am wrong, but I do not see the recruiting and I see continual 2nd half collapses. Mark Fox has won the PR job with the fan base and supporters. Maybe he should work in administration because he is lacking something as a coach.

Dawg77

December 8th, 2011
7:15 am

It’s going to be a long year for Georgia Basketball. Congrats to Tech. It was really disappointing seeing that the gym was 40% empty last night. When they played Tech-Georgia in the Omni it was always sold out!

Road Scholar

December 8th, 2011
7:22 am

Jimmy: Why is he from Tech? Is there anyone at Georgia that actually uses proper english and knows the difference?

Tech seemed to go inside in the second half, a weakness of the UGA team since they lack height this year.

Bulldawg fans ready to switch coaches? I saw that at the beginning of FB season, and look what happened. Oh, and Coondawg, I didn’t hear that you had submitted an application to coach Georgia BB. Maybe you sent it to McDonalds instead?

Road Scholar

December 8th, 2011
7:24 am

Dawg77: I never understood why they canceled the Omni/Dome location to go back to home and away. When you only play once a year a nuetral sight is logical. I understand that they want them to play close to home, but…

Gdawg

December 8th, 2011
7:25 am

102>86…bite it buddy!
NERD, now time to go over to Pual Johnson’s so he can read you storys about how no one can stop his high school offense!
LOSERS

102>86

December 8th, 2011
7:30 am

Silly Redneck, Basketballs are round… And your team still cant play with one… lol

Dream Teamm 2.0

December 8th, 2011
7:32 am

ROAD SCHOLAR at the end he says go Jackets. What school do you think he roots for.

JB

December 8th, 2011
7:40 am

something in Coach Fox words that have class…..Something that No class football coach at Tech has never said. Coach Fox said ” You have to give Georgia Tech Credit”…………..So coach Fox wasn’t telling the world that We lost only because we played horrible….He tipped his hat to Tech…………………you never get that from a certain Tech coach in football……………I like this new Tech coach. I know the pressure in the ACC in basketball is unreal. Good luck to him.

Jimmy Crack

December 8th, 2011
7:41 am

For a rivalry game the crowd looked light. It looked more like a Hawks crowd in February. Congrats to the new Bees coach for his “signature” win.

Now he’s tied with Paul Johnson for victories against Georgia.

SatchelBuzz

December 8th, 2011
7:42 am

Go Sparty!!!

THWG!!

RNB

December 8th, 2011
7:42 am

Just trying figure out why UGA can’t find FIVE good basketball players to make them competitive in the SEC.You can’t tell me there are not FIVE in the metro Atlanta area.

SatchelBuzz

December 8th, 2011
7:43 am

@JB,….We don’t care what you think about it. In CPJ we trust!

THWG!

reebok

December 8th, 2011
7:45 am

Well, this Tech fan would have certainly preferred a win in football, but it’s always nice to beat the Bulldogs in anything…these are 2 rebuilding programs that I truly believe are both on the right path…good luck the rest of the season, Doggies…

bitter dawgs fan

December 8th, 2011
7:46 am

sources close to the program say theres a —honey bagger on there way to —commit today

bulldog steve

December 8th, 2011
7:51 am

I don’t believe either team will go dancing. It was not a very good basketball game between two not very good teams. Tech is not good, unfortunately we are worse.

Jimmy Crack

December 8th, 2011
7:58 am

17-49 for a wonderful .347 average. Georgia couldn’t spit in the ocean, and Tech had a legitimate inside presence. Plus they had Glen Rice’s kid, who I kept thinking could possibly be Sarah’s offspring because he is such a good shooter.

Buzz 2011

December 8th, 2011
8:07 am

Gdawg….One thing is for sure.. The Ga Bulldogs can’t stop Paul Johnson’s ” high school” offense.. You bite that with your Dawg biscuits…………..511 yards in 2010 over 300 yrds 2011

Say Whut

December 8th, 2011
8:07 am

Who cares? (Yawn here)

Say Whut

December 8th, 2011
8:08 am

Hey Jimmy and Buzz Both teams suck.

Buzz 2011

December 8th, 2011
8:08 am

The Jackets are looking good and we now have a great coach. We will be dancing for years to come. We will take the Dawgs going forward to include football.

SimpleDawg

December 8th, 2011
8:18 am

Tech’s basketball team is bad; Georgia’s team is worse. Neither will do very well this year.

Don’t make more of last night’s game than that.

Don’t know anything about Tech’s team. Georgia lost it’s four best players from last year, and they are showing the gap in recruiting from the year between the Felton to Fox transition. Fox is an inside, low post oriented coach….he just doesn’t have the players right now. He may have to find a couple of JUCO guys for next year.

GTSux

December 8th, 2011
8:21 am

Hey there “Buzz”
What did all those yards get GT the last 2 years?
Losses, that’s what!

IL Jacket

December 8th, 2011
8:26 am

Great victory, Jackets! Tim, thanks for the coverage, I was a little harsh on the AJC earlier-it is appreciated. Given that we only meet once a year, it is unfortunate that there is no more interest in the game. Maybe this victory will be the start of an upswing in interest. I guess this interest level on the part of the respective fan bases is a partial answer to the question of why more quality Georgia players don’t choose to stay in-state to play

D Fence

December 8th, 2011
8:26 am

Now if Paul Johnson could get his defense to create some offense you Nerds would only lose by 13 points next year. Maybe Gregory can replace Grogh – oh wait, nevermind. What am I saying.

LSU's Toilet Paper

December 8th, 2011
8:29 am

RNB…I bet there isn’t FIVE players in ATL that you can find to bring into Athens that can stay out of jail for an entire season. Oh that’s right, you rednecks in Athens find that little detail insignificant.

funny...

December 8th, 2011
8:29 am

Should have held onto Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins.

Georgia fans = meh, Dawgs are 10 out of 11 in football (which matters more to both)

Tech fans = it’s all they’ve got, so expect to hear about this for years, and then Tech fans become LSU football fans by proxy.

SandersJ

December 8th, 2011
8:30 am

I wonder if Georgia Tech players will get a ring for this win.

funny...

December 8th, 2011
8:32 am

@ LSU toilet licker – “isn’t five” LOL

awesome post that really illuminates your ignorance

funny...

December 8th, 2011
8:34 am

you football tards talking about yards. I couldn’t care less if Georgia gave up 1000 yards. JUST WIN BABY.

10 of 11

1eyedJack

December 8th, 2011
8:35 am

Big Whoop. It’s basketball. It’s still football season Chip. What’s going on with the football team?

collegeballfan

December 8th, 2011
8:35 am

“When they played Tech-Georgia in the Omni it was always sold out!”

Correct. But that was Cremins vs Durham. Two Final 4 coaches going at it. Wonderful basketball.

And then Dooley made his biggest mistake. Durham wanted the game in the Omni every year so he could bring in a couple dozen inter-city players in as a recruiting effort. Dooley wanted the game in Athens when Georgia was the home team. Durham publicly said that moving the game from the Omni to Athens would be abandoning Atlanta as a recruiting area. Dooley, the Athletic Director, won the argument.

And Georgia has not been a major presence in Atlanta recruiting since.

Just another major obstacle Fox must overcome to build a basketball team at UGA.

Big win for a rebuilding Jacket team. Nice job Gregory.

Now if both coaches and end the “one and done” mentality prevalent in college basketball today.

BreakingNews

December 8th, 2011
8:42 am

Tech fans:

Wow, you sure do have a lot to be talking trash about this early in the morning. One football win in a decade, one basketball win in Athens in three decades…now that’s something to be proud of!

and, to “bitter dawgs fan” – your posts will have a lot more punch to them if you actually read over what you’re about to post. “Bagger”, really?

Jacket Dad

December 8th, 2011
8:49 am

We own this state!!!!!! (Just kidding….) Congrats to the Jackets on a win in Athens. This is definitely a year of transition, but at least from what I’ve seen these guys actually play as a team have a coach who coaches.

The Dawgs lost a lot of players and are also in a transition, but I think they have a good coach and can turn it around.

Greg Galloway

December 8th, 2011
8:52 am

As a Georgia Tech fan I can tell you that Georgia fan doesn’t care. Football is Georgia fan’s one and only priority. The last time I checked the score is still UGA 31-GTech 17.

hornblowermg

December 8th, 2011
8:54 am

i am afraid that Fox’s early success at Georgia might have been due to his assistant coach/graduate assistant that left for another program year before last. Fox ought to find out where he is and hire him back onto his staff in Athens. i don’t remember his name, but i think that he played for Ky in college.

PR

December 8th, 2011
8:56 am

Neither team is headed for the NCAA’s anyway. Since 1976?? That’s pretty embarassing…