Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thoughts on Georgia Tech's Exhibition Escape Against Division II Clark Atlanta

Paul Hewitt said the only goal of the 2010-2011 Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket basketball team is to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

If Friday night's exhibition is any indication, then Tech will fall far short.

The Jackets needed overtime to defeat a Division II team and actually fell behind in the extra period.

The same things that were problems last year were problems against Clark Atlanta. Georgia Tech turned the ball over 22 times, including their first possession. They shot just 60.6% from the free throw line. Potential All-ACC player Iman Shumpert was just 4 for 11.

The shooting from the three point line was even worse than last year at 3 for 17. Shumpert was 0-5.

Hewitt said intensity was a problem for his team.

“We didn’t play with a lot of intensity in the first half and give Clark credit, they played well,”

This is very puzzling. You would think after practicing against each other for a month you would be so jacked up to play someone else that you may be too aggressive. Apparently not for Tech. Maybe they were still sulking from the football team's loss and Joshua Nesbitt's season ending injury. That is the only excuse I could come up with.

I said it after I watched Georgia Tech's scrimmage a few weeks ago. This team will go as far as Shumpert will take them and that wasn't very far against Clark Atlanta.

Clark Atlanta doesn't have one player that Georgia Tech looked at in recruiting for more than 15 minutes yet they nearly won.

Not good foreshadowing for the season.

Hewitt's post game comments (video)

GT-CAU Box Score

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