Monday, January 17, 2011

What To Make Of Georgia Tech's Blowout Win Over North Carolina

Here are some random thoughts on the Yellow Jackets unexpected butt whooping of the Tar Heels.

-GT beat UNC by 20 points snapping a three game losing streak of their own and snapping the Tar Heels five game winning streak

-Paul Hewitt has a winning ACC record against Roy Williams. How many coaches can say that?

-The AJC's Jeff Schultz sums up Tech's up and down season pretty well here and manages to avoid Roy Williams' chainsaw in the process

-The 58 points were UNC's lowest ever under Roy Williams

-The Tar Heels NEVER led in the game

-Even the student half court shot went in... it was Tech's night

-I have never seen UNC look so slow and unathletic

-I said at the beginning of the year, Tech will go as far as Iman Shumpert takes them which was 30 points on Sunday night

-Shumpert reminds me of a poor man's Nolan Smith, but last night he was like what I thought he can be (Greivis Vasquez)

-Tech has beaten UNC four times in a row, including defeating the Tar Heels in all three meetings last year
From the box score...
-UNC shot just 28% from the field including 5 for 25 in the 2nd half

 -North Carolina made 17 more free throws than Tech..and still lost by 20

-Yes, the Heels had 18 turnovers, but 13 of those were forced by Tech steals so it is more of good defense by Tech than bad offense by UNC

-Tech fans have to be excited about Shumpert playing for 36 minutes after watching him struggle through cramping problems for most of this season

-Maurice Miller was second in minutes for Tech; this is a good sign

-Brian Oliver continues to struggle shooting hitting just 3 for 11 but he rebounded nicely leading the team with six

-The second half vs UNC was almost a complete reversal from the second half against Clemson last week; both opponents shooting efforts were historic (Clemson - good, UNC - bad)

-I see one thing that is killing UNC's chances of becoming an elite team -the play of their guards.  The current players are nowhere near the level of the Raymond Felton's, Ed Cota's, Wayne Ellington's of the world

-Ballyhooed freshman Harrison Barnes continues to struggle hitting just 3 of 13 shots

-Transfer Justin Knox, whom Tech pursued last off season, played 15 minutes ending with four points

-Tar Heel Fan brought up a good point about panicking over a 20 point loss to the second worst RPI team in the ACC.  The real time to panic would be if UNC loses to Clemson at home on Tuesday night breaking a 54 game winning streak in Chapel Hill against the Tigers

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