Posted: 11:17 pm Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

4 takeaways from Tech-Duke 

By Ken Sugiura

Some observations from Georgia Tech’s 79-57 loss to Duke Tuesday night in Durham, N.C. Game story here  from my colleague Carroll Rogers. I’ll be back on the job starting Thursday.

Andre Dawkins (34) shoots over Chris Bolden (11) in Duke's 79-57 win over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets haven’t beaten the Blue Devils since 2010.

Andre Dawkins (34) shoots over Chris Bolden (11) in Duke’s 79-57 win over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets haven’t beaten the Blue Devils since 2010. (Mark Dolejs / USA TODAY Sports)

1. Particularly with forward Robert Carter out with knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, I think we may see a lot of games like this – Tech hanging in for a half or a little longer and running out of gas. Center Daniel Miller didn’t seem to have a lot left in the tank at the end. He played 32 active minutes. He came in at 6:49 after going to the bench at 8:15.

From that point on, he got a basket at 6:11, an assist at 5:37 and after that, statistically speaking, contributed a missed basket and a missed free throw through the end of the game. That doesn’t say everything – the wheels were coming off at that point as Duke’s Rodney Hood was going bananas from the 3-point line, and really no one for Tech was contributing much statistically or otherwise – but it speaks to a challenge Tech and Gregory will face the rest of the way.

Forward Kammeon Holsey didn’t help much with only 18 minutes (due to foul trouble) producing two points and three rebounds.

2. Carter’s injury could be beneficial, from an individual standpoint, for Miller and forward Marcus Georges-Hunt. They’re arguably Tech’s two most efficient players, and Carter’s absence will likely mean more shots for both. They were a combined 15-for-26 against Duke, taking almost 10 shots more than they average this season.

I feel pretty confident that they won’t combine to shoot 58 percent from the field the rest of the season, but this will be an opportunity for both to stretch themselves. On one possession in the first half against Duke, Miller got the ball at the elbow, seemed to look to pass before turning to the basket and making a jumper. That’s the sort of attempt he has typically passed on, but one that Tech will need him to take (and make) to stand a chance.

Jason Morris also stands to gain. He has phenomenal athletic ability – his poster-worthy dunk Tuesday standing as an example – and would give the Jackets a huge boost if he could develop consistency.

Georgia Tech basketball photo gallery

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3. It’s kind of hard to believe that I thought (and perhaps you did, as well) that Gregory was going to have trouble figuring out what to do with his many point guards. Tuesday, Trae Golden played 38 minutes after playing 36 against Maryland.

Travis Jorgenson is recovering from ACL surgery. Corey Heyward appears like he’s still not all the way back from his ACL tear (not surprisingly – his second tear was a little more than 12 months ago). Give Solomon Poole credit for trying to get the ball into the post, but he’s having a tough time taking care of the ball.

Poole and Heyward should develop, but Tech could really use a point guard to give 10 solid minutes off the bench.

4. Duke was 22 for 25 from the free-throw line, Tech was 0-for-6. I think it’s to be expected that Duke will get more calls in its own building, and perhaps play more aggressively to bring more calls, but that’s still quite a disparity. That said, though, Tech shot six free throws and missed all of them.

Tech is shooting 69.0 percent this season, though, up from 63.5 percent from last season.

11 comments
BubbaDodd
BubbaDodd

You're right "1980- was- so- long- ago"......don't know why the ACC management puts up with the way their BB ref's favor the league leaders regarding foul calls...year after year after year.......unless they are in collusion.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

Too bad about the injuries....This might have been a decent year ( NIT )....As it is now, gonna be a long year.....That said, I'll be there Saturday to cheer for the Jackets to beat the Irish!!

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Its scary how this team's mediocrity has become so easily accepted.   No one is concerned. No one is angry.

There's not an attitude about it at all. 

GTDude
GTDude

Unfortunately, I think you are right, we are about to see a lot of games like we did at Duke.  Stay in the game for the first half then get blown out in the second.

1980-was-so-long-ago
1980-was-so-long-ago

""""Duke was 22 for 25 from the free-throw line, Tech was 0-for-6. I think it’s to be expected that Duke will get more calls in its own building""""


Funny comment......one would think, then, that it would be expected that GT would get more calls against Duke in Atlanta - never happens....or any other ACC team would get more calls against Duke in their own buildings...just ridiculous ACC culture.  I can accept some disparity, as Duke is always a great team but, the disproportionate figures game after game, year after year, just smells rotten.

Jim70
Jim70

I like the edit feature, took me four tries to type in bball so usually miss a lot of these autocorrect. 

Jim70
Jim70

Foul shots should have been more even, even at duke.  but ...


Great first half even with the foul calls.  need to recruit like cpj said, catholic leagues which 'recruit' talent and unlike some of the high powered private  bball schools they are actually students.


Poole brothers need to play a little slower or under control.  need to improve three pointers, but to's are improving.


Going to be a long year with the injuries, need tonkeepbsupporting the team and the coach and hopefully he can put in a system to compensate for the injuries.


Last, second half we did not box out and certainly didn't crash the boards.

Averys-No1GT-Man
Averys-No1GT-Man

This could have been a year we might have made it back to the NCAA Tournament until the injury to Travis and Robert! Travis was the pure point guard that we needed that could get hot from 3 from time to time. The offense ran so much smoother with him at the point and Trae at the 2 guard. With that tandem along with Marcus and the dynamite duo's Daniel and Robert and this could have been a very surprising year for the rest of the conference. But when you loose 2 players that made such a difference in the way the offense was ran you can't help but feel for Coach Gregory. With that starting 5 and the Poole brothers and Chris Bolden and Jason Morris, and K. Holsey  we had a bench with 5 players that are capable of having a big games. It's said for Miller, Holsey, and Morris for what might have been if not for loosing 2 starters for the season and don't forget we was without Morris until late December! With another Great Guard coming in that is a good shooter and a Good 7 footer coming with the addiction of Ralph Sampson Jr. and if Jorgenson and Carter come back at 100% then next year looks like it could be Gregory's break through year! I only wish that we would recruit more in the North Eastern part of the country more. The most successful coach in the History of Ga. Tech Basketball made his career from recruiting in the N.E. with players like Salley, Daryple, Anderson, Maurbary, Best, Scott, etc. etc. etc. and also getting the Top Players in the state of Georgia like Oliver, Glover, Harpring, etc.etc.etc. We need to recruit well in Ga. but we don't need to devote all our time in the state. 

swagner1
swagner1 moderator

Hello again from s3

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Averys-No1GT-Man

I hate to break it to you, but Ralph Sampson IV is not is dad.  He is a 6'8" forward who averaged 9 points a game at ECU - not a 7'4" 3 time Naismith Award winner who was a dominant college player.

I do agree with you about the recruiting - GT needs to go national, but Gregory is concentrating on nailing down the in-state talent first.