Posted: 1:26 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

5 takeaways from Tech-Boston College 

By Ken Sugiura

Some thoughts from Georgia Tech’s 68-60 win over Boston College Tuesday night.

1. For the sake of morale if nothing else, it was an important and critical win, but also another example of difficulty that the Yellow Jackets have a) finishing off opponents; b) scoring against zone defenses.

Tech was smoking at the start, making 14 out of its 15 baskets and taking a 34-15 lead. The Jackets were up 42-27 at the half, which was as many points as they scored in 40 minutes in the loss to Miami Saturday. In eight 3-point attempts, Tech had made more (six) than it had converted in 20 tries against the Hurricanes.

To their credit, when the Jackets started to slow down off their frenetic pace and the lead was reduced to 34-24 with a 9-0 Boston College run, Chris Bolden and Trae Golden answered with a pair of 3-pointers to push the lead back to 16 and hold off the Eagles, at least for the time being.

In the second half, though, Tech went more than 11 minutes with one made basket against the Boston College zone, during which the lead went from 50-32 to 55-51, with Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan contributing back-to-back 3-pointers. Boston College closed to one point in the second half, at 57-56 at 4:44 in the second half.

But, Tech, as has not always been the case, responded. Golden hit a basket and then a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to put the Jackets in the clear and avert what would have been a pretty miserable loss.

2. How does Tech shoot 52.1 percent from the field, including 8-for-15 from 3-point range and 10-for-13 from the line and have to pull the game out in the final two minutes?

The Jackets had 10 turnovers to Boston College’s 4. The Eagles had 13 points off turnovers to four for Tech.

As much as the game might have been a relief – and it certainly was – it says something about Tech and where it is right now that it has to shoot 53.3 percent from 3-point range to beat one of the worst teams in the ACC. If Tech had missed two more 3-pointers along the way (6-for-15 would still be outstanding), the Jackets might not have pulled it out.

3. Good effort on the glass, outrebounding Boston College 32-20. It perhaps bears mention that Boston College had been outrebounded in half of its games. Regardless, Tech needed to rebound better than it has and did. Interestingly, guard Corey Heyward (making his second career start) and forward Marcus Georges-Hunt led with five. Georges-Hunt has led the team in rebounding only once before this season and it was Heyward’s first time.

4. The “Daniel Miller needs more than five shots for Tech to win” school of thought didn’t get a lot of ammunition. Miller actually took just four shots, making two. He had three rebounds. In the fake statistic of points plus rebounds, it tied for his lowest total (seven) of the season. He had two points and five rebounds against Mississippi, one of Tech’s poorest games of the season.

5. Guard Chris Bolden was 4-for-6, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, for 11 points. All of his baskets and all but one of his attempts were in the first half. He also had three rebounds. Gregory talks about the importance of guards rebounding all the time, how all five players have to contribute on the glass. To him, how willing and mindful guards are to rebound is a barometer of effort and focus.

You (or at least I) probably don’t give it much thought, as the most a guard might end up with is three or four rebounds, which doesn’t seem significant. But, like interest, it all adds up.

It is obviously of particular importance with Robert Carter out. For whatever it’s worth, Tech is 4-1 when Bolden gets three or more rebounds. He had four against Notre Dame, which was probably his best game of the season if Tuesday night’s game wasn’t. Of the other three games, though, he didn’t play particularly well, the rebounding aside.

16 comments
juvenal
juvenal

Tech beat ND beat Duke beat miami beat us........honestly, was a post on schedule 1530 yesterday, made a copy..........

crackbaby
crackbaby

The first half was fun to watch.  Trae Golden and D Miller have to have good offensive stats if Tech is going to be above .500 in ACC play.  The ACC is mediocre at best this year.  The only top level team is Syracuse.


Gregory needs to step it up and get the right players on the floor at the right times.


MGH and Chris Bolden are going to have to score in double digits more consistently.  MGH looks like our best man to man defender.  MIller is the enforcer in the lane.  When other teams run those high screens, TEch should let D Miller lag back in the paint and swat back any shots from close in.


Solving the zone defenses will be key. 

juvenal
juvenal

why did the acc schedule post 3:30pm yesterday vanish?

khd713
khd713

This Tech team is not good. What's disappointing, though, is that they aren't as good as they should be. Up to now I had been willing to give Gregory the benefit of the doubt and forgive the difficult circumstances he's had to deal with, but for the first time I'm starting to question the coaching. This team should be a lot better than it is playing. The inability to contend with a basic zone is troubling to say the least. It's an easy excuse to say, well, they just don't have any shooters, but that begs the question of why not? Shooting is all about confidence, and the Jackets have enough talent to be able to make shots but they don't have the confidence. Bolden is an enigma. When he first hit the court last year he looked like he had everything we needed. Then he disappeared down a black hole and hasn't been seen since. And Georges-Hunt has become another enigma. He has the talent and the ball-handling ability to break down zones, even get to the rim, and on rare occasions we've seen it – but he seems to have disappeared down the same black hole. Again, it's all about confidence. Bolden had a nice first half last night, but where was he in the second half? Yes, it's tough losing your best player for the season, but teams have a choice as to how they will respond in those situations. Right now it looks like Tech's choice is to play well for a half or so, and then disappear. That's coaching. It's also indicative of the halftime adjustments opponents are making, and we are not responding. There is no excuse for how Tech played in the second half last night. That BC team is a joke, and we should have pounded them by 30. Time for Gregory to step up.

Sandyspringsjacket
Sandyspringsjacket

Great analysis Ken. Cannot wait until we get some three point shooters.

Pistol66
Pistol66

four fouls not our fouls

Pistol66
Pistol66

Miller got in foul trouble with at least two horrible calls. That's why his numbers are low!  He was very effective when he was in there and couldn't get a call from the refs.  Len Elmore kept knocking him for playing soft, but that was when he had our fouls. Good to see us come through with Daniel on the bench! Let's not forget mighty Syracuse won by about the same amount we did in Boston!  BC lives and dies by the three and at the end we were tougher and won!

GTBee
GTBee

Who needs 5!? 1 only. We f-in stink! 19 pt lead goes down to 1. Same situation vs ND but they actually took a lead. We deserved to lose noth and be 0-6.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

"You (or at least I) probably don’t give it much thought, as the most a guard might end up with is three or four rebounds, which doesn’t seem significant."

Ken never saw Bruce Dalrymple play - 6.9 rpg as a FR and 5.9 for his career.  Bruce's lowest was 5.0 rpg as a JR and he was playing with some guys named Salley, Ferrell and Hammonds that year.

BearCasey
BearCasey

Thank God for Trae Golden.  At least now, GT has a CHANCE to win any game that is close in the last four minutes.

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

I wonder what Bruce Dalrymple 's rebounding average was? I'm gonna chance it and say I bet it was better than Bolden's.

TechFanSince1950
TechFanSince1950

Daniel Miller needs to step it up and as "juvenal" says, be "more assertive." He obviously is a good kid with good talent and it is great Tech has him on the roster. The guards need to feed him the ball more and when he touches it  near the basket he has got to start being more aggressive.  As a senior, the time for being unselfish is over. His potential points are for the team. Go Daniel and Go Jackets!

juvenal
juvenal

way to go, LKL!  don't  you rest on your laurels.........Bolden huge, Miller more assertive, after what Hanlon did to us last time, it was more than "morale building, it was PAYBACK! BC keying on Miller led to a lot of uncontested shots........

LKL-Jacket
LKL-Jacket

First!


Fun watching the first half at least... If only we could play that hot every half, every game - we could be contenders.


Staying power and clutch points from Trae sealed the deal... Hardfought win on the road in the ACC... 

Go Jackets!!  THWG

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

Those were the good old days, eh Paul?

Don't forget about Mark Price, who was not a demon on the boards but his continual draining of jump shots left very little trash to clean up.