Thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 70-63 loss to Clemson Saturday. AJC.com recap here.
1. Tech scored four points in its first 20 possessions and then 56 in the final 50 of regulation (that’s rate of 1.12 points per possession. Anything above 1.1 is exceptional.). It’s one of the many oddities about this team. The Jackets are labeled as an offensively ineffective team, which isn’t exactly an inaccurate assessment. But they’re still capable of scoring efficiently for long stretches. They scored 44 points in 30 possessions and shot 55.2 percent in the second half.
Ultimately, though, the rate for the full game was .9 points per possession, which is horrible. Clemson took 20 fewer shots than Tech (43 to 63) and still made more baskets (22 to 21). And it’s not like Clemson is a particularly strong offensive team.
For the season, Tech is averaging .98 points per possession, according to statsheet.com. That is tied for 269th in the country out of 351 teams and last among ACC teams. Defensively, Tech is also averaging .98, which is 94th in the country and sixth in the ACC.
In conference games, Tech is fourth on defense (1.01) and last on offense (.96).
2. I think Tadric Jackson is showing a little bit about what sort of potential he has. He scored 12 points, though he was 4-for-12 from the field and 2-for-7 from the line. He made a big 3-pointer to start Tech’s comeback from 16 points down with seven minutes remaining. Jackson is at his best in the open court and driving to the basket and has the quickness and strength to draw fouls when going to the rim.
He still has a lot to learn on both ends of the floor, but he’s progressed considerably from the start of ACC play.
3. Forward Marcus Georges-Hunt gave another strong overall game with 20 points, nine rebounds (five offensive), six assists, three steals and one turnover in 41 minutes of play. He was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line after a 3-for-8 night from the line against Louisville.
He benefited from two egregious Clemson turnovers late in the game, stealing inbounds passes under the basket for easy layups. He scored 11 points in the final six minutes of the second half to force overtime.
In conference play, he’s averaging 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. It’s cherry picking stats, but only one other player in the ACC has averaged that 14-6-2 combination (Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis). In fact, going back to the 1997-98 season, only six players have managed that, according to sports-reference.com.
He deserves All-ACC consideration, though I don’t suspect he’ll make it because a) his numbers weren’t quite as good overall, particularly his shooting percentage, over whole season; b) the team’s performance won’t help.