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Judging the impact of Josh Heath’s transfer

  • 12:18 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The commitment of former South Florida guard Josh Heath to transfer to Georgia Tech may not rate on the surface as a game-changer. And maybe on a deeper level, it isn’t, either.

But it would appear he could play a significant role for the Yellow Jackets next season. Heath is expected to receive a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, as he was playing for his father Stan Heath, who was fired by USF at the end of the season. There is a precedent for the NCAA granting such waivers, such as in 2012, when Trey Zeigler was given immediately [More]

Bivins’ good works to be honored at women’s Final Four

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Shayla Bivins will be honored at the women’s Final Four Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Bivins was named to the 10-player team for her work in the community. Among other things, Bivins has been involved in the girls running program Girls on the Run, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the Jacket-to-Jacket reading program and the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.

Bivins also served as the president of Tech’s student-athlete advisory board, was chosen to the ACC honor roll four times and was one of two players to serve on an NCAA committee regarding issues in women’s basketball.

Bivins [More]

Miller named defensive POY finalist

  • 12:16 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller was named a finalist for the Lefty Driessell Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player by collegeinsider.com.

Miller was named to the 25-player Driessell Defensive All-America team, qualifying him as a finalist for the player of the year award. Miller was named third-team All-ACC by the media this season and also was named to the ACC all-defensive team for the second year in a row.

Miller finished his Tech career second all-time in blocks (286, behind Alvin Jones) and 11th all-time in the ACC and is eighth all-time in school history in rebounds (821). This [More]

Tech’s season inside the numbers

  • 5:00 am Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

With the Georgia Tech basketball season complete, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at how the Yellow Jackets’ numbers compared with last season’s. I looked only at statistics from the 18 ACC games. I think there’s too much variation in nonconference games, plus the ACC schedule is when the team becomes what it is more so than in November and December.

The first set is what is known as the four factors among basketball number-crunching types – numeric representations of the four skills required to win games – shooting, taking care of the ball, offensive rebounding and [More]

Cremins: Tech making progress

  • 12:22 am Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

I ran into former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins Friday afternoon. He was in the Greensboro Coliseum stands after the two games in the afternoon sessions, waiting for an ACC official to bring him a couple VIP passes.

He said he had been in the arena for Tech’s overtime loss to Clemson Thursday night and said he was “worn out” pulling for the Yellow Jackets. It’s not what you usually see from a former coach, particularly one whose tenure at that school did not end triumphantly.

“I love Georgia Tech,” he said. “It’s like my baby.”

Coach Brian Gregory has reached out to [More]

Tech feeling wronged by Heyward foul

  • 1:01 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

On the final critical play of Georgia Tech’s overtime loss to Clemson, Georgia Tech felt it was wronged on an offensive foul call on guard Corey Heyward.

In overtime, Tech trailed 63-62 when it came out of a timeout with the ball and 35.2 seconds remaining. There were 27 seconds left on the shot clock. Early in the possession, Heyward attempted to execute a handoff on the perimeter to guard Trae Golden. However, as the two players ran towards each other, Heyward collided with Clemson forward Damarcus Harrison, who was guarding Golden and also running towards the handoff.

Both Heyward and Golden [More]

9 takeaways from Tech-Clemson

  • 11:13 am Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 69-65 overtime loss to Clemson at the ACC tournament. Game story here.

1. Tech’s most fatal flaw cost the Yellow Jackets again. Up 49-40 with 7:51 to play, Tech scored two points on its next 10 possessions, a span of about seven minutes, to allow Clemson to take a 55-51 lead going into the final minute of regulation.

An inability to score over an extended period of time, as has been noted in this space more than once, has been Tech’s undoing in several games, extending at least as far back as the Vanderbilt loss [More]

7 things to know about Tech-Clemson

  • 10:26 am Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As we move towards tip-off of Georgia Tech-Clemson, scheduled for 9 p.m. (ESPN nationally, ACC Network in the region, WATL in Atlanta)…

1. I think Tech is positioned well. The Yellow Jackets obviously will have fatigue issues to deal with, but I think getting the first win out of the way is a considerable advantage for Tech. Being able to stay past the first day was of considerable importance to center Daniel Miller, for instance.

I would think a lot of the tension over not having accomplished anything in the tournament is gone. It might be one of those house money situations. [More]

6 takeaways from Tech-Boston College

  • 9:31 am Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, ACC, college basketball

Thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s first-round win at the ACC tournament Wednesday night over Boston College. Game story here.A post on Tech-Clemson will be coming shorty.

1. It was not like the first two games against Boston College. Tech shot 40.4 percent from the field after shooting better than 50 percent in the two regular-season games. The game seemed more physical and Tech did not have the same open looks it did in the regular season, it appeared.

The Jackets were also not the team that had functioned much better in the four games to end the season, when they [More]

6 things to know about Tech-Boston College

  • 10:24 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Brian Gregory, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, ACC, college basketball

In advance of Wednesday night’s ACC tournament first-round game between Georgia Tech and Boston College, 7 p.m. on ESPN2 nationally and ACC Network in the ACC region (WATL in the Atlanta market).

1. Boston College may look slightly different than the last meeting. In the final two games of the regular season, coach Steve Donahue started center K.C. Caudill for just the third and fourth times this season and moved Ryan Anderson from center to power forward. Coach Brian Gregory said that the move “makes them efficient offensively and a little better defensively, as well.” Previously, Anderson played away from the [More]