I’m sure both teams would take the compliment of being thoughtful and methodical rather than constantly turning over the ball and not making shots.Scores in the 50's says the game was slowed down to keep it close. I suspect GaSt was very methodical on offense and burned clock. Just a guess based on the score.
Do you see Miles playing more point going forward or was it just a matchup as this game went on. He looked excellent driving to the basket and is a good finisher especially with his right hand. It was very interesting to watch. Kelly and Coleman are solid players with plenty of room to grow which they should. Moore flashes potential, likely a year away from being a major player that can become a player other teams don't want to face. How the Guard minutes play out will be very interesting. Nice to have some options! Good win!I thought we got plenty of good looks in the half court, we just didn’t make enough of them. People need to give a little credit to GA State too. They played hard on defense and fed off the energy of their crowd. That had a lot to do with the offensive struggles. Additionally, remember that we’re still feeling each other out. We’re a young group, but there’s some good things happening.
Before the season, we said we wanted to see Deebo be more than a spot-up shooter, and we talked about the importance of getting to the line. Last night, Deebo score most of his points in the lane by creating his shots. We got to the line very often (27 attempts / 13 for Deebo), we just need to make a higher %. Miles is growing up in front of our eyes. We will continue to see him do more on the offensive end.
We only had 13 turnovers (5 from Howard) and only 4 in the second half, but they weren’t necessarily due to the Princeton or the offensive design. Rodney had 3-4 turnovers in the first 6-8 mins of the first half alone on good looks.
He dropped a few passes that hit him right in the hands, all we’re with him under the goal from a dump off or him rolling to the goal. All should have been dunks or layups, instead they resulted in turnovers. He truly has hands of stone
That's a good question. Personally I don't see it as a long term thing but more of a situational solution. I can see us moving back to a single point guard sitting either Smith or Sturdivant (I would sit Sturdivant) and replacing with Kelly. I guess it depends on the opponent. If we play against teams with 3 guard lineups I think Kelly would be a matchup problem.Do you see Miles playing more point going forward or was it just a matchup as this game went on. He looked excellent driving to the basket and is a good finisher especially with his right hand. It was very interesting to watch. Kelly and Coleman are solid players with plenty of room to grow which they should. Moore flashes potential, likely a year away from being a major player that can become a player other teams don't want to face. How the Guard minutes play out will be very interesting. Nice to have some options! Good win!
I watched on tv, and it looked pretty sparse. I read somewhere that their new arena holds about 8k , so only about 50% capacity. Not impressed, but kudos to the students and others who were there if they made it loud. I figure that’s probably about what we would have drawn for the game if it had been played at McCamish. I’m glad they didn’t make us look bad by packing their place out.Was surprised to see attendance was only a hair over 4,083. I really thought GSU would pack it out with it being a new stadium and a chance to knock off Tech. GSU students/band did a great job bringing the energy.
this is some high quality stuff. thank you. love the lineup data.It feels like for 20 years GT has struggled with short shots, but 5/18 at the rim is oof.
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Smith seems supremely confident that he can drive against larger players and finish. I am skeptical.
I absolutely loved the huge smile on Jalon Moore’s face after he nailed the two late free throws. Should give him confidence going forward.
With 11:49 left in the game, the lineup of Kelly/Maxwell/Coleman/Moore/Howard saw their first action together for either game. Over the next 6:55 they outscored GSU 14-5, with 0 turnovers. GSU was called for 6 fouls in that stretch, and Tech was called for 2. When Maxwell fouled at that point (4:54 remaining) Pastner substituted Terry for Maxwell, and that lineup finished the game with the scoring 10-10.
Fun game to attend, and will second an earlier comment that the GSU students did a great job.
thank you. this was a good read.What I loved:
-Kelly and Coleman getting aggressive. 13 FT from Deebo? YES! Kelly with the final shot? YES! These two are our best offensive players and they need to be aggressive.
-Kelly at PG. I was surprised to see Kelly as the main ball-handler when Sturdy goes out (in both games this year), but he has good handles and makes good decisions. He isn't a great distributor (0 assists), but its a smart choice from the coaches to put the ball in his hands more.
-Defensive flexibility. When the zone works, it works well. But it didn't work against GSU and the coaches were smart to drop it and use it less throughout the game.
-Depth. Is it too early to proclaim this as Pastner's deepest team? Its nice to have options when some guys are having off games.
What I didn't like:
-44 fouls in 40 minutes, but it felt like 44,000. I don't know that I have EVER seen refs with such a quick whistle. It really slowed the game down and players on both teams were visibly frustrated.
-Howard's game. Everybody has bad games, and credit GSU for being ready with a good game-plan against him, but whoa, his first few minutes were really rough. We all know he is a better player than that, and he will have better games. We need him to be better than he was in this game.
-13 TOs to 7 assists. Yuck. Some of this was an strategic adjustment to the refs, but it was really ugly to watch. In fact, what I saw of this game was some of the worst D1 basketball I have seen in a long time. Just really bad in a lot of ways. But to play like that and still pull out a W? Oh, yeah, I'll take that all day! Better basketball will come, but we should be excited about going into a hostile environment and playing really poorly and still making the plays to win.
The other thing is we don’t actually move the ball much when we run the Princeton high post. It goes in to the center, then it stays there as we run tons of off ball screens and cuts, but the ball just stays at the 5 and never moves. What are we doing wrong or different that isn’t working?
love this analogy. a lot of similarities. i think the main difference is size. usher could play/defend 3,4,5 - inside and outside. a lot of flexibility. smith is only a small perimeter player. much less flexibility offensively and defensively.Smith reminds me a LOT of Jordan Usher when he first transferred here from USC. That is, Usher and Smith have a big advantage with their athleticism and explosiveness. Smith just easily glides by defenders, and he's a really good rebounder for his size. Remember how everyone thought Usher played out of control at times because he was just getting by on his athleticism? Well, Smith is kind of at the same stage...once he puts it together and lets the game come to him he's going to be a really good player. There are some "wow" plays mixed in with some "wtf" plays...the goal is to get him to play consistently with a lot more "wow" plays and very few "wtf" plays.
IMO, Smith will be a MUCH MUCH better player in the second half of this season. There's quite a few guys on the roster we'll say that about.
They didn't help themselves with tip off time other than keep GT fans away. Football was over at 6:45, how did they expect anyone would get there by 7?Was surprised to see attendance was only a hair over 4,083. I really thought GSU would pack it out with it being a new stadium and a chance to knock off Tech. GSU students/band did a great job bringing the energy.