The way Tech is constructed it is almost impossible to beat a good team when GT shoots below 30% 3 pointers - that’s what happened the last 2 games.
That's college basketball in general though. If one team is shooting well from 3 and the other isn't, it's damn really hard to win if the two teams are relatively similar levels. It's not like this team lacks scoring in other ways. We scored 72 against a good defense while shooting poorly. Between Moses down low, and Usher, Mike, and Jose on drives plus a sprinkling of back door cuts and points generated off our steals we can score even without shooting well from 3. But in order to offset an off night shooting and still win against good teams you have to have a level of defense that we don't have this year. That's the biggest issue the last two games. We allowed Clemson to score 48 in the second half and UVA to score 37 (which isn't terrible but not really good either). Defensively our style this year is more energy intense and pressure heavy than in years past and it has led us to being less consistent on that side of the ball because we don't have the depth to match that style.
Against Clemson in particular, the biggest reason for the loss is Jose was not anywhere close to the player he usually is. I don't know if it was just an off game or if the hit he took early on was bothering him, but regardless of how a team is put together it' hard to beat a good team, especially on the road, if your best player has that type of game.