Article Jackets Look to "Get Right" vs Clemson

Peacone36

ACCBasketballReport.com
Contributing Writer
Messages
9,355
Location
North Carolina

Jackets Look to "Get Right" vs Clemson

Following a short hiatus, guard Brandon Alston is available again for the Jackets (photo courtesy of Glenn Beil, USA TODAY Sports)

Georgia Tech is flirting with dipping under .500 for the first time this season on Wednesday night

This league is such a gauntlet. Only in the Atlantic Coast Conference is it a relief to play the 45th ranked team in KenPom. A team that still ranks just about middle of the pack in the ACC in every defensive category. A team that just blitzed you a mere three weeks ago.

Clemson comes to town on Wednesday sporting a modest two game winning streak (Pittsburgh and Wake). Both games were played at Littlejohn where the Tigers generally take care of business. The Tigers are a less impressive 1-4 in true road games this season though and have yet to put one in the left hand column on the road since before Christmas.

Marcquise Reed continues to put up numbers for the Tigers, averaging a career best 19.1 points per game, but he is not receiving a ton of support. Through eight league games this year, only Elijah Thomas is averaging double figures (13.5) alongside Reed, who leads the Tigers at 17.8 points per game in ACC play.

Shelton Mitchell’s senior season has continued to go unexpectedly. The typically solid southpaw is averaging a pedestrian 7.3 points and 3.3 assists in over 30 minutes per game. His historic reliability from behind the arc has also fallen off. Mitchell shot 45.3% two seasons ago and 36.8% last year. This season, he has fallen all the way to 28.4% and even further in conference play to 25.9%.  In fact, on the season, Clemson ranks 271st in three point field goal percentage.  They are, however, one of the best rebounding teams in the country, so defensive rebounding could be a pivotal part of this contest.

Whether it be the competition or simply the performance, Haslam has Clemson’s two most recent games as two of their three best performances on the season.

KenPom predicts the game at 63-62 in favor of Clemson, while Haslam has it at 62-58 in favor of the kitties as well.

It’s difficult to get too confident as a Georgia Tech fan right now. The Yellow Jackets have not scored more than 61 points in any of their last six games and suffered defeat in five of those six. The solutions aren’t exactly rocket science as we just played a heck of a schedule the last few weeks. That said, James Banks and Curtis Haywood II simply need to play better. In his last three games Banks is averaging 5.3 points and 4.o rebounds along with 4 fouls in 25 minutes. He has also blocked only two shots.

Haywood is just too deep in his own head right now. In his last five games he is shooting 4% from behind the arc. He is obviously a much better shooter than that and a lot of the looks have been clean. He just needs to shoot his way out of it. Something else that could be happening is that he could be hitting the wall. Don’t forget that he only appeared in 15 games last season before undergoing surgery on his leg. Recovery from that surgery affected his conditioning from what we heard out of preseason practice. We are now 21 games into the season and he may be hitting that freshman wall a year late.

I honestly don’t have any idea what to expect, folks. At a minimum I’m looking for continued development from our young guys and continued health from our leaders. Hopefully we get to pick up the win.

 

connell62

Helluva Engineer
Featured Member
Messages
2,190
I’m not a GT graduate but I’m sure there’s a law of averages, regression to the mean, or something that would apply to our 3 pt shooting.

If my math is correct, we’ve shot 8/53 (15%) over our last 3 games. That’s got to flip for us soon. I’m expecting us to have a game where everything is falling. Hate that I have to miss tomorrow night. I’m expecting our guys to play well and get the W!
 

slugboy

Moderator
Staff member
Messages
3,585
I’m not a GT graduate but I’m sure there’s a law of averages, regression to the mean, or something that would apply to our 3 pt shooting.

If my math is correct, we’ve shot 8/53 (15%) over our last 3 games. That’s got to flip for us soon. I’m expecting us to have a game where everything is falling. Hate that I have to miss tomorrow night. I’m expecting our guys to play well and get the W!

At this point in the season, I’m pinning my hopes on Schwartz or someone seeing something in our last Clemson game and building a good game plan around it. Or, possibly a player who has been working on a change to their routine seeing that pay off.

I’m also hoping that home court helps us, and that Clemson continues their recent mediocre streak.

I think our shooting percentages are pretty locked in at this point, better against bad defense and worse against good ones.

Found this article about Schwartz playing basketball in Wisconsin: https://www.jsonline.com/story/spor...-swartz-now-assistant-georgia-tech/623000002/

And this one too: https://www.si.com/vault/2000/11/20...ear-off-he-found-a-way-to-fight-his-condition

I didn’t know where Schwartz came from. Just that he was a coach on our bench.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

mstranahan

Helluva Engineer
Messages
1,343
We cut it to 8. Clemson calls timeout. They go on a 24-7 run to close it out. (Ignoring the 2 FTs with 30 seconds left, down 25)

Jose is 1 - 20 in last two games. Other than Alston, the team shot 9-37 tonight.
 

g0lftime

Helluva Engineer
Messages
2,228
We can't throw it in the ocean right now. Too many guys that are missing open shots that ACC level players should hit.
 

bwelbo

Helluva Engineer
Messages
12,030
I feel bad for the guys. It can’t be fun when you have a bunch of guys who average 5-7 points a game. That means on average we have a bunch of people who only score like two buckets a game. There’s not much fun in that.
 

g0lftime

Helluva Engineer
Messages
2,228
If Collins can make us relevant in FB again it should help in BB. These kids know each other in the high schools.
 
Top