Georgia Tech's defense stifled Malcolm Delaney
in the first meeting holding VPI's star guard to 8 points and a 5:8 assist:turnover ratio. Today's meeting was much better for Delaney as he racked up a season high 33 points and a 5:5 assist:turnover ratio. Despite defeating VPI by 15 four games ago, the Jackets never made a concerted effort to play defense in the 25 point loss.
The Hokies exploited GT's weak interior game as the Hokie starting forwards shot 16 of 25 from the floor accumulating 49 of the Hokies points. In fact, the Hokie bench didn't have to do anything as the starting Hokies scored 97 of the Hokies 102 total points. GT's starting five only scored 48 points...
It has become glaringly apparent that Iman Shumpert
can score at will against any defense. He picked up 27 in the loss. The problem is obvious: his teammates cannot score at will like him
. I don't think this can be remedied in 2011. It's something we're going to have to work on over the Summer and Fall and hope improves in 2011-2012.
I think the most disappointing thing for a lot of Tech fans this season was seeing the potential of this squad as we pushed a Top 5 Syracuse to the brink, handled a top 25 UNC squad, and handled NCAAT-bound VPI. We know we've got talent... particularly on offense.
I told Winfield that I think this team has the makings of a 2012 NCAA team. I don't think he believes me. I think Iman with a refined jumper, a bigger/stronger Daniel Miller
, and veteran wings (Oliver/Rice) will give us a very solid ACC squad. UNC will lose a couple of dudes to the Draft, Duke will lose its core, and the rest is up for grabs. Tech could finish 8-8 or 4-12 in our 2012 ACC season and I wouldn't be surprised with either result. What else is there to say?