OK, so that wasn’t the best road trip ever. To say the least.
For the first time in my handful of years posting, and then later writing, amongst you fine group of folks on this’n here blog….for the first time I am sitting here at a loss as to what to write. So this one really is going to be short n sweet.
This didn’t help matters….
For now, I’m gonna continue to be the optimistic idiot.
Hope Springs Eternal…..indeed.
(I reserve the right to change my tune over the next week-ish, however…if such becomes more applicable…just saying)
The Pack (12-5, 1-3 ACC) has a 3 game home stretch starting tonight. My default setting right now is simple….
Show me. Show me SOMETHING. Get a win at home against an inferior team and get back to moving in the right direction.
In the next three HOME games, we need to right the ship. We need to heal. And we need to do it fast.
(this is totally NSFW, btw)
Georgia Tech (10-6, 2-2 ACC) is a bit of an up and down team. While they managed to take down Carolina at home 2 weeks ago, they followed that up with a 53 pt road loss in Durham (See? Our 51 pt beat down in Chapel Hill wasn’t even the worst in the league this month 😉 ). Anyway, the point I’m making is that so far at least they have not played well on the road.
A weak OOC schedule has their RPI lacking at #117 (as of the moment of this writing), so a win won’t provide much of a boost there. Which is OK, as the Pack’s RPI still sits at a respectable #36.
But right now, bottom line….we need wins.
Georgia Tech Basketball Visits NC State (RamblinWreck.com)
Tech (10-6, 2-2 ACC), in its first season under head coach Josh Pastner, has played its first four ACC games even following a 75-63 victory over Clemson Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets also have a win over No. 9 North Carolina on its resume. Tech is in a group of seven teams at 2-2 in the conference, tied for fourth place.
• Three keys for Tech – The Jackets have won every game this season (10-0) in which they shot a better percentage from the floor, are 9-0 when scoring 70 points and 9-1 when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
• Josh Okogie’s 224 points through 16 games (averaging 16.3 in ACC games) are the most for a Yellow Jacket freshman since Thaddeus Young piled up 225 through his first 16 games in 2006-07, and he has 12 double-digit efforts.
• Ben Lammers and Josh Okogie combined for 36 points against Clemson, 39 Saturday against Louisville, and an average of 33 through Tech’s first four ACC games. They have accounted for 51.4 percent of Tech’s points in ACC games.
Pack Returns Home to Host Georgia Tech (GoPack.com)
– NC State fell to Boston College on Wednesday, 74-66, to drop its second straight game. Freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., led the Pack in scoring for the seventh time in eight games, finishing with 15 points. Terry Henderson was the only other NC State player to reach double figures with 14 points. Abdul-Malik Abu was two points short of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
– Home Sweet Home: Sunday marks NC State’s 10th game inside PNC Arena this season. The Pack has shot 50 percent or better in six of its nine home games this season, including a season-best 64.1 percent (41-64) in its ACC home-opening win over Virginia Tech.
– NC State’s defense has also performed better at home. In nine games, six Pack opponents have shot 37.3 percent or worse from the field. Only one team, Loyola (Chicago) has shot better than 50 percent from the field against NC State in PNC Arena. Overall in nine games at PNC Arena, NC State opponents have more turnovers (112) than assists (108).
– NC State was one of three teams in the ACC to start the league season with three of its first four games on the road. ACC road teams are 8-22 in league play entering this weekend and nine teams do not have a win on the road.
Game Time: Sunday, 1/15 – 6:30pm
Alright that’s all I got.
Just win, Baby.