Your “There’s No Place Like Home” GT Open Thread

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.

Last week was a train wreck, no doubt.  There are reasons for concern, no doubt.

This didn’t help matters….

Sorry Coach….no, we didn’t.

But frankly, I don’t want to talk about that stuff.  If you guys want to hash it out in the comments, have at it.

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 (

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 (

Pack Tracks
– 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

Coverage:  ESPNU

Alright that’s all I got.

Just win, Baby.

Go Pack!!!!!

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    NC State has been so completely driven by institutional inertia that I could almost see it happening.


    Oh wait, I forgot, I’m being optimistic guy this week.

    What I meant to say was…..YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!!!!


    Ncsu is a poorly run organization. There is no denying it. Like the Cleveland Brown’s we go through multiple leadership cycles and still suck.
    Except it.


    And here’s the problem with both of Yow’s revenue hires:
    Neither of them had a track record of any kind of sustained success.

    DD was a solid gamble – but he was being asked to take on a rebuilding operation. While he has not yet reached the record his predecessor had in his final season.

    And yes, the jury is still out

    For Gottfried, you had a coach who had to resign to do an awful combo of bad results and personal issues. Keep in mind, this isn’t a case of Petrino or Pitino or Eustace, guys who were winning and got in trouble for personal stuff – this was a case where the personal stuff just gave them the ammo they needed to avoid the handwringers and defenders in the media and on campus playing their usual game.

    Coaches in this category rarely find success as the head guy at a higher level again. Steve Lavin flamed out quickly at St. John’s. I can’t think of others in a similar situation who have succeeded.

    We were actually in position to leverage our best option – some other p5 school to swoop into Raleigh after year 1,2,3 or 4 to “steal” Gott.

    Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and it looks like a Bama reduex


    On the off-chance that someone could use a chuckle, just read this URL even if you’re not interested in the article behind it.


    ^chuckle, chuckle….

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!

    OK….he is probably doing better than we are. BUT, we do have ONE Ranked Conf win….wonder how VT feels about that.

    Dumpster fire may be a kind term…..ever see a peat moss fire….?

    I STILL think that DY will NOT pull the pin on him. TWO reasons. First, she would THEN have to make a hire and that hire would put any NEW AD at a disadvantage…unless it was the PERFECT hire….and HOW OFTEN….does that happen?

    Second, IF she puts him on notice, then, in reality, she is saying that she WILL be willing to step down in 2019. She would HAVE to step out early. That would allow a NEW AD to take the reins and hire his OWN coach. How likely is THAT to happen? Who know, Spurrier left….and so did Bobby Knight. Nick Saban left the reporters OUTSIDE waiting for his presser….and he was winging his way to Tuscaloosa or the HOME of the TIDE. I remember that we were at a TS at the OBX and watched the reporters outside the Dolphins Stadium being “stood up”. That was on January 3, 2007. Stranger things HAVE happened….but usually NOT (OK, maybe they do) at NCSU.

    As BOTB opined….watch this drama. It AIN’T gonna be about BB….it is about the drama of the team, the coaches, the AD, WPC head Purcell, Dr. Woodson….and of course, last but NOT least….the rambunctious SFN posters.

    I will NOT make a prediction on this season….other than to say if it REALLY gets bad, then She MIGHT fire Coach G. BUT highly unlikely and his “past” issues have not brought about the “clauses”.

    However, AS I type this, I just watched a SC film clip….It seems that the Cubs’ WSC will bring about HOPE and CHANGE for Chicago….since he chose MLK day to honor them. I guess that will solve the crime and murder rate. I had NO IDEA how important the Cubs’ win was….and how much WORSE the murder rate cold have been. Seems to me that it has NOT improved in the last quarter….but it WILL, once the season starts….#44 (not our DT) will protect the citizens….

    Good NIGHT….


    B’rer ‘Roo…

    This is totally off-topic, except in the most metaphorical ways…

    Did you see/hear that was announced yesterday that “Two Flags Over Fuquay” had closed down for good?

    Moment of silence please by all who remember….

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!

    I’ve stayed off of the threads since the UNC one. From my perspective, all that needed to be said was said there. Some still need more convincing. BC, GT and possibly ensuing losses may convince them. Maybe they won’t. Some needed to wait until the Titanic was obviously going down to try and get on the life boats.

    In my mind, this was a hire with red flags and always needed to have a much tighter leash. This isn’t the first year of underperforming:
    – Year 2: Start #6, waste a lot of talent, bow out of the tournament in the first round. Received mulligan because of “bad players.”
    – Year 5: Losing overall record. Blames injuries and short bench. Fires assistants (blames bad employees).
    – Year 6: Not complete yet, but well on our way to waste the most talent and deepest team we’ve had since V. If that happens, it should be strike 3.


    Prediction: Yow will make a decision about Gott around the same time Jerry Jones decides what to do about Romo.

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