Monday Mornings from McCamish: 1/06
Second semester is underway today on the campus of Georgia Tech! And with the resumption of classes, Monday Mornings from McCamish have returned. This weekly segment will be released on Monday mornings throughout the remainder of Georgia Tech’s Men’s Basketball 2013-14 season. We will revisit the previous week’s action as well as look ahead to the upcoming week’s games.
Last Week Recap:
Monday 1/04: Georgia Tech 61 Maryland 77
Georgia Tech dropped to 9-5, 0-1 with a 77-61 loss to Maryland in their first game of conference play last Saturday.
In the losing effort, the Jackets were led by sophomore Marcus Georges-Hunt (11 points, 4 rebounds) and freshman Quinton Stephens (10 points, 6 boards). The Terrapins jumped out to an early 18-8 advantage thanks in large part to drilling their first three attempts from three point land. That success continued throughout the afternoon as Maryland hit an impressive 10 of 19 from beyond the arc including a back-breaking 7 of 12 in the first half (Tech on the other hand shot a pitiful 26%) . As if that weren’t enough, Maryland took advantage of the depleted Yellow Jacket front court to the tune of 34 points in the paint.
The loss was frustrating on a number of levels. Tech started out slow in both halves – falling behind 12-2 in the first and giving up a 6-0 run to start the second. Furthermore, Tech struggled mightily from the field. The team’s leading scorers Trae Golden and Marcus Georges-Hunt shot a combined 35% including 1 for 9 from three point territory. Even senior Daniel Miller shot below 50% for only the second time this season (the other instance came in a loss to St. John’s).
Trying to reinvent yourself at any time is difficult. Trying to do so without your most consistent player in Robert Carter Jr. (torn meniscus) and conference play breathing down your neck is next to impossible. Although Tech won’t know Carter Jr.’s official timetable until after the surgery tomorrow, Coach Gregory and the team must be prepared to adapt to life long term without the double-double machine. It’ll require increased efforts from the entire team and a significantly adjusted game plan from the coaching staff.