Georgia Tech (8-4, 1-2 away) seemed to have things well in hand against Vanderbilt (7-3, 6-1 home) early on the game, but as the first half came to a close, the Commodores pulled within two. After that, it was all Vandy, as they ran away from the Jackets 76-63 at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
The Jackets opened up the game on fire, going on two fairly big runs–including a 12-0 run–to push the lead to 15 points with just a few minutes left in the half. Tech was pushing the ball deep inside to center Daniel Miller, and winning the post game. Miller had 11 points and half a dozen rebounds in the first half, and finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
But late in the half, the Dores changed up from a man defense and went into a zone, and the Jackets (as we’ve seen in past games) just couldn’t seem to figure out how to penetrate against the zone defense. The Georgia Tech guards started heaving up long-distance shots, and nothing was falling.
While the Jackets floundered on offense, Vandy started playing a two-man game, and was passing the ball with laser accuracy, and making the Yellow Jackets defense look lethargic.
The Tech guard play was horrific for most of the game, with the five guards who played in the game accounting for six of the eleven turnovers, and going 4-20 from beyond the arc. Overall the Jackets shot a dismal 16% (4-25) from 3-point range.
It’s apparent that if forced into an outside jumpshot game, the Jackets are going to have issues. Coach Brian Gregory has to be concerned with the problems this team has with a zone defense, and the lack of consistency in shooting from outside the paint.
The Yellow Jackets will now have a long break until traveling to play the Charlotte 49ers on Dec. 29, part of the current four-game road swing for Tech.