When you are a team that is pretty vanilla offensively– that does not have a player that will take charge by saying “give me the damn ball– you are going to have the issues that Georgia Tech has had in their past few games.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The eight minute scoring droughts should not be happening at all and Brian Gregory knows it.
There is no way that when you have an advantage like Georgia Tech does in the blocks, and you have a wing player like Marcus Georges-Hunt on your team, that the Jackets should be going without field goals and free throws for that long.
That is totally unacceptable! However, if opposing defenses scrap in the paint forcing misses out of Mitchell, Cox and Sampson, there are really not many other ways for the Jackets to score.
You don’t have to worry about any of the Jackets perimeter players consistently hurting you because outside shooting has been erratic, and you don’t have to worry about any of the wing players hurting you with isolation because of their spells of non-aggression.
Jan 3, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory watches from the bench in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
It seems like during these droughts none of the players demand the ball or take a “not on my watch” mentality.
They leave you wondering who the team looks for to end these dry spells.
Notre Dame has Jerian Grant, Syracuse has Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas, Wake Forest has Devin Thomas and Codi Miller-McIntyre.
Who is the player that Georgia Tech can look to for their big buckets and drought busters?
Maybe it is not about a player stepping up, maybe it is about the way the players are being utilized altogether.
Those teams have pretty consistent ways to get their guy the ball. Georgia Tech’s guys get cancelled out pretty easy.
Bottom line is this team plays too hard to come up empty offensively for one good stretch and have their efforts go to spit.
Someone needs to get a feel for when the drought is happening and come up with the antidote quickly.
This next thing goes squarely on Brian Gregory.
The offense needs to come up with another way to score that they can count on besides getting points off offensive rebounds and post-ups.
If one of those dynamics gets taken away from the offense , Georgia Tech becomes a one-trick pony.
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One-trick ponies don’t get many wins in the ACC.
Leaning on defense and rebounding is a nice start, but you need to put points up to win.
When your team offensively has only two ways to get points, via post-ups and offensive rebounds, and one of those gets taken away, the scoring hits droughts.
Georgia Tech needs to find a third-way to get points and quickly.
Hopefully this team will find that third thing they can depend on. If they don’t, they are going to fall further back in the standings and the hot seat talk will seriously catch flame for Coach Gregory.