Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Well let's see how my predictions panned out...

The Jackets did beat Clemson 76-69, although the Tigers hung around and never really gave in.

1. GT will force 22 Clemson turnovers - 19 was the actual number - pretty good guess
2. Isma'il will have another signiture dunk - had 3 chance, 1 he miscalculated his step, 2 he bobbled the pass, 3 he passed to BJ for the dunk
3. BJ Elder finally breaks out on scores more than 20 points. Did he ever - did it in the 1st half. Ends with 36.
4. Jackets win 80-65. Not quite the margin I expected but not far off.

Overall some of my most accurate predictions.

Let me just say this - if we play this way Saturday, Dook will kill us. In fact, if we play like this AT Clemson, they will kill us too. For the 2nd game in a row, offensive rebounds by an opponent killed us. Clemson ends with 20 total, to our 9. Overall they outrebounded us 44-31. That has to improve. Overall, we protected the ball much better in the 2nd half. Ended with 14 turnovers. What won the game tonight was shooting. We were 24-53 total, including 10-19 from long distance. If we had missed 2-3 of those shots this is a different game. But tonight they were falling, so be it. They better be falling on Saturday.

My "blue collar" award goes to Anthony McHenry. In Moore's absence he ends with 5 points (2-4), 6 boards (2 offensive), 1 block, 1 assist, 3 steals, and only 1 to. Just a solid outing.

A Win is a win and we will take it. But step it up Saturday boys. Or else.