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Georgia Tech Postgame: Derrio Green leads team effort to overcome Yellow Jackets

Posted on 03 January 2011 by cpip

During the Charlotte 49ers current 4-game winning streak there has not been any shortage of drama.  Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech was par for the course for the Niners, who trailed by as many as 14 in the first half and never led in regulation. However, they forced overtime against the host Yellow Jackets with what has become their trademark: stiffing defense and clutch plays on the offensive side of the court.

Derrio Green led the 49ers in points and assists Sunday.

A lot of players contributed on the court today, most notably Derrio Green, who scored 21 points including 8 straight free throws to close out regulation and into overtime.  Green has shifted to point guard and while still struggling with shot selection (5-20, 3-12 3-pt) is thriving as a creator for the rest of the offense, scoring 9 assists with only 3 turnovers.  He may be the answer at point guard with Jamar Briscoe struggling with his shot AND taking care of the ball(1 Assist, 5 turnovers).

The front court had plenty to contribute as well -Javarris Barnett turned in his 15 points, going 3-6 from behind the arc plus 6 rebounds. Barnett continues to show that he will be a focal point of this offense, and his hustle play near the end of the game to chase a loose ball sums up everything you need to know about this player.  The force of Chris Braswell and Phil Jones combined for 29 points but only 11 rebounds.   The rest of the lineup made up for the rebounding, led by Briscoe’s 8, as the 49ers out-rebounded the Yellow Jackets 47-37.   An’Juan Wilderness tallied a line of 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, a solid performance to wrap up his visit to his home state.  Gokhan Sirin once again struggled to have an influence on offense, not taking any shots in only 4 minutes of action, but pulled in 3 rebounds over that time.

The 2-3 Zone was once again Alan Major’s defense of choice, holding the Yellow Jackets to 26 points in the 2nd half after the hot shooting Iman Shumpert (6-10 3-pt) helped contribute to 40 1st-half  points for Georgia Tech.  Down three at the half,  Charlotte controlled the tempo the last 30 minutes of play, ultimately leading the the victory.  Other than the Shumpert, the Yellow Jackets only make 33.3% of their long range shots, but it wasn’t enough as an inside game never developed to take pressure off the shooters.

These games might be ugly, but the job is getting done by Alan Major’s squad.  On Wednesday the Richmond Spiders await who are particularly vulnerable after a shocking 1-point loss at home to Bucknell today.  A primer for Charlotte’s Atlantic 10 schedule will be posted tonight after the end of the Rhode Island-Florida game(9pm)

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Gameday vs Georgia Tech – Squish the Jackets! – Predictions

Posted on 02 January 2010 by J Felt

For the second season in a row, Charlotte is playing host to an “almighty” ACC team in Halton Arena. Before we begin to taunt

Georgia Tech's bus ride home will look like this.

the Jackets and wish for their misery, let’s commend them for having the jewels to step up to the challenge. Clemson did it last year and almost walked away with a loss to one of our worst teams ever. But almost only counts in horseshoes and weight loss, this season we’re much improved and looking for another solid W for the ole’ tournament resume. When was the last time we actually checked our resume for typos, let alone actually thought it might land us a spot?

We haven’t been playing our best basketball as of late, especially on the defensive end, we were basically putting up traffic cones versus ODU and Mercer. Luckily, our offense was in gear for the Mercer game and we literally outscored them on our way to victory. We won’t be able to do the same versus GT. Our guards are going to need to step up their game and put some pressure on the ball and guard the perimeter. Oh and probably hit some shots from the outside as well. I think we’re due for a Shamarr Bowden offensive showcase, and hopefully it’s tonight.

Derrick Favors is a legitimate player, and our big guys will need to step up their games even more. While Phil and KJ have played good defense, Braswell and Spears play soft on that end. Would love to see them step it up tonight and win the battle of the paint.

So what do we predict? Is it too much to predict a win against a ranked team for the second time this season? It’s definitely possible, but it will be an all out war. The Charlotte 49ers who showed up at Louisville will have to reappear. Leave your predictions in the comments and the closest will win something amazingly awesome that words can’t describe.

J Felt – Charlotte 87, GT 80. Bobby locates the Jackets’ nest, pours gasoline in, lights the match and enjoys the show.

D-Fo – This one’s really gonna test Charlotte’s toughness down low.  Good thing Spears and Braswell come in hungry and chew up the ‘Jacket frontcourt, both scoring in double figures.  I can see this one being a brawl…Charlotte 85 – GT 79

HP – Hoping that Georgia Tech’s inside size is somewhat negated by Charlotte’s inside quickness. A few 3s will drop and the 49ers sneak out with their first 2010 win, 82-75.

Bust – Niners start the new year off with a splat.  Sanitation technicians work into the wee hours cleaning up Yellow Jacket guts. Guys in green win a thriller. Charlotte 82, Ga. Tech 77.

NLP – I’ll keep it simple:  We’re gonna win.  Charlotte 75 GT 73

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Charlotte hosts Georgia Tech, look to swat Yellow Jackets.

Posted on 01 January 2010 by NLP

Niners look to take the sting out of the Yellow Jackets.

We wish we could pretend this is just another non-conference home again versus a team playing in a world where conference affiliation doesn’t matter.  But it does.  Saturday 20th ranked Georgia Tech swarms into Halton Arena (7 PM start time, VERY few tickets remaining) marking just the 2nd time an ACC member has had the testicular fortitude to play the Niners in a true home game.

GT enters the game sporting the same 10-2 record as the Niners, though this will be just their 2nd true road game of the season.  Most recently, GT defeated Winston Salem State 78-43.  That game was the second already against a common foe for the Niners.  The Yellow Jackets also bested Mercer, whom the Niners played on Tuesday, by 11 points -the same margin as the 49ers victory.  The two losses for GT came against quality competition:  a 4-point loss to A10 pre-season favorite Dayton in Puerto Rico and a 7-point OT home loss to Florida State in their conference opener.

Georgia Tech has one of the better frontcourts in the country and they use their size effectively gaining a considerable rebounding advantage (+8.3 rpg.) and scoring about 58% of their points inside the arc.  The Yellow Jackets also get to the line regularly averaging 22 trips each game to the charity stripe.  Upfront, GT is lead by sensational freshman Derrick Favors, a 6’10″ force in the paint.  Favors is 2nd on the team in both scoring (12.9 ppg. on 60.4% shooting) and rebounding (9.0 rpg.) and is a likely lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft.  He’s joined up-front by equally impressive6’9″  Jr. F Gani Lawal.  Lawal leads Georgia Tech in both scoring and rebounding (13.7 ppg. and 9.7 rpg.), and like Favors shoots at a very high percentage from the field.  Also look for Lawal to potentially go in the first round of the NBA draft should he declare after the season.

Another talented Fr. for GT is G Mfon Udofia, who like Favors, was a heralded addition to the team.   Udofia leads the team in assists and scores 11.4 ppg.  He’s also a modest threat from the perimeter hitting 34% from behind the arc.  Zach Peacock and Brian Oliver are a pair of bench forwards who also see frequent action and have the ability to stretch perimeter defenses with their strong outside shooting.  Rounding out the key players for GT is So. G Iman Shumpert who returns to action after missing a month of action with a torn meniscus.  Shumpert is the top distributor for the GT offense and was leading the team in assists at the time of his injury.  It will be interesting to see what kind of impact, if any, his return has for the Yellow Jackets squad; Niner fans will recall An’Juan Wilderness was limited in his return as he lacked both game conditioning and cohesiveness with the rest of the team.

As a team, GT is stout defensively, particularly at defending the perimeter.  The Yellow Jackets are limiting opponents to just 27% from behind the arc, meaning the Niners likely will have to go inside to win this contest and not rely on shooting from outside -though that’s been the case much of the year.  It will be an exciting matchup to see Phil Jones, Chris Braswell, and especially Shamari Spears go against the dominant front court of Georgia Tech.  Should the Niners win the scoring battle inside and keep the rebounding margin close, winning what should be an intense battle will be much easier.

If the Niners do have to turn to the arc for open shots, fans should feel relieved at the performance of Derrio Green against Mercer.  Green, perhaps finally getting back to 100% after his bout with plantar fasciitis, erupted for a season high of 23 points and was much more aggressive in going to the basket.  Derrio also showed improvement on defense, picking up 3 steals with one leading to a fast break dunk and another drawing an intentional foul.  With 1/3 of the three headed-monster at guard spots looking better, hopefully a little of the magic will rub off on DiJuan Harris and Shamarr Bowden who both appear mired deep in a funk.

This will no doubt be a tough contest for the Niners but we think they’re up to the challenge.  With a huge shot of confidence from what we expect to be a raucous Halton Arena crowd, the Niners can prevail if:

  • They remember it’s Georgia Tech that should fear our team, our arena, and our fans, and not the other way around.
  • Phil Jones and Chris Braswell put in solid performances on both sides of the ball.  That doesn’t mean 20 points each, but it means 20+ rebounds between them.
  • DiJuan Harris breaks out of his funk and can deliver or set-up points in transition

Otherwise Georgia Tech will succeed by:

  • Dominating the inside play and forcing a precarious Niner perimeter attack to win the game
  • Keeping Shamari Spears from scoring from the field or the line
  • Winning the turnover battle

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