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It's kind of astounding how things came together for Georgia Tech last night. The 9-15 three-point shooting aside (they're 245th in the country in 3FG% even after last night), they are also ranked 243rd in free throw rate and 245th in free throw percentage. But last night they got to the line 31 times where they hit 74%, well above their season average of 66%.
And you guys mentioned it in the comments--State defenders did a good job contesting shots on a number of occasions and the Jackets just stepped up and hit them. Nothing to do about that but shrug.
Well, can't say I thought I'd be typing that headline, but so it goes. Georgia Tech started started hot and hit some tough shots to stay competitive early, and then when the Wolfpack went cold and careless and panicked, the Jackets were right there to take advantage with a big run.
That chain of events isn't overly surprising because we've seen it happen earlier in the season. I'm disappointed with the way this team responds to adversity most of the time, but I also realize that--frustrating though it may be to acknowledge--they have a lot of catching up to do in virtually every aspect.
It'd be nice if we could force more turnovers and not rely so heavily on the whims of shooting percentage, but that's going to continue to be a weakness from here on. How much it hurts, we'll see. In an abstract sense, it hurt plenty over the last five years, but it never mattered. Now the pain is compounded, which is good. That's progress.
What happens over the next two games should say a lot.