Siena Saints Blog: What happened in San Juan, when Georgia Tech lost to Dayton?
From The Rumble Seat: Against Dayton, we were up by 7 with 4:37 remaining. Inexperience and youth led to some costly turnovers down the stretch and the Flyers went on a 13-2 run to close the game. We shot 1 for 4 and committed four turnovers in those final 5 minutes. In short, a basketball disaster. Actually, you can read our full analysis of the Puerto Rico Tournament here.
SSB: Who are the Georgia Tech players to watch for?
FTRS: Our front court is the key as our guards are relatively inexperienced. Gani Lawal is a third year starter at power forward and probably the most polished player on our team at his position. Derrick Favors is the freshman phenom at center who will be matching Gani point for point and board for board. At guard, we have pretty good depth with freshman Mfon Udofia leading the way. Moe Miller, D’Andre Bell, and Iman Shumpert are the primary guys rotating in and out at point, 2, and 3 guard.
SSB: This is a 3 game contract with a return game in Albany. What do you think brought GT to the table?
FTRS: GT typically schedules 2 for 1 or even 1 for 1 deals with smaller schools rather than paying out. We kinda feel that we’ll generate more home court revenue for small schools with a sellout than we’d be able to pay out. Good examples include GT traveling to instate opponents’ Mercer and GA State. Both trips provided exciting games and record crowds for the two schools. I don’t know if many Tech fans will travel to Albany but we’d like to think that the chance to see your Saints play an ACC school should generate a sellout for Siena.
SSB: Is Paul Hewitt on the hot seat?
FTRS: He is and isn’t on the hot seat. He brought in a stellar recruiting class. He has arguably the best front court in the ACC due to experience and raw talent. However, if Hewitt doesn’t make the tournament at a respectable seed and win some games come March, he may be gone before the 2010 season. Hewitt was hired by our previous athletic director, Dave Braine. Our current athletic director, Dan Radakovich, has been patient with Hewitt but ticket sales have sagged and postseason births continue to evade us. I wouldn’t be surprised if we make a run this year in the ACC tournament and NCAA’s, all of our stars go pro, we crash next year with the talent vacuum, and Hewitt is fired in the 2010-2011 season.