We left Miami disappointed, but I still feel honored to have coached this team. I consider it a true privilege to teach each and every day. Thanks, young men for fighting through adversity and carrying yourself with dignity and grace. Thank you for not letting injuries become a crutch or excuse. Thank you for lifting the spirits of a town decimated by “acts of betrayal.” Thank you, seniors — you have restored my faith in a generation tied up with “me first.” My only regret is I could not coach you for more than one year. Finally, thank you fans for all the love you have given this team. It was a much-needed emotion.
Now on to basketball. Down one with 1:32 to play at Miami, we missed two shots that could have put us in a situation to win. Ray Spaulding, who is playing injured (we appreciate that so much), was unable to grab an offensive rebound. Some said Ray was weak coming out of high school, but he has been extremely courageous.
Our freshmen are learning so much from playing great competition on the road. All three have the same weaknesses that will be worked on this spring and summer: ball handling and defense. Include Ryan McMahon with these weaknesses. That being said, their talent is outstanding. What a special class!
Georgia Tech has won four in a row and is playing great basketball.
* Georgia Tech is second in the league in free-throw attempts.
* Charles Mitchell is #1 in offensive rebounding percentage per 40 minutes in the ACC.
* Adam Smith is first in the league in three-pointers made per game and total three-pointers made, and is second in the ACC in three-point percentage at 40.8%.
*Fifty-seven percent of Georgia Tech’s points come from two-point field goals (19th in the country)
Senior night is always very special. We will have a surprise for the guys after the game.
Our last two games will be very difficult as we are banged up and short-handed. Anas was a major factor vs. Georgia Tech last time in Atlanta. But as we watched with the ending of the first half at Pitt, these guys will not make excuses but will step up and give extraordinary effort.