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Friday, January 28, 2005

Maybe it 's the cocoa butter

Georgia Tech 102 Wake Forest 101

Chris Paul struggles in an excellent game between two very athletic teams. Here's the way I see it: Wake won the battle on the offensive glass, but couldn't get some key second shots to go down. That, along with Paul's struggles, were the difference in the game.

Questions:

Did anyone else notice Eric Williams's calf muscle knotted in a ball as he lay writhing on the floor?

Should Skip Prosser have called timeout to set up the final shot, or should he have let Paul make his own play?

Are Georgia Tech and Maryland now serious competitors?

WSJ coverage

AJC coverage:

"Georgia Tech's legion of believers drifted away in the midst of the team's three-game losing streak. Mired in mediocrity offensively, the Yellow Jackets' destiny suddenly seemed uncertain. All that changed Thursday night. No. 22 Tech is not an also-ran in the ACC. It hasn't conceded the conference race, nor has it disappeared from the national landscape."

Last but not least, it's unclear whether Paul got his final shot off in time. The Journal-Constitution's Rana Cash doesn't seem to think so:

"Paul's final attempt to steal the game was thwarted when he missed a runner off the glass that he didn't get off in time."

But WSJ's Dan Collins reports:

"Officials (Tony) Greene, Duke Edsall and Ted Valentine, when asked by a member of the Georgia Tech Sports Information Department, declined to comment if the shot would have counted."

That's odd. Are the referees not supposed to signal whether or not a shot will count? It seems like there should be no doubt in their minds when the shot is released.