NIT Wrap-Up: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Post Game Analysis

Dan GriffinContributor IIIMarch 22, 2014

Louisiana Tech guard Kenneth Smith (4) drives between Oklahoma State post Michael Cobbins (20) and guard Marcus Smart (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the All College Classic in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki

The game has concluded with LA Tech topping UGA 79-71. It was quite the exciting match up despite how it started.

LA Tech owned the first half. They started off 6-7 on three point attempts and finished the half leading UGA 46-27. At one point, LA led 39-13 as they forced 13 turnovers. Chris Anderson made himself known early on, being in on numerous plays. LA had three players post double digit points in the first half, compared to UGA having only one player above 5 points. 

The second half was a completely different story. UGA seemed to have a renewed energy about them and really gave LA a run for their money. The biggest boon for them was J.J. Frazier coming off the bench and lighting it up. 

Frazier finished 4-6 on three point attempts, most of which were from very long range. his presence on the floor gave the team and the fans something to cheer for. The other big boost for UGA was how they drastically cut down on the turnovers, keeping LA to only three steals in the second half (compared to 10 in the first). 

LA's three point shooting drastically dropped off in the second half, hitting on only two of 10 and finished 9-22. They were able to survive the onslaught by UGA late in the game as they saw their 19 point half-time lead dwindle to six at it's lowest point.

One of the biggest takeaways from this game is the injury to LA Tech's starting guard Speedy Smith, who left the game with a leg injury and did not return. If this injury lasts into the next game, it could cause a serious ripple effect for LA. LA Tech will face the winner of the Georgetown/Florida State game March 26th.

Top performers for each team:

LA Tech: 26-55 FMG-A, 9-22 3PM-A, 13 Steals

Alex Hamilton: 6-10 FGM-A, 7-8 FTM-A, 3 Steals, 20 total points

Chris Anderson:  6-10 FGM-A, 5-8 FTM-A, 2 Steals, 18 total points

Georgia: 26-56 FGM-A, 5-11 3PM-A, 7 Steal

J.J. Frazier: 5-10 FGM-A, 4-6 3PM-A, 15 total points

Charles Mann:  4-9 FGM-A, 5-8 FTM-A, 2 Steals, 13 total points


Final Score: LA Tech 79 Georgia 71 


Original prediction for this game, 76-71 LA Tech