--Georgia Tech's stunning 45-42 win over Georgia on Saturday sent shockwaves all the way to Washington.Hawks guard and Tech alum Mario West was all smiles before the game against the Wizards.
"I watched the game in my hotel room and I was hollering like crazy. How sweet it is," West said. "But I'll be honest with you, I wasn't surprised with how well they played. They've played pretty well all year. They had a really good showing against Miami leading up to this Georgia game that I think really set them up well for what they faced against Georgia.
"And it was a collective effort. I'm really happy for the new coaching staff, the players, the fans and everybody that loves Georgia Tech. This is a good day for the Georgia Tech family."
--The Wizards players are the same, but the man calling the shots on the sideline is different now that Ed Tapscott has taken over for Eddie Jordan, who was fired last week after six years on the job as coach.
"They're still the same dangerous team that's always given us trouble," Hawks captain Joe Johnson said. "We're not expecting anything to be different as long as Caron (Butler) and Antawn (Jamison) are out there."
The Hawks had to rally late for a 91-87 win over the Wizards last Wednesday at Philips Arena, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're playing .500 basketball on the road this year, and I'm pleased with that. If we can play .500 on the road and handle our business at home, we're going to win our fair share of games this season." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson.