The biggest win in conference play for Georgia Tech came in an 82-62 rout over Wake Forest back on Jan. 26. Now as the Yellow Jackets hit the road to face the Demon Deacons for a second time, can Brian Gregory get his team to play at the same level this time around?
Valentine’s Day wasn’t all that special for the Jackets. They suffered a 56-53 loss to Clemson after shooting just 34.5 percent from the floor. Georgia Tech connected on just 3 of 13 shots from beyond the arc. Even with the dismal stats overall, it was only a three-point ballgame.
The Jackets have one aspect of their game that stands out right now. With 38.1 rebounds per game, they ranked 42nd in the nation on the boards. Georgia Tech outrebounded Clemson by 10, though, so there’s apparently more to the game than just crashing down low.
Where is the scoring production? Two Jackets finished with double-digit points against the Tigers on Thursday. Marcus Georges-Hunt, their leading scorer, chipped in 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting. The freshman disappears at times, though, on offense, along with basically everyone on the roster. You won’t win many games, if any, shooting under 35 percent overall.
While it’s clear the Jackets can hang with the tougher opponents in the ACC, they haven’t been able to achieve stability in their success. Since Jan. 26 they’ve alternated winning and losing each of their last six games.
Fortunately Wake Forest is 1-5 since Jan. 26. The Demon Deacons don’t rebound well. They don’t share the ball well. But, they’re still a half-game ahead of the Jackets in the conference standings. That could easily change on Saturday.
C.J. Harris and Travis McKie both average over 14 points a game for Wake Forest. They were the only two to score in double-digits against Georgia Tech in the last meeting. If the Jackets lock down these guys, winning on the road shouldn’t be a daunting task. They finally picked up their first true road win of the season last weekend against the Hokies.
Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. You can find coverage on ESPN3.