Andy Demeter | The Voice of the Yellow Vests
It won’t elicit much sympathy from them – after all, it’s ACC – but it deserves some recognition.
Georgia Tech (8-11, 1-8 ACC) played this week 8 out of 9 ACC games against teams that currently have a conference winning record.
Of the four other teams with a conference record of less than .500, Tech only played one combo game against them (Notre Dame).
The Yellow Vests won’t get any relief from this toughness, at least not yet. Tech has two matches against ranked opponents this week, starting with a Littlejohn Coliseum rematch against league leaders Clemson (16-4, 8-1 ACC). After beating the Jackets 79–66 at the McCamish Pavilion on December 21, the Tigers emerged as a major threat in the ACC, scoring their best conference start in 27 years and a top 25 finish.
Clemson also won 14 consecutive games at Littlejohn Coliseumalthough each of his last three encounters with Tech on his home floor came down to the final shot.
The schedule can be tight. But just in case, get ready for some drama tonight.
Enjoy the top notes from my chart as the Jackets seek a late night redemption against the Tigers #24 (9pm ET, Georgia Tech by Legends Sports):
Tech has made significant progress in five of the eight ACC losses. (photo by Danny Karnik)
It doesn’t feel right for a team that is stuck with one conference win. But lately, Georgia Tech has gotten off to an enviably fast start:
EnemyLeadRemaining time 1st halfMiami21-1112:01 Florida State16-715:48 Notre Dame9-217:02 N.K. State18-815:05Syracuse21-1012:56
So what can a technician do to keep those leads in the long term? Josh Pastner thinks it comes down to a simple thing.
“What triggered the opponent’s run was a careless transition that resulted in them being able to maybe give them some life,” Pastner explained on his radio show. “Or we do a couple of open shots and we get hot and we start to cool down.”
Technology can’t afford Tuesday – Clemson leads the ACC in defensive effectiveness in a conference game (0.95 PPP). Formed under head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers will come off and dig hard on paint touches, with nimble big players recovering well. The technician will need to better spin the ball in second and third party than at the first meeting. They also need to be strong in their pickups and accurate in their throws. plus one pass that Clemson’s excavations often create. Pastner said his team transitional protection was not up to par in the first meeting; this may be the key to deflecting any baskets that revive Littlejohn on the open floor.
Clemson still leads the ACC, but the Tigers have had to persevere without starting point guard Chase Hunter (14.9 ppg), who has missed the last two games with a foot injury. The Atlanta native is Clemson’s main playmaker, with players around him scoring mostly on action.
If Hunter can’t play, it could redirect much of the scoring load to center PJ Hall (14.0 ppg), who scored 25 points in December, and Hunter Tyson, who scored 6-8 points. fifth place in the country in a double-double (15.7 points, 10.1 rebounds). Hall may be the maestro in high office thanks to his ability to shoot and assist, while Tyson may be the trickiest cover inside and out in the ACC. Not only does he throw 41 percent out of three, he diligently cuts post-ups and has a light touch on the paint. He also came a long way from James Banks when he was a sophomore at the McKemish Pavilion.
Will the Tigers make a more concerted effort to get him into the post, especially if Hunter is limited? Among the areas Pastner wants to see improvement from the first meeting are better half-court gliding and sharper transition defense. Also worth checking out: Clemson’s disease. two worst employee turnover rates of the season fell on games that Hunter missed.
An extra year of COVID has resulted in a whole generation of grey-bearded college basketball players who have warped our sense of time.
Case in point: Clemson defenseman Brevin Galloway turned 25 in December, making him one of only nine Division I players to be at least 25 years old.
He is seven days older than De Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, who is currently in his sixth season in the NBA.
With Hunter potentially out, Galloway could be even more uninhibited as he falters for deep threes. He will also try to get rid of 3 ACC points against Virginia Tech.
A lingering groin injury limited Ja’von Franklin’s effectiveness in Thek’s first encounter with Clemson. (photo by Danny Karnik)
Some players shyly downplay their time in junior college.
Not Ja’Von Franklinwho spent two years at Holmes Community College in Mississippi before starting his odyssey with three schools in Division I. A good-natured forward from Little Rock, Arkansas, broke his right leg two minutes into the first game of his sophomore year at Holmes; although he was attached to Memphis at the time, he feared the injury would ruin his scholarship.
His fears turned out to be in vain – Franklin eventually signed a contract with Auburn, where he spent two seasons. After rehabilitating and returning to court, Franklin decided to pay tribute to his perseverance by receiving Yuko Product and “Only the strong survive” tattoo on the same leg he broke.
A lingering groin injury limited Franklin’s effectiveness in the first meeting with Clemson. against a team that heads the ACC in percentage defense of two-point field goals in conference play (42.4%), Franklin and his frontcourt mates will need to be adventurous in their finishes around the ring. They also have to take on Tyson, one of the best defenders in the country. There aren’t many connecting links in Clemson’s four losses, but Loyola (Illinois) and Wake Forest topped them. forcing fouls and getting offensive rebounds.
I’m sorry Stuart Sinkbut you have company.
Seven years after the former Yellow Jacket puttted from base to base during promotion break at the McCamish Pavilion, a Clemson student hit a 94-foot ball last week to win $10,000 at the Littlejohn Coliseum.
Now that we’re ready, we hope you are too. Join us for pre-game coverage starting at 8:30 pm ET on Legends Sports’ Georgia Tech Sports network. See you in Clemson.
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