The wait is over for hoops fans, as the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team will open their season against Presbyterian College at McCamish Pavillion tonight at 7:30 pm.
This will be the first look at the 2013-14 Yellow Jackets for most fans, although some did get a sneak-peek recently at the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage. In last year’s game, Tech routed Presbyterian 52-38.
The Jackets are returning four starters from last season – center Daniel Miller, forward Robert Carter, Jr., guards Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden. The only starter–and top scorer–gone from last year’s team is senior point guard Mfon Udofia, who graduated in the summer. University of Tennessee transfer Trae Golden will do a lot to replace some of the scoring lost by Udofia’s absence.
Last year, Brian Gregory‘s squad took some steps towards improvement (16-15 overall record and 6-12 in the ACC) but still wasn’t able to build on their conference record from 2011. It’s going to be on the young shoulders of a host of new talent entering this season to bring the Yellow Jackets back to a competitive level in the conference.
Presbyterian is only in its second season as a Division I basketball program, but is entering its 25th season under head coach Gregg Nibert. The Blue Hose posted an 8-24 mark last season and are only returning one starter from the 2012-13 team, adding seven new players to the mix.
Tickets are available for the game for $15 and available at the main ticket windows on the 10th Street side of the arena beginning at 6:30 p.m. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on WYAY-FM (106.7).