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Georgia Tech Men’s Hoops: Preview of Matchup vs. Dayton Flyers


The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team is riding high right now after they dispatched their in-state rival Georgia Bulldogs 80-71 in Athens last Friday night. Now the Yellow Jackets are going back to the friendly confines of McCamish Pavilion to take on the 3-0 Dayton Flyers of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Game  Time : 7:00 pm EST

Venue: McCamish Pavilion – Atlanta, GA

Last Meeting:  November 19, 2009 – Dayton 63 –  Ga Tech 59

Records: Dayton ( 3-0, 0-0 Away ) , Georgia Tech ( 3-0, 2-0 Home )

Current Odds: Georgia Tech -8

Injuries: GT – Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee), Jason Morris, Out 4-6 weeks (foot); Dayton – None reported

TV: ESPN3

Radio: 106.7 FM

This could turn out to be a challenging game for the Yellow Jackets. Dayton is a tough team out of the Atlantic 10 Conference that has a balanced attack led by 6’6 Forward Dyshawn Pierre who averages 15.3 ppg . The Flyers boast four players in double figure scoring and average 76.3 ppg as a team. Dayton has some senior leadership as well in 6’7 senior forward Devin Oliver, who is the leading rebounder for the Flyers at 8.7 rebounds per game to go along with his 10.7 ppg scoring average.

However, the Yellow Jackets will be the stiffest competition that Dayton has faced to date, as well as being their first road game of the season. The Yellow Jackets have been playing solid ball this season and need to continue building on the early season success. The 80-71 road victory against Georgia should be a huge confidence boost for the Jackets going into this game.

Trae Golden has been brilliant since transferring to Georgia Tech, averaging 15.3 ppg on 53.3% shooting. Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey have been strong in the paint, and both are coming off double-doubles in the victory over Georgia. Miller is averaging 11.3 ppg on 63.6%(14-22) from the field to go along with 8.3 rebounds. Holsey has been an energy guy off the bench with his 9 ppg and 7.3 rebounds.

In order to get this victory Wednesday night coach Brian Gregory‘s Jackets are going to have to build on what they did last Friday, namely, control the boards and get high percentage shots inside. The Yellow Jackets were able to win the rebounding battle 47-38 against the Bulldogs. Holsey and Miller were a combined 10-17 shooting in the paint as well. I would expect for Georgia Tech to knock down a few extra three’s in this game as well. Shooting usually is better when your at home. The Jackets were 4-14 from three-point range last game.

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