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Yellow Jackets Need a Complete Game Against Mississippi Valley State

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will try to continue their winning ways when they face the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils of the SWAC  Tuesday evening at McCamish Pavilion.

Game Time: 7:00 pm

Venue: McCamish Pavilion

Series Record: First Meeting

Records: MVSU  (0-4, 0-4 Away) Georgia Tech (4-1, 3-1 Home)

Current Odds: N/A

Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee), Jason Morris, Out 4-6 weeks (foot); MSVU – None

TV: ESPN3

Radio: 106.7 FM

The Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State have only played one home game since the season opened, and have another tough road test when they take on Georgia Tech. Their four losses have been at an average of 32.5 ppg and have come against some big names, including of No.5 Oklahoma St., Texas A&M, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

MVSU is led by their backcourt of 6’3 guard DeAngelo Priar and 6’1 guard Anthony McDonald. McDonald leads the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg but shoots a horrible 35.3% from the field. Priar is just behind him in scoring at 14.3 ppg and shoots 43.5% from the field. They are the only two players on the Delta Devils squad that are averaging double figure scoring. Their leading rebounder is 6’6 forward James Carrington who snatches six rebounds per game.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, coming off of their 78-71 victory over North Carolina A&T, will look to continue their winning ways. Trae Golden is coming off possibly his best performance of the season, where he was 4 of 9 from the field with 20 points and 7 assists. He got to spend a lot of time at the free throw line against NC A&T, as 11 of his 20 points came from the stripe.

Although it seems as though there were a lot of bright spots against NCAT, the reality is that the Yellow Jackets seemed to play down to their competition, or maybe even took them for granted. The Aggies actually led the Jackets 45-36 at one point in the second half. That is the kind of thing that head coach Brian Gregory will want his Yellow Jackets squad to avoid Tuesday evening.

Georgia Tech will have a decisive size and talent advantage. Mississippi Valley State has also been on the road a lot, so they should be tired of the travel. The Yellow Jackets need to focus and take full advantage of all the mismatches in this game. Daniel Miller, Kammeon Holsey, and Robert Carter Jr. should be able to dominate the paint and own the boards. That’s one thing that Georgia Tech failed to do against NCAT, only pulling down two more boards than the smaller Aggies.

If Tech can take advantage of their size in the middle and own the paint, then this should be a decisive win for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech would also like to have a better overall effort from behind the three-point arc. The team was 5 of 15 from trey Sunday and are an ACC worse 26.4% from three-point range.

In the end the Yellow Jackets need to play a complete game and focus for 40 minutes. That is something that coach Gregory really has not gotten out of his team yet this year. This might be the game where he gets that kind of dominant effort.

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