Finals are over, and the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team gets back to the hardcourt, as the Kennesaw State Owls pay a visit to McCamish Pavilion.
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: McCamish Pavilion
Series Record: Georgia Tech Leads, 2-1 (includes exhibition win)
Last Meeting: KSU won, 80-63, on 11/15/10 at KSU
Records: Kennesaw State (3-7, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Georgia Tech (7-3, 0-0 ACC)
Current Odds: N/A
Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee), Jason Morris, Out 4-6 weeks from 11/6 (foot); Kennesaw State. – None
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The pressure of finals week has ended, but now the pressure of the the meatiest part of the college basketball season begins. The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team will play the final game of their current homestand against a local Atlantic Sun opponent, the Kennesaw State Owls.
This game will not be a laugher, and the Yellow Jackets had best be prepared to play a grueling game against the Owls. Lewis Preston is in his third season as Kennesaw State head coach, and his his team playing pretty good ball. The Owls have already matched their win total for each of its last two seasons. Most recently, Kennesaw lost at Cincinnati on Nov. 29 and at Kent State on Dec. 1, and are playing their third consecutive game on the road, where they are 1-3 this season.
The last time these two teams played, the Owls took it to Tech, beating them 80-63 during Paul Hewitt’s final season as Georgia Tech head coach.
The Jackets need to use their size and ability to dominate the boards, just as they did in the last two games against Illinois and ETSU. Both Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey should be able to have big games tonight. The Owls have been beaten by bigger lineups that move the ball in and out, and post-up with a big man.
Tech will need to find a way to slow down Kennesaw State junior guard Delbert Love, who is averaging 10.8 ppg, and can be lethal from 3-point range, where he’s shooting just under 40% for the season. The Owls have another guard in Orlando Coleman who not only shoots well (10.2 ppg, .539 FG%) but can also be a force on the boards, pulling down a team-leading 6.7 boards per game.
After Monday’s game against the Owls, Tech will travel to Nashville on Dec. 21 to meet the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first of two final non-conference games.