The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to finish their non-conference schedule on a high note when they take on the Charlotte 49ers of Conference USA Sunday afternoon at Halton Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina .
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Halton Arena
Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 6-1
Last Meeting: Charlotte won, 86-83 in Atlanta on 1/2/11
Records: Georgia Tech (8-4 , 0-0 ACC), Charlotte (8-3 , 0-0 C-USA)
Current Odds: N/A
Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee); Charlotte – Ivan Benkovic (back), out 2-3 weeks
TV: Fox Sports 1, ESPN3
Radio: 106.7 FM
It was a downer watching the Yellow Jackets three-game winning streak get snapped in Nashville by the Vanderbilt Commodores 76-63, but that is a tough road game to get. The road doesn’t get any easier for Brian Gregory‘s Yellow Jackets as they go into Halton Arena to play the 8-3 Charlotte 49ers. Charlotte is a solid team who has wins over the Michigan Wolverines and Kansas St. Wildcats this season.
The 49ers have five players that score in double figures on their unit, led by 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Shawn Lester who averages 14.5 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. Willie Clayton out of Thomasville, Ga anchors the inside for Charlotte with good size at 6-foot-9, 237 pounds. Clayton averages 12 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Georgia tech needs to shake off the loss to Vanderbilt and focus on this one game before they begin ACC play against the Maryland Terrapins January 4th. The Jackets have to completely erase the memory of their shooting from the Vandy Game, where Tech shot a woeful 38.5% was 4 of 25 from 3-point range. In particular, Marcus Georges-Hunt, who shot 1-for-7 from the floor, needs to have a very short memory.
What the Yellow Jackets can build on is the strong game that Daniel Miller had down low in that game. He was definitely a bright spot in the 13 point defeat to the Commodores. Miller recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds on 7 of 11 shooting. The Yellow Jackets strength is their interior play. When Daniel Miller, Robert Carter Jr., and Kammeon Holsey are able to assert themselves in the paint and on the glass, the Yellow Jackets flat out play better as a team. Tough interior play can travel, this is something that Brian Gregory needs to be sure to have his team establish when they go into Charlotte Sunday.
This game can be a launching pad for big things for the Yellow Jackets. If Georgia Tech can have a strong outing on the road in Charlotte, it can get their confidence rolling again and they can just look at the Vanderbilt game as a hiccup. Going into conference play with a 9-4 record would be a good look for the Jackets. But they need to get some road momentum started now. After this game with the Charlotte 49ers they have two conference road matchups to start with at Maryland and in Durham, NC when they play the Duke Blue Devils. They’ve got to pick up some good road habits quickly.