Feb 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Charles Mitchell (0) shoots a basket over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller (5) in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Conference Play Begins Against the Maryland Terrapins

Now is when Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball gets to the fun part. It’s conference schedule time and the Yellow Jackets are starting on the road to play against the Maryland Terrapins.

Date: 1/4/14

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Venue: Comcast Center , College Park, MD

Series Record: Maryland leads 39-36

Last Meeting: Georgia Tech won, 78-68 on 2/27/13 in Atlanta

Records: Georgia Tech (9-4 , 0-0 ACC),  Maryland (9-5, 1-0 ACC)

Current Odds: Maryland -7 1/2

Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee) Robert Carter Jr. (knee), out indefinitely;  Maryland- None

TV: ACC Network , ESPN 3

Radio: 106.7 FM

The Yellow Jackets will start conference play without one of their main cogs, Robert Carter, Jr., because of a torn meniscus in his knee.  Head coach Brian Gregory‘s crew is going to have to figure out a way to make up for the 6-foot-8 power forward’s production down low.  Starting conference play under a difficulty like this is a tough task, especially on the road.

The Maryland Terrapins are not going to feel sorry for the Yellow Jackets.  They know that their job is to defend their home court.  The Terrapins will go about that task by getting the ball to their leading scorer, 6-foot-5 Junior guard, Dez Wells. Wells is a solid perimeter player, who is leading the Terrapins in scoring with 15.3 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field.

6-foot-8 forward Jake Layman and Michigan Junior transfer Evan Smotrycz also help out on the front line for the Terrps.  Jake Layman is the second leading scorer for Maryland averaging 14.2 ppg while shooting 41.7% from beyond the 3-point arc.  Smotrycz leads the Terrapins in rebounding at 7.1 rpg while scoring 12.1 ppg.

The Yellow Jackets are going to have to figure out how to defend a solid 3-point shooting team.  Maryland is the fifth best 3-point shooting team in the ACC.  The Terps shoot the pill from 3-point range at a 36.5% clip.  Georgia Tech’s  perimeter defense is going to have to be on point, especially since they are going to be playing the Terrapins on their home court. Usually teams shoot better at home than they do on the road in unfamiliar surroundings.

Making up for the loss of Carter is going to be Tech’s biggest challenge. He brought a lot to the table in terms of both stats and intangibles. Gregory is going to be looking for a big contribution from Kammeon Holsey going forward.

Holsey, who was widely regarded through the ACC ranks as a “Sixth Man Of The Year” candidate, really has not played as such to this point putting up 6.6 points and grabbing 5.5 boards this season.  He is going to have to bring his “A” game to the starting lineup.  Also center Daniel Miller is going to have to anchor the paint more than ever now. Miller is going to have to make sure that he stays out of foul trouble because his absence is going to cause difficulties for the Jackets if he is not on the floor now.

This is a pretty even matchup for the Yellow Jackets.  The difficulty for Georgia Tech is going to be getting used to life without Carter, who meant so much to the frontline play for Georgia Tech, who has won 4 of their last 5 games, so their confidence should be pretty high.  They need to raise their game and start conference play off on a good note with a win in College Park, Maryland before they go to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils.

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