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Georgia Tech Needs To Stop The Bleeding At Boston College

After a rough 1-2 homestand, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will attempt to get off the schneid, as they travel to Chestnut Hill, MA to take on the Boston College Eagles.

Date: 1/21/14

Game Time: 9:00 pm ET

Venue: Silvio O. Conte Forum , Chestnut Hill, MA

Series Record: Georgia Tech Leads, 9-8

Last Meeting:  Boston College won, 84-64, on 3/14/13 in Greensboro, NC.

Records: Georgia Tech (10-8 , 1-4 ACC),  Boston College  (5-13, 1-4 ACC)

Current Odds: Boston College, -4.5

Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Robert Carter Jr. (knee), out indefinitely; Boston College– None


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The Yellow Jackets are a struggling team that has lost five of their last seven contests. Finding answers for the team’s deficient bench due to injury, and overall shooting woes has been tough for head coach Brian Gregory. In Tech’s last game a lot of team weaknesses were put on full display for everyone to see.  Maybe this two-game road swing will help the Jackets find some cures for what ails them.

First stop for Georgia Tech is a trip to play a Boston College Eagles team that is struggling even more than the Jackets. The Golden Eagles are currently 5-13 overall and 1-4 in the ACC. They have lost eight of their last 10 contests and, coincidentally, won their last game the same day that Tech recorded their last win, on January 11th.

BC is led by 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Olivier Hanlan, who averages 18.9 ppg on 41.6% from the field, and 6-foot-9, Junior forward, Ryan Anderson, who averages 15.1 points and 7.3 boards per contest. Boston College leads the ACC in 3-point shot attempts with 405 and drains the trey at a 34.1% clip. Hanlan actually has jacked up 106 of those 3-point attempts and is shooting 31% from beyond the arc.

Coach Gregory’s unit is going to have to guard against the potential 3-point shooting barrage that could take place since BC will be shooting their threes on their home court, and most teams shoot better at home.

But shooting better at home might be a rumor after watching the Yellow Jackets pull the trigger in their last game. Tech only made 13 field goals for the game against Miami, and shot a meager 29.5% from the field and 20% from deep. That has to be sticking out in their minds as they travel with their headphones on to Massachusetts.

In particular, it would be nice to see Marcus Georges-Hunt get out of his shooting funk. During the three game homestand, Georges-Hunt shot a paltry 9-30 from the floor. Everyone has seen that he is a better shooter and scorer than he has been in the last few contests, so this is a game where he will hopefully find his stride.

It would also be good for Daniel Miller to get off to a faster start than he did in the Miami game. Tech cannot wait until the second half for him to start logging points – he needs to be active and engaged in the game early and often. Chris Bolden and Quinton Stephens need to have strong games off the bench and make up for their combined 1-11 shooting performance on Saturday.

In short, coach Gregory simply needs to get his team to maximize their efforts on this road trip.  Tech’s bench depth issues are what they are at this point, it is just time for the Jackets’ to man up and overcome the problems.

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