The schedule for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge has been released, and Georgia Tech will be facing the Northwestern Wildcats on December 3rd.
Tech hasn’t had a lot of success in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to date, going 5-9 in the 14 appearances that they have made in the series.
Last year the Jackets won their matchup in the challenge against the Illinois Fighting Illini, 67-64, at McCamish Pavilion. This year’s game against Northwestern will be played in Evanston, Ill and will be the third matchup between these schools in the last five years. Northwestern won the previous two matchups against Tech with a 91-71 win in 2010 and a 76-60 win in 2011.
Brian Gregory was in his first season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets in 2011 and you can be sure he wants some redemption for the pounding his team took in that game. A few things have changed between then and now of course. Northwestern is now coached by Chris Collins, who was a player and long time assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and Gregory surely has a few more years of experience under his belt running the show at The Flats.
Georgia Tech is going to learn a lot about themselves in their non-conference schedule this fall. Tech will also take on the Dayton Flyers who were a Sweet 16 participant in the NCAA Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets will also participate in the Old Spice Classic during Thanksgiving weekend, which will put Georgia Tech in a field of teams that includes national hoop powers Kansas, Michigan State, and Tennessee. Also in that field will be the Marquette Golden Eagles and their new coach Steve Wojciechowski, who is also a Kryzewski disciple, as well as Rider, Santa Clara and Rhode Island.
All this was made a tad bit more difficult with the defection of Robert Carter Jr., but Coach Gregory is not going to care about that going into this schedule. He is going to see this as a challenge for his young Tech team that could aid them in growing up in time for the ACC slate.
There is going to be a lot of exciting basketball early on for Georgia Tech and it is going to be fun to watch and see how this year’s club responds to their early season challenges.
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