The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball schedule came out last week and to everyone’s surprise Tech is opening up against their biggest foes. Brian Gregory’s club will be taking on the Georgia Bulldogs to open up their non-conference schedule on November 14th.
This marks the earliest date that the Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs have ever squared off on the hardwood. This is definitely something new to the Georgia Tech vs UGA hoop rivalry, but this is not the only thing that is going to be new from the Yellow Jackets’ perspective.
Georgia Tech’s roster has gone into total flux between graduation and offseason transfers. Tech lost Kammeon Holsey, Daniel Miller and Trae Golden due to graduation, as well as junior forward Robert Carter Jr., who transferred to Maryland.
However, Tech has a huge amount of new talent coming to The Flat. Shooting guard Tadric Jackson, center Ben Lammers and power forward Abdoulaye Gueye make up the freshman class that is coming in. Also from the transfer circuit this offseason, Brian Gregory will have the services of Maryland transfer Charles Mitchell, Ole Miss transfer Demarco Cox and, South Florida transfer Josh Heath, who all have been granted immediate eligibility.
It’s a shame that Tech fans are going to have to wait till 2015 to see Alabama transfer Nick Jacobs play, but he has to sit out the required year because of NCAA transfer rules.
It is going to be interesting to see if all this new talent will be able to maintain the dominance that the Jackets have enjoyed in this rivalry. The Yellow Jackets are clearly winning this series historically with a record of 104-86. Tech has won the last three matchups versus the Bulldogs, which is the first time the Jackets have rattled off three straight in this series since the late 50’s to early 60’s when All-American Roger Kaiser played for The Jackets under then head coach Whack Hyder.
UGA’s roster did not have much turnover from last season’s roster. Bulldogs coach Mark Fox still has his two main guns on the floor for him in guards Charles Mann, who averaged 13.9 points, and Kenny Gaines who hit for 13.0 ppg in 2013-14.
This is a great way for the Jackets to start off the new hoop season. Brian Gregory is going to get to see all of his new personnel tested early in a rivalry matchup. If the Jackets were to have a strong showing in this game, it could set the tone for the rest of the non-conference schedule which makes this year’s installment of Georgia Tech v Georgia pretty important.
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