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Georgia Tech Basketball: ESPN Big Monday Coming to McCamish Pavilion

Brian Gregory’s team is going to be getting some pretty decent exposure this season on television against some pretty powerful hoop programs.

On February 23rd at 7 pm, the Yellow Jackets are going to be taking on ACC newcomers in the Louisville Cardinals.

This will be the first meeting between Georgia Tech and Louisville since 2005. In that year the Jackets and Cardinals met in the Second Round of the NCAA  Tournament with Louisville taking out the Jackets 76-54.

This will also be the first trip for Louisville to Atlanta to play against the Yellow Jackets since 1997.  In 1997 Georgia  Tech, lead by Bobby Cremins, defeated Louisville 94-86.

Georgia Tech is 7-3 when the Cardinals come to Atlanta, and 4-2 when Louisville plays on the Georgia Tech campus.  The last time Louisville was on campus was in 1991 with the Jackets winning that game 82-69 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Overall Tech is 13-15 against Louisville.

With Rick Pitino and his Louisville club joining the ACC needless to say the conference gauntlet has become very thick.

Louisville’s coming into the conference means that the ACC currently houses four programs that combined have six NCAA Championships since 2000. Duke has won two titles (2001 and 2010), North Carolina also has two titles (2005 & 2009),  with Syracuse (2003) and Louisville (2013) each having one each.

What makes that impressive is that all of those coaches; Roy Williams, Mike Kryzewski, Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino, are still at the helm of their programs.

That is how difficult the ACC has become now. Brian Gregory’s club has to be relishing the challenge that is being put before them in the ACC, and chomping at the bit to be able to put their skills on full display on ESPN for Big Monday.

With Brian Gregory going into his fourth season as head coach of the Gerogia Tech Yellow Jackets, his vision and direction for the basketball team should be starting to take shape.

With the added depth provided from transfers Josh Heath, Demarco Cox, Charles Mitchell and Robert Sampson, along with the freshman group arriving in centers Ben Lammers, Abdoulaye Gueye, and guard Tadric Jackson, this Tech team could do some big things.

Those players combined with Marques Georges-Hunt, Chris Bolden, Travis Jorgenson Quinton Stephens and Corey Hayward are going to give Brian Gregory potentially the deepest and most versatile team he has had since coming to The Flats.

With the conference getting as deep as it is, Gregory has to be glad to have so much depth built in this 2014-15 edition of Georgia Tech Basketball.  This fall is going to be exciting in The Flats.

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