This is the best part of the fall sports season. McCamish Pavilion should go completely crazy at 7PM Friday night as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets get set to tipoff their 100th year of college basketball against the Georgia Bulldogs.
This game can be seen on Fox Sports South at 7PM, and heard on radio channels 680 AM, 93.7 FM, as well as on satellite radio XM 194 and Sirius 108.
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It is only fitting for Tech to start off their 100th college hoop season with an intrastate rivalry game against the school that is despised the most.
Brian Gregory is going into his fourth season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets basketball team, and this years squad look pretty promising because of the depth it possesses, though the critics feel the Jackets are the 13th best unit this year in the ACC.
Friday night will mark the 190th time since 1906 that the Yellow Jackets will face the Georgia Bulldogs in basketball.
The Bulldogs are coached by Mark Fox who is going into his sixth season at the helm in Athens, and has his squad coming off of a 20-14 season in the SEC.
The Bulldogs are bringing in an experienced squad to McCamish that will be looking to avenge an 80-71 loss to the Yellow Jackets up in Athens from last year.
The junior backcourt of 6-foot-5 Charles Mann, and 6-foot-3 Kenny Gaines, is one of the better guard combinations in the nation.
Mann averaged 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Bulldogs last season while shooting 41% from the floor.
Kenny Gaines dropped 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists on 44% shooting from the floor and 37.5% from downtown.
6-foot-8, 235 pound senior forward, Marcus Thornton, is the returning leading rebounder for the Bulldogs after snatching 6.1 boards per contest last year to go along with his 8.3 points per game.
Nov 15, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Quinton Stephens (12) grabs a rebound from Georgia Bulldogs forward Nemanja Djurisic (42) during the first half at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia averaged 68.9 points per game as a team last season and yielded 66.8 point per game to their opponents.
The Yellow Jackets will need to use their overall team depth to their advantage in this game and every game going forward.
Tech has enough players to be able to be disruptive defensively with fresh bodies, and own the glass with the frontcourt rotation of Charles Mitchell, Demarco Cox, Quinton Stephens, Robert Sampson, Ben Lammers and Abdoulaye Gueye.
How the minutes will be divided up between these players in an official game remains to be seen, but that kind of frontcourt depth should be able to own the offensive and defensive glass and clog the middle pretty well throughout games.
Marques Georges-Hunt has played in this rivalry game a couple of times before. He is averaging 14.5 points per game in his career against the Bulldogs through two contest.
It is going to be an interesting test for the Georgia Tech point guard position in this game also.
Travis Jorgenson, Tadric Jackson, Josh Heath, and Corey Heyward are 20 fouls that can be used against the UGA backcourt of Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines in this game if needed.
It is going to be especially interesting to see how Travis Jorgenson handles himself against bigger guards to start off this season. He had seven points last season in the Yellow Jackets win.
This is a great way to start the season with rivalry game test on your home court. Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports South at 7 PM to catch this game.