Georgia Tech Basketball: Yellow Jackets Look to Change Fortunes Against the Clemson Tigers


It’s is time to change the fortunes in The Flats right now for Brian Gregory and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-14, 2-11 ACC).

Last year’s attrition was brought on by injuries to the roster which caused the Jackets to finish 6-12 in league play.

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This year’s attrition is taking place in the minds for the Jackets. Losing eight conference games by six points or less has to play with your mental at some point.

The Yellow Jackets will look to overcome their issues to get into the win column against the Clemson Tigers (15-10, 7-6 ACC).

Clemson is coming off of defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 75-54 Saturday. The Tigers have won five of their last seven games .

Brad Brownell is in his fifth season as Clemson head coach and has a record of 89-68 while at the helm.

The Tigers leading scorer is 6-foot-7 forward Jaron Blossomgame who averages 13.0 points and a team high 8.1 rebounds.

Freshman 6-foot-8 forward Donte Grantham is the second leading scorer at 9.4 points per contest on 39.2% shooting from the floor.

Clemson’s top backcourt player is 6-foot-1 senior Rod Hall who averages 8.7 points and 3.5 assists.

As a team Clemson averages 62.6 points while yielding 60.0 points to their opponents.

Feb 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cheerleader performs against the Florida State Seminoles in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and have a 43-31 edge record wise over Tech in ACC play.

However, Georgia Tech has fared well at home against Clemson historically with a 40-24 record in home games.

This matchup dates back to 1912-13.

The Yellow Jackets have played hard all year, and it is a shame that they have just two ACC wins for all their work.

Tech has fallen short in most of their games because of a scoreless stretch here, or a mental lapse there, and those moments have ended up costing Tech games.

It has been said before and needs to be stressed again, the Yellow Jackets effort is not in question.

Execution has been in question for Georgia Tech, but even the execution has gotten better though a couple plays in the end of the games may cost them.

Brian Gregory touched on how much better his teams’ execution has been in the postgame interview after the Jackets 57-53 loss to Florida State care of the Georgia Tech Athletic Channel on You Tube .

Brian Gregory’s team looked great offensively when they were getting out on the break and playing fast.

The Yellow Jackets this season have not really excelled offensively in the half-court, but when they get out and play fast, they look like a totally different team.

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A big part of that is getting stops on the defensive end, getting the outlet pass out, and pushing the ball up the court quickly.

The less time Tech spends in the half-court, the better their chances are to put up an efficient amount of points.

This game is about Georgia Tech seeing some good fortune for all their hard work.

It is also about shaking off a tough loss and getting refocused quickly. Marcus Georges-Hunt played great finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds, but the missed free throw is what everyone, including him, may remember.

Everyone needs to simply move on from it and look to the next challenge.

The effort has been given every game, but the odds simply have not been in the Jackets favor.

This game can be seen on ESPNU at 7 PM EST. The game also can be heard on local Atlanta radio 680AM and 93.7 FM and satellite radio Sirius 93 and XM 193.