When you think about the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets season, or for that matter, the Jackets over the last four seasons, Boston College seems to be the matchup that is most telling about the state of the Jackets’ program.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The reason why this matchup is the most telling, especially when it comes to the ACC Tournament, is because it usually means that you have finished toward the very bottom of the ACC conference and you are probably playing on the first day of the tournament.
Over the last four seasons Brian Gregory and the Yellow Jackets are 4-4 against the Boston College Eagles which includes being 1-1 head-to-head in the ACC Tournament.
That is why it is fitting that the Yellow Jackets and Eagles will be up facing each other for the ninth time in Brian Gregory’s tenure when they meet up in the first round of the 2015 ACC Tournament .
This will serve as both a tiebreaker and as a barometer to a certain degree.
When the Yellow Jackets lost to Boston College 64-62 this season, it was Georgia Tech’s seventh consecutive loss in ACC play.
Going into that game it was viewed as a barometer game because the Yellow Jackets had just gotten blown out on the road by the Virginia Cavaliers 57-28.
Though they had gotten smashed in Charlottesville, it wasn’t an indictment at that time of how bad this team was playing.
Jan 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory reacts from the bench in the first half of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Every ACC game Tech had lost to that point was close. You figured with Boston College coming into McCamish the next game, that Georgia Tech would be prepared to get a home win over the Eagles.
If they did not get the win over BC, that would let Tech fans know how good this team was and how prepared these players are under the tutelage of Coach Gregory.
The Yellow Jackets ended up collapsing in that game losing 64-62.
That game on January 25th was the one that had Yellow Jackets basketball fans truly questioning the capability of Brian Gregory and their Yellow Jackets more so than any other game.
That was the game where the Jackets were supposed to get well.
That game showed Tech fans what they were truly dealing with when they watched Georgia Tech Basketball– and it is going to show fans once again.
No one is going to see Marcus Georges-Hunt being out for the remainder of the season as a good enough excuse to not beat Boston College.
Boston College is 12-18 just like Georgia Tech. The Eagles finished only one game better than the Yellow Jackets in ACC play with their 4-14 record as compared to Tech’s 3-15.
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Brian Gregory is going to be expected to figure out a way to dispatch a bottom feeder ACC team that Georgia Tech should still be able to beat.
Yes, Marcus Georges-Hunt being out is a huge blow, but not big enough for expectation to be low when it comes to defeating Boston College.
So it is fitting that the opening round matchup for Georgia Tech is going to be Boston College.
This is a game where Tech hoop fans will get to see Brian Gregory show everyone that he is worth his salt as a coach despite all the calls for a pink slip to be handed to him.
Fans, know he is at a disadvantage without his leading scorer, but there is still enough on the Georgia Tech roster to beat Boston College if they are well prepared.
The barometer is set, and it is actually set pretty low.
Time for Coach Gregory to show and prove.