In the 2017-18 preseason coaches poll, the Georgia Tech basketball team received three votes.
The Georgia Tech basketball program received three votes in the USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. The three votes tied the Yellow Jackets with in-state rival Georgia for the 44th overall ranking in the nation.
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Last season, the Yellow Jackets went 21-16 (8-10) last season in Josh Pastner’s first year as the head coach. Heading into the season, the Jackets were projected to win no conference games by media outlets. Of course, that didn’t happen as the Yellow Jackets went on to win eight conference games including three top-25 upsets.
The Jackets ended their season in the NIT Championship game losing to a scorching-hot TCU Horned Frog team. That being said, the NIT run was a great way to end the 2016-17 season that proved the Jackets were a program on the rise and were looking to restore themselves to their former glory.
A huge reason that the Jackets received three votes in the poll was most likely the combo of Josh Okogie and Ben Lammers. The sophomore forward and senior center were the Yellow Jackets two best player without a question last season. They were also both included in Sports Illustrated’s top 100 scorers for the 2017-18 season. Okogie was ranked 19th while Lammers was ranked 99th on the list.
Complete Top 25:
- Michigan State
- Wichita St
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Southern California
- Miami (FL)
- Notre Dame
- St. Mary’s
- Seton Hall
Out of the preseason top 25, the Jackets are set to face seven of those with Duke, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Louisville, UCLA, and Northwestern all on the schedule. There are also four teams that received votes that the Jackets are scheduled to face.
The Jackets will top off their regular season on November 10th when they travel to China to take on the UCLA Bruins. Fans, however, will be able to get their first look at the team on November 2nd when they face Faulkner University in an exhibition game.