The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dropped their second straight game on Monday night in a 62-61 loss to Arkansas.
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team didn’t put in their best performance on Monday night when they fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks 62-61. The Jackets struggled offensively at times and hurt themselves too much in the process, here are our four takeaways from the loss.
1) Michael Devoe is in-fact human…
Well, it appears that Michael Devoe is in fact human and is not a perfect player. The sophomore was coming off one of the best three-game stretches of anyone in the country this season so far but Monday was not his best effort. Devoe struggled for the most part on Monday, shooting 4-for-16 from the field, scoring just 12 points on the evening. He did shoot well from the free-throw line, going 4-for-6 but outside of that it can only be described as struggles.
2) James Banks rebounds from tough performance against UGA
Last week against UGA, James Banks had a rough game much like Devoe’s today against Arkansas. Banks, however, bounced back strong against the Razorbacks and led the Yellow Jackets with 20-points. He was efficient from the field, going 6-for-10 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. Add in his 13 rebounds and Josh Pastner couldn’t ask for much more from Banks.
3) The Jackets hurt themselves too much to “deserve” a victory
When you turn the ball over 23 times over the course of a game and shoot just 68.2% from the charity stripe, you probably don’t deserve to win many games. But that’s exactly what the Yellow Jackets did on Monday against Arkansas. The Jackets turned the ball over 23 times compared to Arkansas’s 14 and with nearly half of the Razorbacks first half points coming off turnovers, it’s easy to see why the Yellow Jackets walked away with a loss on Saturday.
4) Not strong enough from three-point range
Three-point shooting has never been a strength for the Jackets and on Monday, that ugly side of the Yellow Jackets showed again. The Jackets for the game shot just 18.2% from beyond the arch, going 2-for-11. The Razorbacks didn’t shoot much better going 7-for-23 but that’s still an extra 15 points from beyond that the Yellow Jackets didn’t have. The Jackets will need to be better from beyond going forward.
The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team is now off until December 1st when they take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.