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The Tigers make the quick trip down to Atlanta for their first visit to Georgia Tech's recently renovated and renamed arena. I'd love to see us grab a W in this one, but it's hard to be confident in a team that sports a three-game losing streak in addition to a six-game road losing streak. The one thing that gives me a little hope going into this one is the fact that GT's offensive attack is really bad. The Yellow Jackets' offense (65 ppg) ranks ranks 10th in the ACC (yes, Clemson is dead last). GT has only hit the 70-point mark once in conference play (Yes, Clemson has also only hit 70 once; we suck too).
This is what we had to say the last time these two teams got together. Tech came into its earlier game against us with a 1-5 mark in-conference, but has won two of its three games since. The Jackets beat Virginia and lost to FSU in a pair of games in Atlanta before going on the road to knock off Virginia Tech.
The Jackets have four guys that average at least 9 ppg in Marcus Georges-Hunt, Robert Carter, Kammeon Holsey, and Mfon Udofia. Mfon is good at several things but spectacular in nothing. He's got a decent 3-point shot (35%) and he has more assists than turnovers.
Carter, a 6-8 freshmen, is the team's leading rebounder, and Georges-Hunt is the steals leader. Kammeon Holsey is the Jackets' third-leading scorer, but he actually comes off the bench. He scored 14 on us in our last meeting, but he also turned in a Milton-esque performance with 5 turnovers.
I'd like to continue to see the young guys progress in this one. Jordan Roper really impressed me on offense and defense, with his three first-half steals and a 3 of 4 shooting performance from downtown. He's shown some great potential in a few games, but so far has not been able to string together multiple impressive games.
I don't have high hopes for a Tiger victory in this one, but I do expect a close, hard-fought game. We don't actually have much of a chance of pulling off the victory, but we should at least keep it interesting.
The game tips at 7 on RSN.