Game Preview: Georgia Tech
Is it weird this game scares the bejeezus out of me? Tech has lost four in a row (its only four ACC games as well) and has not looked good after a promising start. This is a younger team than UNC and on that has not played well at all on the road. Hate the term “trap game” but this may fall into that category for the Tar Heels.
After looking like a legit team in the first half against Maryland scoring 42 points and forcing (or being witness to) 15 turnovers, North Carolina barely withstood a decent second half from the Terrapins while UNC only shot 20 percent from the field. Georgia Tech is only averaging 65 a game so UNC isn’t likely to be outscored but if that atrocious shooting continues who are we to say.
- He’s not the leading scorer, or leading rebounder. He is the lone senior on the team though. Mfon Udofia runs this team though. He’s not dishing out assists left and right (50 on the year) or putting up ridiculous numbers anywhere in particular, but he’s the de facto leader. And it’s not like he’s not getting the ball in the basket. He’s tied for second on the team with 9.9 points a game on a team that only has one double-digit scorer. He shoots ok from 3 but doesn’t get to the FT line that much. We’re just treading water here.
- Did we mention this is a young team!? Freshman lead the way for Brian Gregory’s Yellow Jackets in the form of some double-named players. Marcus Georges-Hunt is a combo guard/forward who scores 10.7 a game and is not afraid to shoot the long ball even though he doesn’t connect at a high percentage. Robert Carter Jr. is a bit taller at 6’8″, rebounds better and scores at the 9.9 number like Udofia. These guys will probably progress into good players but it’s hard to trust them in this situation. Of course it could be one of their coming out parties though.
- Udofia gets some experience from 6’11.5″ redshirt junior center Daniel Miller. Miller doesn’t necessarily use his big body for bangin’ (only 38 FT attempts) but he’s tied for the team lead in rebounds with Carter Jr., scores over 7 points a contest and has 39 blocks on the year, so he still causes some commotion in the paint.
- One thing I like about GT: Of the 15 players on the roster, only two are not from Georgia. Those two, Stacey Poole Jr. and Solomon Poole, are brothers from Florida. Both Pooles only started playing in mid-December (Stacey is a Kentucky transfer, Solomon was only admitted to GT after fall semester closed) and have not contributed as much as Gregory had probably hoped.
Benn stopped making predictions, but feels confident. Except it would be just like the Tar Heels and go along with the ACC weirdness if they dropped this game at the Dean Dome.