Clean Old Fashioned Hate makes its way to the hardwood this Saturday as Georgia Tech plays host to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Josh Pastner will lead his Yellow Jacket squad into battle coming off of a huge road upset win at Arkansas. That same win was coming off the heels of the Jackets losing to Gardner Webb Monday night. Pastner has said it many times that his team can beat anybody and also lose to anybody, and he was not lying.
Pastner is also looking for his first win against UGA and GT is looking to end a mini skid against their rival from Athens. As we inch closer to tip off, the two teams and their coaches have completely different styles, but both teams are extremely similar in several ways.
Tom Crean’s team is lead by Sophomore Rayshaun Hammonds and his 15ppg but he likely will draw James Banks, the Texas transfer who is a pest on defense and is a monster on the boards. Banks is one of the best shot blockers in the country, but Hammonds can draw him outside with his 46% clip from 3 point range. Which is also why UGA is so effective in transition as they have another sniper from deep in guard, Tyree Crump.
Now while Georgia Tech loves to slow the game down and play at a slower pace, Georgia loves to get the ball and go as they are one of the fastest paced teams in the country. The team that can control the tempo and play at their pace will be the one celebrating at the end.
These two coaches have both stressed the little things like hustle plays and diving for loose balls. Both of these teams dive on the floor every time a ball is loose, which is why both teams force a good amount of turnovers. It will be pivotal for the Jackets to hold onto the ball much better than their last game against Arkansas where they had over twenty turnovers.
Nothing will come easy for either team in this game, but for the Jackets they need to continue to control the tempo and be effective when they do have transition opportunities.
As both teams out of conference schedules are coming to end, this is a huge opportunity for both teams to boost their RPI and have a quality win on their schedule. This by no means is a make or break game for either team, but it could be a momentum builder as both teams are gearing up for conference play in a couple of weeks.
Keys to Victory for GT:
Play at your pace
Win the 50/50 balls
Do not lose Tyree Crump
Matchup to watch:
Jose Alvarado vs Nicolas Claxton
By: Bret Anderson