Two of the ACC’s coldest teams face off tonight in South Bend as Georgia Tech will try to right the ship against Notre Dame. Georgia Tech hasn’t won a game since beating Notre Dame back on January 22 63-61. Since that game, Georgia Tech’s shooting has been horrendous, to put it nicely, and haven’t cracked more than 54 points. This team is more than capable of playing and shooting much better than this, it is just more of a mental thing at this point.
It would be huge for the Jackets to hit a couple early shots to get the confidence going. That’s really what this team needs right now is a spark. Somebody has to step up and have a big game offensively and provide a spark. This team prides themselves on defense, which is why they give themselves a chance every game but you have to make shots consistently in the ACC to get wins and not just compete to win.
The Jackets scored just 42 points last game against Clemson and just 49 in a very winnable game at Florida State a couple Saturdays ago. Foul trouble for guys like Jose Alvarado and AD Gueye have been a reason for this lack of offense but it is not excuse for no one being able to hit a jumper. Like I said it seems to be more of a confidence issue.
This is a game the Jackets can win. Just like every team, this team hates losing. I fully expect a big night from Jose Alvarado because he has had a down past couple games and as Josh Pastner said, Alvardo wants to win as bad as he needs to breathe.
Big man John Mooney should be the focus of Georgia Tech’s defensive strategy as they need to contain him in the low post and keep him off the boards unlike the first game where he dropped 22&14. James Banks wasn’t too far behind him with 16&10 and his effort, along AD Gueye’s late spark, was a big reason for the win.
Georgia Tech desperately needs this win ahead of two 25 opponents on deck after tonight.
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By: Bret Anderson