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Atlanta moved up to the #4 pick in the draft in a trade with New Orleans. With that pick, the Hawks selected De’Andre Hunter, the 6’7″ guard/forward out of Virginia. Hunter is most known for his outstanding defense.
Atlanta acquired their 10th overall pick in the draft night trade last year with Dallas which also involved the exchange of Trae Young and Luka Dončić. With that pick, Atlanta selected Cam Reddish, the 6’8″ guard/forward from Duke University. Reddish is known for his ability as a knockdown three point shooter.
The Hawks got the 34th overall pick in the draft in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. That pick turned into Bruno Fernando, the 6’10” forward from Maryland. Fernando averaged a double-double in his sophomore season with Maryland.
Georgia Tech landed a big time transfer commit from VMI point guard, Bubba Parham. Parham will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2020-21 season and is a native of Snellville, Ga. Parham is an elite scorer as he averaged 21.4 points a game including a 24 point outburst at Kentucky in November where he drilled 10 threes. Parham shoots 40% from behind the arc, and is exactly what Pastner needs in his offense. We will likely have to wait a year to see him but this kid will put on a show when he gets on the court.
Jarrett Culver is a player that Hawks fans fell in love with throughout the Red Raiders March Madness run and it was easy to see how perfect of a fit he would be next to Trae Young. Not only that, but Coach Pierce would be thrilled to have a guy like Culver because of how he can impact the game on defense as well.
Regardless of what Culver chooses to do, he has certainly made a mark on his hometown school during his first two seasons. He led them to the their first ever Final Four and National Championship appearance. If Culver does choose to stay in school for at least one more year, he still be a name to watch for Hawks fans because there is no denying how perfect of a fit he is here in Atlanta.
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Georgia Tech capped off their regular season with a upset win win in Raleigh over NC State courtesy of a James Banks and 1 dunk with 1.4 left. By doing so, it leapfrogged Georgia Tech from 12th place to 10th place in the ACC standings. However, two teams that can determine who Georgia Tech plays in the ACC Tourney are Miami and Boston College who sit at 5-12 and in 11th and 12th in the standings. Miami travels to Blacksburg to take on the 15th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies and Boston College hosts NC State on Saturday.
Georgia Tech holds the head to head tie breaker with Boston College but do not own it with Miami. It is already guaranteed that Georgia Tech will play on Tuesday but they do not who they will play or what seed they will be. Here are the seeding scenarios for Georgia Tech and potential opening round opponents.
*Wake Forest(Plays @ FSU Saturday) owns tie breaker with Notre Dame*
Standings heading into Saturday
Miami Wins and Boston College Loses. Wake Forest Wins and Pitt Beats Notre Dame
10 vs 15: Miami(10) vs Notre Dame(15)
11 vs 14: Georgia Tech(11) vs Pittsburgh(14)
12 vs 13: Boston College(12) vs Wake Forest(13)
Boston College Wins and Miami Loses. Wake Forest Loses and ND Beats Pitt.
Miami and Boston College Lose. Wake Forest Loses and ND Beats Pitt
10 vs 15: Georgia Tech(10) vs Pittsburgh(15)
11 vs 14: Boston College(11) vs Notre Dame(14)
12 vs 13: Miami(12) vs Wake Forest(13)
Miami and Boston College Win. Wake Forest Loses and Pitt Beats ND.
Things get a little tricky here. GT, Miami, and Boston College would each be tied at 6-12 and each team would also be 1-1 head to head with each other. It would then go to which team beat the higher team in the final rankings. In this case, Boston College would own a win over a would be ranked FSU team and Miami would have just beaten a ranked Virginia Tech team. FSU, since they just beat Virginia Tech last night, would be the higher ranked win This is UNOFFICIAL but it should look like this.
10 vs 15: Boston College(10) vs Notre Dame(15)
11 vs 14: Miami(11) vs Pittsburgh(14)
12 vs 13: Georgia Tech(12) vs Wake Forest(13)
The last scenario is obviously the worst scenario for Georgia Tech but it is also the most unlikely. Georgia Tech will either be the 10 or 11 seed in all likelihood and will face either Pittsburgh or Notre Dame, two teams that they beat in the regular season(1-1 vs Notre Dame).
Georgia Tech put themselves in a favorable spot with the big win in Raleigh, but we will wait and see what happens on Saturday to see how this all works out.
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.