The last time Georgia Tech faced Boston College they made history, but not in any sort of good way. In the first round of the 2013 ACC Tournament Georgia Tech lost by 20, with Olivier Hanlan scoring 41 points and setting a single game ACC tournament record (after Tech starting on a 15-0 lead). This game took place only days after Tech had lost to Boston College to close the regular season. You could say that BC has sort of had Tech's number, defeating them in the past three contests. Jackets are hoping to break this streak tonight on the road. Unfortunately Hanlan is still there too.
The Jackets are coming off of a very disappointing bout against Miami on Saturday, where they scored a season low 42 points. The Jackets are a bit beat up and in dire need of some rejuvenation. They'll get some of it tonight as senior Jason Morris returns to the lineup after missing the Pitt and Miami games with a concussion suffered in a car accident.
The Jackets' offense has seemed very stagnant, with no player really stepping up to take on these tough ACC opponents. As I say this, Trae Golden has averaged 16 points over the past six games, but this can't be a one man show. Defense has kept the Jackets in these games, but without buckets, these young guns won't be able to beat anyone. If the Jackets are to win, they will need Daniel Miller and Marcus Georges-Hunt, along with others, to pull their weight. I have faith that this team can beat tough ACC opponents, but as a TEAM. Playing as a team is something that I don't really know if we have seen very often this season, to be honest.
As for Boston College, they have lost 6 out of the past 7 games. They gave UNC quite a scare this past weekend, almost pulling off the upset. In the first half, they shot over 50% from three, and Olivier Hanlan and Lonnie Jackson played very well. In the end, UNC was able to pull away with a victory. A few notes on Boston College is that they played mostly zone against UNC and we could see them play that against us tomorrow as well. In my opinion, they played very lazy transition defense, many times not getting back on turnovers. This could be the Achilles' of this team and something that I think Tech needs to focus on capitalizing on.
The game is the Jackets' third straight ACC game on ESPNU, with the tip set for 9pm. It can also be heard on WYAY 106.7 IMG Sports Radio. Hopefully the Jackets can pull off the victory in their first of two straight ACC road games.
What do y'all think? What do the Jackets need to do to be successful on the road? What needs to change from the Miami game?