It was a cold night at Boston College on January 21st, though Georgia Tech was anything but (at least for a half). The Jackets followed up an awful showing against Miami by coming out and making their first 14 shots, and going 17-23 from the field in the first half.
However, even with a 15-point lead at halftime, the Jackets struggled to finish. Boston College was consistent in the second half and made it close late, but Trae Golden scored 9 points in the final 2:30 to boost Georgia Tech to an 8-point win. Even with a lackluster second half, the Jackets never trailed.
In five games since, the fortunes haven't been the same -- Georgia Tech has lost 4 of 5, with two losses by double digits and another coming alongside only 41 points at Clemson. The game after BC, they actually took a solid Wake Forest team to OT and almost beat them...almost. It's been that kind of season for the Jackets though, and most of the fanbase probably agrees with me that they can break out of it as soon as they want with no complaints from me.
The Eagles were actually able to win their following game, competing a season sweep of a miserable Virginia Tech team. They even were able to go to South Bend and take the Fighting Irish to overtime, before the first of three straight losses. As bad as the season has been for the Yellow Jackets, it's been way worse for the Eagles -- they've got 6 wins in 23 games (12 in 24 for Tech), and sit at 13th in the ACC with a 2-8 mark (those two wins came in their season sweep of Virginia Tech).
Wednesday is going to be a game between two teams having generally miserable seasons, but with plenty to play for. Georgia Tech in particular is playing for Coach Gregory and the continued reconstruction of the fan base after it was left in shambles by Paul Hewitt. They'll have a good shot at a fourth win on their home floor, hopefully in front of a number of the fans they're looking to lock back in as die-hard supporters.
With the weather in Atlanta, many folks may not make it to the game. However, it will still be played, much like the North Carolina game two weeks ago.
UPDATE 1:30pm WED: Tonight's game has been postponed to Thursday. The game will tip at 5 P.M. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports South and ESPN3, as well as the normal radio affiliates.
Feeling good about this game? Is this one we should win? Think we complete the season sweep?