Georgia Tech basketball is still looking to get its first ACC win streak, and it could come tonight in McCamish Pavilion against a UNC team that is 1-2 in its last three games. The Tar Heels (17-8, 8-5) are a talented team as ever, but don't have the record they normally have that reflects that. One thing they do have is scoring ability. UNC, in this year of anemic offense, has score 80+ points 11 times this season. They're hot with the 3-ball as well, shooting 37% this year. Junior G Reggie Bullock in particular is shooting 45% from three land, and at 6-7 205 is reminiscent of Duke's Ryan Kelly. Chris Bolden and Mfon Udofia might have trouble guarding him given his size, so expect to see a lot of him between him and Marcus Georges-Hunt. MGH has been on somewhat of a surge lately, so hopefully we'll be see him doing good things on both ends of the floor tonight.
Coach Gregory talked about a few keys to success against these guys earlier this week. Transition D is a big key, which the Jackets have been getting better at as the season goes on. A big part of that though is the Georgia Tech offense, according to Gregory. "quality shots, and taking care of the ball" are offensive components that can limit transition opportunities and limit UNC's points. The Jackets have been doing this fairly well as of late, only committing 13 TO/game over the past four games. Let's hope that streak continues, and the Jackets can keep the Tar Heel's points down while still playing agressive, inside-the-paint basketball.
On the defensive end, Coach Gregory said its going to be a challenge to stop Carolina's 4-guard attack. Their big's ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court is going to stretch the defense is going to challenge Daniel Miller and Robert Carter to stretch the floor and be agressive on all parts of the court. Defensive communication is also important, which is something UNC might be able to exploit with a young developing team.
Talk about the game right here. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports South. Radio is 790AM or 106.7FM. The game is not on ESPN3 as it usually is.