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A quick 3-0 start has things looking up for Brian Gregory. Is it all smoke and mirrors or a new direction for the program?

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Georgia Tech improved to 3-0 on the young basketball season with a 107-77 route of Green Bay, the second time this season that the Jackets have hit the century mark in scoring. Green Bay is clearly not an ACC-caliber opponent, but it is important to remember that the Phoenix went 24-9 last season with wins over No. 15 Miami and a number of other talented teams. They are off to a tough-luck 0-3 start to the season including an overtime loss to Stanford, but Green Bay is still a very talented team. I'm reasonably confident that Tech would have lost this game a year ago.

Though accepting a slew of graduate transfers may not be a viable or sustainable way to build a program, it appears to be working for the Jackets so far in 2015. One such player in particular, forward Nick Jacobsis playing his first and last season for the Jackets just a year after transferring to The Flats from Alabama. Most were expecting him to be a solid depth player during his final collegiate season, but Jacobs has proven to be much more than that through three games. His contributions as both a rebounder and scorer have him firmly pressed into Brian Gregory's daily gameplan. If he can maintain this level of play all season then the sky is the limit for this 2015 team which began the season under ominous circumstances.

Georgia Tech will look to improve to 4-7 on the season this Saturday when the Jackets make the long trip down to Coral Gables for a matchup with the Miami Hurricanes. Most reasonable fans are not expecting the Jackets to walk out with a win, but it appears that the Miami faithful are equally nervous about the matchup -- the poll at the bottom of the article in the link above has 62% of voters thinking that Tech will have no trouble running on the Canes. I haven't watched enough Miami football this season to be a fair judge of that, but the fact that the Canes allow over 5 yards per carry is not a great indicator. They'll have some serious work to do if they hope to stop the option.

Speaking of Da U, there are a number of rumors swirling that have Texas head coach Charlie Strong headed to Miami this offseason. I've felt awful for Strong from the moment he agreed to become the head coach of the Longhorns and their insane fanbase. Leaving Louisville was honestly a huge mistake for him; he's already on the hot seat (at least with the fans) after just under two seasons in Burnt Orange country. At any rate, I'd rather not have to deal with a coach of his pedigree every year on Tech's schedule. Stay down there, Charlie. They pay more anyway.

Do you have higher hopes for the 2015 basketball season now than you did at the start of the season?