Georgia Tech notched its 16th loss of the season last night when they fell to the Louisville Cardinals in Atlanta by a final score of 52-51. The Jackets led by as many as 13 in the second half and had a lead so firm with less than 10 minutes left that I even laughed to myself and said "it's nice to finally have a lead that even we can't blow". Ten minutes later, I was sitting in McCamish Pavilion with my head in my hands. At this point, it really feels like the only things that can save Brian Gregory's job is either Paul Hewitt or a commitment from Jaylen Brown. Otherwise, this era must be over. Tech plays against Clemson next time out in what will be the penultimate game of what has been a forgettable season of basketball on the Flats.
Not only did Louisville beat Georgia Tech at home, but they did so without the contributions of star guard Chris Jones, who was suspended from the team after he sent a threatening text to a woman. This is not even the first incident for Jones this season -- he was suspended just weeks ago for one game after a rules violation. Even in his absence, the Cardinal guards stepped up and made Tech pay in the second half. The Jackets were able to keep big men Montrezl Harrell and Chinanu Onuaku, holding the duo to just 13 rebounds and 10 points between them, but were unable to stop guard Terry Rozier (22 points) all night long.
From Wake Forest to Duke, there are a number of coaching jobs in the ACC which many big-name coaches would consider to be less than desirable landing spots. If you had to pick one particular job which is the toughest in the conference, however, I think it has to come down to three which have perhaps the toughest admissions standards in the conference: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Duke. Of those, the hardest to win at simply has to be Wake Forest because of how little publicity it gets as a result of the cluttered Tobacco Road landscape and also because of its not-so-extensive history of winning. I'm going with the Deacs, what do you think?
I'll leave you today with this amazing poster dunk by Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson. Tadric made his second start of the season for the Jackets on Monday (in relief of his suspended cousin, Chris Bolden) and finished with 9 points on 4-11 shooting with 2 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was nothing explosive, but every good game from Jackson makes the future that much brighter.
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What would save Brian Gregory's job at this point?
Have a great Tuesday!