Perhaps the only thing more challenging than navigating a tough three-game stretch of games in the first place is figuring out how to rebound positively after going 0-for-3 when it’s all said and done. No team wants to lose three games in a row, a fourth of the regular season schedule, in less than a month; it would do serious damage to the psyche of just about any team, almost without exception. How Tech responds to this exact situation will tell us a lot about the approach taken by head coach Paul Johnson and the rest of the staff behind the scenes, as their attitudes will likely be reflected in the way the team competes the rest of the season. The trio of losses has likely eliminated Tech from contention in the ACC Coastal (though not mathematically), but the season is far from over. There are still plenty of opportunities -- against much less talented teams, no less -- to rebound quite nicely.
After releasing the 2016-2017 ACC basketball schedule a couple of weeks back, Georgia Tech has finalized its entire non-conference schedule with a couple of key changes from a season ago. Chiefly, the athletic department had moved all of Tech’s weekday night games against non-conference opponents from 7:00 to 7:30 in response to requests from season ticket holders. Maybe the hope is that the extra thirty minutes will be just enough time for the opposing team to get a bit too tired to compete, leading them to just forfeit. I’ll take wins any way I can get them at this point, particularly considering how rough 2016-17 has the potential to be.
Though the general consensus outside of SEC territory is that Texas A&M is probably a bit overrated at No. 4 in the nation, CBS Sports contributor Dennis Dodd feels that the Aggies are actually not getting enough respect for their 6-0 start. I’m going to withhold judgement until after next week, when the Aggies play a true top team in Alabama, but there’s no denying that TAMU has been impressive so far with wins over UCLA, Tennessee, and Arkansas. At the bottom of this week’s AP Top 25, meanwhile, sit Western Michigan and Navy. Navy in particular has been interesting, especially given that they recently upset top-10 Houston with their gimmicky high-school offense. Tom Herman should be ashamed to lose to such an archaic system.
Have a great Tuesday!