Though the Jackets fought hard and made it a game midway through the second half, Louisville’s tough defense and overall talent were too much to overcome in what ended up as a 15-point loss in Atlanta. Ben Lammers proved once again that he’s the team’s best player by a long shot, pouring it on with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the loss. Lammers better be in the best physical condition in human history, because he’s going to be playing a lot of minutes as ACC play rolls on; there’s just no one on the roster who can replace him, and both the offense and defense fall apart without his contributions. Josh Okogie had a nice day as well, adding on 15 points and 7 rebounds to his team-high 3 assists, but 4 points from the other three starters and a 7-point performance from Tech’s bench was the team’s undoing.
Are you looking for someone to blame for Tech’s 65-50 loss to Louisville over the weekend? Let UPS be your scapegoat. Without that meddling delivery company, Louisville’s charter plane wouldn’t have been able to land in Atlanta due to the apocalyptic 1⁄4 inch of snow that rained down upon Hartsfield-Jackson and Tech would’ve walked out of McCamish Pavilion with a 1-1 ACC record. Instead, here we sit at 1-2 in the conference, all against top-10 teams. Yet another reason why Tech is so above flying charter. We’ll stick with Spirit, thank you very much. It matches our Russell Athletic gear quite nicely.
In other snow news, the Georgia Tech swimming team fell victim to an actual storm up in Blacksburg when their meet at Virginia Tech was canceled due to inclement weather. Unwilling to go home with a no-decision, the team took it upon itself to hold the meet in the snowy courtyard of their hotel. The results can be seen below:
No one knows whose idea that was, just that it was a poor one judging by the redness of their skin. I’m not sure what the temperature was in Blacksburg at that point, but it is currently in the teens and will get down into the single digits overnight. Great work, team!
Georgia Tech had a pair of commits playing in the Army All-American game over the weekend, three-star kicker Joseph Bulovas and four-star linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling. Jordan-Swilling finished second on the West team in tackles with 4 on the day, but the better performance was arguably had by Bulovas: he kicked two field goals, from 37 and 49 yards out, and added on three extra points as well. Though he had one blocked (kicked away, actually), seeing a rising freshman kicker hit from nearly 50 yards while UGA experiences unprecedented special teams controversy is pretty funny. That duo of Bulovas and Jordan-Swilling should be fun to watch over the next few years.