This has been an incredibly frustrating season for the Yellow Jackets and their fans. This team has blown three fourth quarter leads, twice to teams that aren’t very good (Tennessee and Virginia). Now Georgia Tech is stuck on four wins with only three games left, two of which they will be heavy underdogs in. This season expemplifies “What could have been.”
Meanwhile on the basketball side, two of the Yellow Jacket’s three best players and their only established wings were suspended for accepting non-approved benefits. This leaves a major question mark on what looked like a promising season. Jackson and Okogie should be out between 5-10 games.
Yes, Faulkner is an NAIA school, but it is nice to see the team pick up a win before the season officially starts on Saturday. There were a couple of observations especially worth pointing out. The first is that the freshmen were much improved this game. Jose Alvarado and Moses Wright are likely going to be starters all season and played way better. They combined for just 2-18 from the field in the exhibition against Georgia State, but were able to go 12-23 on Thursday. Hopefully they have the jitters out. The other is that this team should have a very short rotation for now. With Okogie and Jackson out, as well as backup shooting guard Brandon Alston, we should see big doses of Alvarado and Justin Moore with both on the court at the same time. Freshman Curtis Haywood also has a big opportunity for play time.
If you hadn’t heard, Georgia Tech’s first basketball game of the year against UCLA is taking place all the way on the other side of the world in Shanghai. The team is already out there getting acclimated to the different time zone and enjoying the opportunity. They have weightlifting, practices, and film review planned, but are also planning on a trip to Disneyland Shanghai, a river cruise, and a trip to Yao Ming’s children’s foundation. The Pac-12 is picking up most of the tab for the trip.