With the team’s at-large tournament hopes all but doomed by Saturday’s loss to Syracuse, Josh Pastner and the Georgia Tech basketball team will now turn their focus to a new objective: making a deep run in the ACC Tournament. That journey, which could be extremely long or could last just forty minutes, begins at 7:00 this evening against the Pitt Panthers. The Jackets topped the Panthers and first-year head coach Kevin Stallings on senior night at McCamish Pavilion last week and have to potential to do so once again, this time in Brooklyn and with just as much on the line. Pittsburgh has struggled at times this season and lacks the type of inside presence that Ben Lammers brings for Tech, creating a matchup that the Jackets will need to exploit once again. If they can do that while preventing any given Pitt player from going full Cuse and scoring 40 points, there’s a good shot we could be seeing UVA very shortly.
Our first piece of football news in what feels like forever comes in very disappointing fashion, as wide receiver Mikell Lands-Davis has decided to end his football career early. Formerly a B-Back and an A-Back, Lands-Davis struggled to stick at any one position and ultimately decided to call it quits with a couple of years of eligibility still remaining. He will not transfer away from Tech, having chosen to remain enrolled in school and continue pursuing his degree as opposed to having a change of scenery and the chance to play out his college career elsewhere. Best of luck to Mikell as a full-time student at Georgia Tech.
ESPN’s weekly mailbag post yielded an interesting question pertaining to Georgia Tech this time around: could Dedrick Mills be the 2017 ACC Player of the Year? It’s a longshot at best, but the 2016 football season showed us how strong a runner Mills can be at his uninjured and unsuspended best. The big question is how the departure of Justin Thomas will impact Dedrick’s production this season. On one hand, breaking in a new quarterback will almost certainly mean more touches for the B-Back as the new signal caller adjusts to passing and making reads in the ACC. On the other hand, teams won’t have to respect the pass as much. That could hurt Mills’ production and the offense as a whole, even if there are more rushing opportunities.