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Technical Tidbits 7/3: Josh Okogie, American Hero

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Josh Okogie Dominates Angola, Cortez Alston is Here to Play School, More Early Odds From Vegas

NCAA Basketball: NIT Semifinals-Georgia Tech vs Cal State Bakersfield Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Okogie Puts Up Double-Double In U-19 World Cup

In the United States’ second game of the World Cup, Josh Okogie dropped 18 points and 10 rebounds as the US dominated Angola 109-68. Okogie was quiet in the first game against Iran, but he came out of the gate strong as John Calipari’s team raced away to a massive lead. He is getting some quality experience under a fantastic coach and he should continue to shine as they face tougher competition later in the tournament.

Early Vegas Lines Pin Tennessee as 3.5 Point Favorites

Vegas sports books are starting to release their opening lines for the first week of the 2017 season. They have so far pinned GT’s opener as roughly a field goal in favor of the Volunteers. This line seems very reasonable to me. Tennessee has had very successful recruiting, but hasn’t yet been able to put it together for a full season. The Yellow Jackets are bringing back a whole lot on both sides of the ball from a team that won 9 games last season. Both teams are trying to replace extremely successful long time quarterbacks which lends itself to uncertainty this early in the season.

Georgia Tech’s Academics a Welcome Challenge For Cortez Alston

All too often academics are an afterthought for major college football players. This is certainly not the case for incoming freshman Cortez Alston who has been raised with the importance of education at the forefront. He was recruited by some of the biggest programs in college football like USC, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. Yet, when it came down to his decision, he was between Georgia Tech and Penn. Not Penn State, the Ivy League institution. It was the opportunity to succeed at the highest levels of both academics and football that led Alston to the Flats. It is refreshing to see student-athletes who emphasize both of those labels.