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Technical Tidbits 1/30: Jose Alvarado Does it All for Georgia Tech Basketball

The junior is playing at a high level right now.

NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

When Jose Alvarado is off the court, the Georgia Tech Basketball team looks completely different. There isn’t as much energy, and the mistakes mount up. That’s contrasted to when Alvarado is on the court, with his fire and passion leading the Yellow Jackets in very good play. Alvarado has been rewarded with an ACC Player of the Week honor, and just recently broke Georgia Tech’s school record for steals in a game, with nine. This article focuses on Alvarado’s defense, and speaks to his mindset of not playing for stats, but for wins. I said it Tuesday but I’ll say it again, if Tech wants any chance at making the NCAA Tournament, Alvarado has got to continue his run of great play.

The XFL is an interesting concept, and while I don’t know if it will succeed in the long run, it should at least fill the football-less void that we have until August. Two former Georgia Tech players will be helping to fill that void, DL Keshun Freeman and DT T.J. Barnes. The two made the final, 52-man rosters for the season that begins Saturday, February 8. Freeman will be playing for the D.C. Defenders, while Barnes will play for the New York Guardians. Congratulations, and good luck!

The Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team has had a very good start to the season, going 8-0, with wins against Wisconsin and at the time no. 13 South Carolina. The ITA has taken notice, ranking the women at no. 22 in the nation, three spots ahead of the defeated South Carolina Gamecocks at no. 25. The Jackets continue their schedule today, with a huge matchup against the no. 3 u(sic)GA bulldogs at 4 p.m. in Atlanta. Keep it up, ladies!

Baseball season is on the horizon, which means that softball begins soon as well. With that comes preseason accolades, like the one Georgia Tech junior Breanna Roper received. Roper was named to the Preseason All-ACC Team, which is a good motivator as the Georgia native looks to build off of a very successful 2018-19 season. Congratulations, Breanna!

Also of note, the Georgia Tech Softball team was picked to finish at no. 6 in the ACC by the coaches in their preseason poll. Hopefully, they’ll finish five spots higher than that.

Congratulations to former Georgia Tech (and current Minnesota Timberwolves) star Josh Okogie, who got his number retired by his former high school earlier this week.

Question of the Day: What do you think about the XFL?