Georgia Tech Basketball: In Enemy Territory Q&A – Virginia Tech
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to extend their winning streak to three games tonight as they go up against the Virginia Tech Hokies at 9 p.m, in preparation of the game, here is a Q&A about the Hokies with FIghtingGobbler’s Jw Gravley.
FG: You are correct, this is the best season the Hokies have had in a while. The buzz around the campus is electric. With some of the losses they have taken in ACC play, the buzz has went down some but with Georgia Tech coming in to play the Hokies in what is a must win game for both clubs, the energy inside Cassell will be amazing. The fans love Buzz and his coaching staff. Buzz makes time for the fans outside of the game and even coaches some rec league basketball here in the area for his kids. So him reaching the community is really a good thing.
YJU: The Hokies got off to a hot start this season going 11-1 before entering the in-conference portion of the schedule. Then they upset #5 Duke but since then, it looks like the Hokies have been struggling dropping three of their last four. What’s been the major difference for the Hokies since their win over Duke?
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FG: The size and lack of depth has hurt the Hokies. Wins against non-conference foes like Michigan and Ole Miss and wins against in-conference foes like Duke and Syracuse will help the Hokies get a bid for the NCAA Tournament in which I explain here but at the same time, losing a game against Notre Dame at home (their first home loss since Jan. 24, 2015 against Louisville) was a tough loss which I explain here.
FG: First, slow down Zach LeDay. This should be his last year and so far he is playing lights out. Secondly, they must slow down Chris Clarke who can change a game with a single shot. Tech has weapons but their two sleepers are Justin Robinson and Seth Allen, both of which can drop 15 points off the bench if a team isn’t careful.
FG: Any of the guys I mentioned to question 3. However, I think LeDay is going to have a big game. He and Clarke were vividly frustrated after the game with their performances, even though they did well. They didn’t want to lose the game against Notre Dame, they will come out and be ready to play.
FG: Oh man… Good question here. Two areas really concern me here: Inside and the perimeter. Hokies cant contain the paint due to lack of size and when they run a press zone they leave the perimeter open at times which is what Notre Dame had the chance to take care of the other day. If Georgia Tech gets easy looks this will be a shootout.
FG: Turnovers. They can’t make simple, rec league mistakes. That sounds mean but it is the truth. The Hokies must take care of the ball. That is the priority.
FG: Hokies win, 88-84. It wont be easy but they will get the win.
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