Monday Mornings from McCamish: 2/10

Monday Mornings from McCamish: 2/10

Welcome to another edition of Monday Mornings from McCamish. This weekly segment will be released on Monday mornings throughout Georgia Tech’s Men’s Basketball 2013-14 season. We will revisit the previous week’s action as well as look ahead to the upcoming week’s games. This edition was written by Kyle Norton and I’d like to extend a big thank you to him!

Last Week Recap:

Georgia Tech now stands at to 12-12, 3-8 following a 0-2 week with a losses on the road against Clemson and at home to #20 Virginia.

Tuesday 2/4: Georgia Tech 41 Clemson 45

On Tuesday the Jackets suffered a tough loss to Clemson in the last couple seconds of the game. The Jackets and the Tigers battled back and forth throughout the night. In the end the Jackets had a chance to win or tie, but Marcus Georges-Hunt missed a jumper and Tech got the ball back, but Georges-Hunt missed the lay-up, and Kammeon Holsely missed the second chance attempt. It was another extremely poor shooting night for the Jackets, who team average was 35%, and it was another extremely disappointing loss. However Chris Bolden looks to be returning to form with a solid shooting night.

Saturday 2/8: #20 Virginia 64 Georgia Tech 45

Virginia’s stifling defense proved too much for Tech in Saturdays loss. The Jackets only made 18 shots and shot about 37% from the field. The Cavaliers also beat the Yellow Jackets on the boards, which is very rare for this Tech team. The game was actually very close until the final 5 and a half minutes in which the Cavaliers scored 13 points and the Jackets scored none to end the game. This was yet another game this season that was winnable that just slipped right out of Tech’s hands. However it was good to see Robert Carter Jr. and Trae Golden back on the court after both sustaining injuries, even if it was in limited minutes. Tech can finish the season on strong note, if both of them return to full health soon.

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Looking Ahead:

Wednesday 2/12 7:00pm: Boston College (17-5, 8-1) at Georgia Tech (12-12, 3-8)

Georgia Tech will face Boston College at 7 PM this Wednesday. This is a Boston College squad that Tech beat last time around in Boston. Last time it was the Jackets hot start and solid rebounding that led to the win. If Tech gets out to a good start again, and rebounds like they normally do, the Jackets stand a good chance of winning again.

The Jackets also need to take advantage of Boston College’s porous defense which allowed over 50% shooting in the last game between these teams.

Also by this point hopefully Trae Golden and Robert Carter Jr. will be feeling more like their old selves again and start this game. Boston College didn’t have to face Carter Jr. last time around and if he is feeling good, he should prove a challenge for them to stop on offense and the boards.

Tech’s defense has looked very good this season and has been very good the past couple games. However the bench has been weakened by injuries, so it has been tough for the squad to hold up for a whole game. If we can get a solid 40 minutes of defense, the game will be so much easier to win.

The Jackets beat this BC team on the road, without Carter Jr. earlier in the season and now they get to play at home with more players returning from injury. This game is definitely winnable for the Jackets, if they shoot well, rebound, and play solid defense.

Tip-off is at 7:00pm and will be broadcast on All News 106.7 FM and televised on RSN.

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