1/6/2018 - Yale @ GT

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Georgia Tech vs Yale

In his last two games, Brandon Alston has dished out 6 assists with just one turnover in 29 min per game (photo courtesy of USA Today)

After a thrilling victory in Georgia Tech’s ACC home opener against Miami, the Jackets are set to face the Yale Bulldogs out of the Ivy League at McCamish Pavilion Saturday night. If you were excited for the Nerd Bowl vs Northwestern, I think we have raised the bar! Yale is 7-8 overall this year with key losses to Creighton, Wisconsin, and TCU but are coming off a win over Kennesaw State, 89-74.

Coaching the real Bulldogs (roll tide!) in his 19th season is James Jones. He was the Ivy League Coach of the Year back-to-back in ’15 and ’16 and is the winningest coach in school history. In 2016 Yale made it to the NCAA Tournament but sadly lost to Duke in the second round 64-71. With only two seniors on the roster, Yale is depending on some young but talented players to get the job done while continuing to develop.

The main youngster for Yale is the 6’7” sophomore out of Porter Ranch, California #24, Miye Oyi. Coming into this match-up Oyi is averaging 17.2 points per game and is shooting 35% from behind the arc. He has no problem putting shots up and is either on fire or less accurate than Jacob Eason trying to find the open receiver. Against Albany he was 2 for 10 from three and has gone 1 for 6 multiple times, but then goes 4 for 7 against TCU. If Tech can make him shoot tough shots early, it could cause him to not find his rhythm at all or ideally when it’s too late.

Another young talent for the Bulldogs is the 6’10” freshman out of West Palm Beach #20, Paul Atkinson. Most of the shots he takes are high IQ plays (big shock, right?) and his field goal percentage reflects that at 71.3%. Atkinson is coming off a 20-point game against Kennesaw State but like most freshman, he sometimes disappears and has long scoring droughts. Defensively, he plays longer than he is and has a nice wingspan that gives him the ability to affect shots or even block them. This leaves me questioning why he only has 4.7 rebounds per game. He has the tools to make it happen on the glass, so for him it is about continuing to learn the game on the collegiate level and putting a whole game together…hopefully right after Ben Lammers drops a 30 piece on him.

One of the few upperclassmen for Coach Jones is 6’7” junior #32, Blake Reynolds. He was second on the team last year in made three pointers but is only shooting 29% this year while averaging 11.3 points per game. Like Oyi, he is really hit or miss. Against Bryant University he was 4 for 5 from three but turned around next game against TCU and went 0 for 8 on three pointers and 0 for 10 from the field. Don’t get me wrong though, he can still shoot the ball, especially from the free throw line. He has only missed three free throws this entire year and should really try to get there more often. Georgia Tech just has to put pressure on him right off that bat and force bad shot attempts. If his shots fall, give credit, and then clamp down next possession.

Prediction: Georgia Tech should control this game from the start but that remains to be seen. I expect Jose Alvarado to build off of the best 7 turnover game I have ever seen and play well again. Yale does not have anyone in the back court that can control Jose or Jackson. This is another game where Tadric and Okogie should get in the lane whenever they want, and if Atkinson goes up to block the shot, drop it off to Gueye or Lammers for the dunk (grab the ball with two hands AD!). Based on patterns from the past we will play down to the competition and let them hang in all game…I say, nah, time to put a whole game together. Tech by 12.

 
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LargeFO

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^ Ha, me too. Okogie is a freak I think though. Not many like him.

Anyone else have anymore tickets they aren't using tonight?
 

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Off topic. I tried watching the Bama Uga game to see all the Colin Sexton hype but I can’t make myself sit through it. Gonna be the same Monday night...

LOL. #MeToo (saw just enuf to confirm I like Sexton)
 

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Going ok but man these guys need energy. I'd also like to see both Ben and AD post up down low at the same time. Can free up the wings to rotate the ball and make back cuts when the posts vacate the paint. Need to get our length in position for offensive boards too.
 

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What is the deal with CJP comments and releases suggesting X player won't play, and then they do? I don't remember his doing this last year. CPJ hates giving injury info until he absolutely has to, and it makes sense. No reason to say different than league requirements. But Suguira is tenacious about injuries in football but can't seem to get the scoop in basketball.
 

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What is the deal with CJP comments and releases suggesting X player won't play, and then they do? I don't remember his doing this last year. CPJ hates giving injury info until he absolutely has to, and it makes sense. No reason to say different than league requirements. But Suguira is tenacious about injuries in football but can't seem to get the scoop in basketball.
CJP said CGB was not going to play in the pregame. Said he'd only been cleared for running in practice.
 

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Going ok but man these guys need energy. I'd also like to see both Ben and AD post up down low at the same time. Can free up the wings to rotate the ball and make back cuts when the posts vacate the paint. Need to get our length in position for offensive boards too.

I think Josh read my post. Lots more energy and effort to get both bigs a touch in the post each possession. Worked pretty well, even though AD is still a bit raw.
 

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CJP said CGB was not going to play in the pregame. Said he'd only been cleared for running in practice.
Yes, I had read that, which is why I am wondering how it keeps happening that the player deemed doubtful plays. I listened to the game as best I could on radio (out at dinner) and Haywood played, correct? That is why I am thinking this is a trend of CJP comments seeming to rule a guy out, and then they play. He did it with Okogie, now with Haywood, and I think a third earlier on, Ogbonda right?

Or am I crazy and heard wrong. Maybe CGB didn't play. I will double check. Anyway, my point isn't to critique CJP or cal him a liar. Just find it curious as I don't recall these scenarios where we kept being surprised so and so ended up playing last year. Wondering if it is info not being reported well, or a policy change, etc.
 

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Yes, I had read that, which is why I am wondering how it keeps happening that the player deemed doubtful plays. I listened to the game as best I could on radio (out at dinner) and Haywood played, correct? That is why I am thinking this is a trend of CJP comments seeming to rule a guy out, and then they play. He did it with Okogie, now with Haywood, and I think a third earlier on, Ogbonda right?

Or am I crazy and heard wrong. Maybe CGB didn't play. I will double check.
CGB played. Pastner had a smokescreen.
 

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CGB played. Pastner had a smokescreen.
Ok, that is what I thought. Is throwing up smokescreens new for him? I didn't notice it last year. Totally cool if he does that, I definitely approve of not helping the other team gameplan ever, in the slightest, if avoidable.
 

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For as much as I pick on AD, he played really well tonight. It still drives me nuts when he pump fakes with a wide open lane but he needs credit when it's due.

I said we win by 12, so I'm glad I was almost right and we won by a little more. Just a solid team win.

As philosopher Gucci Mane said "If a man does not have the sauce, he can be lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce."

One thing is clear: Jose Ballerado got the sauce!
 

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I remember for Uga Tadric wasn't gonna play and then he was basically out there come gametime.
 

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Very pleased with the way AD came out tonight. Would’ve liked to see Ben sit for less than 5 minutes, but I know depth and the flow of the game dictated the move. Watching Ben’s free throws being short late in the game vs Miami, I just hope that he can get a break somewhere in the season. I’m just not sure where that will be. All I know is we will miss that guy big time next year. He has gone from an afterthought to a legitimate nba draft pick.
 

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You guys may be reading more into CJP comments about CGB playing status than may be warranted Curt only got into the game for two short sessions. I think Coach was just trying to ease him back into game action after a long layoff. CGB played very tentatively BTW (to be expected), but I'm sure his comfort level will improve with more minutes. He was just getting his game going when his injury sidelined him.
 
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