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ACC Predictions 2019-20

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Basketball' started by CuseJacket, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. 1-4

    2 vote(s)
  2. 5-8

    39 vote(s)
  3. 9-12

    49 vote(s)
  4. 13-15

    4 vote(s)
  1. CuseJacket

    CuseJacket Administrator Staff Member

    We're close to tip-off with league games leading the schedule for the first time on 11/5. Where do you predict the Jackets to finish in league standings? Poll included.
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  2. CuseJacket

    CuseJacket Administrator Staff Member

    Big section of ESPN's preview is dedicated to Georgia Tech.

    ESPN ACC 2019-20 predictions: Defending national champs ranked ... 4th?

    You could describe more than one-quarter of the ACC's coaches as "embattled" entering 2019-20. Of Jim Christian (Boston College), Brad Brownell (Clemson), Josh Pastner (Georgia Tech) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest), who has the best chance to catch fire and survive?

    Borzello: Josh Pastner might have the worst narrative surrounding any of the four coaches heading into the season, but I also think Georgia Tech has the most talent it's had since Pastner took over. Now, it remains to be seen how the NCAA tournament ban is going to impact the team in terms of motivation levels toward the end of the season, but the Yellow Jackets can certainly push for a top-half finish in the league if things fall correctly.

    Four starters are back from last season's team, they get USC transfer Jordan Usher eligible in December and high-scoring VMI transfer Bubba Parham was given a waiver to play immediately this season. Granted, it's a lot of the same players who finished 14-18 overall last season, but on paper, Georgia Tech can match up fairly well with the likes of Syracuse and Miami in the middle of the league.

    Gasaway: What Jeff said. Pastner has the best 2019-20 team out of the coaches mentioned here, but he also owns the worst situation in knowing there's no way this group's playing in the NCAA tournament. So embrace that paradox. Assuming guys like Jose Alvarado and Parham can perform up to their potential in the shadow of a postseason ban, one possibility is that the Yellow Jackets go .500 or so in ACC play. That would be a respectable showing, one that might even be viewed as encouraging in terms of the direction of the program.

    But is that really catching fire? Will it be enough? Put it this way, this particular list of embattled ACC coaches is not likely to look the same one year from now, and not because all four will have played their way out of jeopardy, either.

    Medcalf: I'll echo what Jeff said too, although it's weird to think of Josh Pastner saving his job only for Georgia Tech fans to be reminded of the drama attached to his tenure when they remember that they can't participate in the postseason. Just a weird situation. The team fell apart during a seven-game losing streak midway through ACC play. But, to Jeff's point, Pastner has a solid collection of newcomers and seven players who averaged double-digit minutes a year ago. But I won't be surprised if every coach on that list is looking for a new job after the season. Based on money alone and his sizable buyout, Danny Manning might be the one still standing, regardless of what happens this year.
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  3. CuseJacket

    CuseJacket Administrator Staff Member

    Another take

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  4. bwelbo

    bwelbo Helluva Engineer

    Interesting: so the top 4 teams in his predictions are:
    1) Louisville: Caught paying a player $100,000, among many other scandals.
    2) Duke: Kryzyzewski is the Lance Armstrong of college basketball - more scandals (like Zions Mom getting fake jobs).
    3) UNCheat: King of fake classes.
    4) NC State: One if the very first to be caught up in the FBI/wiretap scandal, exposing how Dennis Smith was paid to go there.

    Looks like cheating pays off!
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  5. lv20gt

    lv20gt Helluva Engineer

    Dunno about the other teams but on paper GT appears to have a lot of the pieces needed for a winning formula.

    Several experience quality guards who can handle the ball and shoot 3s (Jose, Mike, Bubba)
    A very good defensive center than can also contribute offense some (Banks)
    Several good athletes that can play off the experience of the guards for easy buckets and cause problems on defense (Moses, Moore, Usher)
    Good role players that can step in and provide what is missing (shooting or ball handling) from a certain lineup or some depth (Phillips, Sjolund, Cole)
    Developmental pieces that could surprise in a game or two (Price and Didenko)

    Still missing the true top end player (imagine if we had a senior Okogie...), and we need several players to improve their consistency, but there is a realistic chance that this is our best team in more than a decade.
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  6. MiracleWhips

    MiracleWhips Ramblin' Wreck

    NCSU is missing their second best player DJ Funderburk. We should punch them in the mouth to open the season.
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  7. Peacone36

    Peacone36 ACCBasketballReport.com Contributing Writer

    Bold. I bet he stirred up the wackadoo Virginia fans with that......
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  8. MiracleWhips

    MiracleWhips Ramblin' Wreck

    I’m pretty optimistic but I can see us being an
    8-1 team heading into the diamond head classic
  9. Tech93

    Tech93 Helluva Engineer

    Really hope we can get this stupid ban lifted
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  10. lauraee

    lauraee Helluva Engineer

    With an appeal & as slow as the ncaa is, I can see postseason this year & a ban next season.

    They still haven't finished Missouri's appeal either. If mizzou fb gets to go bowling, I like our chances to dance.
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  11. MWBATL

    MWBATL Helluva Engineer

    Kiss of death.....thanks!
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  12. RyanS12

    RyanS12 Helluva Engineer

    I think we can make a run at 20 wins. OOC is tough I think we go 8-3. Losses at Kentucky, Houston in Hawaii and someone else. In ACC play I think we go 10-10 but that opening stretch is brutal! @ FSU, @ Unc, Duke, then UVA and @ Louisville 2 weeks later. We’re looking at 2-6 possibly. The back half of league play is where we should take off and win a few games to close the year.
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  13. forensicbuzz

    forensicbuzz Helluva Engineer

    Well, if we beat Kentucky in Lexington, you can rest assured the NCAA will expedite our appeal and we'll be out of the Tourney this year.
  14. Gtbowhunter90

    Gtbowhunter90 Helluva Engineer Contributing Writer

    Well Ill be at that game. Hope we smack them in the teeth!
  15. Gtbowhunter90

    Gtbowhunter90 Helluva Engineer Contributing Writer

    Btw Rupp Arena, while electrifying of an atmosphere you'll find anywhere in the world, their ticket prices are astounding....
  16. g0lftime

    g0lftime Helluva Engineer

    He will probably rejoin the team. He is attending practices. I expect he will be back once he "has shown remorse" just in time for ACC play. Coaches aren't going to jeopardise their big salaries by kicking one of their best players off the team.
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  17. CuseJacket

    CuseJacket Administrator Staff Member

    Looking at the poll, we have an almost 50/50 split of us finishing 5-8 vs. 9-12.

    The difference in those tiers is arguably the difference between NCAA tournament vs. not... ignoring postseason ban.

    We do have a single 1-4 vote.
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  18. YellowJacketFan2018

    YellowJacketFan2018 Helluva Engineer

    My Predictions for ACC Men's Basketball 2019-2020

    1) Louisville
    2) Duke
    3) Virginia
    4) North Carolina
    5) FSU
    6) NCSU
    7) Miami
    8) Notre Dame
    9) Syracuse
    10) Virginia Tech
    11) Clemson
    12) Georgia Tech
    13) Boston College
    14) Pitt
    15) Wake Forest

    Louisville,Duke,Virginia,North Carolina,FSU,NCSU and Miami go to the NCAA Tournament

    Notre Dame,Syracuse and Virginia Tech go to the NIT Tournament
  19. awbuzz

    awbuzz Helluva Engineer

    ... and get the win!
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  20. awbuzz

    awbuzz Helluva Engineer

    Yep, won't be allowed to beat them twice
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