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  1. Peacone36

    Peacone36 ACCBasketballReport.com Contributing Writer

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    Jackets Host ECU on Friday

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    Josh Pastner's Jackets to host ECU on 11/16
    Fresh off a hard fought game against Tennessee, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will host the Eastern Carolina Pirates on Friday night. The game will be broadcast on ACCNE at 7:30pm.

    So who is Eastern Carolina? Well aside from being the largest school in North Carolina and being known as the NC "party school", they are currently making their way into the conversation as the up and coming program in the American Athletic Conference. The ECU program made a fantastic hire during the offseason, luring Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley away from Fort Myers.

    Dooley spent time in the Bill Self coaching tree prior to his hiring at FGCU. He was widely known to be one of the Jayhawk's most effective recruiters early in the Self era, credited with landing players such as Cole Aldrich, Tyshawn Taylor and Mario Chalmers. In 2013 he left Lawrence for Fort Myers for his second head coaching position, replacing Andy Enfield after he departed for USC. In five seasons at FGCU he made the NCAA tournament twice and the NIT twice. He won 21 games or more in all five seasons and never finished worse than second in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He departed the Eagles with a 114-58 record.

    The interesting thing about Dooley is that he was actually the Head Coach of the Pirates before this season. He led the purple and black from 1995-1999 after Eddie Payne departed for Oregon State. During his first stint at ECU, Dooley went 57-52.

    The Pirates come into the GT game with a 2-1 record, averaging 79 points per game. ECU also played Lamar early in the 2018-19 season, a game in which they needed overtime to win. ECU has an ACC flavor as Dooley brought on former Virginia Tech Assistant Coach Steve Roccaforte, who in turn brought former Hokie Seth LeDay with him. He's also bringing former Hokies Tyrie Jackson and Khadim Sy in for the 2019 class.

    LeDay has led the Pirates through the first three games, averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Freshman Jayden Gardner and sophomore K.J. Davis give Dooley a nice duo to back up LeDay, combining to score 25 points and snag better than 12 rebounds per contest early in the 2018-19 season.

    The straw that stirs the drink is senior point guard Isaac Fleming. The former Hawaii Rainbow Warrior has been a fantastic addition to the Pirate program, averaging 12.2 points, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game through 33 games. Fleming is solid but does not provide an outside threat, shooting less than 28% from deep over the course of his career.

    Strangely enough, one of Georgia's own is the player that concerns me. Freshman Tae Hardy, a Miller Grove product, has played well early for the Pirates. The 6'3" guard averages 9 points, 2.7 rebounds, an assist and a steal per game early in his career. He likes to jump passing lanes and get out in the open court. He could be a huge X-factor in this game.

    At the end of the day it's hard to predict what we will see here. This is a new coach with a new program who has yet to stock the pond with his players. Dooley keeps the tempo pretty low and doesn't historically play a ton of defense (according to KenPom).

    Given the most recent performance by the Jackets against Tennessee, I can't imagine the spread is going to be crazy. I do like the Jackets to cover in this contest if the spread is set at single digits. East Carolina is not Tennessee. I think this is the game where Jose Alvarado and Shembarri Phillips both get right.
     
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  2. bwelbo

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    O/U 130, GT -8 is what I'd say.
     
  3. Peacone36

    Peacone36 ACCBasketballReport.com Contributing Writer

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    I’d take the over and GT to cover all day
     
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  4. MikeJackets1967

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    Georgia Tech will win by 15 over ECU their best player Elijah Hughes transferred to Syracuse
     
  5. ESPNjacket

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    Kenpom's model also says 15, which means Vegas will be close to that. They use similar predictive models to set lines.
     
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  6. mstranahan

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    FWIW, it's East Carolina, not Eastern Carolina. The purple and gold faithful get pretty belligerent about that
     
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  7. PirateCakeLady

    PirateCakeLady Georgia Tech Fan

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    Sir, as an East Carolina University Pirate, I respectfully request that you check your facts about my university. My niece is a former Ga Tech athlete from North Carolina and I am certain that she will be disappointed with this reporting. I always pull for Ga Tech, except of course when they play my Pirates. My blood runs Purple and Gold but, I do support the Yellow Jackets also. My wish is for a good, hard fought game from both teams on Friday.
     
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  8. orientalnc

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    I will be over on the "I am concerned" thread if we lose this game. ECU needed OT to beat Lamar in Greenville. We should get out in front early and hold on to a 20-25 point win.
     
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    These are the type of games we need to win this year. Last year we left OOC play with 6 losses, if we can get out with only 3 this year we will probably be back in the NIT, or better if we can win 8 ACC games. Need to win the ones we are supposed to win. I will be watching for more movement on offense, and guys trying to get to the bucket more often.
     
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  10. YlJacket

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    We should win and I will be really surprised if we don't.
    What I really want to see is the type of movement we needed against UT. Need the offense to be about more than spacing.
    I will be disappointed if we don't bring the same defensive intensity and competence.
     
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  11. Peacone36

    Peacone36 ACCBasketballReport.com Contributing Writer

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  12. AE 87

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    Check your facts
     
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  13. slugboy

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    I'm glad to see these reports. Thanks Pea.
     
  14. Lightbulb

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    Isn’t N.C. State larger than ECU enrollment wise?
     
  15. MikeJackets1967

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    NCSU has an enrollment of 24,150

    ECU has an enrollment of 23,265
     
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  16. Peacone36

    Peacone36 ACCBasketballReport.com Contributing Writer

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    Oh no crap. Living in the triangle it’s pretty common to hear people talk about ECU being the largest school in the state. That’s my bad. I just took it to be true.
     
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    They may not be the biggest but they have the best fans of any school in NC. They travel well, they cheer loud and they always have great tailgates and post game shindigs. They always welcome fans of the other team to hang out and enjoy food and bevs after a game. Good folks
     
  18. YlJacket

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    The key factoid for ECU is I have always wished we hired Steve Logan from ECU instead of Lewis. I would like to think he would have done well but I know it would have been a fun ride.
     
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  19. NoQuarterBrigade

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    I think PirateCakeLady was talking about how you referred to East Carolina as Eastern Carolina and said the colors are purple and black as opposed to purple and gold. Yes, Pirate Nation is a very passionate fan base. The university has been around for well over 100 years. It’s difficult to understand how others may refer to it as Eastern Carolina.

    Overall, your review was fairly accurate about the team. It looks like you did your homework for the most part. There’s a little bit missing there though.

    Anyway, I think this will be a good game. Whatever the outcome, Dooley’s young Pirates will be well prepared and ready to play this one against Georgia Tech College and the gold and black.

    The Pirates are coming.
     
  20. orientalnc

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    @Peacone36 is usually spot on with his facts, so an unrelated to the game factual error did not seem worthy of comment. Since those of us who live in Eastern North Carolina sometimes misstate the full name of ECU, I let it go. Pec lives in NC, so he clearly has not driven through downtown Greenville and seen the multitude of purple and gold flags and signs that seem to be everywhere.

    As for which college is the largest in NC, there should not be much debate. NC State is much larger than ECU.
     
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