Georgia Tech has lost three straight games, offsetting a three-game winning streak that came before the recent struggles.
That kind of up-and-down play has highlighted Brian Gregory’s first season as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. But Gregory says that inconsistency goes beyond what Georgia Tech fans see on the court.
“One of the biggest challenges whenever you take over a program and try to instill some new program priorities and so forth, there’s gonna be some inconsistency, and that’s what you’ve seen,” Gregory said during this week’s ACC coaches teleconference.
Gregory hopes to see something different Saturday as Georgia Tech opens ACC play against Duke. The Yellow Jackets are 7-7 after losing to Mercer, Fordham and Alabama.
That losing streak came after Georgia Tech knocked off rival Georgia, Savannah State and Alabama A&M. Georgia Tech is led by Glen Rice Jr., who is averaging 12.5 points per game, Mfon Udofia, who is averaging 10.2, and former Hancock Central star Kammeon Holsey, who is averaging 9.6.
“Whenever you’re trying to build something or rebuild something and it’s on a much different path than where it was before, the consistency is the thing you need to obviously keep focusing on and keep working on, and the daily habits in practice are so important when you’re doing that,” Gregory said. “That’s one of the areas that we have some deficiencies, and we just gotta keep getting better at that, Sometimes you can’t have a win or loss determine your progress there.
“The second thing, we have some challenges that are going to face us in league play, and we need to make sure that we’re focusing on our process of developing the team and each player getting better each and every day and each player buying into the team concept.”
That could be a real obstacle against Duke, which ranked fifth in the country after a 12-2 start. The Blue Devils are led by Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee, who are all averaging in double figures. Duke lost to Temple on Wednesday night.
“Our guys are improving, and we’ve played a really tough non-conference schedule,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Hopefully that will help us; I think it has helped us develop as a team up until now. We just have to keep playing hard and improving, and we’ve been fairly healthy, and that helps.
“Every kid on our team can get better, and if they get better and we get better collectively, then we can be at our best when March comes, and that’s always our goal.”