Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory was pleased with his team’s effort Saturday against Clemson. But there were just a couple of things that held the Yellow Jackets back in the 64-62 loss.
That’s usually the case for a team that is 8-11, including 1-4 in the ACC.
Georgia Tech will look to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday night when it hosts Miami at Philips Arena.
“I thought we bounced back with a better effort on Saturday,” Gregory said during Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference. “Unfortunately, it has happened in the last few weeks, a couple of key aspects of the game we didn’t do a very good job of. In this particular game, we just turned the ball over too much against Clemson. Give them credit. Their defensive pressure hurt us. And we didn’t do a good job of handling that.”
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The Hurricanes are 10-7 overall, including 1-3 in the ACC. Miami ranks among the leaders in the conference in scoring (71.4 points per game), 3-point shooting (36.2 percent) and 3-pointers per game (7.4).
The Yellow Jackets are fourth in the conference in field goal percentage defense (39.2) and scoring defense (62.4 points per game). Georgia Tech has held 11 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field and eight opponents to fewer than 60 points.
“Well, we’re not where we’d like to be, and we’re struggling to improve in the areas that the coaches are emphasizing,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said. “Until we can improve in those areas, we’re going to continue to struggle.”
The Yellow Jackets are 0-4 this season at Philips Arena, while Miami is 1-5 on the road.
Glen Rice Jr. leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring (13.7 points) and rebounding (6.5). Mfon Udofi is second on the team, averaging 10.6 points.
“We turn around in a tough stretch here and have Miami, which is a team that, is at times, just showing how good they can be,” Gregory said.