It has been an up-and-down season for the six Division I basketball teams in Georgia, and that is especially true for the top two programs.
Only three of those six -- Mercer, Georgia State and Savannah State have winning records -- while Georgia and Georgia Tech both have stumbled to the bottom of their respective conferences.
The Yellow Jackets are 8-13 and 1-6 in the ACC entering their game Wednesday at Florida State before Saturday’s home game against Boston College. Georgia Tech has lost five straight games, including Sunday at North Carolina, and nine of its past 10.
“We have a tough week again starting off on the road (Sunday) and obviously playing a team that is playing as well as just about anybody in Florida State on Wednesday,” first-year Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said. “We did some good things (Sunday). North Carolina is a very good team, and they know exactly how they want play. They play at their pace, and we tried to slow it down a little bit early, contain it, and we just weren’t able to do that.
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“But at the same time, I thought we did some good things, first on offense, then in our halfcourt defense, which was pretty good. You just need to keep making progress, and we’ve got another big challenge on the road on Wednesday against a team that is exceptionally talented and diverse on defense.”
Georgia has lost five of its past six, but the Bulldogs haven’t played since their loss to Kentucky on Jan. 24. The Bulldogs are 10-10 overall and 1-5 in the SEC as they prepare for Wednesday’s game at Auburn and Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
“I thought our freshman players, especially, had hit the wall a little bit, so we gave those guys who had played major minutes, we gave them a couple of days off,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “We gave them a chance to let their bodies rest and get their minds a break.
“We’re going to go on the road this week to play two teams that have been both very good at home. It’s really a challenge for our team.”