The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak Jan. 11 at N.C. State while also claiming the first ACC win of head coach Brian Gregory’s tenure.
Still, Gregory wasn’t satisfied with just one road win last week as the Yellow Jackets lost Sunday at Maryland. The split leaves Georgia Tech at 8-9 overall and 1-2 in the ACC entering Thursday night’s home game against Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets then hit the road again Saturday against Clemson.
“I thought we made some improvements this week, and our play kind of showed it,” Gregory said during Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference. “Unfortunately, you’ve got to make greater improvements in order to get two road wins. I was pleased with our overall team performance at North Carolina State. We shot the ball extremely well, but we also defended and rebounded well in that game. (On Sunday), we did a lot of good things on defense but didn’t rebound as well as we needed to on the road against a team like Maryland.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we are making some strides, and we just need to tighten up a few things in order to put us in a position to win some of the tough games in this league.”
The Yellow Jackets face another difficult test Thursday against the 15th-ranked Cavaliers, who are 14-2 and 1-1 in the conference. Mike Scott leads the way for Virginia, and he is fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game.
Head coach Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing 51.1 points per game.
“I said at the beginning of the season that Virginia was maybe a little undervalued going into the season,” Gregory said. “You have to play every possession and every pass, and you can’t relax at all. If you do, they take advantage of it with multiple players. Scott has done an unbelievable job with the improvements he’s made as a player. Now, you make him have to take tough shots all the time, because if you give him anything easy, it’s definitely in. He’s become good enough now, like so many guys in this league, that even if you play good defense on him, he can still score.”
Virginia at Georgia Tech
8 p.m., Thursday