Not much appears to be on Georgia Tech’s side for its game Wednesday at Florida State.
The Yellow Jackets are last in the ACC at 1-6, and they are 8-13 overall, having lost five straight games and nine of their past 10. The Seminoles are tied for first in the conference at 5-1, and they are 14-6 overall, having won five straight. That is their longest winning streak in conference play since February of 1993.
And the Seminoles have won the past six meetings with the Yellow Jackets.
“Again, I think at times we have handled (the recent struggles) extremely well. I still saw the intensity level and the fight in the guys (in Sunday’s 93-81 loss to North Carolina),” first-year Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said during this week’s ACC coaches teleconference. “I’ve seen before, those games can get dramatically out of hand. I thought we did some good things. I thought our halfcourt defense, when we got them in the halfcourt, was very good. I thought we did some good things. I don’t think we got out of sorts on offense, with guys taking crazy shots and looking out for their own, and stuff like that.
“When you are in this thing and you know exactly where you are at and where you want to get to, sometimes you have to pull out some positive signs that aren’t as noticeable to other people.”
The Seminoles are fourth in the ACC in points scored (72.3) and allowed (62.0), and they lead the conference in field goal percentage defense at 38.8. Included in their winning streak are wins over Duke and North Carolina, the other two teams tied for first place.
“They have great length at the basket, so they never give up any easy shots at the rim,” Gregory said of the Seminoles’ defense. “(Offensively), one thing is that they are shooting the ball better, and that always helps. Again, you have guys that kind of know what needs to be done.”