Georgia Tech will play its 11th game of the season Monday night, against Southeastern Louisiana 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion. Game will be broadcast online on ESPN 3 (former Tech star Jon Babul will be doing color) and on the radio at 680-AM. You can get tickets for a song on Stubhub, especially if the name of the song is “$6.”
Looking for win No. 8.
If Monday’s game between Georgia Tech and Southeastern Louisiana doesn’t end with guard Corey Heyward and walk-on forward Rand Rowland jacking up shots, something will have gone awry.
Tech is paying SLU $75,000 for a win and experience for its lesser-used backups. There may not be a great deal to gain beyond that, outside of a chance to get back in a groove after a disappointing defeat to Georgia last Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets lost a chance for another win over a power-conference team as they close their non-conference season, but Tech was bound to eventually lose to Georgia, and it would appear that the Bulldogs were laying in wait.
The game was Georgia’s first after final exams, and coach Mark Fox remarked after the game he “practiced (players) very hard in the last 10 days.”
Having lost four in a row to Tech, Fox and players acknowledged their desire to turn the tables.
Said guard J.J. Frazier, who lit up the Jackets with 35 points, “I wanted this one. I wanted this one a lot.”
A look at SLU
Southeastern Louisiana is an average team in a weak conference. The Southland ranked 29th in conference RPI last season out of 33 Division I leagues. The Lions were picked to finish seventh in the 13-team league this season after finishing 10th in the Southland last season. (Four players had season-ending injuries and the team went into the conference tournament with seven players.)
SLU’s only two wins this season are against an NAIA team and a Division II team. The Lions have lost all nine games against Division I competition. Their RPI rank as of early Monday afternoon was No. 337 out of 351 teams, according to warrennolan.com.
Former Tech player development director Amir Abdur-Rahim played at SLU. Abdur-Rahim was part of Gregory’s first season (2011-12) at Tech. He is now an assistant coach at Texas A&M, having jumped from Tech to assistant coaching jobs at Murray State, College of Charleston and Texas A&M. He’s the younger brother of former Hawks All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
Not terribly pertinent, but interesting: SLU has the shortest player in Division I on its roster, 5-foot-2 Malcolm Reid.
In 2014-15, according to Department of Education data, SLU spent $1.1 million on basketball in 2014-15 while Tech spent $6 million.
Jackson giving results
Guard Tadric Jackson had his second double-digit scoring game of the season against Georgia with a season-high 14. He hit three 3-pointers against the Bulldogs in six attempts, matching his career high set last season. That followed one of the better overall games of his career in the previous game against VCU, when he played strong defense, created scoring opportunities and took care of the ball against VCU’s pressure.
Jackson’s 3-point effort against Georgia lifted his 3-point accuracy to 32.8 percent. He was 4-for-20 prior to Saturday.
Caution flag for Jorgenson?
It’ll be interesting to see how much playing time guard Travis Jorgenson receives. He didn’t play at all against VCU with an ankle injury and played eight minutes against Georgia, nine minutes below his season average, as he was still feeling the effects of the injury. It might be worthwhile to sit him down to make sure he’s ready to go once ACC play starts or he may get a lot of time after having played just eight minutes since the Tulane game Dec. 5.
Tech’s RPI is 82. It presumably won’t go up much against Southeastern Louisiana, Colgate or Duquesne, the Jackets’ final three games before ACC play opens at North Carolina Jan. 2.