For an ACC team that received a hefty amount of hype this off-season, Georgia Tech went widely unnoticed en route to an 11-3 start. Somewhere between a lack of nationally covered games, a fairly weak non-conference schedule and the freshman spotlight aimed squarely on John Wall (and not Derrick Favors) it was easy to forget this team had the firepower to be a top three team in their conference.
Well, after falling to Florida State in their conference opener, the Yellow Jackets officially "arrived" this college basketball season, taking down Duke 71-67 in Atlanta...on national TV of course. Jon Scheyer managed to put up a game high 25, but Paul Hewitt's backcourt held the hot-shooting, well groomed guard to just 3-13 from beyond the arc. Mason Plumlee was the only other Blue Devil to log a double-digit point total. Tech's Gani Lawal solidified himself as the team's go-to-guy, putting up 21. The forward shoots a respectable 55 percent from the floor and, foul prone ACC big-men beware, has already been to the line 103 times.
Clearly, I underestimated the Yellow Jackets - choosing Duke to cover the seven-point spread - but the Yellow Jackets are here and thankfully a prominent piece of ESPN's and Raycom's coverage going forward.