Georgia Tech was already going to have a tough time in opposition to Pitt on Saturday afternoon at dwelling, however it might be more durable if they do not have two of their key gamers.
When speaking to the media on Friday, Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner talked concerning the well being of Ja’von Franklin and Deivon Smith heading into Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Panthers, and here’s what he needed to say:
“I do not know if Ja’von Franklin or Deivon Smith are going to have the ability to play, each are sick. Ja’von didn’t observe yesterday, I do not count on him to observe at this time. Deivon did observe yesterday, however was actually sick at this time, so him and Ja’von are going to be questionable for tomorrow’s recreation, perhaps uncertain, relying on how they really feel. We’re going to see how Ja’von feels this afternoon, he was not feeling good this morning, he didn’t really feel good yesterday both, however we’ll simply see how he’s feeling tomorrow.”
Not having both of these guys wouldn’t be good for any shot that Georgia Tech had of pulling the upset in opposition to the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. Franklin has been Tech’s finest presence inside this season and Smith can present scoring for a workforce that isn’t constant on that finish of the ground.
Georgia Tech (8-8, 1-5 ACC) has now dropped two video games in a row since upsetting Miami and it isn’t going to get simpler for them. The Pitt Panthers (11-6, 4-2) are coming to Atlanta and the Panthers are hoping to keep away from shedding to Tech and falling additional within the ACC standings. In ESPN’s newest replace on Bracketology, Pitt is the final workforce within the event and they’re going to be making an attempt to stop a loss on the street that might push them out of that spot.
Pitt is a workforce that Georgia Tech has had a great quantity of success in opposition to just lately. Tech has defeated Pitt 5 straight occasions at dwelling and has gained seven of eight video games all-time. Georgia Tech has gained the final three video games within the collection and 5 of the final six to take a 12-5 within the general collection, 7-5 since Pittsburgh joined the ACC. The Yellow Jackets gained the one assembly between the 2 groups in 2021-22, a 68-62 determination on the Petersen Occasions Heart.
If each gamers are out, it will be as much as the opposite guys on the workforce to choose up the scoring. Kyle Sturdivant is coming off his finest recreation of the season and he got here off the bench to play 13:35 within the second half and all 5 minutes of extra time at Notre Dame, scoring a career-high 18 factors in opposition to the Irish. He scored all seven of Tech’s factors within the extra time interval, notching his first double-digit recreation since his earlier season better of 14 on Dec 21 in opposition to Clemson. It was his fifth double-digit recreation this season.
If not Sturdivant, then one of many different guards, Miles Kelly or Lance Terry goes to should have a great recreation on the offensive finish. Kelly is averaging a team-high 16.5 factors and has hit 43.8 p.c of his threes and all 16 of his free throw makes an attempt over six ACC video games. Kelly has emerged as one of many ACC’s high three-point marksmen and highest quantity three-point shooters, rating fourth in share (40.4) and sixth in each three-pointers made (2.5 per recreation) and tried (99). Terry is averaging 10.5 factors in ACC video games (Tech’s solely different participant aside from Kelly averaging in double figures for ACC video games) whereas hitting 10-of-25 from the three-point vary (40 p.c).
Hopefully, one or each gamers are wholesome sufficient to play and provides Georgia Tech a shot at an upset in opposition to a great Pitt workforce. If each cannot go, it will be powerful to win this recreation, even at dwelling.
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