Georgia Tech Below .500 In 2012-13 Season? ACC Coaches Poll Thinks So

Liz Condo-US PRESSWIRE

It may be more of the same this year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets if the conference’s coaches are right.

The Jackets were picked to finish ninth in the first ACC men’s basketball poll released this week.

Last year the Jackets struggled, finishing tied for last in the ACC in a year that was punctuated by losses and turmoil. Despite the lukewarm opinion by his peers, head coach Brian Gregory says he is optimistic about the upcoming season.

Tech returns all five starters from last year’s team and added several freshman that have garnered some attention in early practices.

“I feel very positive about our guys’ attitudes and the way they want to be coached every day. We’re getting good leadership from our upperclassmen, and our freshmen know how to play the game.

They’re going to help us. We’ve just got to keep plugging along,” Gregory told reporters this week.

The team lost its leading scorer Glen Rice Jr., who was booted from the squad for discipline issues. To perform better than last year, someone on the squad will have to replace the 13 points a game and feisty defense off the bench that Rice provided.

“I think we averaged 60 points a game last year. At the same time, I think we’re going to be better defensively. But our defense is not one that gambles a lot, creates turnovers and easy baskets on the other end. We could play at a faster pace and be better offensively,” Gregory said.

The Jackets start the season on Nov. 9 against Tulane.

The coaches predicted the North Carolina State Wolfpack to win the ACC  this season beating out perennial leaders in the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels .

Coaches Predictions:

1. NC State

2. Duke

3. North Carolina

4. Miami

5. Florida State

6. Maryland

7. Virginia

8. Clemson

9. Georgia Tech

10. Virginia Tech

11 Wake Forest

12. Boston College

 

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