Sunday, January 25, 2009

Clemson vs Georgia Tech Prediction: Tech Tries For First ACC Win

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Tigers
Sunday 7PM
TV: Fox Sports Net

The Clemson Tigers host Georgia Tech on Sunday night in a game featuring programs headed in the opposite direction. Although Clemson has lost their last two games it has been to Wake Forest and North Carolina and the Tigers are ranked in the top 20. Meanwhile, Paul Hewitt's Georgia Tech team has yet to win an ACC game, losing three in OT, and is just 9-9 on the season.

Clemson Players To Watch:
G KC Rivers, F Trevor Booker, G Terrance Ogelsby

Georgia Tech Players To Watch:
F Gani Lawal, F Zach Peacock, G Lewis Clinch


Keys to the Game:

1. Turnovers

This stat does not favor Georgia Tech. The Jackets are averaging 20 turnovers per game in ACC play and Clemson leads the ACC in forced turnovers at 18 a contest. Georgia Tech has to keep this stat under 15 to have a shot in this one.

2. Inside Matchup - Gani Lawal vs Trevor Booker

Two of the better forwards in the league outside of Durham and Chapel Hill will be squaring off in Tech's Lawal and Clemson's Booker. Clemson has the added advantage of having outside threats like Ogelsby and Rivers on double teams, though Clinch has been coming on strong for the Jackets. Also, Clemson is one of the poorer defensive rebounding teams in the ACC. GT has to hit the glass hard and get second chance points. Tech has to keep the Tigers off the offensive glass where they are 27th nationally.

3. Free Throws

Neither team is great at this, but Georgia Tech is especially bad ranking 337th nationally at 59.7 percent. The Jackets have to make their free throws to pull of the upset.

Prediction

Georgia Tech has had four tough ACC losses thus far, but they have faced four bottom half teams in those losses. I look for Clemson to bounce back strong in this one and force at least 20 turnovers en route to the win.

Clemson Wins by 10-20 points

Season: 7-6 SU (through Sat 1/24)

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2 comments:

  1. Yes it does. Next year's recruiting class is the only thing saving Hewitt's job right now.

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