Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 by in All, Atlanta, NCAA Basketball.

 
Ramblin’ Wreck Reloaded and Ready

What a difference a year can make for a Division One NCAA College Basketball Team.  Unlike many aspects of the sporting world, a top recruiting class can be a quick fix for a team in need.  The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Head Coach Paul Hewitt brought the fourth best recruiting class in the country to Atlanta, Georgia, and the team seems prepared to fully put last season behind them.

The Yellow Jackets had a disastrous season in the ACC in the 2008-09 campaign finishing 2-14 in the league, and 12-19 overall.  Panic never set in, as they knew help was on the way.  Headlined by top 5 freshman sensation Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech is off to a 10-2 start with the 20th national ranking next to their name.

After losing to Florida State in overtime earlier this month, GT stepped out of the league again to take on the Winston Salem State Rams at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Henry F. McCamish Jr. Basketball Complex (I really wanted to get that whole name in this story).  A very sparse crowd saw this mid week afternoon matchup as the Ramblin’ Wreck proved to be too powerful, driving over WSSU 78-43.

Final

Final

Georgia Tech clamped down on defense to begin the second half, holding the Rams without a field goal until the 12 minutes mark.  Both teams were sloppy on offense as 53 turnovers were committed by the two squads combined.  The Yellow Jackets did dominate the glass 51-25, including 20 offense rebounds to only 6 for Winston Salem State.

I was a bit disappointed with the offensive sloppiness by both squads leading to the large number of turnovers.  At times, you can credit good defense for causing those turnovers, but today was not one of those times. Coach Hewitt also tried to press several times, leading to easy baskets on the other end for the Rams.

Watching the freshman class closely, I was very impressed with guard Mfon Udofia.  A local kid out of Stone Mountain, Georgia, he showed me something but offensively and defensively.  Not a great shooter, he finished 6-12 from the field, 1-6 from three, and had 17 points.  Udofia also added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to his stat line.  Favors did not disappoint with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

A HUGE thank you goes out to my cousin Scott for giving me his tickets for the game today as most of America works during the week.  Another perk of my lifestyle I guess.  Please enjoy some of the pictures below that I took of the game and arena.

Concourse at the coliseum...very clean and professional

Concourse at the coliseum...very clean and professional

View from Concourse

View from Concourse

More Concourse View

More Concourse View

Scoreboard and Video screen. One in each endzone

Scoreboard and Video screen. One in each endzone

cremins-court

Championship Banners hanging from the rafters

Championship Banners hanging from the rafters

One of the few luxury suites

One of the few luxury suites

View of the second level

View of the second level

Most of the seats don't have chairbacks

Most of the seats don't have chairbacks

Press Box or Press RowS

Press Box or Press RowS

Trophy Case on Concourse

Trophy Case on Concourse

Team Poster

Team Poster

Honoring past championships

Honoring past championships

Warmups...late arriving crowd I guess

Warmups...late arriving crowd I guess

My seats...Just awesome...Thanks Scott!

My seats...Just awesome...Thanks Scott!

Retired numbers hanging from the rafters

Retired numbers hanging from the rafters

The Swarm (student section) was pretty empty today...Best seats in the house as they stand on the baseline

The Swarm (student section) was pretty empty today...Best seats in the house as they stand on the baseline

Both teams wore Russell Uniforms...not a big fan...Come on GT, go big time like Nike or Adidas

Both teams wore Russell Uniforms...not a big fan...Come on GT, go big time like Nike or Adidas

14 is Derrick Favors

14 is Derrick Favors

41 is Freshman Glen Rice Jr.  Dad is second all time leading scorer at Michigan and plenty lots of years in NBA.

41 is Freshman Glen Rice Jr. Dad is second all time leading scorer at Michigan and plenty lots of years in NBA.

New $8 Million practice facility that opened next door in October

New $8 Million practice facility that opened next door in October

Free program and Orange Bowl preview given away at game.

Free program and Orange Bowl preview given away at game.


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