By Matthew Asher
It's been a rough year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. While the teams they faced to start off the 2014-15 season weren't exactly the cream of the crop, the Jackets were 8-2 after their first 10 games. Since then it's been a different story as Georgia Tech has managed a terrible 4-15 record. And what is the reward Tech gets? One more game against No. 15 North Carolina on Tuesday night.
Last month, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith passed away. In North Carolina's first home game since his death - a game against Georgia Tech no less - the Heels used Smith's legendary "Four Corners" offense as a tribute in which Carolina destroyed Georgia Tech 89-60. The good news for the Jackets is that this game will be played at home. The bad news is basically everything else that's happened this season.
Georgia Tech must rely on their three best scorers if the Jackets want a chance at finishing up the regular season on a high note. It should also be noted that all three of these players lead the team in total minutes played as well as they have all played all 29 games for Tech thus far this season.
Marcus Georges-Hunt leads the team averaging 14 points a contest while playing nearly 32 minutes a game. He also has averaged 5.7 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals a game. Charles Mitchell is second on the team with 9.4 points in 22 minutes of game time. He pulls down 6.9 rebounds as well. Third on the team is Demarco Cox, who averages 8.6 points in 26.3 minutes. He also averages 5.9 rebounds and almost one block per game.
How did Tech's top three scorers do against North Carolina when they faced during the February 21 contest? Georges-Hunt did his part with 15 points in 25 minutes, going 50 percent from the field, but that was most of what went well for Tech as he was also responsible for four of the Jackets' 11 turnovers. Cox was limited to just five points in 22 minutes of play time, and Mitchell also had five points in 16 minutes on the court as both men combined to go just 4-12 from the field.
Tipoff for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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