Georgia Tech vs. St. Joseph’s
College Basketball Pick: St. Joseph’s -2 (November 17th 2011)
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Georgia Tech and St. Joseph’s tip off in the final game of the Charleston Classic tonight. After another disappointing season last year, head coach Paul Hewitt was fired and Dayton head coach Brian Gregory was brought over to try and resurrect a program that has gone downhill fast. It is not an easy situation for Gregory as the cupboard is pretty bare with the departures of Iman Shumpert, who led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, and Brian Oliver, another double-digit scorer.
The Yellow Jackets have only eight scholarship players and the best of the bunch, Glen Rice, Jr., is out due to a suspension for violating team rules but after this game, his suspension will be served. Now Georgia Tech will face its first test as it enters this game 2-0 following two very easy victories to open the season but those came against Florida A&M and Delaware St. so nothing too significant can come from those. Now it hits the road for the first time.
Things are just the opposite in Philadelphia where St. Joseph’s is on the upswing following two straight 20-loss seasons. While dropping 20 games just a year ago would not seem to provide much momentum or confidence for the future, that is exactly the case here. They were the youngest team in head coach Phil Martelli’s 17 years a season ago and that means expereience this year. The Hawks closed last season with four wins in their last six games and opened this season with a road win at Western Kentucky.
St. Joseph’s played that game against the Hilltoppers last Friday but were able to sneak in an exhibition game this past Monday to keep fresh. The Yellow Jackets shot 53.9 percent and 52.7 percent in its first two games but that that means a bounce in the wrong way as it is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games after shooting 50 percent from the floor or better in two or more consecutive games. The Hawks meanwhile are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a win dating back to last season. 3* (564) St. Joseph Hawks -Matt Fargo