Georgia Tech 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - ACC (20-11, 8-8)
Seed: #10 - Midwest Region
Big Wins: 11/21 vs Memphis (92-85), 1/10 Duke (74-63), 3/4 Boston College (74-60)
Bad Losses: 12/3 at Miami (82-90), 1/30 at Wake Forest (75-85), 3/8 vs Wake Forest (112-114)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2005, Second Round loss to Louisville
Coach: Paul Hewitt (6-4 in 4 NCAA appearances)
Probable Georgia Tech Starters:
Javaris Crittenton, Freshman, Guard, 14.6 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.0 spg
Anthony Morrow, Junior, Guard, 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Jeremis Smith, Junior, Forward, 8.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Thaddeus Young, Freshman, Forward, 14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg
Ra’Sean Dickey, Junior, Forward, 8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Georgia Tech:
Mario West, Senior, Guard, 4.6 ppg, 1.7 apg
Mouhammad Faye, Freshman, Forward, 3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Alade Aminu, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Zach Peacock, Freshman, Forward, 5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
The Georgia Tech frontcourt has gone underappreciated, but Thaddeus Young, Jeremis Smith and Ra’Sean Dickey play a huge role in the success of the Yellow Jackets. Young, a 6-8 freshman, is a great talent and will bang inside and step outside to hit the long ball. On the defensive end, his long arms make him difficult to deal with and Young will pick off a few passes. Smith is relentless on the glass and a decent scorer. Dickey is a fundamentally sound back to the basket player and keeps the defense in the paint.
The depth up front is plentiful with Zach Peacock, Alade Aminu and Mouhammad Faye. Peacock, even as a freshman, will use his strength to make an impact on the boards. Aminu has seen his minutes increase greatly as the season has progressed and the 6-10 sophomore uses his length to alter shots and grab a few boards. Faye is a great athlete and can handle the ball and shoot very well for a 6-10 player.
Why Georgia Tech Can Disappoint:
The suspension of shooting guard Lewis Clinch 14 games into the season has left Georgia Tech with limited options. Anthony Morrow started last year, but was slowed down this year due to a lingering back injury. Morrow has a smooth stroke and with the increase in playing time has gotten back to his old ways, but having Clinch around would provide more scoring options for the Ramblin’ Wreck.
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Who To Watch:
Javaris Crittenton is only a freshman, but the point guard makes this team go. He leads the squad in scoring and dishes out 5.7 assists per contest. The turnover numbers are a little high at 3.9 a game, but GT is a quick, explosive offense when Crittenton is on the floor. Defensive specialist Mario West has the senior leadership and is a quality backup point guard. West is not flashy and will not score a whole lot, but West does run the offense efficiently and does all the things that do not end up in the box score. Led by Crittenton and West, Georgia Tech forces a lot of turnovers and will get easy buckets on the other end. Because of the youth, GT is a streaky team, but that can be good if the streakiness happens at the right time.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 791 (16th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.5 (194, 7)
Field-Goal Percentage: 49.2 (12, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 6.4 (170, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.3 (184, 9)
Rebound Margin: 6.0 (21, 2)
Assists Per Game: 15.5 (48, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.9 (250, 11)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to UNLV
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