The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be looking to replace their entire frontcourt in 2010-2011. Too bad, the schedule won’t be filled with cupcakes. The Jackets have 15 games against teams that played in last year’s NCAA and NIT post-season tournaments.
GEORGIA TECH 2010-2011 SCHEDULE
I’ll hand it to Paul Hewitt this time. I can always appreciate it when one of the big boys is willing to travel to a small school’s gym.
After hosting Charleston Southern in their opener, the Jackets will head to Kennesaw, Georgia to take on Kennesaw State. The KSU Convocation Center holds less than 5,000 fans.
Next up, Georgia Tech will join 15 other teams for the Legends Classic. They’ll have a pair in Atlanta, facing Albany NY and Niagara. Once in Atlantic City though, the competition gets tougher. The jackets first face an always-tough UTEP squad. If they win, they’ll take on the winner of the Michigan/Syracuse contest on November 27.
Georgia Tech’s next eight will remain all non-conference match ups. Five of the eight should be easy win (Northwestern in the ACC/Big-10 Challenge, as well as home games against Savannah State, Fordham, Mercer and Charlotte).
Sandwich in-between these contests, the Yellow Jackets could have some battles, first at home against in-state rival Georgia. They then head to the Bahamas to take on Richmond, before again heading on the road to face a small school. This time it’s a trip to Loudonville, N.Y. to face Siena.
Once in ACC play, they’ll receive no love early. While their first two opponents (Boston College, Clemson) aren’t expected to finish in the top three of the conference, they’re both experienced teams and they’ll both be road games. They’ll follow up those two with a home date against an improved Tar Heels team.
On the bright side, Georgia Tech will only have to take on North Carolina and Duke once each this year. They also avoid traveling to Maryland, which is always nice for any team in the ACC.