Georgia Tech's men's basketball team has marked a significant achievement, securing consecutive victories against top-25 teams for the first time since the 2020-21 season. Following an impressive win over No. 21 Mississippi State, the Yellow Jackets continued their winning streak by defeating the formidable Duke University squad. This triumph underscores the team's resilience and showcases their ability to outshine elite opponents.
The Yellow Jackets' recent victories against Mississippi State and Duke evoke memories of the 2016-17 season when they last beat top-25 teams in back-to-back games. This remarkable achievement demonstrates Georgia Tech's sustained competitiveness on the national stage.
Coach Stoudamire's Milestone:
Damon Stoudamire has etched his name in Georgia Tech's history books by becoming the first coach in the Yellow Jackets' 45-year ACC history to defeat Duke in his inaugural attempt. Stoudamire's leadership and strategic prowess have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in the team's recent success.
Against Duke, Georgia Tech showcased a collective effort with exceptional teamwork. The team assisted on its first eight field goals, culminating in a season-high 19 assists on 27 made field goals. This unselfish and coordinated play exemplifies the Yellow Jackets' commitment to a shared victory.
Free Throw and Shooting Improvement:
One notable improvement in Georgia Tech's performance is their accuracy from the free-throw line. The team has connected on an impressive 78.1 percent of free throws in the last two games, a significant improvement from the earlier part of the season. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets shot 50.9 percent from the floor against Duke, marking the first time they achieved a 50 percent shooting rate this season.
In their wins over top-25 teams this week, Georgia Tech exhibited formidable defense, limiting opponents to 36.2 percent shooting from the floor and an impressive 23.9 percent from three-point range. The Yellow Jackets' commitment to defensive excellence has been a critical factor in their recent victories.
Several players stood out in the victory against Duke. Miles Kelly extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to 14, showcasing his offensive consistency. Freshman Baye Ndongo made a stellar impact in his third game, contributing 21 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots, and two assists.
Despite facing injury challenges and playing without a full roster, Georgia Tech's depth has come to the forefront. At least nine players have seen the court in the five games, highlighting the team's adaptability and resilience.
- Miles Kelly's scoring streak and improved free-throw performance.
- Freshman Baye Ndongo's impressive all-around contribution.
- Naithan George's effective leadership at the point guard position.
- Kowacie Reeves, Jr.'s consistent double-digit scoring.
- Kyle Sturdivant's stellar assist-turnover ratio.
- Deebo Coleman's remarkable ball security with just one turnover in 148 minutes of play.
Georgia Tech's back-to-back victories against top-25 teams signify a resurgence for the Yellow Jackets. Coach Damon Stoudamire's impact, the team's collective effort, and individual player performances bodes well for the future. As they strive for continued success, Georgia Tech fans can eagerly anticipate more thrilling moments on the court.
This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.