For the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to beat the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday night, the Jackets will need to do something they haven't done in their two losses: Finish strong, according to Stan Awtrey of the Telegraph.
In both losses, Tech either had the lead or was tied with its opponent late in the game but couldn't hold on. The Jacket are 4-2 this season with losses against Cal (68-57 on Nov. 23) and No. 22 Illinois (75-62 on Nov. 28):
"For 33 minutes, that was a heck of a game," [Georgia Tech coach Brian] Gregory said after the Illinois game. "We didn't play very well at the end. Very similar to our other loss against Cal. We're just not quite tough enough at the end."
Illinois was down 58-54 late in the game, but fought back with a 21-4 run over the final 7-plus minutes to earn the win. It was a similar story for Cal, which outscored the Jackets 22-10 in the final 13:30.
Awtrey wrote the problem could be in the team's offensive balance. With no go-to scorer, Georgia Tech perhaps lacks options to close out a game. Kammeon Holsey is the team's leading scorer, averaging 11.2 points. Marcus Georges-Hunt (11) and Mfon Udofia (10.2) are right on his heels for points scored.
Georgia enters the game at 2-5. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.