Dawgs host in-state rival Georgia Tech on Friday

Trae Golden, a native of Powder Springs, Georgia, transferred to Georgia Tech from Tennessee this past summer so that he could be closer to home and his ailing father. The result: the Yellow Jackets had a Second-Team All-SEC point guard literally fall right into their laps.

The former Vol has been productive early, averaging 14 points per game against Prebsbytarian and Delaware State. The senior led Tech in scoring with 16 points against DSU on 7 of 10 shooting from the floor. Golden provides Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory the perfect complement to a team that returned four starters from a year ago.

The good news for Georgia fans is that in Charles Mann’s only encounter with Golden last season he managed to limit Trae to just 4 points on 1 of 10 shooting from the field. Golden struggled to find good looks against the taller point guard, and he likely will find the view unpleasant again Friday night in Athens against a more-seasoned Charles Mann.

Prior to the season, Georgia Tech was projected to finish slightly below the middle of the expanded ACC.

To date, neither of these teams has played much competition. Friday night’s game should serve as an early barometer for both team’s coaches to get an idea about what kind of squads they have on their hands for the 2013-2014 season.

The Yellow Jackets’ roster has several players who passed on scholarship opportunities from UGA along with senior center Daniel Miller, who originally signed to play for the Dawgs before defecting after Dennis Felton’s departure.

Coach Fox’s team will not be low on motivation.

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5 thoughts on “Dawgs host in-state rival Georgia Tech on Friday

  1. Two additional tidbits of news:

    1) Fox announced yesterday that Brandon Morris will not play again tonight
    2) UGA has not signed anyone yet in the early signing period, and they apparently have no plans to do so since they only have 1 scholarship to offer for next season. So, hopefully this team is enjoyable to watch because they will all be back next year.

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  2. This is a toss-up since the Wofford game told us little. I did however shake my head at some of our defensive rebounding last Friday. If we tighten that up, and shoot a decent percentage, we have a chance. Seth Davis of SI.com has called it 75-70 UGA. I can live with that.

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  3. This game is always a good measuring stick for us. It will be interesting to see if Charles Mann can recover from that terrible first game and also to see if Donte can repeat his fairly decent performance.

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