Tech to play Northwestern in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Georgia Tech’s basketball team will play Northwestern Nov. 29 in the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It will be among the first game that the Yellow Jackets play at Philips Arena as their on-campus arena is renovated. The Jackets played the Wildcats last year in Evanston, Ill., with Northwestern winning 91-70. The game will have some familiarity for new Tech coach Brian Gregory. He was an assistant for Northwestern 1997-99 under Kevin O’Neill and also grew up in the Chicago area.

Tech is 4-7 in the challenge. Northwestern is 5-7.

21 comments Add your comment

Bobby Jones

May 17th, 2011
4:18 pm

first betches

BYRDDAWG

May 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

Good matchup!

fan

May 17th, 2011
5:51 pm

Wish Iman would be there.

ormewood

May 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

Most of the match-ups look terrible, this one definitely included.

IL Jacket

May 17th, 2011
6:10 pm

Should be a good early test for the Jackets. Tech had more athleticism than the Wildcats last year, but the inability to do anything inside turned the game into a jumpshot offense for Tech and we did not shoot well that night. Shurna deciding to forego the NBA draft will be a big plus for NU, but losing Juice Thompson, their point guard to graduation will put a lot of pressure on the Wildcats, particularly early in the season. Should tell us a lot about how the Brian Gregory project is going. Go Jackets!!!

ToeMeetsLeather

May 17th, 2011
6:24 pm

Why match the same teams up two years in a row? I know it has to do with where the teams are projected to finish, but this is a let down to see this game when we could have drawn Indiana, Iowa, etc.

IL Jacket

May 17th, 2011
6:42 pm

Why would you want to play Indiana or Iowa-they were the conference doormats last year? As it was NU finished seventh, although they had some injuries that affected their season.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 17th, 2011
6:47 pm

Hey, if not for Wake, we were certainly “doormat” worthy ourselves. Nothing against NU, but that is a bad fan draw for Phillips. Just saying.

IL Jacket

May 17th, 2011
7:00 pm

I’ll concede that point. Hopefully, there will still be enough excitement about the new coach to bring out the crowd. I think ESPN televises all of the games, so I look forward to seeing the progress.

Biff Pocoroba

May 17th, 2011
7:54 pm

This one is destined for ESPNU. Hopefully the students can get free tickets so the arena won’t be completly empty.

Ken Sugiura

May 17th, 2011
8:44 pm

them getting northwestern twice in a row is a little puzzling. but it should be a good test, regardless of who it is. remember the wildcats thumped tech by 21 last year. regarding other opponents, though, is there another big ten team – besides maybe michigan state or ohio state – that would really be that much of a draw?

IL Jacket

May 17th, 2011
9:56 pm

Ken, I believe they try to give everyone a home/away setup and when you look at the Big Ten teams travelling this year-Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Penn State and Wisconsin, the most competitive matchup with Tech would be NU. I suppose Indiana and Penn State were possibilities, although based on last year Indiana was inferior to Tech and Penn State was probably a little better than Tech-they sat on the bubble until they lost early in the Big Ten tournament as I recall. Therefore, the logical choice-Northwestern.

ormewood

May 17th, 2011
10:02 pm

Penn State was a lot better than Tech. They made the tourney and lost at the buzzer in the first round to Temple.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 18th, 2011
7:02 am

Ken, I am really enjoying your coverage of TECH sports but I will have to disagree with you on the attendence for this game. Had it been GaTech/Michigan or Indiana there would have been quite a few more “sidewalk” fans in the seats(if in fact there are still some left for this sport).

gt4ever

May 18th, 2011
8:26 am

they will thump us again…. could be more than 21, this time….

IL Jacket

May 18th, 2011
8:44 am

Thanks for the correction ormewood. gt4ever, I think it should be a good game. Tech should be improved and I think NU may struggle early.

BobinBuford

May 18th, 2011
11:14 am

ToeMeetsLeather:

Add Illinois to that mix. When they played UGA at the Gwinnett Arena, there were more Illinois fans there than UGA fans – it actually got at one point that the Illini fans drowned out the UGA band during a timeout.

BYRDDAWG

May 18th, 2011
11:51 am

Bobin, that was ‘09 before Fox got us running good…..BTW, we won that one too!!!!!

Watkinsville Hound

May 18th, 2011
1:33 pm

It has been roughly 900 days or so since Tech has beaten UGA in football or basketball.

gt4ever

May 18th, 2011
8:16 pm

Big 10 basketball is very disciplined and well coached….. I hope your right ILjacket, but we have been anything but disciplined…. Hopefully the new coach will make a difference…

ToeMeetsLeather

May 18th, 2011
8:29 pm

Thanks for checking in NadLicker from Watkinsville. I see there is not much going on for you at 1:30 in the afternoon. You could always watch some more videos of your “Pipe Dream” Team recruiting class.