Only one game this week on CSN, but it's a good one as Georgia Tech heads to Charlottesville:
Georgia Tech (3-5) at Virginia (2-5), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN
You may be thinking of the Yellow Jackets when you hear the term "swarm," but it's the Cavaliers who will need to start swarming on Saturday. They will face the triple option of Georgia Tech and it will take all 11 men swarming to the football to slow them down.
Though Virginia's major weakness defensively this season is its pass defense, the rush defense has not faired much better as they rank 10th in the ACC. The Cavaliers cannot afford to simply load the box and hope to slow down the run because even the Yellow Jackets could exploit their secondary. Somehow Virginia is going to have to find a way to defend the option while staying honest in pass defense.
Don't be surprised to see a few long passing plays burn the Hoos on Saturday as they cheat up and focus on the run.
Offensively, the Cavaliers have found success on the ground as of late and they need that to continue because who knows where Johns' confidence level is after throwing four interceptions against the Tar Heels. The good news is that while the Hoos rank 10th in rush defense, Georgia Tech ranks 9th--they're not much better.
The defense has really hurt the Yellow Jackets this year. Offensively, they are averaging about 35 points per game and rank eighth in the nation in rush offense. Yet, they are 3-5 on the season because the defense can't keep opponents out of the end zone.
Expect a similar offensive game plan this week for Virginia to what we saw last week. The Cavaliers will focus on the run in order to exploit Georgia Tech's defense and keep their offense off the field.
The Yellow Jackets won last week off a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired. Those type of victories can have one of two effects: Either Georgia Tech will come into this game on an emotional high or they will find themselves emotionally drained and exhausted. If last week was a turning point for them and they are again the team we expected them to be at the start of the season, Virginia could be in big trouble.
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After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.
Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.
Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing. At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.
Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.
Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.
Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.
Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.
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The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.
On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.
From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.
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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).
NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson
Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.
It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.
On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.