#84 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

As expected, year one of Brian Gregory’s rebuilding effort at Georgia Tech encountered several bumps in the road.  While the Yellow Jackets return six of their top seven scorers and bring in a solid recruiting class, they still lack the firepower to be a real competitor in the ACC.

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#30 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: College Football 77 in 77

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Paul Johnson has made quite a name for himself at Georgia Tech. His quirky 1940s style pass the ball only if you have a gun to your head and you really have to offense has worked rather well.

It even put a WR, Stephen Hill into the NFL the triple option offense did. QB Tevin Washington could be just alright, and the Yellow Jackets will be a winning team. Or he could be special, Al Groh will do magic with the defense and Tech could be in the ACC title game…or anywhere in between.

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Georgia State Trooper Tackles Georgia Tech Player on Sidelines (Video)

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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Melissa Kellerman wasn’t the only person to get tackled on the sidelines this past football weekend.

Don’t you love the rivalry weekend in college football? Zaniess ensues. In the bloodfeud between Georgia and Georgia Tech; predictably won by UGA, Tech receiver Stephen Hill was tackled by a very large state trooper with very good form.

The cheerleaders look on in beffudlement.

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LSU, Alabama Top First BCS Rankings

With seven weeks done in the college football season, the first edition of the BCS rankings came out on Sunday night, and there were a few surprises through the list. The LSU Tigers ended up edging the Alabama Crimson Tide on the list, finishing a mere .0003 points ahead of them in average. The Oklahoma Sooners ended up finishing in the third spot, followed closely by conference rival Oklahoma State at fourth. Boise State rounded out the top five, with Wisconsin, Clemson, and Stanford close behind.

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College Football 77 in 77: #49 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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This year’s upcoming season of mediocre-to-slightly-above-average college football in Hotlanta will not be enough to distract Ramblin’ Wreck fans from the fact that they are on probation for four years and just had the 2009 ACC Championship stripped and vacated.

I’ve always said stripping of titles and wins are pointless. They may be removed from the media guides and programs, but they won’t be erased from our collective memories. Yet in this instance, vacating a title actually might have some teeth. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets don’t celebrate conference titles very often. The ’09 conference crown was their first since 1990, when they won a share of the national title.

Of course, it is the ACC. And winning that conference is kind of like being the richest man in Detroit. Not the richest man in Joliet, IL (that would be the Sun Belt Champion). But anyways, GT avoided any major problems like being taken off television or being ineligible for bowl games, so they have that going for them. Which is nice.

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Derrick Favors will be the 1st big man taken in NBA Draft

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Somehow, someway I’ll get through an entire feature on former Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors without using the trite cliché: “he has a tremendous upside.” This 6-10, 245 power player’s game is certainly anything but tired and shopworn as his best days are yet to come. NBA scouts know it, as he’ll likely be the first “big” taken, and could go as high as #3 or #4 in the NBA Draft.

I caught up to him in Milwaukee, on the eve of his final collegiate game, a 75-66 loss to Ohio State. The freshman Favors once again displayed his biggest weakness: he fouled out.

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Northwestern set to face Georgia Tech in Challenge

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First ever meeting between the schools to take place at Welsh-Ryan Arena Tuesday, Nov. 30

Northwestern went 20-14 during the 2009-10 season, including 7-11 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the second consecutive season. NU returns four starters next season, not including Kevin Coble, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009 who missed the most recent campaign due to injury.

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Meet Derrick Favors: #1 big man on NBA Draft boards

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

Somehow, someway I’ll get through an entire feature on former Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors without using the trite cliché: “he has a tremendous upside.” This 6-10, 245 power player’s game is certainly anything but tired and shopworn as his best days are yet to come. NBA scouts know it, as he’ll likely be the first “big” taken, and could go as high as #3 or #4 in the NBA Draft.

I caught up to him in Milwaukee, on the eve of his final collegiate game, a 75-66 loss to Ohio State. The freshman Favors once again displayed his biggest weakness: he fouled out.

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