THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team began its official preseason practice schedule Tuesday night, hitting the court to begin preparations for the 2019-20 season with its most veteran team in four seasons under head coach Josh Pastner.
Tech welcomes back the Yellow Jackets’ top three scorers from last season – 6-foot junior guard Jose Alvarado, 6-10 senior center and ACC All-Defensive team member James Banks III and 6-5 sophomore guard Michael Devoe – who accounted for 48.4 percent of Tech’s points, 41.6 percent of its rebounds and 47.2 percent of its minutes.
Also returning are fast-rising 6-9 junior forward Moses Wright, who finished the season with 25 points against Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament, and 6-8 sophomore sharpshooter Kristian Sjolund. Altogether, Tech returns eight of its top 11 players, who combined for 73.2 percent of the team’s points, 66.4 percent of its rebounds and 73.7 percent of its minutes. Those eight players combined to start 123 games.
The Jackets also will benefit from a pair of transfers – 6-7 forward Jordan Usher from Canton, Ga., who becomes eligible in December after a season and a half at Southern California, and 5-10 guard Bubba Parham, an all-Southern Conference performer eligible immediately after spending two seasons at VMI.
Tech fans will get to see the Yellow Jackets in action for the first time at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, for the team’s only exhibition game against Georgia College at McCamish Pavilion. The Jackets open the regular season with an Atlantic Coast Conference game at NC State on Nov. 5, making their debut on the ACC Network, then begin the 16-game home slate on Nov. 11 against Elon.
Ten-game ticket packages for Georgia Tech’s Atlantic Coast Conference home men’s basketball games are now on sale. ACC Packs, which start at $250 ($25 per game), guarantee Tech fans the same seat in prime locations for all 10 ACC home games. Fans purchase online at Ramblinwreck.com or call 888-TECHTIX.
Syracuse visits McCamish Pavilion the first weekend in December to open the Yellow Jackets’ ACC slate, which also includes five-time NCAA champion Duke on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (9 p.m.), Notre Dame on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:30 p.m.), defending NCAA national champion Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 18 (8 p.m.) and NC State on Saturday, Jan. 25 (4 p.m.) and Miami on Feb. 29.
Virginia Tech (Feb. 4, 7 p.m.), Louisville (Feb. 12, 8 p.m.), Clemson (Feb. 25, 9 p.m.) and Miami (Feb. 29, 6 or 8 p.m.) come to McCamish Pavilion in February, and the Yellow Jackets finish out the home schedule March 4 against Pittsburgh (9 p.m.).
Tech’s schedule is nearing completion with game times and television network appearances with the exception of the aforementioned Syracuse game and its Nov. 20 game at Georgia and Dec. 14 game at Kentucky.
SEASON TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE
Season tickets start as low as $290, and offer the best seating locations at McCamish Pavilion.
Coach Josh Pastner explains how the Yellow Jackets trip to Spain benefitted the team.
ACC Network has launched!
The ACC Network is a linear and digital platform dedicated to 24/7 coverage of ACC sports that launched on Aug. 22, 2019. It will exclusively televise approximately 450 live events each year, including 40 football games (beginning with Georgia Tech’s 2019 season opener at Clemson on Aug. 29), as well as 150 men’s and women’s basketball contests.
Don’t get shut out! For more information and to learn if your cable/satellite/digital provider is carrying the ACC Network, visit GetACCN.com. Georgia Tech fans whose cable/satellite/digital providers aren’t carrying the ACC Network are urged to contact their providers and ask for the ACC Network to be a part of their subscription.
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Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its fourth year under head coach Josh Pastner. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993), played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information on Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.