Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Miami Athletics)

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Weekend Insider: Week Two

Columns

What’s included:

• Five Things We’re Watching
• Q & A with Tennessee’s Tony Vitello
• Scout’s Take: Dissecting Louisville and UConn
• National Nuggets


I’ve Got My Eye On …

1. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets have rich tradition, but things have taken a turn for the worse as of late as they’ve missed the NCAA tournament the last two seasons and three of the last four. Tech finally feels like it is in position to turn fortunes around, and it all begins this weekend as the Jackets play host to a very good UCLA club.

Sure, the series won’t make or break Georgia Tech’s season, but a series win would give it the necessary boost it needs to get back on the national landscape entering ACC play.

The Jackets will rely on a strong one-two punch on the mound against the Bruins this weekend in Connor Thomas and Xzavion Curry. Thomas had a strong start Opening Weekend, striking out 10, walking two and allowing no earned runs and five hits in seven innings, while the athletic Curry struck out nine, didn’t allow any walks and gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. Offensively, hard-hitting Kyle McCann will need to have a big weekend. McCann already has two home runs this season and is slugging .769, while Oscar Serratos (.167) and Chase Murray (.214) must have strong showings against the Bruins.

The ball is in the Jackets’ court so to speak. Now we’ll see what they do with the opportunity that lies ahead.

2. Texas Tech’s starting pitching

We might soon find out if Oregon is just that good offensively this season, or if the Red Raiders have a little bit of a pitching problem on their hands.

 


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