College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The ACC is a very tough conference. Just ask players from Clemson, whose record dropped to 3-2 after their trip down to Georgia Tech to play the Yellow Jackets ended in a 66-64 loss.
Georgia Tech has already equalled their win total from last season, and, by taming the Tigers, now can lay claim to three wins over Top 25 teams in the past 11 days. They beat Duke back on January 9, then took down the Tar Heels on Saturday and Tuesday night took out #17 Clemson.
The Yellow Jackets certainly have what it takes up front. Lots of beef. Teams playing the Yellow Jackets have to contend with a super-sized lineup which includes the likes of Zachery Peacock (6'8", 235) - whose two free throws with 5.1 seconds left won the Clemson game - Gani Lawal (6'9", 234) and Derrick Favors (6'10", 246), a freshman powerhouse, whose 17 points and 14 rebounds were essential in the win over the Tigers and were his 7th double-double of the season.
NOTABLE: In the Big Ten, Purdue, which had won 14 straight prior to dropping three in a row, got back on the winning track with an 84-78 win at Illinois. Ohio State, as suggested here last week, is back in the Top 25, coming in at #21. The Buckeyes took care of business with a 76-56 thumping of Northwestern.