The 2011-12 college basketball season is barely underway, and while its too early to start thinking about the NCAA Tournament, it's never too early for a coach to gauge his team's preparedness against Tournament-caliber teams.
Thats what on the mind of Georgia Techs first-year head coach Brian Gregory. Its part of what makes a preseason tournament like this weekend's DirecTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant so important.
"They give you a great read on where you're at at that time," he said. "Plus they give you some insight into some things that you're going to need to improve on down the road. You're not at home. You're playing against high-quality opponents. You have a one-day prep. So you have to focus on the things that are going to make you a better team and focus on things that are important to your team."
The Classic, in which the Jackets will play three games in four days, is everything Gregory described and just about everything their first two non-conference ...