Shanghai, China - The Georgia Tech men's basketball team is getting the experience of a lifetime this week as the Yellow Jackets visit China and open their 2017-18 season against UCLA in the 2017 Pac-12 China Game presented by the Alibaba Group.
The 2017 Pac-12 China Game between UCLA and Georgia Tech will tip off the 2017-18 basketball season and be broadcast live on ESPN at 11:30 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 10. The game is part of Pac-12 Global, an unprecedented effort to promote goodwill for the Conference and its member institutions through sport, and to provide student-athletes with a transformative cultural exchange experience.
Georgia Tech's full day in Shanghai featured, following a two-hour practice in the morning at Dulwich College, a press conference with Pac-12 and Chinese athletics officials, followed by a four-hour visit to Shanghai Disney Resort.
On a bright and sunny day in Shanghai, the Yellow Jackets went through a spirited two-hour practice at Dulwich College, a British international school located 10 miles east of the city center. It was the first practice focusing on Tech's first opponent, which will be UCLA on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S. Eastern time zone). Legendary UCLA center Bill Walton, serving as analyst for the ESPN broadcast of the game, visited practice to study the Jackets.
After showering at Dulwich, it was off to the Shanghai Disney Resort, where head coach Josh Pastner and center Ben Lammers participated in the event's major press conference along with Pac-12 and Chinese officials, and UCLA coach Steve Alford and guard Aaron Holliday. Lammers was a hit after being asked about and explaining his summer mechanical engineering project, which involved seeking ways to detect weaknesses in bridges that would allow repairs before the structure fails.
The two teams then headed to the theme park, where the Yellow Jackets spent four hours enjoying rides like the Tron Light Cycle Power Run, Soaring over the Horizon and Pirates of the Caribbean. Thursday, the teams will practice again and enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River.