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Muhammad, Jack ready to go for Yellow Jackets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack (sprained right ankle) and forward Isma'il Muhammad (patellar tendonitis) practiced Thursday in preparation for tonight's game with George Washington.

For Jack, who sprained his ankle in the ACC Tournament final against Duke, it was his first practice of the week.

"It's getting better and better every day. I'm just trying to get it as close to 100 percent by (today) so hopefully I can go full speed," said Jack, who said he was able to work some of the soreness out as the workout wore on.

Muhammad sat out the entire ACC Tournament after undergoing shockwave therapy on his ailing right knee last week. Muhammad participated in a dunk session during the Yellow Jackets' open practice at the Gaylord Center in Nashville.

"It's a whole lot better," Muhammad said. "I should be back getting some highlights."

Tech coach Paul Hewitt said he would stick with the starting lineup he used throughout the ACC Tournament - Jack, Will Bynum, B.J. Elder, Anthony McHenry and Luke Schenscher.

Hotel Hewitt

Hewitt took his usual substitution pattern to a new level at the ACC Tournament, subbing nearly 80 times against North Carolina and more than 60 times against Duke.

Tech radio announcer Wes Durham dubbed the Yellow Jackets' bench "Hotel Hewitt," for its revolving door approach. Someone joked with former coach Bobby Cremins at the tournament that Hewitt subbed more in two days than Cremins had in 19 years on the Tech bench.

"We play a lot of guys and the style of ball that we play, we have to do that," said forward Anthony McHenry, who splits time with Jeremis Smith. "If you're out there, you get tired and you've got to come out."

Hewitt often subs offense for defense, with players like Mario West (defense) and Anthony Morrow (offense) used primarily on one side of the court.

"The guys that we do it with recognize that they have strengths and weaknesses, and it's about what's best for the team," Hewitt said.