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Favors can lead to rewards

Georgia Tech is finding value in that lesson, and its frosh, every night

Updated: February 4, 2010, 12:14 PM ET
By Matt Meyers | ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesDerrick Favors' PPG might seem weak, but his impact is quite strong.

The Inside the Bracket series takes you deeper inside what specific games mean to likely NCAA tournament teams. Today's example: the ACC clash between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Duke Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors was arguably the top big man in this year's recruiting class. But when looking at his numbers, one stands out -- 11.5.

As in the 6-foot-9 freshman is averaging 11.5 points per game. That's pretty pedestrian, especially when compared to Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins (16.2 ppg), who was Favors' main competition for the title of top big man in the class of 2009. Does that make Favors a disappointment?