Nov. 30, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech plays its final two games before fall semester finals this week, beginning Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when the Yellow Jackets (4-2) take on Wofford (2-3), the defending Southern Conference champions, at McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets are meeting the Terriers, an NCAA Tournament team with 28 victories last season, for the 15th time. Tech is coming off a split of two games in the NIT Season Tipoff in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the Jackets defeated Arkansas, 83-73, in the semifinals and lost, 69-52, to eighth-ranked Villanova in the championship game.
Tech opened its season with four straight home games, and came within a last-second three-point basket of winning all four. The Jackets defeated Cornell (116-81), Tennessee (69-67) and Green Bay (107-77) before dropping a Nov. 22 contest to East Tennessee State (69-68).
Wofford, playing its fifth road game of the season Tuesday night, defeated Presbyterian last time out, 68-58, on the road Saturday night. The Terriers also have lost at Missouri, North Carolina and Columbia, and have a home win over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech/IMG Sports Network, and can be heard in Atlanta on 680 the Fan (680 AM and 93.7 FM), and also will be streamed live on ESPN2.
• Marcus Georges-Hunt will make his 100th career start Tuesday night against Wofford, He played the 100th game of his career Friday against Villanova.
• Tech’s starting lineup for the first six games has been Josh Heath at point guard, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Adam Smith on the wings, and Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell at the post positions. Only Georges-Hunt began his career at Georgia Tech.
• Tech played its entire 12-man roster against Cornell and Green Bay, and 11 of them scored, and went 10-deep against Tennessee, East Tennessee State, Arkansas and Villanova.
• Tech is averaging 82.5 points per game (sixth-highest in the ACC) and has hit the century mark twice this season. The Yellow Jackets have connected on 47.5 percent of their field goal tries (No. 8 in the ACC).
• Tech is fourth in the ACC in assist average (17.0 per game) and has assisted on 54.5 percent of its made field goals.
• In a reversal of fortune from previous Brian Gregory-coached Tech teams, Tech ranks higher in offensive categories than in defensive ones, at least in the early going. The Jackets are currently 11th in scoring defense and 10th in field goal percentage defense.
• Tech occupies more familiar territory in rebounding, ranking No. 2 in the ACC in rebound average (45.0 per game) and rebound margin (+13.3), and No. 1 in offensive rebounds (16.7).
• Georges-Hunt is fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage (83.8).
• Adam Smith is sixth in the ACC in three-point field goals made.
• Tech’s top three scorers and most frequent free throw shooters – Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell and Nick Jacobs – have hit a combined 81.1 percent (60-for-74) of their charity tosses this season.
• Tech is playing four non-conference teams this season that it also faced during its run to the NCAA national championship game in 2004 – Cornell, Tennessee, Georgia and VCU.
INSIDE THE SERIES WITH WOFFORD
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Wofford, 12-2, with all 14 previous meetings taking place in Atlanta.
• The last 13 meetings were played in the Yellow Jackets’ former home arena, Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where the Jackets won 12 of 13 games. The lone Wofford win, and the last one for the Terriers in the series, occurred on Dec. 20, 1980, a 49-44 decision in head coach Dwane Morrison’s final season at Tech.
• The teams played six times between 1996 and 2001, Tech winning the most recent meeting 79-70 on Dec. 21, 2001.
• Wofford won the teams’ first encounter, 20-18, on Jan. 14, 1921.
• This is the third time Tech coach Brian Gregory has faced Wofford. His Dayton teams defeated the Terriers twice. The Yellow Jackets have not faced Wofford under its current head coach, Mike Young.
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