Jan. 25, 2018
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alston, Alvarado, Okogie, Gueye, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Gueye, 16:50 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Jackson, Okogie, Cole, Gueye
- Opening tap won by Florida State. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap seven times in 20 games this season
- Series record vs. Florida State: Georgia Tech is 29-40 overall, 11-21 on the road, 1-1 under Josh Pastner, 8-14 vs. Leonard Hamilton
- Current series streak: Florida State won the last meeting
- Georgia Tech is 9-4 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 69-34 in its sixth season in the building, 26-8 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 1-5 on the road this season, 1-6 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Jan. 28, 6 p.m., vs. Clemson (McCamish Pavilion
- In the last two seasons (since Pastner arrived), no team has more wins at home over AP Top 15 teams as an unranked opponent than Georgia Tech (Tech and Colorado with four each, Syracuse with three).
- Head coach Josh Pastner remains two wins shy of 200 for his head coaching career (198-99).
- Head coach Josh Pastner has started the same lineup for the past eight games, with Abdoulaye Gueye playing the “4” position. Pastner has used six different starting lineups this season.
- Tech has had its full roster to practice only for the last six games and played a solid 7-man rotation for the first time in ACC play against Notre Dame Jan. 10. Injuries or other absences have forced Tech players to miss 38 games cumulatively this season, and the Jackets had not played a game with all 11 scholarship players healthy and available until the Yale game on Jan. 6.
- Alvarado and Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech’s last 57 consecutive games.
- Georgia Tech’s playing rotation this season features four freshmen and a first-year graduate transfer who have combined to start 46 games and log 47 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ total minutes.
- Tech allowed 80 points for the fourth time this season and for the second straight game (80 to North Carolina, 85 to Wright State, 80 to Georgia). Tech has held every opponent except Georgia, Wright State and Florida State under its scoring average this season. FSU’s 88 points and 32 made field goals were season highs against the Yellow Jackets.
- Tech entered the Florida State game No. 1 in the ACC in lowest three-point percentage yield against ACC teams at 27.6 percent. The Jackets limited the Seminoles, who lead the ACC in three-point attempts, to just 13 attempts, making five.
- Florida State’s 59.3-percent from the floor was the highest allowed by Tech this season and the highest by a Tech opponent since North Carolina converted 62.3 percent against the Yellow Jackets on Feb. 21, 2015.
- Tech has committed 49 turnovers in its last three games (18 vs. Virginia, 15 at North Carolina, 16 at Florida State) after averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game in its first four ACC games. For the season, Tech has committed 13.1 turnovers per game this season, and 13.1 vs. ACC teams.
- Tech outrebounded the larger Seminoles, the ACC’s leading rebounding team in conference games (42.6 per game), by 34-26, and matched its season high for offensive boards (16) first set in the second game of the season against Bethune-Cookman.
- Tech went 24-of-30 from the free throw line, its most free throws made this season, and its fourth-most attempts. It was the most free throws made and attempted in a road game for Tech since hitting 29-of-34 at NC State on Jan. 27, 2016. Tech’s best free throw performance in a road game this season had been 14-of-19 at Pittsburgh.
PASTNER’S KEY METRICS
- Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on 11 of 24 made field goals against Florida State, the first time since the Yale game on Jan. 6 the Yellow Jackets failed to hit 50 percent. Tech’s nightly goal is 60 percent. The Jackets have assisted on 53.4 percent of their made field goals for the season (49.7 percent vs. the ACC), after finishing last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Free throws made to opponents’ attempts: Tech made 24-of-30 free throws to Florida State’s 19-of-23 (goal of making more than opponent tries accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 297 free throws, while opponents have attempted 324. Tech is 28-8 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Turnovers: Tech has committed 13.1 turnovers per game this season, down slightly from last season (13.4) and 13.1 in ACC games, down from 13.3 last season.
- Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for 11 of Tech’s 18 defensive rebounds against North Carolina. Tadric Jackson, Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie are all averaging well above four rebounds per game this season.
- Josh Okogie scored in double figures for the second straight game after having a 25-game streak of double-digit games snapped against Virginia (nine points). The sophomore guard has scored in double figures 43 times in 49 career games. He has scored 30 or more three times (two vs. ACC), 20 or more 13 times, six times in an ACC game.
- Okogie has averaged 17.7 points per game in his 12 games back on the court, including 16.9 in ACC games so far (seventh-best in league rankings). He averaged 16.1 points as a freshman, 17.1 against the ACC. The 6-4 sophomore has hit 40.5 percent of his shots from three-point range and 80.7 percent from the free throw line.
- In two games against Florida State, Okogie has come down with 30 rebounds. The sophomore set a career best with 16 against the Seminoles Wednesday night, nine of them on the offensive end, after having grabbed 14 to go with 35 points in last year’s meeting. Okogie is averaging 7.1 rebounds per game in ACC play, 6.2 for the season.
- Okogie has 18 assists in his last five games, a 3.6 average, and has matched his career high of five twice (second meeting vs. Notre Dame and at Florida State).
- Ben Lammers posted his 15th double-digit game of the season against Florida State, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line for 13 points. It was his best shooting effort, by percentage, this season.
- Lammers blocked one shot against Florida State, improving his career total to 233 blocks, good for sole possession of fourth place in Tech history and needing 10 to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place.
- Abdoulaye Gueye has averaged 9.8 points (32-of-52 FG, 61.1 percent) and 6.1 rebounds in eight games since sitting out the Coppin State game with an ankle injury. Making his eighth straight start and 16th of the season against Florida State, he scored 14 points (4-6 FG), his fourth double-figure game over the eight-game stretch. He hit 6-of-7 free throw attempts, matching his best for free throws made and setting a career high for best percentage.
- Gueye has scored 78 points in the eight games since sitting out Coppin State on Dec. 27. He had scored 70 points in 39 career games prior to Coppin State.
- In eight fewer games, Okogie has pulled ahead of Jose Alvarado for the team lead in free throw attempts, 83 to 72. Okogie is averaging 6.9 free throw attempts per game, second highest in the ACC, above his average of 6.5 as a freshman, which ranked third in the ACC.
- Jose Alvarado tied his career best with 23 points, also setting a career best for an ACC game, hitting 8-of-18 shots from the floor and matching his season high of four three-point field goals in nine attempts (he had four each vs. Grambling State, Yale and North Carolina) in 36 minutes.
- Alvarado is hitting 40 percent of his threes in ACC games, 37 percent for the season. He is 8-of-16 in Tech’s last two games.
- Alvarado ranks ninth in the ACC averaging 34.8 minutes per game, eighth in the ACC in average minutes per conference game (38.1). After missing nearly the entire second half of the Coppin State game with a head injury, Alvarado has played 305 minutes in Tech’s last eight games, sitting out just 15 minutes.
- Tadric Jackson missed double figures for just the fourth time this season (0-for-4 from the floor, two points), his fewest points since scoring two last season at Tennessee (Dec. 3, 2016). The 6-2 senior has had 35 double-digit scoring games off the bench as a Yellow Jacket, 26 of those since the beginning of last season. He has reached double figures 22 times in his last 26 games and 36 times since the beginning of last season.
- Jackson is hitting 55.0 percent of his shots (77-of-140) from inside the three-point arc this season, and a career-best 48.6 percent overall.
- Lammers is averaging 36.0 minutes this season, sixth-most in the ACC (37.4 mpg vs. the ACC), while Okogie averages 34.5 (35.4 in ACC games), but he has not played enough games to qualify for the league rankings.
- Lammers has creeped into Georgia Tech’s top 20 all-time leading rebounders, currently standing 17th with 685. He needs two to catch Michael Maddox (687 from 1994-98) for 16th place, and 19 to catch Lenny Horton (704 from 1977-80) for 15th place.
- Jackson continues to close in on the 1,000-career-point-mark, currently at 983. At his current career-best average of 12.6 points per game, it will take the senior guard two more games to become the 44th Georgia Tech player to reach 1,000. Lammers has 915 career points, and would need eight games at his current 11.8 per game rate to reach 1,000.