Feb. 1, 2018
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alston, Alvarado, Okogie, Gueye, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Okogie, 14:17 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alvarado, Okogie, Jackson, Gueye, Lammers
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap eight times in 22 games this season
- Series record vs. Syracuse: Georgia Tech is 5-5 overall, 3-1 at home, 2-1 under Josh Pastner, 5-5 vs. Jim Boeheim
- Current series streak: Tech won the last meeting
- Georgia Tech is 10-5 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 70-35 in its sixth season in the building, 27-9 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 1-5 on the road this season, 1-6 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Feb. 4, 12 p.m., at Boston College
- Georgia Tech has started the same lineup for the past 10 games, with Abdoulaye Gueye playing the “4” position. The Yellow Jackets have used six different starting lineups this season.
- Georgia Tech has had its full roster to practice only for the last seven 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.
- Tech will not have its that full rotation for the rest of the season after it was learned Wednesday that freshman Curtis Haywood II would be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a stress reaction in his right leg.
- Jose Alvarado and Ben Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech’s last 59 consecutive games.
- Georgia Tech’s playing rotation this season features four freshmen and a first-year graduate transfer who have combined to start 48 games and log 47 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ total minutes.
- Tech snapped a four-game losing streak in evening its overall record to 11-11 and climbed back to 4-5 in the ACC.
- Tech played before a sellout crowd for the third straight home game, and will make it four Feb. 11 when No. 4/5 Duke visits.
- Tech has scored 55 points or fewer three times this season and won two of those games – 52-51 over Northwestern and 55-51 over Syracuse. Only North Texas scored fewer than 51 against the Jackets this season.
- Syracuse had scored less than 51 points only once this season (51-49 loss to Notre Dame), and its 30-percent clip from the floor was a season low for the Orange.
- Syracuse’s 30-percent shooting from the floor was the best mark for Georgia Tech defensively this season, and was the 10th time this season the Yellow Jackets have held an opponent under 40 percent. Tech is 8-2 when holding an opponent under 40 percent this season, 23-6 under Josh Pastner.
- Tech’s own 33.3 percent was its lowest from the floor this season. The Jackets are 4-5 this season when they shoot less than 40 percent.
- Tech outscored Syracuse 30-10 in the paint, 14-4 off turnovers, 11-8 on second chances and 16-7 in transition.
- Tech committed only nine turnovers for the second straight game and has 33 assists and 18 turnovers in its last two games, reversing a stretch in which the Jackets had 83 assists and 92 turnovers in its first eight ACC games. For the season, Tech has committed 12.7 turnovers per game, and 12.2 vs. ACC teams, both figures down from last season.
- In the last two seasons (since head coach Josh 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).
- Pastner needs one victory to reach 200 for his head coaching career (199-100).
PASTNER’S KEY METRICS
- Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on 17 of 21 made field goals (80.9 percent) against Syracuse, its best ratio in a single game since getting 17 assists on 21 field goals against Grambling State on Dec. 1. Tech’s nightly goal is 60 percent. The Jackets have assisted on 55.1 percent of their made field goals for the season (54.4 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 8-oif-12 free throws to Syracuse’s 16-of-20 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 320 free throws, while opponents have attempted 353. Tech is 29-8 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Turnovers: Tech has committed 12.7 turnovers per game this season, down slightly from last season (13.4), and 12.2 in ACC games, down from 13.3 last season.
- Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for 14 of Tech’s 25 defensive rebounds against Clemson. Tadric Jackson, Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie are all averaging four or more rebounds per game this season.
- Tadric Jackson reached 1,000 career points with his lay-in off a Ben Lammers pass at the 6:56 mark of the second half against Syracuse. He is the 44th player in Georgia Tech history to reach that plateau. He finished with 15 points, his highest-scoring game since getting 15 at Notre Dame on Dec. 30. He added four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes.
- Jackson shot 7-of-12 from the floor, 6-of-9 from inside the three-point arc. For the season, Jackson has converted 55.2 percent of his shots from inside the arc.
- Ben Lammers recorded his eighth double-double of the season and the 24th of his career with his 11-point, 12-rebound performance against Syracuse. He added four assists and two blocks with no turnovers in 40 minutes.
- Lammers has 17 double-digit scoring games this season, including the last four straight, and has averaged 11.5 over his last four games.
- Lammers surpassed 700 career rebounds against Syracuse and now has 706, moving into 15th place on Georgia Tech’s all-time list. He needs two to catch Jeremis Smith (708 from 2005-08) for 14th place.
- Lammers blocked two shots against Syracuse, improving his career total to 236 blocks, good for sole possession of fourth place in Tech history and needing seven to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place.
- Lammers also is drifting ever closer to 1,000 points for his career. With 936 career points, and would need six games at his current 11.6 per game rate to reach 1,000.
- Jose Alvarado has hit at least one three-point field goal in eight consecutive games (18-of-41). He is hitting 39.0 percent of his threes in ACC games, 36.7 percent for the season.
- Alvarado did not shoot the ball well (1-for-8) against Syracuse but had four rebounds, five assists, a season-high four steals and just one turnover in 40 minutes.
- Josh Okogie has scored in double figures in his last four games after having a 25-game streak of double-digit games snapped against Virginia (nine points). The sophomore guard has scored in double figures 45 times in 51 career games. He has scored 30 or more three times (two vs. ACC), 20 or more 15 times (eight times in an ACC game).
- Okogie has averaged 18.4 points per game in his 14 games back on the court, including 18.2 in ACC games so far (fourth-best in league rankings). He averaged 16.1 points as a freshman, 17.1 against the ACC. The 6-4 sophomore has hit 40 percent of his shots from three-point range and 80.8 percent from the free throw line this season. Okogie has at least one three in 12 of his 14 games this season, including his first seven straight.
- Okogie is averaging 6.9 rebounds per game in ACC play, third best among league guards, and 6.1 for the season, after grabbing six against Syracuse. He has snared 35 rebounds in his last four games.
- Okogie has 24 assists in his last seven games, a 3.4 average, and has matched his career high of five twice (second meeting vs. Notre Dame and at Florida State) in that stretch.
- Despite missing eight games, Okogie leads the Jackets in free throw attempts with 99, an average of 7.1 per game that leads the ACC. He averaged 6.5 as a freshman, which ranked third in the ACC.
- Abdoulaye Gueye has averaged 9.2 points (39-of-69 FG, 56.5 percent) and 6.2 rebounds in nine games since sitting out the Coppin State game with an ankle injury. He has scored in double figures five times during that stretch. He went scoreless against Syracuse, attempting just three shots, but grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots in 27 minutes.
- Gueye has scored 92 points in the 10 games since sitting out Coppin State on Dec. 27. He had scored 70 points in 39 career games prior to Coppin State.
- Alvarado and Lammers each played the full 40 minutes against Syracuse, giving them 10 40-minute games combined this season (six for Alvarado). Alvarado ranks seventh in the ACC averaging 35.3 minutes per game, fifth in the ACC in average minutes per conference game (38.6). After missing nearly the entire second half of the Coppin State game with a head injury, Alvarado has played 385 minutes in Tech’s last 10 games, sitting out just 15 minutes.
- Lammers is averaging 36.2 minutes this season, sixth-most in the ACC (37.7 mpg vs. the ACC), while Okogie averages 35.1 (36.1 in ACC games), but he has not played enough games to qualify for the league rankings.