Feb. 8, 2018
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alston, Alvarado, Okogie, Gueye, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Alston, 14:34 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Alvarado, Cole, Wright, Ogbonda
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 10 times in 24 games this season
- Series record vs. Louisville: Georgia Tech is 13-20 overall, 4-11 on the road, 0-5 as ACC members, 0-2 under Josh Pastner, 0-1 vs. David Padgett
- Current series streak: Louisville has won the last seven meetings
- 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 1-7 on the road this season, 1-8 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Feb. 11, 6 p.m., vs. Duke at McCamish Pavilion [ESPN]
- Georgia Tech has started the same lineup for the past 12 games, with Abdoulaye Gueye playing the “4” position. The Yellow Jackets have used six different starting lineups this season.
- Tech has had its full roster to practice only for 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 40 games cumulatively this season. Tech does not have its full rotation for the rest of the season with freshman Curtis Haywood II 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 61 consecutive games.
- Tech’s playing rotation this season features four freshmen and a first-year graduate transfer who have combined to start 54 games and log 44 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ total minutes.
- Pastner needs one victory to reach 200 for his head coaching career (199-101).
- Tech committed a season-high 20 turnovers, eclipsing the 19 the Jackets recorded against Bethune-Cookman in the second game of the season. Louisville’s 15 steals also were a high against the Jackets this season.
- Tech hit 7-of-13 three-point field goals, matching its best effort, percentage-wise, of the season (7-for-13 against Yale on Jan. 6). The Jackets have made more threes in only one game (10 vs. Grambling State).
- Tech outrebounded Louisville, 36-32, just the fourth time in ACC play the Jackets have been on the plus side on the boards. Tech got 10 offensive rebounds but was able to convert them only into six points. The Cardinals had just five offensive boards but got baskets on four of them.
- Tech surrendered a season-high 12 three-point field goals on 20 attempts (60 percent also a season high against the Jackets). Tech led the ACC in three-point defense through its first seven conference games (27.6 pct.), but has allowed 46.3 percent (38-foro-82) in its last four games.
- Tech has surrendered double-digits in three-point field goals six times and lost four of those games this season.
PASTNER’S KEY METRICS
- Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on 10 of 20 made field goals (50 percent) against Louisville, far below its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets have assisted on 54.0 percent of their made field goals for the season (52.3 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 7-of-10 free throws to Louisville’s 11-for-19 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 336 free throws, while opponents have attempted 393. Tech is 29-8 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Turnovers: Tech has committed 13.0 turnovers per game this season, down slightly from last season (13.4), and 13.0 in ACC games, down from 13.3 last season.
- Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for 14 of Tech’s 26 defensive rebounds against Clemson. Tadric Jackson, Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie are all averaging 3.9 rebounds per game or higher this season.
- Josh Okogie has scored in double figures in his last six games (19.5 ppg) after having a 25-game streak of double-digit games snapped against Virginia (nine points). The sophomore guard has scored in double figures 47 times in 53 career games. He has scored 30 or more three times (two vs. ACC), 20 or more 16 times (nine times in an ACC game).
- Okogie has averaged 18.4 points per game after missing the first eight games of the season, 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 41.4 percent of his shots from three-point range and 80.6 percent from the free throw line this season. Okogie has at least one three in 13 of his 16 games this season, including his first seven straight.
- Okogie has scored more points in his first two seasons at Tech (891) since Matt Harpring accumulated 1,021 by the end of his sophomore season (1996-98). At his present rate, Okogie will become the fifth Tech player to reach 1,000 career points by the end of his sophomore season.
- Okogie posted his second double-double of the season against Louisville (25 points, 10 rebounds) and the fifth of his career. He is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game in ACC play, third best among league guards, and 6.5 for the season. Okogie has snared 52 rebounds in his last six games (8.6).
- Okogie has 29 assists in his last nine games, a 3.2 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 108, an average of 6.8 per game that leads the ACC. He averaged 6.5 as a freshman, which ranked third in the ACC.
- Lammers surpassed 700 career rebounds against Syracuse and now has 722, moving into 13th place on Georgia Tech’s all-time list with four boards at Louisville. He needs 18 to catch Jim Wood (740 from 1974-77) for 12th place.
- Lammers blocked no shots at Louisville, just the second time this season and the fifth time since the beginning of last season he did not block a shot. The 6-10 senior has 239 blocks, good for sole possession of fourth place in Tech history and needing four 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 952 career points, and needs five games at his current 11.3 per game rate to reach 1,000.
- Jose Alvarado has hit at least one three-point field goal in 10 consecutive games (22-of-50). He is hitting 40 percent of his threes in ACC games, 37.4 percent for the season.
- Alvarado scored 11 points at Louisville for his 16th double-digit game this season. He ranks fifth among ACC freshmen at 12.6 points per game.
- Abdoulaye Gueye has averaged 9.1 points (53.5 percent FG) and 6.4 rebounds in 12 games since sitting out the Coppin State game with an ankle injury. He has scored in double figures six times during that stretch, and also has blocked 19 shots. Gueye tied his career high with nine rebounds at Louisville.
- Gueye has scored 109 points in the 12 games since sitting out Coppin State on Dec. 27. He had scored 70 points in 39 career games prior to Coppin State.
- Alvarado played his seventh “complete game” of the season (six 40-minute regulation games and one 45-minute overtime game). The freshman point guard averages 39.3 minutes per ACC game, fourth-most in the conference, and ranks fourth among freshman nationally at 35.9 minutes per game overall. Since the beginning of ACC play, Alvarado has played 440 minutes in Tech’s last 12 games, sitting out just 15 minutes.
- Lammers is averaging 36.4 minutes this season, sixth-most in the ACC (37.8 mpg vs. the ACC), and ranks No. 1 among centers nationally in average minutes played and percentage of possible minutes.
- Tech, Syracuse and Boston College each have three players ranked among the ACC’s top 12 in average minutes per ACC game. Okogie is Tech’s third player among those 12, averaging 36.4 minutes per ACC game.