Jan. 24, 2015
THE FLATS – Having completed an opening stretch of four games on the road in its first six Atlantic Coast Conference games, Georgia Tech has two of its next three at home, beginning with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday against Boston College at McCamish Pavilion.
Tech, in its fourth season under head coach Brian Gregory, is 9-9, 0-6 in the ACC, after sustaining a 57-28 loss at No. 2 Virginia Thursday night. It was only Tech’s second loss of the season by more than seven points. The Jackets had lost their three ACC road games by a combined 19 points, one of those in double overtime Jan. 3 at Notre Dame.
Boston College comes to Atlanta with an 8-9 overall record and an 0-5 mark in the ACC in its first season under head coach Jim Christian. The Eagles, coming off a 69-61 loss at Syracuse Tuesday night, have lost five of their last six games, the lone win a 64-57 overtime decision over Harvard on Jan. 14.
Sunday’s game will be televised regionally on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports South in Georgia) and will be streamed live on ESPN3. The Georgia Tech IMG Radio Network, with flagship station WCNN (680 AM/93.7 FM) will also carry the game. Tech’s radio coverage can be heard On satellite radio nationally (Sirius Ch. 134, XM Ch. 193).
Tech follows up Sunday’s game with a Wednesday trip to No. 6 Duke, then comes back to McCamish Pavilion to host NC State Saturday, Jan. 31.
THREE-POINT PLAY FOR SUNDAY’S GAME
Georgia Tech won all three games last season against Boston College, two regular-season meetings and an overtime win IN the ACC Tournament, the ninth time in its ACC history that Tech had beaten the same team three times in one season.
This is the only meeting between Tech and Boston College during the 2014-15 regular season.
Tech remains one of the nation’s top teams in rebound margin (13th) and offensive rebounds per game (10th).
COACHES VS. CANCER SUITS AND SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEKEND
The Georgia Tech-Boston College game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Awareness Week, celebrated Jan. 19-25.
The nationwide event unites coaches across the country to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, and promote the American Cancer Society as a place for help and support.
On Sunday, the Georgia Tech and Boston College coaching staffs will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one’s cancer risk.
ACC SPORTSMANSHIP WEEK
The Atlantic Coast Conference continues its sportsmanship awareness campaign by recognizing Winter Sportsmanship Week from Monday, January 19 through Sunday, January 25. ACC Sportsmanship Weeks are a campaign to emphasize sportsmanship as it relates to ACC teams, the conference and fans by designating one week during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
At all ACC home competitions during this week, every league team will showcase its continued dedication to sportsmanship by participating in a pregame handshake. In addition to the teams’ efforts, the conference and member schools will highlight the initiative to its fans through releases, social media platforms and on official websites.
SERIES NOTES VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Boston College, 12-8, having swept the regular-season series from the Eagles in 2013-14 and earning a 73-70 overtime win over BC in the ACC Tournament. Tech earned its second win in seven tries at the Conte Forum, and first since the 2007-08 season, with a 68-60 victory on Jan. 21, then captured a last-second 74-71 win over BC on Feb. 13 in Atlanta.
The victories elevated Tech’s record against Boston College to 8-7 since the Eagles joined the ACC, but BC has won six of the last 11.
The ACC Tournament win avenged an 84-64 loss to the Eagles in the 2013 tournament in Greensboro. The teams are 1-1 in the tournament.
Fifteen of the games in the short series have been decided by less than 10 points, 11 of them by four points or less, and two in overtime.
Tech is 5-1 against the Eagles at home, winning the last three on three different home courts – Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Philips Arena and McCamish Pavilion.
Tech has played BC at three different venues in the Boston area. The Jan. 29, 2005 game was Tech’s first visit to the Conte Forum, BC’s current home court, where the Jackets are 2-5. The first game in the series on Dec. 31, 1946, was played at Boston Arena, and the teams also played in the Boston Garden on Jan. 19, 1980.
Prior to BC’s entry into the ACC, the teams met four times on neutral floors, including one outside the United States, a 65-62 overtime win for the Yellow Jackets in the 1986 Suntory Ball in Tokyo, Japan.
The teams have met twice in NCAA Tournament competition, both of them won by Tech. The Yellow Jackets downed the Eagles, 103-89, in the 1996 Southeast Regional second round in Orlando, and eliminated the Eagles two seasons ago, 57-54 in the second round in Milwaukee.