Jan. 30, 2015
THE FLATS – Looking to build upon a 20-point win on the road against a top-25 team, Georgia Tech returns home to host NC State in a 12 noon Atlantic Coast Conference contest Saturday at McCamish Pavilion.
Tech, in its fourth season under head coach Brian Gregory, evened its overall record at 10-10 and notched its first ACC win after seven losses with a 70-50 victory at 23rd-ranked Miami Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets had been the last winless team in the conference before Wednesday night, and are 6-4 at home this season.
NC State (13-9, 4-5 ACC) comes to Atlanta on a three-game losing streak to Miami, Notre Dame (in overtime) and Clemson, to whom the Wolfpack lost 68-57 at home Wednesday night. State is 1-2 on the road in the ACC, winning at Florida State on Jan. 17.
This is the only meeting between Tech and NC State during the 2014-15 regular season. Saturday’s game will be televised regionally on the ACC Network (WATL-TV in Atlanta) 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. 84, XM Ch. 84).
Tech follows up Saturday’s game with a visit to No. 4 Duke next Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
STARTING FIVE FOR SATURDAY’S GAME
Georgia Tech won the first meeting between first-year head coaches Brian Gregory and Mark Gottfried, 82-71, in January of 2012, but the Wolfpack have won four straight meetings since.
Saturday’s game is the second of four straight weekend afternoon games at home for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets host Wake Forest onb Feb. 7 and Florida State on Feb. 14.
NC State director of player development Dereck Whittenburg was an assistant coach at Tech for Bobby Cremins for five seasons (1994-99).
Marcus Georges-Hunt needs 10 points to reach 1,000 career points. He has 990. He would become the 43rd Tech player to reach that milestone.
In 2001-02 when Tech last began 0-7 in the ACC, the Yellow Jackets broke the streak with a 31-point win over Florida State, won three straight game by an average of 22 points and seven of their last nine conference games.
SERIES NOTES VS. NC STATE
NC State has won the last four meetings between the two teams and had a 55-37 lead in the overall series which dates back to 1925.
The Wolfpack won the only regular-season meeting between the two teams in 2013-14, an 80-78 overtime decision in Raleigh, swept the season series with Tech in 2012-13 and captured the second of two meetings in 2011-12 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Tech’s last victory in the series and its last win at PNC Arena was an 82-71 win on Jan. 11, 2012, the first meeting between the two teams’ current head coaches, Brian Gregory and Mark Gottfried.
Fifteen of the last 19 meetings in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, and the Wolfpack victory in the last meeting was the sixth overtime game in the series, all of them since Tech joined the ACC.
Tech is 22-16 against the Wolfpack in Atlanta, including one home-court meeting that was played at the Omni in 1986 and one at Philips Arena in 2012.
Since it joined the ACC, Tech is 29-41 against NC State, including regular-season and tournament.
The Jackets are 9-31 against NC State in Raleigh, including a 2-11 mark at PNC Arena.
Tech is 3-3 against NC State in ACC Tournament games, the last meeting occurring in 2003 in a 71-65 Wolfpack victory in Greensboro. The Jackets won first-round games in 1996 in Greensboro (88-73) and 1990 in Charlotte (76-67).
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