Dec. 5, 2014
THE FLATS – Winners of three straight games, Georgia Tech comes back to McCamish Pavilion after four games away from home to host USC Upstate at 12 noon Saturday in a regionally televised game.
Tech is 6-1 in its fourth season under head coach Brian Gregory after defeating Northwestern, 66-58, Wednesday night in Evanston, Ill., in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Jackets won their last two games of the Orlando Classic after suffering their only loss of the season to date, a 72-70 decision to Marquette in the opening round in Orlando.
USC Upstate is 7-2 under head coach Eddie Payne, in his 13th season with the Spartans, who are playing their ninth season as a Division I program. Upstate’s losses occurred to Wright State in the finals of its own tournament, and at Central Florida.
Saturday’s game will be televised regionally on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network and can be viewed online at ESPN3. The Georgia Tech IMG Radio Network, with flagship station WCNN (680 AM/93.7 FM) will also carry the game. Radio coverage can also be heard in satellite radio nationally (Sirius Ch. 136, XM Ch. 193).
Tech plays four of its next five games at McCamish Pavilion. After Saturday’s game, the Yellow Jackets take eight days off for fall semester final exams, then host Appalachian State on Dec. 15.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SATURDAY’S GAME
Georgia Tech and USC Upstate are meeting for the first time. Tech is 41-25 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun.
Georgia Tech’s next victory will be the 50th for head coach Brian Gregory as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. Gregory picked up his 200th overall career win at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
USC Upstate associate head coach Kyle Perry, in his sixth season on the Spartans’ bench, was a member of the Yellow Jackets’ team from 1998-2001, earning three letters and appearing in 19 games as a non-scholarship player under head coach Bobby Cremins.
Georgia Tech is 6-1 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Tech began that season 8-1 and went to the NCAA Tournament.
Tech’s victories over Rhode Island and Northwestern caused a jump of more than 100 spots in the various RPI rankings, lifting the Yellow Jackets into the top 50 from No. 156 in both the CBSSports.com and ESPN RPI rankings. The Rams were 29th in the CBSSports.com RPI rankings at the time of their meeting in Orlando. Northwestern was 90th. The Jackets are 3-1 vs. teams in the top 100.
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Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is beginning its fourth year under head coach Brian Gregory. The Yellow Jackets have been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993), played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBK).