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Jackets Open ACC Tournament Thursday Against UNC

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball opens the 2019 ACC Tournament on Thursday, facing North Carolina at 2 p.m. on RSN, locally on Fox Sports South.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-12, 7-9 ACC) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (17-13, 8-8 ACC)
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STARTING FIVE AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA

  1. Earning the No. 9 seed in the 2019 ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech received a first round bye and will open the tournament facing 8th-seeded North Carolina on Thursday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on RSN, locally on Fox Sports South in Atlanta.
  2. The Yellow Jackets look to snap a three-game skid and reach the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2016. The past two seasons, the Jackets have recorded a first round victory and fallen in the second round. In 2016, Tech defeated Wake Forest in the second round before falling to Louisville in the quarterfinals.
  3. Georgia Tech and North Carolina are meeting for the second time this season and 78th time in program history. The Tar Heels took the regular season meeting in Chapel Hill, 91-90, in the final seconds. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun dropped a career-high 35 points in the contest, while Lorela Cubaj recorded a double-double.
  4. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun continues to pace Georgia Tech’s offense this season. The freshman leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. She has scored in double figures 24 times this season.
  5. Georgia Tech closed out the regular season last Sunday in McCamish Pavilion, falling to No. 22/21 Florida State, 64-55. Freshman Jasmine Carson put together a career-performance, scoring a personal-best 14 points to lead the Jackets, hitting a career-high four three-pointers. Carson was one of four Yellow Jackets to post double figures.

THE SERIES
Georgia Tech and North Carolina have met on the hardwood 77 times in program history with the Tar Heels leading the all-time series, 57-20, after winning the regular season matchup. The Jackets and Tar Heels last met in the ACC Tournament in 2015 in the second round with UNC taking the meeting, 84-64. Dating back to 1980, UNC and Georgia Tech have met seven times in the ACC Tournament with UNC leading the series, 6-1. Tech’s lone win against the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament took place in 2012 with the Jackets winning, 54-53, in the quarterfinals. Tech went on to advance to the championship game that season.

LAST TIME THEY MET
Georgia Tech and North Carolina met once in the regular season in Chapel Hill on Jan. 31. The Tar Heels captured a one-point decision in the final seconds of the game. Georgia Tech freshman Elizabeth Balogun hit three clutch free throws with 2.7 ticks left on the clock to tie the game, but UNC connected on the back end of a pair of free throw attempts to seal a 91-90 victory. Balogun dropped a career-high 35 points in the game, hitting six three-pointers, while Lorela Cubaj added a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Tech shot 48.5 percent (33-68) from the field, while UNC shot 49.2 percent.

LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech led through three quarters in the final regular season game against No. 22/21 Florida State. But the Seminoles outscored the Jackets, 17-4, in the final 10 minutes to seal a comeback victory. Jasmine Carson, who hit a personal-best four three-pointers, led Tech with a career-high 14 points. Carson was one of four Jackets to finish in double figures as Tech shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field. FSU shot 41.3 percent and won the rebounding battle, 43-37.

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