Feb. 21, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 15 of 27 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath for Jorgenson at 16:58 in the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Doyle, Gueye, Heyward, Lammers, Stephens
• Series record vs. North Carolina: Tech is 24-65 overall, 5-30 on the road, 4-22 at the Smith Center, 22-51 as ACC members, 0-5 under Brian Gregory, 8-11 vs. Roy Williams
• Current series streak: Georgia Tech snapped a 10-game Clemson winning streak in the series
• Georgia Tech is 2-8 on the road this season, 13-31 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: No. 12 Louisville, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., McCamish Pavilion [ESPN, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 91, XM 91]
• Georgia Tech used the same starting lineup against North Carolina that it used against Clemson Monday night – Travis Jorgenson and Tadric Jackson at the guards, Demarco Cox at center, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Sampson at the forwards. Freshman Jackson made his second collegiate start for Tech in place of Chris Bolden, who has been suspended for the remainer of the regular season.
• This is the eighth different lineup head coach Brian Gregory has utilized this season. Only Georges-Hunt has started all 27 games for Tech this season, and 10 different players have started at least one game.
• Tech utilized 11 players against North Carolina, and nine of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in 10 games.
• This was only Tech’s second ACC loss by more than seven points this season, and it matched the margin in its loss at Virginia (29 points). The Yellow Jackets’ other 10 conference defeats have come by a total of 38 points (3.8 points per game), two of those in overtime. Tech has lost twice by one point, twice by two points, once by three, once by four, once by five, once by six and twice by seven. The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat. Nine of those defeats have been one- or two-possession games at the 1-minute mark.
• North Carolina shot 62.3 percent from the floor, exceeding 60 percent in each half. It was the highest percentage allowed by Tech since Virginia hit 62.5 percent (30-for-48) against the Jackets on Feb. 7, 1984.
• North Carolina’s 89 points were the most scored against Tech since the Tar Heels piled up 93 against the Jackets on Jan. 27, 2012, also in Chapel Hill.
• Tech shot under 40 percent from the floor (23-for-60) for the fourth time in five games.
• Tech had 13 assists on 23 made field goals and has had 44 assists on 69 made field goals in its last three games. Travis Jorgenson led Tech with five.
• The Jackets had more assists that turnovers for the 11th time this season (13 to 11).
• Tech was out-rebounded 37-39, the fifth time an opponent has beaten Tech on the board this season, joining Wake Forest (Jan. 7), Virginia, Duke and Florida State. No Tech player had more than four rebounds in the game. The Jackets entered the North Carolina game 13th in the nation in rebound margin, and remain on a school-record pace for rebound margin at +7.3 per game, +4.5 per game in conference play.
• Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 13 of Tech’s 60 points (5-for-15 FG). Tech was outscored in the paint, 46-30.
• Tech went just 8-for-17 from the free throw line against North Carolina and has gone just 54-for-95 (56.8 pct.) in the last six games. The Jackets had been No. 3 in the ACC in free throw percentage against conference opponents.
• North Carolina went 5-for-9 from three-point range. Tech has yielded 53 threes in 231 attempts (22.9 pct.) in its wins this season, 96 threes in 243 attempts (39.5 pct.) in its losses.
• All three of Tech’s wins have come by double digits and an average margin of victory of 15 points. The 11-point margin over Clemson was the smallest of the three wins. The Jackets led by as many as 18 points with 4:56 left in the game.
• Marcus Georges-Hunt scored in double digits for the ninth straight game, the longest such stretch of his career, 21st time this season, 61st time in his career and 30th time in an ACC game. Georges-Hunt had never previously scored in double figures more than five straight games (five times, twice this season).
• In his last nine games, Georges-Hunt has averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists. He has shot 53.1 percent from the floor (52-for-98), 50 percent on threes (11-for-22) and 80 percent from the free throw line (32-for-40).
• Josh Heath had two assists and no turnovers against North Carolina, and has 25 assists and four turnovers in Tech’s last nine games (four games of one turnover, five games of no turnovers). He has 79 assists and 34 turnovers for the season (2.32-1 ratio). In ACC games, 35 assists and 15 turnovers (2.33-1).
• Quinton Stephens posted his fourth double-digit game in ACC play (10 points) and his first since scoring 17 against Boston College on Jan. 25. He has six for the season.
• Tadric Jackson has averaged 8.0 points and hit 5-of-16 shots from the floor in his two starts. He has played 51 minutes on those starts.