Feb. 23, 2015
Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 16 of 28 opening tips this season)
First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath for Jorgenson at 16:34 in the first half
On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Cox, Georges-Hunt, Heath, Jackson, Sampson
Series record vs. Louisville: Tech is 13-16 overall, 7-4 at home, 0-1 at McCamish Pavilion, 0-1 as ACC members, 0-1 under Brian Gregory, 0-2 vs. Rick Pitino (1-5 overall)
Current series streak: Louisville has won the last three meetings.
Georgia Tech is 8-7 at home this season, 36-28 under Brian Gregory
Georgia Tech’s next game: Clemson, Feb. 28, 12 noon, Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C. [ACC Network, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 136, XM 194]
Georgia Tech used the same starting lineup for the third straight game – 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 third collegiate start for Tech in place of Chris Bolden, who has been suspended for the remainder 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 wore gold uniforms at home for the third time this season. The Jackets previously defeated Georgia and Vanderbilt wearing gold at home.
Tech held a 24-17 lead at the half, the third time this year the Jackets have held an opponent under 20 in the first half (18 for Rhode Island and Northwestern).
Eleven of Georgia Tech’s conference defeats have come by a total of 39 points (3.5 points per game), two of those in overtime. Tech has lost three times 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.
Tech utilized 10 players against Louisville, and eight of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in 10 games.
Louisville shot 37 percent from the floor, the seventh opponent Tech has held below 40 percent this season, but the Yellow Jackets are just 4-3 in those games.
Tech had 12 assists on 23 made field goals and has had 56 assists on 92 made field goals in its last four games.
Tech out-rebounded Louisville, 40-34, and has outrebounded all but six opponents this season (five ACC teams plus a tie against Northwestern). The Jackets entered the Louisville game 16th in the nation in rebound margin, and remain on a school-record pace for rebound margin at +7.3 per game, +4.7 per game in conference play.
Tech grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and converted them into 16 points, one of the better ratios the Jackets have posted this season. Tech ranks 12th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game.
Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 21 of Tech’s 51 points (10-of-18 FG). Tech outscored Louisville in the paint, 36-24.
Tech went just 4-for-10 from the free throw line against Louisville and has gone just 58-for-105 (55.2 pct.) in the last seven games.
Louisville went 5-for-16 from three-point range, including 5-for-10 in the second half. Tech has yielded 53 threes in 231 attempts (22.9 pct.) in its wins this season, 101 threes in 259 attempts (38.9 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.
Demarco Cox collected second double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. He had 12 points and 10 boards against NC State.
Charles Mitchell matched his season high with 14 rebounds. He took 14 against Alabama A&M in the second game of the season.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored in double digits for the 10th straight game, the longest such stretch of his career, 22nd time this season, 62nd time in his career and 31st 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 10 games, Georges-Hunt has averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists. He has shot 52.3 percent from the floor (57-for-109), 46.2 percent on threes (12-for-26) and 72.9 percent from the free throw line (35-for-48).
Georges-Hunt moved past Brook Steppe (1,105) into 35th place on Georgia Tech’s all-time scoring list with 1,107 points. He needs 29 to reach 34th place, held by Jim Nolan (1,136, 1946-49).
Tadric Jackson has averaged 7.3 points and hit 9-of-27 shots from the floor in his three starts. He has played 78 minutes on those starts.