March 2, 2016
– MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• Georgia Tech starting lineup: Georges-Hunt, Smith, Stephens, Jacobs, Mitchell
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson and Lammers for Stephens and Jacobs at the 15:59 mark of the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Georges-Hunt, Mitchell, Smith, Stephens, White
• Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 18 times in 30 games this season.
• Series record vs. Louisville: Georgia Tech is 13-18 overall, 4-10 on the road, 0-1 at KFC Yum! Center, 0-3 under Brian Gregory, 0-4 vs. Rick Pitino
• Current series streak: Louisville has win the last five meetings
• Georgia Tech’s next game: March 5, 2016, vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. ET [ACC Network], McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.
• Georgia Tech utilized the same starting lineup it put on the floor against Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson and Boston College – Marcus Georges-Hunt, Adam Smith and Quinton Stephens on the perimeter, Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell in the post – and is 4-1 with that lineup. The Yellow Jackets have utilized seven different starting fives this season. Marcus Georges-Hunt is the only Yellow Jacket to start every game this season.
• With one regular season game and at least one ACC Tournament game remaining, Tech has achieved its highest win total, both overall and in the ACC, under Brian Gregory, and has its most wins overall and in the ACC since the 2009-10 season (23-13 overall, 7-9 ACC and the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament). The last Tech team with more ACC wins and the last one to finish .500 in the league was 2006-07 (8-8).
• In Tech’s first 36 years in the ACC (this is the 37th), seventeen teams won seven or more ACC games in the regular season, 13 won eight or more, four won nine or more. Fourteen teams finished .500 or better in conference play.
• The Yellow Jackets have assured themselves of finishing the season with a winning record for the first time since 2012-13 (16-15).
• Tech is tied for 11th place in the ACC standings with Florida State at 7-10. The Jackets need only to hold their position to avoid playing on Tuesday at the ACC Tournament, because they hold a tiebreaker over FSU. Tech can hold its position by defeating Pittsburgh Saturday and/or Florida State loses to Syracuse, which would make the Yellow Jackets the No. 10 seed in the ACC Tournament and play the 7 p.m. game Wednesday against the No. 7 seed. If Tech loses to Pitt and FSU defeats Syracuse Saturday, the Jackets would be the No. 11 seed and face Boston College at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
• Tech fell to 4-7 on the road this season and 3-6 in ACC road games. The Jackets last won three ACC road games in the 2012-13 season.
• Tech’s 53 points were its second fewest of the season behind the 52 the Jackets scored against Villanova on Nov. 27 and Clemson on Feb. 13.
• Tech shot 36.7 percent from the floor in the game, but has shot a lower percentage in three other games – 36.7 vs. Villanova, season-low 33.3 at Notre Dame and 34.5 at Clemson.
• Tech went 5-for-7 at the free throw line (Louisville was 12-for-14) and was outscored their for the first time since Florida State (22-21). Tech has been outscored from the line 11 times in 17 ACC games .
• Tech held its season conversion rates from the charity stripe at 71.5 percent in all games, 72.0 percent in ACC games. No Tech team since 1972-73 finished the season with a better percentage from the line (73.1). The 2002-03 team with freshmen Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack was the last to shoot better against the ACC (73.5).
• Tech trailed 28-27 at the half, and is 3-6 this season when that happens.
• Tech out-rebounded Louisville, 42-35, for the game after trailing 21-18 in that department at the half. The Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded 25 of their 30 opponents, with two ties, this season; and 14 of 17 ACC foes. Tech remains fourth in the ACC and came into the game 26th in the nation in rebound margin (+6.9 per game, +4.2 in ACC games).
• Tech took 17 offensive rebounds and scored 12 second-chance points. Louisville took 12 offensive rebounds in the first half and scored 10 points from them. Tech limited the Cardinals to only two offensive boards in the second half.
• Tech’s starting perimeter trio of Marcus Georges-Hunt, Adam Smith and Quinton Stephens combined for just 25 of Tech’s 53 points. During the Yellow Jackets’ four-game winning streak, they accounted for 56 of Tech’s 75 points against Clemson, 66 of Tech’s 86 at Florida State, and 50 of Tech’s 76 points at Boston College.
• Charles Mitchell scored 15 points and produced only the third double-figure scoring game from a post player in the last five games. (14 by Charles Mitchell against Notre Dame and 12 by Nick Jacobs at Boston College were the other two).
• Tech committed a season-high 17 turnovers for the second straight game, this time leading to 15 Louisville points. The Jackets have reached double digits in turnovers in seven of the last eight games.
• Charles Mitchell produced his 15th double-double of the season with a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. It was his 40th career double-figure rebound game and 27th career double-double (22 in a Tech uniform). He is bidding to become the first player since Alvin Jones to average in double figures in points and rebounds for a full season (averaging 10.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg).
• Marcus Georges-Hunt scored just nine points, all in the second half, snapping a string of eight straight double-digit contests. He failed to score in double digits for just the third time in ACC play and sixth time overall this season.
• Georges-Hunt passed Roger Kaiser, Georgia Tech’s first All-American in 1960 and 1961 (1,628 points from 1958-61), for 12h place on Tech’s all-time scoring list. Georges-Hunt now has 1,632 points in his career, needing 26 to catch Tony Akins (1,658 from 1998-2002) for 11th place.
• Georges-Hunt had three more assists against Louisville. He is Tech’s leader in assist average (3.7) for ACC games.
• Georges-Hunt played 32 minutes against Louisville, due in part to first-half foul trouble, his fewest minutes since playing 32 against Duke on Feb. 2. Georges-Hunt had played 36, 38, 38, 40, 39 and 38 minutes in his previous six games and is averaging 35.2 in ACC games. His 40-minute effort against Notre Dame was the first time any Tech player had gone the full 40 minutes since 1999.
• Adam Smith (12 points on 5-of-16 shooting) scored in double figures for the 24th time this season and for the 14th time in ACC play. He is averaging 15.4 points in conference play.
• Smith made two threes in 10 attempts, reducing his season success rate to 39.8 percent in all games, 37.8 percent in ACC games. He has made at least one in 98 of 108 games in his career for a total of 251. His career total would rank fifth all-time Georgia Tech had he played his entire career here. Smith had gone 8-for-15 from three-point range in Tech’s last two games, 13-for-32 during Tech’s winning streak.
• In 30 games, Smith has made more three-pointers (88) than Tech’s leader in each of the last 13 seasons. They are the most since Tony Akins accumulated 98 (in 31 games) in the 2001-02 season.
• Quinton Stephens continued his solid play of late with eight points and seven rebounds. Stephens has averaged 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in his last six games, hitting 18 of 43 shots from the floor, 9 of 29 from three-point range.
• Tech has won all six games in which Stephens has scored in double figures this year, and is 5-3 in the seven games he has started.
• Nick Jacobs scored 12 points (5-7 FG), his first double-digit game since scoring 11 against Wake Forest and his 16th of the season. Nine of those have come in ACC games. Ten of his points against Boston College came in the first half, the other two off a missed shot to restore an eight-point lead for Tech with 2:26 left in the game.
• Nick Jacobs scored six points and drew within four points of 1,000 for his career, improving his career total to 996.