March 3, 2015
Opening tip: won by North Carolina (Jackets have won 17 of 30 opening tips this season)
First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath, Heyward for Jorgenson, Georges-Hunt at 16:41 in the first half
On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Gueye, Heath, Jackson, Lammers, Peek
Series record vs. North Carolina: Tech is 24-66 overall, 13-21 on the road, 0-3 at McCamish Pavilion, 22-52 as ACC members, 0-6 under Brian Gregory, 1-10 vs. Brad Brownell
Current series streak: North Carolina has won the last six meetings.
Georgia Tech is 8-8 at home this season, 36-28 under Brian Gregory
Georgia Tech’s next game: ACC Tournament opening round, March 10, 1 or 3 p.m., Greensboro, N.C. [ACC Network/ESPN2, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 83, XM 83]
Tech is locked into playing one of the two Tuesday games in the opening round of the ACC Tournament, however it is still possible the Yellow Jackets could play any of the other three teams that are playing on Tuesday – Wake Forest, currently the 11th seed; Boston College, currently the 12th seed; and Virginia Tech, currently the 14th seed. A Virginia Tech win over Miami Saturday would drop the Jackets into the 14th seed and a game with Wake Forest. A Miami win means Tech will face Boston College in the 12-13 game.
This was only Georgia Tech’s third ACC loss by more than seven points. Twelve of Georgia Tech’s conference defeats have come by a total of 46 points (3.8 points per game), three 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 three times by seven. The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat, and the seven-point loss at Clemson went one overtime. Ten of those defeats have been one- or two-possession games at the 1-minute mark.
This was Tech’s largest margin of defeat – 32 points – this season. Oddly enough, if not for the Theo Pinson three with 24 second left, the margin would have been 29, matching the Jackets two other double-digit losses to Virginia and North Carolina (first meeting).
North Carolina shot 53.1 percent from the floor and shot 57.6 percent aggregate in the two meetings with Tech. The Yellow Jackets have allowed a team to shoot 50 percent or better in their last two games, three of their last four and five times this season.
Tech’s 49 points were its third-fewest of the season behind its 29 at Virginia and 45 in a loss to Syracuse.
Tech shot 32.8 percent from the floor, its second straight game under 40 percent and third in the last four. The Jackets have failed to reach 40 percent 10 times in ACC play and 14 times altogether this season.
North Carolina out-rebounded Tech, 39-38, the sixth opponent (all in the ACC) to out-rebound the Jackets this season. The Jackets entered the game 15th in the nation in rebound margin, and remain on a school-record pace for rebound margin at +6.9 per game, +4.4 per game in conference play.
Tech took 16 offensive rebounds and converted them into just 11 points. Tech had 21 offensive boards at Clemson but converted them into only 15 points. Tech ranks 12th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game.
Tech’s 18 turnovers were a high for an ACC game this season and matched the overall season high set in a win over Rhode Island in November.
Tech had only six fast-break points in the game and has only eight in its last two games. The Jackets had averaged 14 fast-break points over their previous eight games.
Tech went 10-for-19 from the free throw line, and is 83-for-149 (55.7 pct.) in the last nine games.
North Carolina went 6-for-18 from three-point range. Tech has yielded 53 threes in 231 attempts (22.9 pct.) in its wins this season, 111 threes in 289 attempts (38.4 pct.) in its losses.
Tech used the same starting lineup for the fifth 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 fourth 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 29 games for Tech this season, and 10 different players have started at least one game.
Tech utilized 12 players against North Carolina, and seven of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in 10 games.
All three of Tech’s ACC 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.
Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 34 of Tech’s 49 points (14-of-26 FG), but was out-scored in the paint, 36-34.
Because of the absence of Quinton Stephens due to injury and Marcus Georges-Hunt’s injury early in the game, Tech was forced to used Cox, Mitchell and Sampson on the floor all at the same time, with Sampson playing the “3” spot, for the first time this season.
Quinton Stephens missed Tuesday night’s game with an abdominal strain suffered late in Saturday’s game at Clemson. Walk-on Brooks Doyle took his place in the rotation, playing in his fourth game of the season.
Marcus Georges-Hunt sprained his right foot early in the game and did not return (0 points in 3 minutes). He had scored in double digits in 11 straight games, averaging 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists.
Demarco Cox recorded his 15th double-digit game of the season, ninth in ACC games and fourth in his last six games. He scored 10 of his points by halftime and finished with 14 (7-for-11 FG).
Charles Mitchell scored in double digits (16) for the first time since Feb. 9 at Virginia Tech. It was his 14th double-digit game this season, eighth in ACC play. His 16 points and eight rebounds was his best performance since going for 17 and 8 on Feb. 9 at Virginia Tech.
Mitchell surpassed 700 career points against North Carolina. He scored 418 in 70 games at Maryland and now has 707.
Tadric Jackson had a career high seven rebounds against North Carolina to go with three assists and nine points.
Freshman post players Abdoulaye Gueye (8) and Ben Lammers (13) played a combined 21 minutes, their most extensive playing time in an ACC game this season short of the first meeting at North Carolina, when they played 24 (Lammers 16, Gueye 8).