Jan. 15, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Notre Dame (Jackets have won 10 of 16 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Bolden for Georges-Hunt at 16:24 in the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Bolden, Cox, Georges-Hunt, Jackson, Stephens
• Series record vs. Notre Dame: Tech leads 7-5 overall, 4-1 at home, 27-16 at McCamish Pavilion
• Current series streak: Notre Dame has won the last three meetings in the series
• Georgia Tech is 6-3 at home this season, 34-24 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: at Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 4 p.m., Peterson Events Center (ACC Network/ESPN3)
• Tech started a different backcourt against Notre Dame, inserting Josh Heath and Corey Heyward for Travis Jorgenson and Chris Bolden. It was the Jackets’ fourth different lineup this season. Tech’s starting lineup for the last three games had been Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell at forward, Demarco Cox at center, Bolden and Jorgenson at guard. Only Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell have started all 16 games for Tech this season.
• Tech led 38-30 at the half and is 7-3 this season when leading at the half and 40-19 under coach Gregory.
• Tech out-rebounded Notre Dame 33-26, and has out-rebounded all but two opponents this season (one tie). The Jackets entered this game 10th in the nation in rebound margin (+9.4 per game).
• Tech has lost its three ACC games by seven, one, seven and three points (an average of 4.5 points per game). The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat. Only one of Tech’s losses this season have come by more than seven points. In fact, only two of Tech’s nine wins have come by more than nine points.
• Tech’s nine turnovers were a season low, and its 14 assists were one off its season high.
• Tech recorded more assists than turnovers for the seventh time this season, but Tech lost for the second time when doing so this season (5-2 record) when doing so.
• Four Tech players scored in double digits against Wake Forest, only the third time that has happened this season. Tech won the first two times it occurred and is 21-8 under Brian Gregory when four players reach double digits.
• Tech went 5-for-10 from three-point range and it 10-for-24 in its last two games.
• Tech’s three primary bigs (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 27 of Tech’s 56 points (11-of-21 FG), and the Jackets scored 28 points in the paint.
• Tech had 12 offensive rebounds and ranks seventh nationally in offensive rebounds per game. But the Jackets converted those into only eight points. Tech has scored just 71 points on 98 offensive rebounds in its seven losses this season, 130 points on 130 offensive boards in its wins.
• Tech went 12-for-15 from the free throw line against Notre Dame and is hitting 71.7 percent in ACC games, 73-for-99 (73.7 pct.) in its last six. The Jackets have attempted just 17 free throws per game over that span, compared to 23 per game over its first nine games.
• Tech has yielded 36 threes in 164 attempts (22 pct.) in its nine wins this season, 51 threes in 130 attempts (39.2 pct.) in its seven losses this season.
• Tech used 10 players against Wake Forest with eight scoring, two of them in double-figures. Only one of the 10 played as many as 30 minutes (Josh Heath with 30). Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in seven games.
• Tech trailed at the 5-minute mark of the second half for the seventh time this season and is 1-6 in those games. Tech is 7-50 when trailing at the 5-minute mark of the second half under Brian Gregory.
• Tech has averaged 12.8 assists over its last nine games (12.0 in ACC games), only 10.6 per game in its first six games.
• Tech was 7-for-18 combined on three-point field goals in consecutive wins against Rhode Island and Northwestern, its lowest number of three-point attempts of the season (nine in each game). Since then, in eight games, the Jackets are 34-for-154 (22.1 pct.).
• Demarco Cox scored a career-high 17 points (6-10 FG, 5-6 FT). It was his second straight double-digit game (14 at Wake Forest, 6-7 FG) and his eighth double-figure game this season. Cox reached double figures only five times in 102 games at Ole Miss. Cox also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
• Chris Bolden made his first four shots from the floor, including three 3s, and 13 points. It was his third double-figure effort this season, and second in an ACC game (14 at Notre Dame on Jan. 3).
• In his four career games vs. Notre Dame, Bolden has averaged 12.5, hitting 12-of-18 from three-point range.
• Bolden’s 13 points was Tech’s seventh double-digit scoring game of the season by a reserve (Tadric Jackson 17 vs. Marquette, Josh Heath 12 and Robert Sampson 11 at Northwestern, Chris Bolden vs. USC Upstate, Robert Sampson 10 vs. Appalachian State, Tadric Jackson 12 at Dayton, Quinton Stephens at Wake Forest). Tech’s bench has outscored that of its opponents this season, 21.7 to 15.5 points per game.
• Marcus Georges-Hunt failed to reach double figures for the fifth time this season and scored a season-low six points. He also went 0-for-6 from the floor, the first time in his career he has not scored a field goal.
• Georges-Hunt also corralled six rebounds and has 40 in his last six games (6.7 rpg). He is averaging a career-best 5.4 per game, 6.3 per ACC game.
• Georges-Hunt when 6-for-7 from the free throw line. He is shooting 75.3 percent for the season, leading the team in attempts.
• Charles Mitchell scored a season-low two points, but had nine rebounds and ranked ninth in the ACC in rebounds with 7.9 per game.
• Travis Jorgenson had two assists and no turnovers. He has 34 assists and just 10 turnovers in his last eight games, 40 and 13 over his last nine games, and 49 and 21 for the season. He ranks ninth in the ACC in assist/turnover ratio.