- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alvarado, Haywood II, Phillips, Cole, Gueye
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Alston, Devoe, Ogbonda, Wright for Haywood II, Phillips, Cole, Gueye – 15:58-1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Devoe, Moore, Ogbonda, Sjolund
- Opening tap won by Tennessee: Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 0 times in 2 games last season
- Series record vs. Tennessee: Georgia Tech is 28-45 overall, 9-26 in Knoxville, 0-3 under Josh Pastner, 4-8 vs. Rick Barnes
- Current series streak: Tennessee has won the last three meetings
- Georgia Tech is 1-0 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 73-37 in its sixth season in the building, 30-11 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 0-1 on the road this season, 0-1 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Friday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.) vs. East Carolina [ACC Network Extra]
- Despite scoring just 53 points against Tennessee, eight different Georgia Tech players scored the Jackets’ 16 field goals, and nine players made the scoring column.
- With James Banks’ Georgia Tech debut after being granted immediate eligibility earlier in the day, all 12 Yellow Jacket scholarship players saw action against Tennessee. None played more than 30 minutes (Jose Alvarado).
- Tech struggled to make shots from the floor (27.6 percent overall, 3-of-19 on threes), but went 18-for-21 from the free throw line. The Jackets’ 27.6-percent rate from the floor was its lowest under Josh Pastner (33.3 percent vs. Ohio on Nov. 18, 2016.
- Tech held Tennessee to 39.6 percent from the floor in the game, the second straight game the Jackets have limited their opponent to less than 40 percent. Tech is 25-8 when doing so under Josh Pastner. The last time the Yellow Jackets were held under 30 percent was Jan. 22, 215 (24.5 percent vs. Virginia).
- After hitting 12 of 30 three-point field goal attempts against Lamar, the Yellow Jackets hit just 3-for-19 against Tennessee.
- Tech’s bench outscored that of Tennessee (whose reserves played a total of 30 minutes), 34-4. Yellow Jacket reserves have scored 75 points in two games.
- Tech is 2-6 vs. top-10 opponents under Josh Pastner, 5-11 vs. top-25 teams.
PASTNER’S KEY METRICS
- Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on five of 16 made field goals (31.3 percent) against Tennessee, well below its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets are at 64.6 percent (31 of 48) for the season.
- Free throws made to opponents’ attempts: Tech connected on 18-of-21 free throw attempts to Tennessee’s 24-of-38 (nightly goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). Tech is 30-10 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Turnovers: Tech committed 12.8 turnovers per game last season, down from the 2016-17 season (13.4), and 12.7 in ACC games, down from 13.3 in 2016-17. Pastner’s threshold to win is nine or fewer, which the Jackets accomplished six times last season, four times in conference play.
- Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for 10 of Tech’s 26 defensive rebounds against Tennessee, four of those by Brandon Alston.
- Brandon Alston led Tech in scoring for the second straight game, getting 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 8-for-8 from the foul line. He reached double figures for the eighth time in a Georgia Tech uniform, 18th time in his career.
- Alston did not make a three-point field goal in the game, and attempted only one, one game after hitting a career-high four three-point field goals (in five attempts).
- Alston is 10-for-18 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free throw line in two games this season.
- Forward James Banks, who transferred from Texas after last season, traveled to Knoxville in the afternoon after learning he had been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. He scored five points with seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 16 minutes before fouling out in his Tech debut.