Aug 22, 2013
THE FLATS – A commitment to a stronger non-conference schedule as well as home games against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh highlight the 2013-14 Georgia Tech men’s basketball schedule announced Thursday by the conference office.
Every ACC game for Georgia Tech as well as the Big Ten/ACC matchup against Illinois will be televised – seven on the ESPN family of networks, six on the ACC Network (WATL-TV, Ch. 36 in Atlanta) and five on the ACC regional cable network (Fox Sports South in Atlanta). Television and tip times for Tech’s remaining non-conference games will be announced in September.
Tech’s 17-game home schedule in its second season in McCamish Pavilion (eight non-conference and nine ACC games) is believed to be one of the strongest ever for the Yellow Jackets, whose average attendance last season grew 2,436 per game over the 2011-12 season.
“We’re excited about our schedule for the 2013-14 season,” said head coach Brian Gregory. “With two of the three new ACC programs coming to McCamish Pavilion, our fans will get an immediate feel for the new and improved ACC. When you compete in the best basketball conference in the country, the 18-game schedule will again pose a challenge every night. Our home schedule may be the best we’ve had in a long time.
“Whenever you play several top-25 teams at home, and defending ACC champion Miami on top of that, you know that your program is facing a big challenge. We also have a good number of non-conference games that are going to build our strength of schedule and RPI and prepare us well for league play as well.”
With four starters and five of its top six scorers back, Gregory’s third Tech team opens the 2013-14 campaign with a pair of home games against Presbyterian (Nov. 8) and Delaware State (Nov. 11) before traveling to Athens for a Nov. 15 contest against Georgia, the earliest the two state rivals have ever played in the 189-game history of the series. The teams have played in November only five other times, most recently in 2002, with the other four occurrences all in the 1970s.
Dayton, where Gregory won 172 games over eight seasons before coming to Tech, visits McCamish Pavilion Nov. 20, followed by home games against North Carolina A&T and Mississippi Valley State, which were arranged as part of Tech’s participation in the Barclays Classic, which takes place Nov. 29-30 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Tech will play Mississippi and either Penn State or St. John’s.
Illinois visits McCamish Pavilion on Dec. 3 as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and Tech will host East Tennessee State (Dec. 7) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 16) before finishing out the non-conference schedule with trips to Vanderbilt (Dec. 21) and Charlotte (Dec. 29) around the Christmas break.
Tech also begins its ACC slate on the road, visiting Maryland (Jan. 4) at the Comcast Center in the final regular-season meeting between the two teams as ACC brethren, then heading to Duke on Jan. 7. The four consecutive road games spanning the New Year will be the most the Yellow Jackets have played in a row since the 1977-78 season.
Three straight home games against two of the ACC newcomers – Notre Dame (Jan. 11) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 14) – and defending conference champion Miami (Jan. 18) follow. The Yellow Jackets play four consecutive home games later in February against Virginia (Feb. 8), Boston College (Feb. 12), Duke (Feb. 18) and Clemson (Feb. 22). Tech has not played three straight conference games at home since 2007-08, and has never played four straight conference games at home.
On the heels of that four-game homestand comes a string of three consecutive road games against Notre Dame (Feb. 26), 2012 ACC champion Florida State (March 2) and the only meeting against Syracuse (March 4). The Yellow Jackets have not played three straight conference games on the road since the 1989-90 season.
Tech finishes the regular season at home March 8 against Virginia Tech, and the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be held March 12-15 in Greensboro, N.C.
2013-14 SEASON TICKETS
Season tickets are currently on sale to the general public and can be purchased by calling 888-TECH-TIX, visiting the Tech ticket office at 150 Bobby Dodd Way or by going online to Ramblinwreck.com/tickets.
Base prices for Tech season tickets remain unchanged from last season – $330 to the general public, $264 for Tech faculty, staff and letterwinners, and a discounted rate of $198 for new alumni. Tech Fund contributions apply to certain seat locations in McCamish Pavilion.
-Notre Dame has replaced Wake Forest as Tech’s second permanent home-and-away opponent in the ACC, along with Clemson.
-Tech has a bye the weekend of Feb. 15-16.
-Tech’s average attendance last year of 7,365 was a 49.4 percent increase over the 2011-12 season, and 1,270 per game more (a 20.8 percent increase) than the Jackets drew in the final season at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
-Only five times in Tech’s 34-year membership in the ACC have the Yellow Jackets played as many as three hone conference games in a tow, and only twice have they played as many as three straight conference games on the road.
– Of the three new conference members for 2013-14, Tech has faced Notre Dame the most, winning six of eight meetings in the series that dates back to 1941. Tech is 5-0 all-time against Pitt and 2-2 against Syracuse..
– By the numbers, Tech is playing three non-conference games on the opponent’s home court, as opposed to one last year (at Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge), and five non-conference games away from home altogether. Of the five non-conference games against the power six conference foes, four of those will be played away from home.
– Tech is facing five RPI top 100 teams (based on the final CBSSports.com rankings from 2012-13) among its 13 non-conference games, and has only three foes ranked beyond 300, as opposed to five last year. Including ACC opponents, Tech will face 16 teams that made the NCAA or NIT championships last season, as opposed to 14 on last year’s schedule, and 17 RPI top 100 foes.
-The average RPI for Tech’s non-conference foes is four spots higher than last year’s slate, while the average RPI for Tech’s ACC foes improves from 100 to 75.2.
-Charlotte and Vanderbilt will make return trips to Atlanta during the 2014-15 season, while Tech will visit Dayton next year.
About Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its third year under head coach Brian Gregory. The Yellow Jackets have been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships, played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004).
2013-14 GEORGIA TECH MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Date Day Opponent TV Time
Nov. 8 Fri. PRESBYTERIAN — —
Nov. 11 Mon. DELAWARE STATE — —
Nov. 15 Fri. at Georgia — —
Nov. 20 Wed. DAYTON — —
Nov. 24 Sun. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (Barclays Center Classic) — —
Nov. 26 Tue. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (Barclays Center Classic) — —
Nov. 29 Fri. vs. Mississippi (Barclays Center Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.) — —
Nov. 30 Sat. vs. Penn State or St, John’s (Barclays Center Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.) —
Dec. 3 Tue. ILLINOIS (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) ESPN2 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 7 Sat. EAST TENNESSEE STATE — —
Dec. 16 Mon. KENNESAW STATE — —
Dec. 21 Sat. at Vanderbilt — —
Dec. 29 Sun. at Charlotte — —
Jan. 4 Sat. at Maryland ACCN 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 Tue. at Duke ESPNU 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Sat. NOTRE DAME ACCN 12 noon
Jan. 14 Tue. PITTSBURGH ESPNU 9 p.m.
Jan. 18 Sat. MIAMI RSN 2 p.m.
Jan. 21 Tue. at Boston College ESPNU 9 p.m.
Jan. 26 Sun. at NC State ACCN 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 Wed. NORTH CAROLINA ESPN2 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 Sat. at Wake Forest RSN 12 noon
Feb. 4 Tue. at Clemson ACCN 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 Sat. VIRGINIA ACCN 12 noon
Feb. 12 Wed. BOSTON COLLEGE RSN 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Tue. DUKE ACCN 9 p.m.
Feb. 22 Sat. CLEMSON RSN 12 noon
Feb. 26 Wed. at Notre Dame ESPN2 7 p.m.
Mar. 2 Sun. at Florida State ESPNU 6 p.m.
Mar. 4 Tue. at Syracuse RSN 7 p.m.
Mar. 8 Sat. VIRGINIA TECH ESPN/ESPN2 2 p.m.
Mar. 12-15 Wed.-Sun. ACC Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.) ACCN/ESPN/ESPN2
-Home games at McCamish Pavilion in all caps
-Tip times and TV for remaining non-conference games to be announced
-All conference games carried on an ESPN network will also be available on WatchESPN. All conference games carried on the ACC Network or a regional sports network will also be available on ESPN3.