Feb. 11, 2014
THE FLATS – Continuing an unprecedented four-game homestand and looking to snap a two-game skid, Georgia Tech welcomes Boston College for a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday evening at McCamish Pavilion.
The ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports South in Georgia) will air television coverage of the game. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on 680 AM/93.7 FM. The Tech radio broadcast can be heard nationally on satellite radio (Sirius ch. 134).
Tech (12-12, 3-7 ACC), 1-4 at home in conference play this season, dropped a 64-45 decision to No. 20 Virginia in its last outing Saturday, a game in which the Yellow Jackets led, 44-42, with 9:52 left. Tech lost at Clemson, 45-41, the game before. The Yellow Jackets defeated Boston College in the teams’ first meeting this year, 68-60 on Jan. 21 at the Conte Forum.
In its third season under head coach Brian Gregory, Tech has played its entire conference schedule to date with no more than nine scholarship players, sometimes with as few as seven, as it did for most of the game at Wake Forest and the entire contest at Clemson. Senior guard Trae Golden (groin) played 18 minutes against Virginia, going scoreless, and sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr., played 16 minutes (five points, two rebounds) in his first ACC action after a 10-game absence (knee).
Despite its shorthandedness, Tech had played well offensively until the last two games, in which the Yellow Jackets faced the nation’s No. 1 and 2 teams in scoring defense.
Boston College (6-17, 2-8 ACC) has lost its last three games, two of those close losses on the road to Notre Dame and Virginia. The Eagles swept Virginia Tech for their only two conference wins to date and are 1-5 on the road in ACC play.
Tech has a bye in the schedule this weekend before entertaining No. 11 Duke next Tuesday and Clemson on Feb. 22.
Fast Break Points
Georgia Tech is 8-5 at McCamish Pavilion this season, but only 1-4 against the ACC. Notre Dame has been the Yellow Jackets’ only home victory (Jan. 11).
Georgia Tech’s last four ACC road trips have produced two wins, an overtime loss and a four-point loss. Tech has won five of its last 11 ACC road games, winning at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest (twice), Miami and Boston College in that stretch. The Yellow Jackets won only three times in 36 ACC road games before that dating back to the 2008-09 season.
Trae Golden played 18 minutes against Virginia Saturday (0 points, 0-3 FG, 2 rebounds) after aggravating a groin injury at Wake Forest (2/1) and playing eight minutes, then sitting out the Feb. 4 game at Clemson.
Robert Carter, Jr., played 16 minutes (5 points, 2-7 FG, 2 rebounds) after missing the first 10 ACC games with a knee injury. He tore the meniscus in his left knee Dec. 29 at Charlotte and had surgery Jan. 7.
Jason Morris broke his right foot in Tech’s Jan. 29 game against North Carolina and played only four minutes. The senior swingman underwent surgery Feb. 3 and is out indefinitely. He played only nine games this season.
Sophomore guard Solomon Poole was dismissed from the team Feb. 3 for “conduct and accountability issues.”
Tech has played its ACC games this season with as few as seven scholarship players. Forward Robert Carter, Jr., swingman Jason Morris, and guards Travis Jorgenson and Solomon Poole had combined for 22 starts and were all projected as major contributors this season when practice began. They have missed a total of 56 games this season (Carter, Jr., 10, Golden 1, Jorgenson 21, Morris 15, Poole 9).
Tech has been outrebounded in six of 11 conference games after winning the rebound battle against all 13 non-conference opponents this season. The absence of Robert Carter, Jr., the ACC’s leading rebounder at the time of his injury (9.3 per game), has been a large factor in that.
Series Notes vs. Boston College
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Boston College, 10-8, following a 68-60 victory by the Yellow Jackets at Chestnut Hill on Jan. 21 in the teams’ first meeting this season. It was only Tech’s second vicoty in seven tries at the Conte Forum, and first since the 2007-08 season.
The Jan. 21 win snapped a three-game losing streak in the series, but the Yellow Jackets have still dropped six of the last nine meetings against the Eagles and have a 6-7 record against them since BC joined the ACC.
Boston College won both meetings between the two teams in 2012-13, a 74-72 decision in Chestnut Hill in the final regular-season game, and an 84-64 rout in the opening round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
The BC win in Greensboro was the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the ACC Tournament.
Fourteen of the games in the short series have been decided by less than 10 points, 10 of them by four points or less, and two in overtime.
The four meetings in Boston have been played at three different venues. The Jan. 29, 2005 game was Tech’s first visit to the Conte Forum, BC’s current home court. The first game in the series on Dec. 31, 1946, was played at Boston Arena, and the teams also played in the Boston Garden on Jan. 19, 1980.
Prior to BC’s entry into the ACC, the teams met four times on neutral floors, including one outside the United States, a 65-62 overtime win for the Yellow Jackets in the 1986 Suntory Ball in Tokyo, Japan.
The teams have met twice in NCAA Tournament competition, both of them won by Tech. The Yellow Jackets downed the Eagles, 103-89, in the 1996 Southeast Regional second round in Orlando, and eliminated the Eagles two seasons ago, 57-54 in the second round in Milwaukee.
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).