Dec. 6, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech returns to the court for the first time in a week Tuesday night when it hosts Georgia in a 7 p.m. game at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The game is being televised on ESPN2.
Tickets are available at www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets or by calling 888-TECH-TIX. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tech (4-3) has dropped its last two games, an 80-76 decision to Syracuse in the championship game of the Legends Classic in Atlantic City, N.J., and a 91-71 defeat at Northwestern in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. But the Yellow Jackets are 3-0 at home this season and have won their 12 of their last 13 games at the Thrillerdome.
Head coach Paul Hewitt’s team returns two starters and eight letterwinners from a team that won three games in last year’s ACC Tournament to reach the championship game, then won their first-round game in the NCAA Tournament. Tech has been picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Georgia is 5-2 in its second season under head coach Mark Fox and has won its last two games, a 61-58 decision over Manhattan in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., and a 66-64 win over UAB at home Friday night. None of the Bulldogs’ seven games have been decided by more than nine points, four of them by three or less.
Tech lost to Georgia last year in Athens, 73-66, but has won the last four meetings in Atlanta, including a 67-62 win on the Bulldogs’ last visit in the 2008-09 season.
Hewitt is in his 11th season at Tech, the third-longest tenure of any ACC head coach behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (30th season) and Maryland’s Gary Williams (22nd season), and has a record of 181-147.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-3, 0-0 ACC) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (5-2, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tipoff: 7 p.m. Eastern time
Site: Alexander Memorial Coliseum (capacity 9,191), Atlanta, Ga.
Television: ESPN2 – Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Jimmy Dykes, color
Radio: Georgia Tech/ISP Sports Network, live on flagship station WQXI-AM (790 the Zone) and WYAY-FM (106.7) – Wes Durham, play-by-play; Randy Waters, color.
Satellite Radio: XM Ch. 192
On the web: www.Ramblinwreck.com; www.twitter/com/gtathletics; www.facebook.com/gtathletics
Tickets: www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets or 888-TECH-TIX
Tech Record Breakdown: 3-0 at home, 0-2 on the road, 1-1 neutral
Series History: Tech leads, 101-85 (31-8 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum)
At Alexander Memorial Coliseum: Georgia Tech is 549-188 in its 54th and final season in the building.
National Rankings: Georgia Tech is unranked; Georgia is unranked.
Tech vs. Georgia
> Georgia Tech won its 100th game in the series with Georgia, which began in 1906, with a 78-69 win over the Bulldogs on Dec. 22, 2006 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tech leads 101-85 and has played the Bulldogs more than any other opponent in its basketball history.
> The series has been played alternately on the respective schools’ campus since the 1995-96 season, and the Bulldogs have won eight of those 14 games. Tech has won the last four meetings at home, and six of the last seven games played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum since the series moved back to campuses. The home team has won all but one of the 13 meetings, the exception being Georgia’s 75-70 win at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 6, 2000.
> Tech last won in Athens on Nov. 26, 1976 (64-43), and has lost 12 straight games in Stegeman Coliseum, including a 79-72 loss last January.
> Before the December, 1995 meeting in Athens, the teams played 14 straight years at the Omni in downtown Atlanta, which was located on the site of the current Philips Arena. Tech went 8-6 against the Bulldogs in the facility, including eight of the last 10 before the neutral series ended. The teams have played on neutral sites other than the SEC or Southern Intercollegiate Championships only one other time, that coming at the 1960 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
> Twelve of the last 26 meetings have been decided by five points or fewer, or gone to overtime, 20 by 10 points or less. Three games have gone to overtime, one to three overtimes and one to two.
Tech Student-Athletes Conducting Toy Drive
Georgia Tech’s student-athletes will be working all the gates at Alexander Memorial Coliseum Tuesday night to collect new unwrapped toys, or money, for the 11th Annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.
This year, all toys and money will be distributed to the Ronald McDonald House, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and/or Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlanta.
The Toy Drive was the brainchild of former Georgia Tech basketball player Michael Isenhour in an effort to help the families of 9/11 victims, and began in 2001 as Isenhour was battling leukemia. The Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board renamed it the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive to create an ongoing legacy to their fellow student-athlete, who lost his battle with cancer in 2002.