Feb. 26, 2013
THE FLATS – Finishing out its home schedule with a pair of games this week, Georgia Tech looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Maryland in a regionally-televised Atlantic Coast Conference game at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. It is the only regular-season meeting between the two teams, who each won at home against the other in 2011-12.
Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC) looks to recover from a pair of double-digit losses last week to North Carolina and Virginia. The Yellow Jackets are in a group of six ACC teams within three games of each other in the bottom half of the conference standings heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
Wednesday’s game can be heard over the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network (790 AM, 106.7 FM in Atlanta), as well as satellite radio (Sirius Ch. 104). The game is being televised on the ACC Network, including WATL-TV in Atlanta, and is also available online via ESPN3 outside the ACC footprint.
Maryland (19-8, 7-7 ACC) is alone in sixth place in the ACC standings following its 72-59 win over Clemson Saturday. The Terrapins have won four of their last six games, including a home win over Duke on Feb. 16, but are 1-5 on the road in the ACC.
Following Wednesday’s game, Tech closes out its home schedule with Senior Night against NC State at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Yellow Jackets will finish the regular season on the road next week at Miami and Boston College.
Georgia Tech is 19-11 against Maryland at home all-time, including a 63-61 win over the Terrapins last season at Philips Arena. Maryland won the last three games played between the two teams at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
With its win over Wake Forest, Georgia Tech accomplished its first season sweep of an ACC opponent since the 2010-11 season. The opponent then was Wake Forest, whom Tech defeated 74-39 at home and 80-54 in Winston-Salem.
Tech’s win at Wake Forest gave the Yellow Jackets four conference victories, matching last season’s total.
Tech captured its second ACC road win at Wake Forest, the most for the team in one season since 2007-08, when the Yellow Jackets went 4-4. Tech was 3-29 in the four seasons in between.
Tech coach Brian Gregory is closing in on 200 career victories as a head coach. He has 197, including 172 in eight seasons as the head coach at Dayton.
Tech needs two more victories to secure a winning season in year two under Gregory. No Tech coach since Dwight Keith in 1945 has had a winning record in his second year on the Flats.
Georgia Tech is five games ahead of its 25-game record a year ago.
Tech continues to be ranked high in the nation in scoring defense (39th) and field goal percentage defense (21st) as of Feb. 24, and ranks fourth in the ACC in each of those categories.
Tech is 10-5 at home in its first season in McCamish Pavilion and has averaged 7,309 in attendance with three sellouts.
Head coach Brian Gregory utilized seven different starting lineups last season. Two players – Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller – started every game. This year he has utilized three different lineups, and three players – Carter, Jr., Miller and Udofia – have started every game.
Series Notes vs. Maryland
Georgia Tech and Maryland have split the last four meetings in the series. Tech won a 69-64 decision in the 2010 ACC Tournament and captured a 63-61 victory at Philips Arena to even the regular-season series in 2011-12.
Prior to that, Maryland had won nine straight over the Yellow Jackets and has taken a 39-35 lead in the all-time series. The teams met only four times before Tech joined the ACC, and the Terps won all four.
Tech’s 35-35 record against Maryland since 1979-80 is its second-best mark against any ACC team since the Jackets joined the league (37-34 vs. Virginia).
Thirteen of the 20 games between Tech and Maryland since the 2000-01 season have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
Tech was 17-11 against Maryland in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and is 20-11 in games played in Atlanta. The Terps won their last four games at the Thrillerdome, and they were 12-6 against the Jackets on their home court under Gary Williams.
Percentage-wise and in terms of the number of wins, Tech’s 11-24 road record vs. Maryland is the second-best it has against any team in the ACC. The Jackets are 1-7 in the Comcast Center, and were 10-17 at Cole Field House.
Maryland won the first nine games of the series, but Tech turned the tables under head coach Bobby Cremins, winning 28 of 35 meetings (including 10 in a row at one point) through the 1995-96 season. The Terps won the next seven in a row before Cremins’ last Tech team won 69-68 at home on Jan. 15, 2000.
Tech is 4-4 in ACC Tournament meetings with Maryland. The Terrapins were Tech’s first-ever ACC Tournament opponent, a 51-49 overtime win in the 1980 first round in Greensboro. Maryland also was Tech’s first ACC Tournament victim, in 1983 at the Omni by a 64-58 score.