Nov. 26, 2013
THE FLATS – Looking to build some momentum for this weekend’s trip to Brooklyn, Georgia Tech hosts Mississippi Valley State in the first-ever meeting between the two teams at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion.
Single-game tickets are available online, by phone at 888-TECH-TIX or at the McCamish Pavilion ticket office beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on WYAY-FM (106.7). The Tech broadcast can be heard nationally on Sirius satellite radio channel 111. There is no television coverage, but the game can be viewed live online at ESPN3.
Tech (4-1) bounced back from a loss to Dayton last Wednesday night by defeating NJorth Carolina A&T, 78-71, Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets had to rally for the win after falling behind by as many as 11 points in the second half.
The Jackets are averaging 77.2 points per game and hitting 46.1 percent of its shots from the floor so far. Tech also has outrebounded each opponent by an average of 6.6 per game and demonstrated vast improvement at the free throw line (72.9 pct.) over last year.
In its third season under head coach Brian Gregory, the Jackets have returned four starters – center Daniel Miller, big forward Robert Carter, Jr., and wings Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden – from a team that posted a 16-15 overall record last season and went 6-12 to tie for ninth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Mississippi Valley State (1-4), in its second season under head coach Chico Potts, comes to Atlanta after sustaining a 111-82 loss at Mississippi State Friday night. The Delta Devils have averaged 78.2 points per game but have given up 92.2 per game and opponents are shooting 51 percent from the floor.
Following Tuesday’s game, Tech travels to Brooklyn for the main bracket of the Barclays Center Classic. The Yellow Jackets meet Mississippi at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and either Penn State or St. John’s Saturday.
Fast Break Points
Tuesday night’s game and Sunday’s battle with North Carolina A&T are both part of Tech’s arrangement to play in this weekend’s Barclays Center Classic. The Aggies and Delta Devils also play at Mississippi, which is the Yellow Jackets’ first-round opponent Friday in Brooklyn.
Georgia Tech is home for the last of three straight games in McCamish Pavilion. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 at home, 1-0 on the road. Mississippi Valley State is playing seven of its first eight games on the road, and Tuesday’s game is the third of four straight away from home.
A win for Tech Tuesday would give the Yellow Jackets’ their first 5-1 start since the 2009-10 season.
Daniel Miller’s first rebound Tuesday night will be the 600th of his career. He needs 16 to reach 20th place on Tech’s career list. He is third among active ACC players in career rebounds.
Tuesday night also marks the 99th game and start of Miller’s career at Tech. The Loganville, Ga., senior has never missed a game in his career.
Tech rallied from 11 points down in the second half to defeat North Carolina A&T Sunday, the second largest deficit the Yellow Jackets have overcome to win under Brian Gregory. Tech rallied from 13 points behind last march at No. 6 Miami to win, and also erased a 13-point deficit to defeat VCU in November of 2011.
Series vs. Mississippi Valley State
Georgia Tech and Mississippi Valley State are meeting for the first time.
Tech is 14-1 all-time against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Only loss – Southern University in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
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).