Dec. 6, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s basketball team continues its stretch of three consecutive road games Wednesday night with a visit to Georgia in the 188th renewal of the annual series. Tip off is at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., and the game will be regionally televised on Fox Sports South. Radio coverage in Atlanta is on flagship station 790 the Zone (790 AM) and True Oldies 106.7 FM.
Tech (4-4) has dropped two straight games, including a 57-52 decision Saturday at unbeaten Tulane in its first true road game of the season. The Yellow Jackets also lost, 76-60, to Northwestern (6-0) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Philips Arena. Georgia (4-4) fell at home to Cincinnati, 57-51, in its last game in the Big East/SEC Challenge.
Tech plays its next two games on the road, visiting Savannah State Saturday before taking a seven-day break for final exams. The Yellow Jackets, who played an early season tournament, the Charleston Classic, are 1-3 away from home this season.
Looking for its first win in Athens since the 1976-77 season, Tech has lost eight straight games at Stegeman Coliseum since the series moved back to the campuses in 1995. Prior to that, the teams met 14 straight years at the Omni in downtown Atlanta.
Tech has hung its hat on solid defense early in the season. The Yellow Jackets rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (37.3 pct.) and fourth in scoring defense (59.1 ppg), and have limited six of their eight opponents under 40 percent from the field. Only Northwestern has managed 70 points or more against the Yellow Jackets.
Offensively, Tech is averaging 65.2 points a game, 10th in the ACC, and hitting 45.2 percent of its field goal tries (6th). Three players – Glen Rice, Jr., Mfon Udofia and Kammeon Holsey – average in double figures for the season.
Tech and Georgia Meeting for 188th Time
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 101-86 and has played the Bulldogs more than any other opponent in its basketball history.
Georgia has won the last two meetings, including a 73-72 victory last December at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Bulldogs won the last meeting in Athens, 73-66, on Jan. 5, 2010.
Tech last won in Athens on Nov. 26, 1976 (64-43), and has lost 12 straight games in Stegeman Coliseum. The Jackets’ last win in the series was a 67-62 victory in Atlanta on Jan. 6, 2009.
The series has been played alternately on the respective schools’ campuses since the 1995-96 season, and the Bulldogs have won nine of those 15 games. Tech won six of eight games played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum after the series moved back to campuses, while Georgia has won all eight meetings in Athens.
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.
Of the eight meetings in Athens since 1995, five have been decided by seven points or fewer. Only one of the six Tech wins during that time has come by more than nine points.