March 3, 2014
Syracuse, N.Y. – Georgia Tech finishes out its Atlantic Coast Conference road schedule and its current three-game road swing with a 7 p.m. game Tuesday night against 7th-ranked Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. It is the first meeting between the two teams as members of the ACC.
The ACC’s Regional Sports Network will air regional cable coverage of the game, which can be seen in Atlanta on Fox Sports South. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on All News 106.7 FM. The Syracuse radio broadcast can be heard nationally on satellite radio (Sirius ch. 91, XM ch. 91).
Tech (13-16, 4-12 ACC) has lost four straight games, including a 65-62 loss at Notre Dame and an 81-71 loss at Florida State on the current road swing. The Yellow Jackets are 4-7 on the road this year, including a 2-6 mark in ACC games.
In its third season under head coach Brian Gregory, Tech played its first 10 ACC games with no more than nine scholarship players, sometimes with as few as seven. Senior guard and leading scorer Trae Golden (groin) has played extended minutes the last three games and started the last two after missing most, if not all, of the five games prior. Sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr., has returned from a knee injury to score in double digits in four of Tech’s last six games after missing the first 10 conference games.
Syracuse (26-3, 13-3 ACC) has lost three of its last four games after beginning the season 25-0 and ascending to the top of the national rankings. The Orange have beaten Maryland and lost to Boston College, Duke and Virginia in that stretch. They begin the week in second place in the ACC standings, 2 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers and one game ahead of Duke, with one game at Florida State remaining after Tuesday night’s game.
Tech, tied for 13th place in the ACC standings, finishes out the regular season Saturday at 2 p.m. with a home game against last-place Virginia Tech.
Fast Break Points
This is Georgia Tech’s first trip to Syracuse since December of 2003 and is the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Three members of Tech’s current team faced the Orange the last time the two teams met, in December of 2010 in Atlantic City, N.J. Daniel Miller went scoreless with four rebounds and two blocked shots in 29 minutes as a starter. Kammeon Holsey scored four points with five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. Jason Morris, out for the season with a broken foot, scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Syracuse senior C.J. Fair scored 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench.
Almost a year ago, Georgia Tech went on the road and beat a top-10 team, defeating No. 6 Miami, 71-69, on March 6 of last season.
Georgia Tech’s last five ACC road trips have produced two wins, an overtime loss, a three-point loss, a four-point loss and a 10-point loss. Tech has won five of its last 13 ACC road games after winning only three times in 36 ACC road games before that dating back to the 2008-09 season.
If the ACC Tournament began today, Tech would face Wake Forest on Wednesday in the tournament opener at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets entered the week’s action two games behind 10th-place Notre Dame and two games ahead of last-place Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech is 9-7 at McCamish Pavilion this season, but only 2-6 against the ACC. Tech’s home ACC wins are against Notre Dame (Jan. 11) and Boston College (Feb. 13).
Tech currently has its fullest complement of players available that it has had since the conference schedule began – nine scholarship players with the return of Robert Carter, Jr., from a knee injury and Trae Golden from a groin pull. Neither Carter, Jr., nor Golden is 100 percent effective, however, and senior forward Kammeon Holsey is playing through persistent pain in his right knee, which he injured prior to his freshman year.
The Yellow Jackets have played with as few as seven scholarship players at times. The other five have missed a total of 72 games this season (Carter, Jr., 10, Golden 2, Jorgenson 25, Morris 20, Poole 15). Head coach Brian Gregory has used nine different starting lineups.
Series Notes vs. Syracuse
Three of the four games in the series have been played on neutral courts, the first of which had the highest stakes, a second-round NCAA Tournament game at the Omni in Atlanta in 1985. The Orange were led at the time by guard Pearl Washington.
Tech is making its first trip to the Carrier Dome since December of 2003, when the Orange, led by freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara, routed the Jackets Chris Bosh and eventually won the national championship.
Syracuse has never played on Tech’s campus, but the Yellow Jackets did host the 13th-ranked Orange in a Delta Air Lines Classic for Kids game at Philips Arena in 2001. Jim Boeheim missed the game due to prostate surgery and the Yellow Jackets won by 16.
The most recent meeting between the two teams occurred in the championship game of the Legends Classic in Atlantic City in 2010, and 9th-ranked Syracuse survived a 32-point effort by Brian Oliver (now playing at Seton Hall) to win by 4.
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).