CIRCLES — On the back end of a two-game road kick this week, Georgia Tech travels to face North Carolina for the 20.00 tip Saturday night at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were victorious 79-62 in Atlanta on December 5, the second of two scheduled meetings between two Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season.
Tech (7-8, 1-4 ACC) halted a three-game losing streak and earned their first ACC victory Wednesday night at Boston College with an 81-76 win. The reigning ACC champion, the Jackets, is home to Louisville (67-64) and North Carolina and No. Lost on the way to 2nd Duke (69-57). The December 29 game in Syracuse has been postponed.
Michael Devoe (Orlando, Fla.), recent ACC Tournament MVP, is the ACC’s second top scorer (20.5 points per game), number 3 3-pointers by volume (2.57) and #2 (41.4 points per game) ), is the leader of the Jackets along with top forward Jordan Usher (Canton, Ga.), averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
North Carolina (11-4, 3-1 ACC) have won three of their last four games and eight of 10 games after beating Virginia 74-58 at home last Saturday. Before that, the Tar Heels were down to Notre Dame (78-73) away before defeating Georgia Tech (79-62 on Dec. 5) and Boston College (91-65). North Carolina ranks third in the ACC rankings with Duke.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network and will be streamed live via the ESPN app. Radio coverage will be by Legends Sports and its flagship station WCNN (680/93.7 Fan) on the Georgia Tech Sports Network and satellite radio (XM channel 381, SiriusXM app 971).
Head coach Josh Pastner press conference on Friday
- on the road – Georgia Tech is playing its fourth away game of the season and has a 2-1 record after winning at Georgia and Boston College with a loss at Duke. North Carolina is undefeated at home (8-0), including a Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Michigan.
- small ball – Head coach Josh Pastner chose to start a roster without an actual “5” player at Boston College Wednesday night, where Georgia Tech’s highest starters were Jordan Usher and Khalid Moore, both 6-foot-7. The seventh different squad used by Tech this season provided the Yellow Jackets’ first ACC win and the most productive offensive performance in 11 games.
- Mikey loves it – Senior guard Michael Devoe dropped to #2 in the ACC on average scoring (20.5 points) for the first time after leading the conference all season. Wake Forest’s Alondes Williams is number 1 (20.7 points). Devoe is second in the ACC with three-point percent (41.4) and third in three-pointers per game (2.57).
- climb the ladder – After starting the season at the 36th place in Tech career points, Devoe surpassed Tech luminaries such as Iman Shumpert, Drew Barry, Jarrett Jack, Michael Maddox, Tico Brown to rise to 19th place in the Tech career points list with 1,436 points. , Marvin Lewis, Anthony Morrow, Lenny Horton and former teammate Jose Alvarado. The veteran needs 24 points to take 18th place from Jim Wood (1,459 from 1974-77).
- hot win – Senior winger Jordan Usher, who made his fourth double-double against Notre Dame (16 points, 14 rebounds) this season and scored 30 points against Georgia State, has averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 41 goals in Tech’s last seven games. threw. -86 shots and 13 3-pointers in 29.
- Countdown to 1,000 – Usher is 14 points away from the 1000 point milestone for his career. Entering Saturday’s game, he has 986 points, 712 of which are scored in the Tech jersey. Tech’s roster already has a pair of 1,000-point players – Michael Devoe (1,436) and Bubba Parham (1,452).
- finish off Moore – Veteran forward Khalid Moore averaged 7.2 points in Tech’s last nine games after the Jackets’ first six games of the season totaled 23 points. He shot 24-of-51 from the ground throughout that stretch.
- good to the last drop – When Tristan Maxwell lost seven points at Boston College Wednesday night, he became the 13th player in Georgia Tech history to shoot seven or more three-pointers in an ACC game. He did this in the fourth game of his career, not shooting three in the first three.
- PPD – Two Georgia Tech games were postponed as part of health and safety protocols in December, a home game against Alabama A&M on December 23, and an away game in Syracuse on December 29. Neither game has a makeover history.
SERIES NOTES VS. NORTH CAROLINA
- North Carolina is up 70-26 in the all-time series between the two teams and has a 56-24 lead since Tech joined the ACC (70-27 all-time, 56-25 in the ACC on court).
- The Tar Heels have won 10 of the last 13 games in the series, but Tech has won two of their last three games, including a 72-67 win at the McCamish Pavilion in the teams’ only 2020-21 meeting. Tech also scored a 96-83 win at the Dean Smith Center in the teams’ only meeting of the 2019-20 season.
- North Carolina won the first game between the two teams this season, winning 79-62 at the McCamish Pavilion on December 5.
- Tech’s only other win in this area came on New Year’s Eve 2016, opening the ACC program with a 75-63 home run by the Tar Heels, who would go on to win the national championship. (Win was vacated by the NCAA Violations Committee.)
- Prior to that, Tech had won four games in a row for the longest streak in the series. Tech is leading 13-14 against North Carolina through the 2001-02 season.
- The teams played 42 times in the city of Atlanta, including seven at the McCamish Pavilion, where Tech was 2-5 (on the court) against the Tar Heels. The teams have met 23 times at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where the Tar Heels have won 12 of 23 games. However, Tech has won six of the last seven meetings at the Thrillerdome and six of the eight games against UNC at the Coliseum under Paul Hewitt.
- Between 1982 and 1996, the Yellow Jackets played eight home matches against the Tar Heels at the former Omni arena in downtown Atlanta (a record 2-6). Counting the ACC and SIC Tournament games played in the city, Tech is 15-25 in Atlanta against North Carolina.
- Tech is 8-6 in games played from Chapel Hill since 2000-01, including three ACC Tournament wins. The Jackets are 9-15 against the Tar Heels under Roy Williams and an all-time 9-16 against Williams.
- Tech has lost 12 of the last 14 meetings at the Smith Center and are in the building 5-25 of all time. Counting regular season games in Greensboro, Tech is 6-32 away against UNC.
- In ACC Tournament play, the Yellow Jackets have won five of nine games and Tech has won the last three (2004, 2005, 2010). Two of Tech’s five tournament wins were in the championship games, with the 1985 final in Atlanta and the 1993 final in Charlotte.
- Tech’s biggest success in their series with North Carolina came in the mid-1990s, when the Jackets won five of seven meetings during the 1993 and 1994 campaigns, including three consecutive wins against the #1 ranked Tar Heel teams.
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