|Mike O'Donnell battles Marvin Lewis (AP)|
Georgia Tech Scouting Report
|Tech's Will Bynum scored 17 in Raleigh (AP)|
Head Coach Paul Hewitt: Paul Hewitt, given the task of restoring Georgia Tech's basketball program to the level it achieved in the 1980's and early 90's with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships, wasted little time putting the Yellow Jackets back on the map. He has built the Jackets into a top 25 team after just 3 seasons. Hewitt has been recognized as one of the rising stars of the coaching profession, posting a 48-44 record, taking the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament his first year and the National Invitation Tournament last season. He earned his 100th career coaching victory on Nov. 27 of last season against arch-rival Georgia, and currently has a 133-78 record as a head coach.
Probable Starting 5: G – #3 Jarrett Jack (So 6-3 198), 12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.8 apg...G/F – #1 BJ Elder (Jr 6-4 218), 16.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg... G – #24 Marvin Lewis (Sr 6-4 205), 11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg... C – #12 Luke Schenscher (Jr 7-1 255), 8.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg... G – #11 Will Bynum (So 6-0 185), 10.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg.
Jacket's Top Gun: BJ Elder is hot right now, averaging 21.8 points over his last five games. Against ACC opponents at home this season he's averaging 20.5 points a contest. In the first game against the Pack in Raleigh, BJ scored 14 points in 28 minutes. BJ led a fierce comeback against Wake Forest that came up a little short this past weekend. Elder was nearly unstoppable in the second half, scoring 26 of his 27 points. He leads Tech and ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring. He has improved his shooting percentages for the season to 42.1 percent overall and 37.7 percent from three-point range, and has shot 40.8 percent from three against the league.
Defensive Jackets: Defensive pressure, both half-court and full-court, continues to be the catalyst for Tech and creates the offensive opportunities that have the Yellow Jackets averaging 79.1 points a game (fourth in the ACC, best in Paul Hewitt's four years at Tech) and shooting 47.1 percent from the floor (second in the ACC, also Tech's best under Hewitt). Tech ranks first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense in all games, second in league games only, and is the fifth-best in NCAA Division I basketball. Tech ranks second in the ACC in three-point percentage defense in all games, third in league games only.
Tech vs. Ranked Teams: Georgia Tech is 14-24 against nationally-ranked opponents in three-plus seasons under Paul Hewitt. That includes a 4-3 mark this year. Tech has defeated (rankings at the time of the game) No. 1 Connecticut, No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 14 North Carolina (second meeting of the season at home), with losses to No. 1 Duke, No. 12 North Carolina (first meeting in Chapel Hill) and No. 15 Wake Forest (second meeting at home). At home, Tech is 6-9 against top 25 opposition under Hewitt, and 8-10 against ranked teams in Atlanta (including games at Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome).
Key Match-Up: NC State visiting team vs. Georgia Tech's home crowd… NC State Coach Herb Sendek has proven he can beat Paul Hewitt's Jackets when Georgia Tech travels away from Atlanta. Sendek owns a 5-3 record against Hewitt. However, Tech has a current 4-0 win streak over State in the last four years when the Wolfpack travels to Atlanta. When you talk road woes for NC State, you certainly can point to Atlanta as a problem for the Wolfpack program. With quality wins at Maryland, Florida State and Virginia, the Pack continues to look to shake the road woe reputation, especially in the ACC. A win tonight will continue to remove the unwanted tag of a losing road team.
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NC State upset then #11 Georgia Tech 76-72 in January at the RBC Center. The combination of seniors Scooter Sherrill and Marcus Melvin proved to be too much for the younger Jackets. Both players each had 18 points and combined for 52% shooting.
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||BJ Elder||G/F||6-4||218||JR||Madison, Ga. (Morgan County)|
|2||Ismail Muhammad||F||6-6||225||JR||Atlanta, Ga. (W.D. Mohammed)|
|3||Jerrett Jack||G||6-3||198||SO||Fort Washington, Md. (Worcester (Mass.) Academy)|
|5||Mario West||G||6-4||208||FR||Douglasville, Ga. (Douglas County)|
|10||Jim Nystrum||G||6-4||210||SO||Stockholm, Sweden (Fryshusets Kunskaps Centrum)|
|11||Will Bynum||G||6-0||185||JR||Chicago, Ill. (Crane Tech Prep)|
|12||Luke Schenscher||C||7-0||255||JR||Hope Forest, South Australia (Lake Ginninderra)|
|14||Keith Jones||G||6-2||180||FR||Austell, Ga. (Pebblebrook)|
|24||Marvin Lewis||G||6-4||205||SR||Germantown, Md. (Montrose Christian)|
|34||Robert Brooks||F||6-8||210||SR||Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)|
|42||Clarence Moore||F||6-5||215||SR||Norco, La. (South LaFourche)|
|440||Theodis Tarver||F/C||6-9||245||SO||Monroe, La. (Carroll HS)|
|51||David Nelson||G||5-10||165||SR||Syracuse, NY (Henninger)|
|55||Anthony McHenry||G/F||6-7||218||JR||Birmingham, Ala. (Woodlawn)|
*Thanks to RamblinWreck.com and GoPack.com for much of the information in this preview.