North Carolina (20-9, 10-6) vs. Georgia Tech (12-17, 3-14)
Atlanta, Ga. – McCamish Pavilion
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU (Tom Hart, Len Elmore)
“I think you’re starting to see the development of one of the most complete and versatile players in the league… We ask him to do a lot and as a junior he’s responded really well.” – Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on Marcus Georges-Hunt
“It wasn’t necessarily that we didn’t play that well, they just played really well.” – Gregory on his team’s 29-point loss to UNC in the first meeting
Season to Date: Georgia Tech enters Tuesday’s contest with a 12-17 (3-14 ACC) record. Since losing to the Tar Heels less than two weeks ago, head coach Brian Gregory’s squad let a double-digit second-half lead slip away at home against Louisville before falling at Clemson, 70-63, in overtime. The Yellow Jackets are locked into one of the two opening round ACC Tournament games to be played next Tuesday.
Georges-Hunt Stepping Up: One of the few bright spots for Georgia Tech this season has been junior wing Marcus Georges-Hunt. The 6-foot-5, 214-pounder leads the team in scoring and has elevated his play in recent weeks. He's averaging 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game over his last 11 contests. In the loss to Clemson last weekend, Georges-Hunt scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists in 41 minutes. He scored 15 minutes in the second half to rally his team from a 23-point deficit to force overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Woeful Offensive Execution: It would be an understatement to say that the Yellow Jackets have struggled to score the ball this season. Gregory's squad ranks 318th nationally in effective field goal percentage (44.8) and bring up the rear in the ACC in field goal percentage (41.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (27.6). The Yellow Jackets don't have a single player shooting 50 percent or better in ACC play (min. 10 attempts).
Rebounding Remains a Strength: Georgia Tech ranks 15th nationally in rebound margin (plus-7.2) and 12th in offensive rebounds per game (14.1). The Yellow Jackets also rank 10th nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (38.4) and 15th in opponents' offensive rebounding percentage (25.8), according to kenpom.com.
Random Stat of the Day: Twelve of the Yellow Jackets' 14 ACC losses have come by a total of 46 points, including three that went to overtime. UNC had no such problems in the first meeting in winning by 29 points.
Saving the Bye for Last: Georgia Tech received no favors from the ACC office with regards to its conference schedule. The Yellow Jackets’ bye falls on the final weekend of the regular season, meaning Tuesday’s game against UNC is their final regular season game of the year.
Last Meeting: The Tar Heels routed the Yellow Jackets, 89-60, on Feb. 21 at the Smith Center. UNC shot a season-high 62.3 percent from the floor and had six players score in double figures, led by Kennedy Meeks (18) and Brice Johnson (16). Marcus Paige turned in his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 65-24. The Tar Heels are 20-13 against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta and have lost five of their last eight road games in the series.
3 Marcus Georges-Hunt (6-5, 214, Jr.) - 14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
4 Demarco Cox (6-8, 276, Sr.) - 8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg
10 Travis Jorgenson (6-0, 177, RS Fr.) - 3.8 ppg, 3.3 apg
13 Robert Sampson (6-8, 224, Sr.) - 5.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
1 Tadric Jackson (6-2, 215, Fr.) - 4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
00 Charles Mitchell (6-8, 269, Jr.) - 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
11 Josh Heath (6-2, 172, So.) - 4.4 ppg, 2.8 apg
12 Quinton Stephens (6-9, 187, So.) - 6.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
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