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Previewing Georgia Tech

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North Carolina (11-7, 2-3) vs. Georgia Tech (9-7, 2-3)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta (Ga.)
7:00 p.m., ESPN (Mike Patrick and Brad Daugherty)

DOHERTY PREGAME QUOTES

Coming off of a loss at N.C. State, trying to rebound and it doesn't get any easier in this league - going down to Georgia Tech where they haven't lost a game. Matter of fact they beat N.C. State there by 20 points and we lost to N.C. State. So, it's going to be a game where we're going to really have to play at a high level to have a chance of winning. I'm really impressed - top to bottom Georgia Tech has as much talent as any team in this league, it's just that they're lacking a little experience. Other than that, top to bottom and the bench, I think they've got as much talent as anybody in this league. ...

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HEWITT PREGAME QUOTES

Opening Remarks

I'll be looking forward to playing North Carolina. Watching them on tape I've been impressed with their guys, in particular Rashad McCants. He's been outstanding for them this year, and Raymond Felton has played well for them, also. So, to come off very difficult road games (at Wake Forest and at Duke) we realize we're at a point in the season where we need to start putting things together.

On freshman Chris Bosh's impact-

He's been terrific. The thing that's impressed me about him is how humble he is and how coachable he is. He's also battled through injuries. He's got a little tendonitis in his knee and he played the other day with a deep thigh bruise. It's just every day he comes to practice and I'm impressed with his resilience and how he battles through things especially for a freshman. ... I know he's looking forward to playing again Wednesday night. The combination of fouls and the job [Duke] did on him left him a little frustrated after that game - he felt he could have played better - but those things happen and he's looking forward to playing again Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech Scouting Report
by Brett Ayers

Offensive Schemes - They run a series of six to eight entry plays along with some 4-out-1 in freelance motion. They will also throw some entries out of the 1-4 at you as well. Will also run the old DES's delayed break where they push the wing through on the dribble and he curls under and comes up off a down pick from the trailing 4 man. A lot of Tech's entry plays involve a pin somewhere along the line for either Bosh and or Nelson. They love to get their deep shots off the break and or delayed break. Tech wants to go inside first, then back out. Keeping Bosh off the offensive boards is an absolute must. Playing zone against G-Tech might be a good idea because they tend to be a lot more stagnant and lot less aggressive against the zone. If you fall asleep you will get burned. They will take the ball out of bounds and throw it the length of the court on a made basket. They want to get as much of their offense through their press as they can and run on every opportunity. Regardless of what you play, once again; keep Bosh off the boards.

Defensive Schemes - G-Tech will want to press for as much of the game as they can. UNC will see everything from a 2-2-1 to a 1-2-1-1 and full court man pressure. G-Tech will probably mix defenses up on the Heels in order to keep them off balance as best they can. The pressure will be the key for the Jackets, though. A lot of their offensive success is tied to being able to create as many turnovers and or quick shot and fast break opportunities as they can. G-Tech is made up of 6'4" to 6'10", long, lanky athletic guys who come at you in waves defensively. If you are not careful with the ball they will be getting in those passing lanes and tipping it out and stealing it.

Players to Watch:

Chris Bosh - Tech's leading scorer, rebounder and all-around best player. He is long and lanky, but don't let that fool you. He will battle and has no problems with that. He is a lefty and so he is a bit awkward to guard at first. Very disciplined as a shot blocker, keeps his feet pretty well. If you fall asleep on him he will shoot the three point shot. Key with Chris is to pull him outside and take it at him and make him move his feet on the perimeter or from the high post area.

B.J. Elder - Another tough competitor who can shoot the three. Does a little of everything for the Jackets. Not a guy you want to let get off from the outside. He will dribble drive and shoot the pull up on you, though.

Marvin Lewis - Elder's bookend. A guy who also loves to shoot the deep ball but can do more than just shoot threes. He and Elder both average about six three point attempts a game. Likes to get his shot, like Elder, in transition and or delayed breaks.

Jarrett Jack - Freshman point guard who is still feeling his way around Division I ball. A strong player whose shot is not nearly as quick as needs to be yet. He really does not look to shoot the three pointer, but instead likes the free throw line area jumpers.

Probable Starting Lineup:
   Jarrett Jack (6-3, G, Fr.) – 7.4 ppg, 5.9 apg
   Marvin Lewis (6-4, G, Jr.) – 12.4 ppg, 39% 3pt
   B.J. Elder (6-4, G, Jr.) – 16.5 ppg, 45% 3pt
   Chris Bosh (6-10, F, Fr.) – 15.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg
   Luke Schenscher (7-1, C, So.) – 5.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.9 bpg
Key Reserves: 
   Ed Nelson (6-8, F, So.) – 7.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
   Isma'il Muhammad  (6-6, F, So.) – 6.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
   Anthony McHenry  (6-7, G, So.) – 2.3 ppg

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Chris Bosh ... Marvin Lewis


B.J. Elder ... Paul Hewitt

(Photos courtesy the AP.)

SERIES NOTES
by UNC Athletic Communications

Carolina (11-7, 2-3 ACC) and Georgia Tech (9-7, 2-3 ACC) split a pair of games last season with the Tar Heels winning in Chapel Hill and the Yellow Jackets winning in Atlanta. So far this season, the Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets are tied with Virginia for fifth place in the ACC standings at 2-3.

UNC lost 86-77 at NC State on Sunday afternoon. Tech is coming off a 20-point loss at Duke on Saturday afternoon.

Carolina leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech, 53-15, including eight Tar Heel wins in the last nine meetings. Last year, UNC beat Tech in Chapel Hill and the Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels in Atlanta.

The Tar Heels lead the series over the Yellow Jackets in games played in Atlanta, 17-8. Carolina is 11-7 against Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

TAR HEEL NOTES
by UNC Athletic Communications

Rashad McCants has topped 20 points in each of the last four games, scoring 20 against Clemson, 27 against Connecticut, 26 against Maryland and 20 at NC State. In the last four games, McCants has hit 14 of 32 three-point tries. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 20 for his efforts against Clemson and UConn.

McCants has scored 20 points or more in six games this season, leading the team. He has averaged 22.6 ppg in five games against ranked teams this season.

Raymond Felton was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday. He has scored in double figures in each of the last nine games. He set a season high with 28 points at NC State on Sunday, tying the school record by making eight three-pointers. The eight three-pointers are the most in a game by any ACC player this year.

Raymond Felton has made 16 of his last 27 three-point field goal attempts in the last four games.


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