Previewing Georgia Tech

The Tar Heels aim to bounce back from a two-game slide Saturday against Georgia Tech. Tip-off at the Smith Center is 1 p.m. on ABC regional. <br><center> (<a target=new href="">INTERNET BROADCAST</a>) - (<a href="'','GameTrackermbaskbl','toolbar=no,resizeable=no,scrollbars=no,width=780,height=540'); void('');">LIVE STATS</a>)</center>

North Carolina (14-13, 4-9) vs. Georgia Tech (12-12, 5-8)
Smith Center, Chapel Hill
1:00 p.m., ABC regional


"I was concerned about [team morale] yesterday, going into practice. I was really impressed with the effort we had yesterday in practice. I thought we had a real energetic, up-beat practice. Guys got better and really went at it."

... LINK: Doherty's Friday Quotes


"It comes down to injuries for them. If they have Sean May all season, they're a different team. [Head coach] Matt Doherty has done a very good job of attracting talented players, but he's short on depth right now."

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 - This game for G-Tech is as much of a must win situation as it is for UNC. 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.) – 9.5 ppg, 6.0 apg
   Marvin Lewis (6-4, G, Jr.) – 12.8 ppg, 44% 3pt
   B.J. Elder (6-4, G, Jr.) – 15.3 ppg, 40% 3pt
   Chris Bosh (6-10, F, Fr.) – 15.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg
   Ed Nelson (6-8, F, So.) – 8.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   Isma'il Muhammad  (6-6, F, So.) – 5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
   Luke Schenscher (7-1, C, So.) – 4.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg 
   Anthony McHenry  (6-7, G, So.) – 2.0 ppg

GT Info

Photo Gallery

Chris Bosh ... Marvin Lewis

B.J. Elder ... Paul Hewitt

(Photos courtesy the AP.)

by GT and UNC Athletic Communications

*North Carolina leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 53-16, and has won 12 of the last 15 meetings dating back to Feb. 10, 1996, when Tech posted a 92-83 victory at Chapel Hill.

*Tech has won the last two games, however, including an 88-68 win in Atlanta on Jan. 29. A win Saturday would give the Yellow Jackets their first sweep of the Tar Heels since 1996. Tech has swept the season series only three times in its history, 1985 (including an ACC Tournament win), 1994 and 1996.

*In Chapel Hill, Tech is 4-18 against North Carolina, including a 3-14 mark in the Dean E. Smith Center. Tech's last win in the Tar Heels' home arena was the above-mentioned 1996 win. Counting regular-season games in Greensboro, Tech is 4-21 on the road against UNC.

*Since Tech joined the ACC, it is 14-39 against the Tar Heels.

*Tech's greatest success in its series with North Carolina occurred during the middle 1990s when the Jackets won five of seven meetings during one stretch. The string included three straight wins over No. 1-ranked Tar Heel teams, 77-75 on Mar. 14, 1993 in the ACC Tournament finals, 89-69 on Jan. 12, 1994 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and 96-89 on Feb. 12, 1994 at the Dean Smith Center.

Earlier this season in Atlanta, Georgia Tech shot 49.2 percent from the floor and went on a 17-1 run late in the game to break open a close contest and grab a 20-point win over Carolina in Atlanta on Jan. 29. Tech led, 66-60, with 10:02 left in the second half prior to its 17-1 run. The Tar Heels then went over seven minutes without a field goal. Chris Bosh led the Jackets with 22 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. B.J. Elder had 19 points and Marvin Lewis 18 for Tech. Jawad Williams posted a career-high 22 points in the first half alone for UNC but did not hit a field goal after halftime and finished with just 24 for the game. Tech's 20-point margin of victory was its largest over Carolina since the 1993-94 season.

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