Corey Heyward runs the point for the Yellow Jackets. The true freshman has been eased into action this season, but has been given more minutes over the last several games. That was forced a bit as Tech lost senior Jason Morris to a broken foot. Heyward looks for his teammates first, and only attempts one shot per game. He does have a solid outside shot, however, at nearly 42% on the season from beyond the arc.
He is quicker than you would think, but the offense does not flow through him most of the time. Heyward is an average defender and has trouble staying with opposing guards off the dribble.
Trae Golden is the leading scorer for Georgia Tech and one of their better outside shooters. He has a versatile offensive game and dominates the ball at times. Golden struggles with shot selection at times, and turns it over too often. If you speed Golden up, he can become erratic offensively.
Still, Golden can be a dangerous threat offensively who can get hit and light it up. He is also a solid passer with solid court vision. Defensively, Golden is below average. He does not move his feet well and does not play physical on-ball defense.
Off the bench, Chris Bolden is the primary threat. He plays 25-30 minutes per game, and takes most of his shots from beyond the arc. Bolden is only hitting 32% from the outside, however. Bolden is a better defender than Golden, but not as versatile offensively. He can give the Yellow Jackets an offensive spark at times.
Marcus Georges-Hunt is the team's best outside shooter as an undersized small forward. He is a solid offensive player who can also drive and pull-up for the mid-range jumper. Georges-Hunt also shares the ball well but is not a great rebounder. He is more finesse than physical and struggles matching up with bigger forwards.
Robert Carter Jr. starts at power forward, and is a stretch-four who can shoot from anywhere on the floor. While not a high percentage three-point shooter, he is a threat from the outside. Carter has solid footwork inside, which helps him as an interior defender.
Carter is also a force on the boards with his strong, physical style of play.
Daniel Miller mans the middle for the Yellow Jackets. He is a skilled low-post scorer and rim protector. He has an array of interior offensive moves and uses exceptional footwork to gain offensive and rebounding position. Miller is an efficient offensive player and excellent defender. He should be a load for Syracuse to handle.
Kammeon Holsey is the primary forward reserve. He is a solid rebounder and is efficient around the rim. He is not a strong defender, but can play anywhere along the front line.
Georgia Tech plays primarily man to man, but pack the middle to prevent easy opportunities around the basket. They do not trap or double often, and generally play underneath ball screens. The guards do not put a ton of pressure on opposing ball handlers, but they try to funnel everything into the middle.
Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. are the primary threats to facilitate at the high post. Miller is a skilled, savvy veteran with high basketball IQ. Both can hit the mid-range jumper and could give Syracuse some trouble there.
Golden and Georges-Hunt are the shooters Syracuse has to keep an eye one. Neither have been overly efficient this year from beyond the arc, but both have the ability to get hot.
Georgia Tech is shooting only 43% from the floor as a team, 31.5% from the three-point range. The Yellow Jackets are 283rd in the country at 66.7 points per game, and 120th in rebounding at just 36 per game.
Georgia Tech is eighth in the ACC giving up 67.3 points per game while allowing teams to shoot over 42% from the floor. Tech is also second to last in the conference in turnover margin.
Syracuse has an athleticism and skill advantage in most areas of the floor. Georgia Tech is not a great defensive team, and this is a chance for the Orange to break out of their offensive funk. Jerami Grant's health is a question mark, but Syracuse should be able to win this one without him.