With the holiday break beginning, the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team will travel to Nashville for an ACC-SEC matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium; Nashville, Tn.
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 38-33
Last Meeting: GT won, 63-51 on 12/6/08 in Atlanta
Records: Vanderbilt (6-3, 5-1 home), Georgia Tech (8-3, 1-1 away)
Current Odds: N/A
Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Corey Heyward, Out for Season (knee), Jason Morris, Out 4-6 weeks from 11/6 (foot); Vanderbilt – Josh Henderson, Out Indefinitely (knee)
TV: Fox Sports South, ESPN3
Radio: 106.7 FM, SiriusXM Channel 85
The Yellow Jackets are getting ready to close out the early non-conference portion of their schedule, and a trip to Nashville to take on SEC opponent Vanderbilt will be a good litmus test to see exactly where this team stands.
The two teams have met 71 times, and Vanderbilt is Tech’s third most-common opponent outside the ACC, behind Georgia (190 meetings) and Auburn (114).
The Commodores are going to provide some of the toughest competition the Jackets have seen since defeating the 9-2 Illinois Fighting Illini in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Dec. 3. The Dores play a very similar game to Tech, and match up very evenly in terms of stats. Vandy will want to pound the ball inside and use size and strength to wear down the Jackets.
Vanderbilt is led by sophomore guard, Eric McClellan, who is putting up 15.7 ppg, to go along with his 3.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. Keeping McClellan under wraps will shut down a huge part of the Vandy offense.
Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller will again be a huge key in this game. If Miller dominates the paint as he has done in the last three consecutive Tech wins, the Commodores will struggle to score, as they aren’t a perimeter shooting team.
Much like the Yellow Jackets, Vandy has problems turning the ball over, and the quick hands of Robert Carter, Jr. and Marcus Georges-Hunt can help that along, both averaging 1.1 steals per game.
Keeping the edge in rebounds, picking up the pace, and winning the transition game will help bring home the Jackets their fourth consecutive win.