The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to cap off their three game homestand with a win, as the defending ACC Champion Miami Hurricanes come to McCamish Pavilion.
Game Time: 2:00 pm ET
Venue: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA
Series Record: Miami leads, 10-7
Last Meeting: March 6, 2013 – Georgia Tech won 71-69 over Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
Records: Notre Dame (9-7 , 1-3 ACC), Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3 ACC)
Current Odds: Georgia Tech -1.5
Injuries: GT – Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), Robert Carter Jr. (knee), out indefinitely; Miami (Fl)– None
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Georgia Tech is 1-1 in this current three game homestand, with a win over Notre Dame followed by a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers. Now Brian Gregory’s Yellow Jackets will look to end things on an upswing in their home digs, when the Miami Hurricanes come to Atlanta.
Hurricanes’ Coach Jim Larranaga has had his work cut out for him this season, as Miami continues to rebuild after a season that saw the Canes’ capture the ACC regular season and tournament championships.
Gone from the Miami roster are upperclassmen like Shane Larkin and Kenny Kadji. Now the Hurricanes are led by the backcourt of Senior 6-foot-6 guards Rion Brown and Garrius Adams. Brown is the leading scorer on the team putting up 14.2 ppg and second leading rebounder at 6.4 boards. Adams is the second leading scorer at 10 ppg on 35.4% shooting from the floor. Those two players are the only people averaging double-figure scoring on the roster. 6-foot-9 Forward, Donavan Kirk, is the leading rebounder for Miami at 6.7 rebounds per game.
Brian Gregory’s bunch should be able to take advantage of this inexperienced Miami squad. Miami has risen to the occasion a couple of times on the road this season with a win at Chapel Hill over the North Carolina Tar Heels 63-57, and a strong road showing against the Syracuse Orange in a 49-44 loss at the Carrier Dome. But for the most part, Miami is a struggling team and that could be just what the doctor ordered for the hobbling Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech needs to be sure that they come out with the same energy they had in the first half of the Pittsburgh game. The offense was flowing as the Jackets’ did a great job of sharing the ball and hitting open shots. Trae Golden would like to set the pace of this game as well by getting the tempo revved up so that the crowd gets involved and energizes the team.
Miami’s interior should not be able to hang with Daniel Miller and Kammeon Hosey inside at all, so those two will need to impose their will early and take ownership of the paint. It would be nice to see Marcus Georges-Hunt get out of his shooting funk in this game as well. In his last two home games, Georges-Hunt is a combined 6 of 20 shooting from the field. The Jackets should get a little bit of added depth to their rotation with Jason Morris returning from a concussion he suffered in a car accident last weekend.
This is a game where the Yellow Jackets should be able to come away with a victory. They just need to establish their home superiority and get the Tech student body involved early. Finishing 2-1 in this homestand would be a nice stepping stone for the team, and they have a good chance of getting that done Saturday.