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Men's Hoops: Banged-Up Georgia Tech Squad Travels to Clemson

The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team hasn’t won at Clemson since 2005. If they plan on breaking that streak at Littlejohn Coliseum tonight, they’ll have to really put together a tremendous team effort and overcome their injuries.

Date: 2/4/14

Game Time:  8 pm EST

Venue: Littlejohn Coliseum – Clemson, SC

Series Record: Clemson leads, 63-59

Last Meeting: Last meeting: Clemson won 56-53, on 2/14/13 in Atlanta

Records: Georgia Tech (12-10, 3-6 ACC), Clemson (14-6, 5-3 ACC)

Current Odds: Clemson -7.5

Injuries: GT – Trae Golden, Probable (groin), Robert Carter Jr., Questionable (knee), Travis Jorgensen, Out For Season (knee), , Jason Morris out indefinitely (foot);  Clemson – None

TV: ACC Network (WATL in Atlanta)

Radio: 106.7 FM, Sirius ch. 108, XM ch. 191

If the Yellow Jackets are going to make it two ACC wins in a row for the first time this season, they’re going to need to overcome not only the unreal number of injuries they’ve suffered, but also a very tough Clemson team who plays their best ball (9-1) on their home court.

There is some relief in sight in regards to the injuries. Trae Golden, who injured his groin in the win over Wake Forest, is listed as probable, but undoubtedly will be tested early by the Tigers as to his ability to move and make quick cuts on the court.

The big news is the possible (and we stress the word, possible) return of Robert Carter, Jr. to the lineup. Carter has been working hard to get back from the early season knee injury that was thought to have had him out for the remainder of the season, and he is listed as questionable for this game.

The Jackets should err on the side of caution in using Carter in a game like this, but it’s good to know that he is possibly available if needed.

This game should be a very physical matchup, with a lot of banging under the boards going on. Both Clemson and Tech are teams that stress defense and rebounding, with the Tigers being the second best defense in the conference, only allowing 55.8 points per game to opponents.

Once again, the Yellow Jackets are going to lean heavily on Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey to keep them in this game. The Tigers are going to be relentless on the boards, as well as putting a lot of defensive pressure on Golden and Marcus Georges-Hunt. It will take a complete team effort for the Georgia Tech to pull the upset.

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