Georgia Tech travels for their final road game of the season to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange in a game that could be crucial for both teams.
Game Time: 7 pm EST
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Series Record: Tied 2-2
Last Meeting: Syracuse won, 80-76, on 11/27/10 in Atlantic City
Records: Georgia Tech (13-16 , 4-12 ACC) Syracuse (26-3, 13-3 ACC)
Current Odds: Syracuse -14.5
Injuries: GT: Travis Jorgensen – Out For Season (knee), Jason Morris – Out indefinitely (foot); Syracuse: Jerami Grant – Questionable (back), DaJuan Coleman – Out for Season (leg)
TV: ACC RSN or Online ESPNU
Radio: 106.7 FM
With only two games left in the regular season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have to find something to springboard them into the ACC tournament on a positive bounce. Upsetting the #7 Syracuse Orange would go a long way to accomplishing that goal.
The Yellow Jackets haven’t had a lot to cheer about lately, dropping four straight games and assuring themselves of the second losing season in three years under head coach Brian Gregory. But the once top-ranked Orange have had troubles of their own, losing three of their last four games, stumbling on their way to the postseason and out of contention for a #1 seed in the tourney.
Regardless of what kind of troubles the Orange are having, the troubles for Tech against Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone defense are going to be even bigger. The Jackets have had all kinds of problems scoring against zone defenses this season, and nobody does it better than Syracuse.
Beyond trying to penetrate the zone, the biggest obstacle for the Yellow Jackets in trying to pull off the biggest upset of the year will be hanging on to the ball and cutting down on the 12.4 per game turnover number. That, as much as anything, has been the undoing of this year’s Yellow Jackets.
Scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage numbers are all very close to Syracuse, so it’s not out of line to think that this upset could happen. Right now the Orange are reeling, and trying to regroup, which presents a huge opportunity for Tech to walk into an unfriendly arena, and steal a huge victory.
Keys for the Jackets will lie in the hands of point guard Trae Golden, who has to be able to figure out how to get past the zone defense, and center Daniel Miller, who has to grab every possible offensive rebound he can and get those second-chance points. If Tech gets behind early or into double-digits, then trying to make up ground against one of the best defenses in the nation will be an impossible task.
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