Jan 5, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach MaChelle Joseph talks to guard Dawnn Maye (1) against the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Lady Jackets ready to open NCAA tournament with LSU Tigers (Video)


The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team is all set to make their seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the last eight years, and will open up by taking on the LSU Tigers (19-12, 7-9 SEC) in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday.

The Lady Jackets, who earned a #10 seed in this year’s tournament, will have a tough opening round matchup with LSU, the #7 seed. Being the higher seed, the Lady Tigers, who are 10-4 at home this season, get home court advantage and will be looking to earn their 20th win of the season.

Fred Kalil of Atlanta’s WXIA TV interviewed Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph when the tournament draws were announced.

Overall statistically, the Jackets and Tigers are pretty evenly matched, with the biggest differential being in the RPI rating, with Tech’s coming in at 36, while LSU had a higher rank at 15.

The high flying Georgia Tech (20-11, 9-7 ACC) team has seemingly been able to score at will when they want to this season, and are led by one of the nation’s best pair of shooters and duo of All-ACC players, Tyaunna Marshall and Kaela Davis. The Lady Jackets finished 20th in the nation in scoring average, posting 79.7 points per game.

Both Tech (allowing 70.9 ppg) and LSU (allowing 64.3 ppg) had their problems defensively this year, with neither squad nationally in the top 50 on defense nationally. The scoring differential between offense and defense practically nullify each other in this game.

Size and rebounding strength has to go to the Jackets, who averaged at 5.8 rpg margin, while LSU only managed a 2.3 rpg margin.

Winner of this first round game will go on to meet the winner of the West Virginia-Albany game, a #2/#15 seed matchup respectively.

Game time is at 12:30 on March 23, being televised nationally on ESPN2.

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