The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-10, 1-7 ACC) snapped their seven-game losing skid in emphatic fashion by smashing the No.23 Miami Hurricanes 70-50 on the road at Corral Gables.
Now it is time for the Yellow Jackets to keep that same edge they took with them on the road to Miami, and use it to get a solid home win at McCamish against the North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-9, 4-5 ACC).
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Brian Gregory and his squad should feel good for breaking into the win column after a tough stretch. The good feelings the team has however should be short-lived, and turned into focus.
They are well aware that they have not won a home game since December 30th when they beat the Charlotte 49ers 67-66.
This team is long overdue for a home win and NC State would be a nice team to get that victory against.
Mark Gottfried’s club is solid. 2014 ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren has moved on to the NBA, but there is still plenty in the cupboard for the Pack to work with.
They still have their table setter in sophomore Anthony “Cat” Barber who is knocking down 44.2% of his shots from the floor at the point guard spot, averaging 10.0 points and 3.5 assists.
Forward Ralston Turner is back for his senior campaign dropping 13.2 points on 42.5% shooting from the floor.
The player that has emerged into an All-Conference star is 6-foot-3 junior guard Trevor Lacey.
Lacey is the leading scorer for the Wolfpack averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 46.2% from the floor and 42.1% from beyond the arc.
The Wolfpack are coming to McCamish Pavilion on a three game losing skid having dropped games to No.23 Miami, No. 8 Notre Dame, and Clemson.
The last two loses for NC State happened at home. However, on the road the Pack did snuff out the Duke Blue Devils 87-75, and played the Tar Heels tough in Chapel Hill only falling to them by a bucket 81-79.
NC State as a team averages 71.5 points per game while yielding 65.1 points per game to their opponents.
Where this game is going to be won is down in the paint for one of these teams.
There are very few teams in the ACC that can say they rebound as good or better than the Yellow Jackets.
NC State is one the few that have that distinction. The Wolfpack snatch 41.8 rebounds per contest.
The Jackets were able to get a monster game from Marcus Georges-Hunt who went for 24 points and six rebounds in Corral Gables.
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Chris Bolden also had an efficient 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor and Demarco Cox had 10 points and seven boards.
At McCamish you should be able to get similar contributions with some additional firepower added to it.
The Jackets were able to get a blowout at Miami because they defended like usual, but they also got out in transition to get easy baskets. That is huge for this team.
Half-court execution for the Yellow Jackets has not been a strong suit this season. But if the Jackets turn their strong defensive efforts into easy buckets in transition, that is going to limit how many times they are going to have to run half-court offense in a ballgame.
Jan 28, 2015; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Josh Heath (11) dribbles the ball against Miami Hurricanes during the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Gregory was able to grab the inaugural matchup between himself and NC State head coach Mark Gottfried in 2012 by a score of 81-71.
Since then the Pack have won the last four meeting against the Yellow Jackets.
Last season the Jackets lost 80-78 to the Wolfpack in Raleigh. NC State has the historic edge in this matchup with a record of 55-37.
However, the Yellow Jackets have played well against NC State when they face them in the ATL owning a record of 22-16.
This could be a special game for Marcus Georges-Hunt who only needs 10 points to reach 1,000 points for his career.
You can watch this game on the ACC Network at 12 Noon EST as well as see the live stream on ESPN 3.
This game can also be heard on local Atlanta radio 680AM and 93.7 FM as well as satellite radio Sirius 84 and XM 84.