2012-13 Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech

, TechSideline.com, on February 8, 2013
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When: Saturday, February 9
Where: Cassell Coliseum
Time: 1pm
TV: RSN, or online on ESPN3
Georgia Tech visits Cassell Coliseum on Saturday, and the Hokies will be going for the season sweep against a team that they have dominated since ACC expansion back in 2004.  Here’s a quick look at Tech’s games against the Yellow Jackets since the 2004-05 season.

Jan. 12, 2013: 70-65 W (OT)
Feb. 18, 2012: 73-73 W (OT)
Mar. 10, 2011: 59-42 W (ACC Tournament)
Feb. 13, 2011: 102-77 W
Jan. 25, 2011: 72-57 L
Mar. 6, 2010: 88-82 W
Feb. 11, 2009: 76-71 W
Feb. 23, 2008: 92-84 W
Jan. 19, 2008: 81-70 L
Jan. 28, 2007: 73-65 W
Jan. 31, 2006: 63-62 W
Mar. 11, 2005: 73-54 L (ACC Tournament)
Jan. 22, 2005: 70-69 W

That’s a 10-3 record against Georgia Tech since ACC expansion.  Even before Tech joined the ACC, the Hokies dominated this series.  They are 14-4 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, and Georgia Tech has never won a basketball game in Blacksburg.

The Hokies beat Georgia Tech 70-65 in overtime earlier this season, notching their first ACC win of the season in the process.  They hope to get back on track against the Yellow Jackets (12-9, 2-7) tomorrow.

The Major Players

Georgia Tech isn’t a team that is known for their ability to score, averaging only 62.9 points per game in conference play.  Only two players on their roster averages in double figures for the season.

G Mfon Udofia (6-2, 195, Sr.): Udofia is Georgia Tech’s most experienced player.  He averages 9.5 points per game, and is a solid 35.9% from three-point range.  His 61 assists is tops on the team.

G Chris Bolden (6-3, 209, Fr.): Bolden has started the last six games for Georgia Tech.  He leads the team in scoring in conference play, averaging exactly 10 points per game in ACC contests.  However, he averages just 6.8 points per game for the season.  He’s only shooting 36.5% from the field this year.

G Marcus Georges-Hunt (6-5, 218, Fr.): Georgia Tech’s leading scorer at 10.2 points per game, he also averages 4.7 boards.  Georges-Hunt is not a great shooter, but he’s a big guard who can score inside.  In ACC play he’s averaging just 8.6 points per game while shooting 36.7% from the field and 19% from three-point range.

F Robert Carter, Jr. (6-8, 245, Fr.): Carter averages 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  He’s a talented freshman frontcourt player who averages just over 26 minutes per game.  He has started every game for Georgia Tech this season.

C Daniel Miller (6-11, 257, r-Jr.): Miller is a big center who averages 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds.  In ACC play, those numbers have gone up to 9 points and 7.1 rebounds.  He leads Georgia Tech with 45 blocked shots.  He also has an impressive 47 assists in 21 games, while committing just 28 turnovers.  He had six points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the first meeting with Tech.

F Kammeon Holsey (6-8, 231, r-Jr.): Holsey averages 9.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.  He is a veteran player, and although he doesn’t start this year, he has plenty of past starting experience in the past.  He is a very valuable bench player who averages 19.6 minutes per game.  Considering his minutes play, he is possibly the most productive player on this Georgia Tech team.

G Brandon Reed (6-3, 182, r-Jr.): Reed was a starter, but he was displaced by Chris Bolden recently.  He averages 5.1 points per game, and shoots just 33.3% from the field.

G Jason Morris (6-5, 224, Jr.): Morris comes off the bench for Georgia Tech to average 5.2 points per game.  He is their best outside shooter, shooting at a 42.3% clip from three-point range.  He recently missed eight games with a foot injury.

G Solomon Poole (6-0, 180, Fr.): Poole joined the team at midseason, and he’s been earning more playing time recently.  He was a top 40 recruit coming out of high school, but he’s way behind right now because he didn’t enroll until mid-December.  He’s shooting just 31% from the field.

As you can probably tell, this is an offensively challenged basketball team.  There are low shooting percentages across the board.  In the first meeting, Georgia Tech shot just 36.1% from the field and only 33.3% from three-point range.

Hokies Need to Get a Win

Nobody is mistaking Virginia Tech for a postseason basketball team right now, but the Hokies do need to start winning a game here and there.  Tomorrow is their best opportunity for awhile, because after the Yellow Jackets come to town, VT’s schedule looks like this…
at UVA
at NC State
vs Duke
vs FSU
at Miami
Except for the home game against FSU, none of those games appear to be particularly winnable.

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