Game Preview: Georgia Tech
Not too much has changed for either team since the Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets met last month in Chapel Hill. Well, GT has actually won a conference game now and isn’t dead last in the ACC. Both teams have gone 4-3 in conference play but UNC’s loses have been to N.C. State, Miami and Duke where Tech’s have been to Clemson twice and Florida State. This will be the first time UNC basketball visits the new McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta that replaces the dreaded Thriller Dome. Can’t say we’re bummed about the renovations. The ceiling may be the same but just taking away the aura of that old building should help the Heels.
- Besides reserve forward Kammeon Holsey, no one played particularly well for the Jackets last go-round. If you remember, Georgia Tech is a very young team. Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt leads the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) although no player on the team is averaging double figures in conference play. Robert Carter Jr., Holsey and Mfon Udofia also average 9 ppg although the 64 points as a squad proves this team has trouble finding the basket.
- Junior center Daniel Miller, Holsey and Carter may make Roy Williams and North Carolina play a bit more honest when it comes to the small lineup and diminished minutes for Desmond Hubert. Georgia Tech averages a not shabby 37 rebounds a game and with Joel James not traveling with the team to Georgia James Michael McAdoo, Hubert and Jackson Simmons will have to put some work in.
- Since the January meeting where North Carolina put 79 up, Georgia Tech has not allowed more than 63 points in a game. On the year that number is below 60 (64.5 in ACC play) but you know who else had a pretty good defense? Virginia, and we saw what happened with that. That was of course at home though.
Last time these two played we said it was nice to see the Tar Heels beat an opponent like they should. While young, the Ramblin’ Wreck have some talent and have been able to put it together recently. This should be more interesting down in Georgia than it was in N.C.