THE APARTMENTS – Facing the first of two road games this week, Georgia Tech is making its longest and possibly coldest trip of the season to face Boston College for a tip at 9 p.m. Wednesday night at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill , Mass. This is the first of two meetings scheduled between the two teams this season, and the temperature when the Yellow Jackets wake up Wednesday morning is expected to be 10 degrees.
Tech (6-8, 0-4 ACC) is aiming for his first ACC victory after missing Saturday night at Notre Dame, 72-68 in overtime at home, his third straight loss and seventh in the last eight. The Jackets, reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champions, also lost at home to Louisville (67-64) and North Carolina (79-53 on December 5) and on the road to No.2 Duke (69 -57). Their December 29 game in Syracuse has been postponed.
Michael Devoe (Orlando, Fla.), Reigning ACC Tournament MVP, ACC top scorer (21.1 points per game) and No. 2 three-point shooter by volume (2.77 per game) and in percentage (42.4), leads the Jackets with senior forward Jordan Usher (Canton, Ga), averaging 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Boston College (6-7, 1-2 ACC) has lost four straight games after opening its ACC schedule with a 73-57 home win over Notre Dame on December 3. The Eagles lost a pair of non-conference games to Saint Louis and Albany just before a long COVID hiatus, and lost to North Carolina (91-65) and Pittsburgh (69-67) after the hiatus.
Wednesday’s game will be televised live on the ACC Regional Sports Network, available on Bally Sports South in the Southeastern United States. Live streaming of the broadcast is available on BallySports.com in the Marketplace and through the ESPN app outside of the ACC footprint. Radio coverage will be on Georgia Tech Sports Network by Legends Sports and the flagship station WCNN (680 / 93.7 the Fan), and on satellite radio (XM channel 385, SiriusXM app 975).
THE OPENING BOARD
- On the road – Georgia Tech is in its third road game of the season and is 1-1 after winning at Georgia in November and losing to No 2 Duke on Tuesday night. Boiston College is 6-2 at home this season, posting a victory over Notre Dame and losses to Albany and North Carolina. Ten of the Yellow Jackets’ 14 games this season have been played at the McCamish Pavilion, where the Yellow Jackets are 5-5, including ACC losses to North Carolina, Louisville and Notre Dame.
- Mikey likes it – Senior goalie Michael Devoe remains the ACC leader in scoring average (21.1 points per game) and is No.2 in three-point percentage (42.4) and ranks No.10 and 28 , respectively, nationally in these categories. He is also second in the CCA for three points per game (2.77).
- Climb the ladder – After starting season No.36 in career points at Tech, Devoe entered the top 20 of the Tech career points list with 1,423 points, overtaking tech luminaries like Iman Shumpert, Drew Barry, Jarrett Jack, Michael Maddox, Tico Brown, Marvin Lewis, Anthony Morrow and Lenny Horton. He needs seven points to pass Jose Alvarado (1429 from 2017-21).
- Hot series – Senior winger Jordan Usher, who recorded his fourth double-double this season against Notre Dame (16 points, 14 rebounds), is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in Tech’s last six games , after making 35 of 74 shots from the ground. and 12 out of 25 three.
- Countdown to 1000 – Usher is 28 points away from 1,000 points for his career. He has 972 points heading into Saturday’s game, with 698 scored in a Tech uniform. Tech already has a pair of 1,000 point markers on their roster – Michael Devoe (1,423) and Bubba Parham (1,452).
- Get Moore Done –Senior forward Khalid Moore has averaged 7.8 points in Tech’s last eight games, having scored a total of 23 points in the Jackets’ first six games of the season. He hit 24 of 48 from the ground during that streak.
- Convert to two points (guard) – Distributing the leadership duties almost evenly so far this season following the departure of Jose Alvarado, Kyle Sturdivant and Deivon Smith have combined to average 12.1 points and 3.6 assists in 14 games, all by compiling an assists to turnover ratio of 51; 42. Sturdivant has started 10 games, while Smith has started five. They both started and played together for much of Tech’s victory over Charleston Southern in Michael Devoe’s absence.
- Fat3 – To replace ACC Player of the Year Moses Wright, Tech turned to a trio of great men at junior Rodney Howard, who started Tech’s first 11 games before missing the last three, as well as the students. sophomores Saba Gigiberia and Jordan Meka. With Howard slowed down by an ankle injury, Gigiberia and Meka stepped up to play nearly 35 minutes in Tech’s win over Georgia State and contributed 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. In Tech’s last three games, Meka has started and averaged 20 minutes, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking six combined shots. Gigiberia returned from protocols to reach season highs of six points and six rebounds in 14:06 throughout her career at Duke.
- Fight the power – Six of Georgia Tech’s last seven losses have been suffered by teams that were in the top 60 of the KenPom standings and have a combined record of 81-17 in 2021-22. The Jackets have already faced four of the top five teams in the current ACC standings.
- Preparation for ACC game – Tech played four straight games against opponents from the Power Conference during the month of December, three of which were ranked in the nation’s top 25 (No.23/21 Wisconsin, No.25/24 LSU, No.10 / 9 USC). It was the first time the Yellow Jackets have faced up to three top 25 teams in their non-conference schedule since the 1995-96 season. That season, the Yellow Jackets beat 2-3 against Georgetown No.4, Michigan No.17, Kentucky No.5, Louisville No.20 and Massachusetts No.2.
- PPD – Two Georgia Tech games were postponed in December under health and safety protocols, a home game on December 23 against Alabama A&M and a road game on December 29 in Syracuse. Neither game has a makeup date.
VS SERIAL NOTES. BOSTON COLLEGE
- Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Boston College, 16-12 (a victory vacated by the NCAA Offenses Committee) and won the recent first teams meeting, 71-52 at Chestnut Hill during the 2019-2020 season. The only meeting scheduled for 2020-21 in Atlanta was not played due to COVID-19.
- Boston College won three of the four ACC tournament meetings between the two schools, and each time the tournament result mirrored the regular season result.
- Ten of the short series games were decided by less than 10 points, 14 of them by four points or less, and five in overtime.
- Tech is 8-2 against the Eagles at home, claiming the last five wins on three different home courts – one each at Alexander Memorial Coliseum and Philips Arena and three at the McCamish Pavilion.
- Tech played in British Columbia at three different locations in the Boston area. The game on Jan. 29, 2005 was Tech’s first visit to Conte Forum, the current home ground in British Columbia, where the Jackets are 3-6. The first game of the series, on December 31, 1946, was held at the Boston Arena, and the teams also played at the Boston Garden on January 19, 1980.
- Prior to British Columbia’s entry into the ACC, the teams met four times on neutral grounds, including one outside the United States, a 65-62 overtime win for the Yellow Jackets in the Suntory Ball from 1986 in Tokyo, Japan.
- The teams have met twice in the NCAA tournament, both won by Tech. The Yellow Jackets beat the Eagles, 103-89, in the 1996 Southeast Region second round in Orlando, and eliminated the Eagles, 57-54 in a 2004 second-round game in Milwaukee.
Kyle Sturdivant has scored in double digits in three of Tech’s last four games. (photo by Danny Karnik)
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