Previewing Georgia Tech

Udofia, Holsey

North Carolina travels to Atlanta on Tuesday, where the Tar Heels have lost five of their last six games to Georgia Tech. Tip-off at McCamish Pavilion is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network.

North Carolina (17-8, 7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-8)
Atlanta, Ga. -- McCamish Pavilion
Tuesday, 9 p.m.
ACC Network (Bob Rathbun and Dan Bonner)

Quotables

"We were definitely a better team and we're playing better. The freshmen have done a good job of growing up on the court just as players and understanding the urgency that you have to play with every possession in this league. And we are still at our best when our upper classmen play well for us." - Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on his team's four wins over the last seven games

"They have played extremely well the last few games that they have gone to that smaller lineup. It's a difficult matchup, and it is for just about anybody. Even if you put a guard on P.J. [Hairston] or [Reggie] Bullock, those are two of the best offensive rebounders around, so they can just bully guys off." - Gregory on UNC

PREGAME NOTES

Since the Last Meeting: Georgia Tech enters Tuesday's contest with a 14-10 (4-8 ACC) record. Since losing to North Carolina on Jan. 23, the Yellow Jackets have won four of their last seven games, including home wins over Wake Forest (82-62) and Virginia (66-60) and road victories over Virginia Tech (64-54) and Wake Forest (57-56). Georgia Tech's three losses during that stretch were by a combined eight points.

Spreading the Wealth, What Little There Is: Seven different Yellow Jackets have led their team in scoring over the last nine games. While balance is a good thing, that statistic may speak more to the struggles of Gregory finding a consistent scoring option. No player is averaging double figures during ACC play and freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt is the lone player averaging more than 10 points (10.8) on the season. Georgia Tech ranks 10th in ACC games in free throw percentage (63.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (31.7) and 11th in field goal percentage (39.4).

Rookies Leading: Freshman forward Robert Carter is second behind Georges-Hunt in scoring with a 9.8 points-per-game average. The duo is on track to become just the sixth rookie tandem in ACC history – third in school history – to rank 1-2 on its team in scoring. Fellow freshman Chris Bolden ranks third on team in conference play with 9.2 points per game.


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Winning With Defense: In ACC play, Georgia Tech ranks third in field goal percentage defense (40.6) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (35.0). The Yellow Jackets have held their last three opponents – Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest - to a combined 34.4 percent shooting (54-of-157).

Improvement Cleaning the Glass: The Yellow Jackets struggled on the backboards during their 0-5 start in conference play. Since that time, however, Georgia Tech has been more effective on the glass, jumping from a minus-4.0 rebounding margin to a plus-2.7 edge over its last seven games. Four different players – Daniel Miller (6.9), Carter (6.8), Georges-Hunt (5.1) and Kammeon Holsey (4.8) -- rank in the ACC's top-25 rebounders.

McCamish Pavilion: North Carolina will play in the newly-named McCamish Pavilion for the first time on Tuesday. The $50 million renovation to Alexander Memorial Coliseum was announced in October 2010 and opened two years later. The court remains named after former longtime coach Bobby Cremins and seating capacity is now 8,600.

Last Meeting: UNC defeated Georgia Tech, 79-63, on Jan. 23. P.J. Hairston led the Tar Heels with 15 points and James Michael McAdoo added 14. Reggie Bullock spurred a 15-2 run that broke open a four-point game just before halftime. UNC shot 42.8 percent (30-of-70) and forced 19 turnovers.

Series History: North Carolina leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 62-24. The Yellow Jackets have won six of the last seven meetings in Atlanta.

Projected Starters:
0 Mfon Udofia (6-2, 195, Sr.) - 9.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
11 Chris Bolden (6-3, 209, Fr.) - 6.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
3 Marcus Georges-Hunt (6-5, 218, Fr.) - 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
4 Robert Carter (6-8, 245, Fr.) - 9.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg
5 Daniel Miller (6-11, 257, Jr.) - 7.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 bpg

Top Reserves:
24 Kammeon Holsey (6-8, 231, Jr.) - 9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
23 Brandon Reed (6-3, 182, Jr.) - 5.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
45 Solomon Poole (6-0, 180, Fr.) - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 apg

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