Previewing Georgia Tech

Daniel Miller

The Yellow Jackets will march into Cameron for their second straight road game to begin ACC play

ROSTER
SCHEDULE
STATS
?SCOUT SITE

?PROJECTED STARTERS
?G- 23 Trae Golden (12.9 ppg, 3.5 apg)
?G- 03 Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
?F- 14 Jason Morris (2.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
?F- 24 Kammeon Holsey (6.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
?C- 05 Daniel Miller (10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg)

STAR WATCH
?Daniel Miller is being asked to carry a bigger load than expected inside after the Yellow Jackets lost starting big man Robert Carter for an indefinite amount of time to a torn meniscus. Miller has started each of his 107 games in Atlanta and is the conference's active leader in blocked shots.

Miller will pose an immediate problem for Duke on the inside where the Blue Devils have struggled to defend most opposing big men. Miller has reached double-figure rebounding totals in 9 games this season. He's an efficient big man who shots over 60 percent from the field and nearly 75 percent from the charity stripe. On the defensive end the fifth year senior ranks third all-time in Yellow Jacket history on the career blocked shots list with 235.


STORYLINES

  • Georgia tech is coming off a 16 point defeat at Maryland on Saturday afternoon. This will be the team's second straight road game to open conference play.

  • Duke owns a 66-23 advantage in the series and a 32-5 advantage in games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mike Krzyzewski is 55-19 against the Yellow Jackets over the course of his career and is 2-0 against current Tech head coach Brian Gregory. The Blue Devils have won the previous five match ups including last season's 16 point victory in Durham.

  • With the loss of Carter, Tech started senior Kammeon Holsey, who had started for two years before moving to the bench for the entire 2012-2013 season. Additionally, Jason Morris made his first start of the season at Charlotte, replacing Chris Bolden in the lineup. Morris has scored eight points in 43 minutes in the last two games. Morris missed Tech's first 10 games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot in October.

  • At the time of his injury, Carter, Jr., was tied for the ACC lead in rebound average at 9.3 per game and has led the ACC alone on occasion this season. His 15-point, 15-rebound performance Dec. 16 against Kennesaw State was his fourth double-double of the season, tied for the most in the ACC, and seventh of his career. It also was his fifth double-digit rebound game this season.

  • Tech averaged 72.0 points per game in its pre-conference schedule, nearly six points per game better than 2012-13 (66.6) and eight bet- ter than 2011-12 (63.8). Tech also posted better numbers over last year in field goal percentage (44.3/44.0), free throw percentage (70.5/64.3), free throws made per game (15.5/11.4), assists (14.9/14.2) and rebound margin (+7.3/+5.9).

  • Tech has out-rebounded each of its opponents this season, making it 52 times in 76 games under Gregory that the Yellow Jackets have out- rebounded their opponent. The Jackets rank fourth in the ACC in rebound average and fourth in rebound margin. The team ranks fourth in the ACC currently in rebound average and fourth in rebound margin (+6.9), and ranks 27th nationally in rebound margin.

  • Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have held seven opponents under 40 percent (38.8 percent collectively), extending the total of opponents the team has held under 40 percent to 33 under Gregory.

  • Tech has attempted 21.4 free throws per game so far (compared to just 16.2 last season) and has scored an average of 15.1 points per game from the stripe (10.3 points per game last season). The team has attempted more free throws than its opponent in nine of 14 games. Last year, that happened only 13 times all season, but Tech was 11-2 in those games.

  • Tech ranks 66th in Pomeroy's defensive efficiency ranking this year, and the Yellow Jackets are 57th in scoring defense and 27th in field goal percentage defense.


  • Georgia Tech athletics contributed to this report.

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