Coral Gables, Fla. – Coming off an surprising midweek postponement, Georgia Tech performs the primary of two straight highway video games Saturday with a midday tip towards Miami on the Watsco Middle in Coral Gables, Fla.
Georgia Tech replace – The Yellow Jackets, Four-5 since getting back from its 17-day COVID pause, are tied for eighth place within the ACC standings and have a NCAA NET rating of No. 61. Tech, which is 6-1 at dwelling towards ACC groups this season, appears to be like to construct on a 71-65 victory over Pittsburgh final Sunday at dwelling. 4 of Tech’s 5 losses throughout this era got here by a complete of 19 factors.
Miami replace – The shorthanded Hurricanes have misplaced six of their final seven video games however have been robust at dwelling. Miami has a 6-6 file on the Watsco Middle, downing Louisville and Duke, taking No. 16 Virginia Tech to time beyond regulation earlier than falling, and shedding by one level to Clemson and by two to North Carolina.
Broadcast info – Reside TV broadcast on the ACC’s Regional Sports activities Community (Fox Sports activities South in Georgia) and reside streaming on the ESPN app. Radio protection is supplied by the Georgia Tech Sports activities Community by Learfield IMG Faculty and flagship station WCNN-Radio (680 AM, 93.7 FM) in Atlanta. The Tech broadcast could be heard on SiriusXM Ch. 380 (web 970) and the TuneIn app.
Head coach Josh Pastner speaks to the media Thursday
Trying giant – Georgia Tech is poised to have 4 gamers in its beginning lineup with 1,000 profession factors, becoming a member of Ole Miss as the one groups in NCAA Division I with 4 lively 1,000-point scorers. This has by no means occurred in program historical past. Michael Devoe (1,008 factors) reached that benchmark Sunday, becoming a member of Bubba Parham (1,421), who had already had 1,000 when he transferred to Tech, and Jose Alvarado (1,336), who surpassed the mark late final season. Moses Wright wants 9 factors Saturday to be Tech’s fourth lively 1,000-point scorer.Up for Naismith – Jose Alvarado was named final week to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Group for its males’s school participant of the 12 months. The senior guard is certainly one of three ACC gamers on the 30-player listing together with Pitt’s Justin Champagnie and Louisville’s Carlik Jones.BC interruption – Tech bought some additional relaxation after Wednesday’s sport towards Boston Faculty at McCamish Pavilion was postponed because of COVID-19 issues throughout the Eagles’ program. No make-up date has been decided.Break as much as make up – Two of Georgia Tech’s 5 postponed ACC video games have been rescheduled and performed, its sport at Louisville (Feb. 1) and final Sunday’s sport towards Pitt. No make-up dates have been set for the Yellow Jackets’ video games at Notre Dame (initially Jan. 6) and NC State (Jan. 16) or Boston Faculty (Feb. 17). Tech additionally had a non-conference sport at UAB (Dec. 23) cancelled because of COVID issues with the Blazers.No relaxation for the weary – As a part of Tech’s effort to reschedule its postponed video games, the Yellow Jackets performed three video games on simply at some point’s relaxation whereas its opponents in these video games had 4 days (Louisville), 5 days (Clemson) and 6 days (Pitt).Nothin’ however Web – Georgia Tech is No. 62 within the NCAA NET rankings (a quad 1 sport for opponents enjoying in Atlanta) and No. 55 in KenPom’s rankings, down from its highest positions of 55 (NET) and 51 (KenPom) this season.Arising – Tech has a quad Three sport (at Miami), quad 1 sport (at Virginia Tech), a pair of quad 2 video games (Syracuse and Duke) remaining, The Jackets have had a quad 1 sport (at Notre Dame) and two quad 2 video games (at UAB, at NC State), in addition to a quad Four sport (Boston Faculty on Wednesday), postponed or cancelled because of COVID.Tech’s ACC schedule the hardest – Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule is ranked the strongest in response to KenPom.com. The Yellow Jackets have performed 4 video games towards the highest two groups within the present standings, dropping two video games to Virginia by a complete of 10 factors, and splitting with Florida State. Seven video games have come towards the highest 5 groups, and 9 towards groups forward of the Jackets. Tech has performed solely three video games towards groups beneath it within the ACC standings, and defeated all of them. The three postponements Tech has but to make up are all towards groups within the backside six.Large wins for the Jackets – Tech has defeated three AP high 25 groups this season – No. 20 Kentucky (Dec. 6), No. 20 Clemson (Jan. 20) and No. 16 Florida State (Jan. 30).All in for Alvarado – Jose Alvarado ranks among the many ACC’s high 10 in seven statistical classes – No. 5 in ACC in scoring (16.78 ppg), No. 6 in FG share (.517), No. 1 in FT share (.860), No. 6 in help common (Four.06), No. 1 in steals (2.79), No. Eight in help/turnover ratio (1.83), No. Three in common minutes (36.87) … Is also No. 14 in Three-point FG made (2.06) and would rank among the many high 10 in Three-point FG share with sufficient makes (.418).The Wright stuff – Moses Wright additionally holds high 10 rankings in seven ACC stat classes – at present No. 6 within the ACC in scoring (16.44), No. 10 in rebound common (7.28), No. Eight in area aim share (.509), No. Four in steals (1.72 per sport), No. 5 in blocked pictures (1.78), No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.67) and No. 7 in common minutes performed (35.69).Moses climbing the mountain – With 9 extra factors, Moses Wright additionally will turn into the 21st performed in Tech historical past to attain 1,000 factors and seize 500 rebounds in a profession. The 6-9 senior now has 991 profession factors and 544 profession rebounds.Lengthy streak from lengthy vary – Alvarado’s streak of made three-pointers ended at 35 straight video games Sunday after his missed his solely try towards Pitt. It was the longest streak by a Tech participant since Anthony Morrow made one in 41 straight video games spanning the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, and is the fifth-longest streak in Tech historical past.Dynamic duo – Jose Alvarado (15.92 ppg vs. ACC) and Michael Devoe (15.00) rank No. Eight and 9, respectively, within the ACC and have accounted for 45 % of the Yellow Jackets’ factors in convention video games. They’ve scored or assisted on 70 % of Tech’s area objectives in convention play. The Jackets are 7-1 this season when each gamers rating in double digits, 5-Zero within the ACC.Bombs away – Alvarado and Devoe have mixed to make 42.5 % of their three-point pictures in ACC video games.Ball security – The Jackets stay No. 1 within the ACC in turnover margin (plus-Four.33) and rank No. 9 nationally in turnover margin. Tech’s margin of plus Four.42 in ACC video games additionally ranks No. 1. Tech leads the ACC in turnovers compelled (15.33) in league video games, and third in turnovers dedicated (10.92).
Senior ahead Jordan Usher speaks to the media Thursday
SERIES VS. MIAMI
Miami has a 14-10 lead within the all-time sequence which dates again to 1953, and is 13-Eight towards the Yellow Jackets since becoming a member of the ACC … Georgia Tech received the primary two conferences towards Miami after they turned members of the ACC, however has misplaced three of the final 5 conferences with the Hurricanes and have dropped 14 of the final 19 … Tech received the one regular-season assembly between the 2 groups in 2019-20, a 63-57 win at McCamish Pavilion …Tech has received two of its final 4 video games towards Miami in Coral Gables, together with a 71-69 victory over Sixth-ranked Miami on March 6, 2013. It was Tech’s first win on the Watsco Middle since Feb. 26, 2005. The Jackets additionally captured a 70-50 win towards No. 23 Miami on Jan. 28, 2015 … Tech is Four-7 towards Miami groups coached by Jim Larranaga, and 5-7 towards Larranaga, together with a 70-62 win over his George Mason group on Nov. 20, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
BASKETBALL COACHES TO HONOR JOHN THOMPSON WITH TOWEL INITIATIVE
Coaches throughout males’s school basketball can pay tribute to John Thompson Jr. this week by carrying commemorative towels over their shoulders throughout video games – mirroring the late coach’s signature sideline look.
The NABC launched the initiative – deliberately focused to happen throughout Black Historical past Month – to honor Thompson for his lasting affect each on and off the court docket. Towels that includes a picture of Thompson have been distributed to each NABC-member head males’s basketball coach in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. Moreover, each program in HBCU conferences at present competing within the 2020-21 season was outfitted with units of towels.
4 of Tech’s starters are averaging in double figures in scoring for the season, solely Bubba Parham beneath that mark at Eight.Zero factors per sport. 4 or extra Yellow Jackets have reached double figures in eight video games this season, a minimum of three in all however three video games.Tech has turned the ball over simply 11.22 instances per sport this season, most impressively Moses Wright who has simply 26 turnovers in additional than 642 minutes of motion, and Bubba Parham, who has solely eight in 519 minutes. The Yellow Jackets are plus-Four.33 in that class this season (plus-Four.42 towards ACC groups), rating No. 1 within the ACC. Tech was minus-2.Four final 12 months and ranked 14th.Tech has hit 36-of-42 from the free throw line in its final two video games, together with a 21-for-23 effort within the win over Pitt. The Yellow Jackets had averaged simply Eight.2 factors from the charity stripe over its first 10 ACC video games.Tech made nice strides in its offensive effectivity throughout the latter a part of final season and continues to progress, rating No. 42 nationally at 111.Eight, its highest rating underneath Josh Pastner. The Jackets have managed to exceed one level per possession in 14 of 18 video games this season (Tech reached that benchmark 11 instances in all of 2019-20).Tech has shot higher than 50 % from the ground in seven video games this season, profitable the primary six video games earlier than falling at Clemson final Friday regardless of hitting 52 % of its area aim tries.Tech’s 21 factors from the free throw line towards Pitt have been its most in an ACC sport this season and essentially the most in any sport for the reason that Yellow Jackets went 22-for-28 vs. Delaware State. After averaging simply Eight.2 factors from the free throw line in ACC play, the Jackets are 36-of-42 over their final two video games.Tech went 21-of-23 from the road towards Pitt (91.Three %), its greatest share in an ACC sport with 20 or extra makes an attempt since January Three, 1996 towards Maryland (27of-28). Michael Devoe is 14-for-14, and Moses Wright is Eight-for-9 of their final two video games, whereas Bubba Parham is Eight-for-Eight in his final 4 video games.Fifteen instances in its final 16 video games, Tech has received the turnover battle (13 to Pitt’s 18), and the Yellow Jackets have a plus-Four.Four turnover margin in convention play, plus-Four.Three in all video games. Each rank No. 1 within the ACC. Tech additionally leads the ACC in turnovers compelled in convention video games (15.Three) and is second in all video games (15.6).For less than the fourth time this season, Tech’s bench outscored its opponent’s reserves (13-Four). The Jackets are Four-Zero when that occurs.Bubba Parham got here off the bench and scored in double digits for the second straight sport, getting 11 factors towards Pitt with three three-point area objectives and 2-of-2 from the foul line. He has scored in double figures 5 instances this season. Parham’s two highest scoring video games vs. ACC groups have been 22 at NC State in his collegiate debut at VMI, 16 at Pittsburgh within the second sport of his sophomore 12 months. His most factors towards an ACC group whereas at Tech was 12 final Friday at Clemson. He had 11 at North Carolina and 10 vs. Virginia Tech final season.
Moses Wright wants 9 factors Saturday to hitch Bubba Parham, Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe at 1,000-point scorers for his or her careers. (photograph by Anthony McClellan)
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