Georgia Tech (11-7) at Clemson (11-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (9,850) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: RSN, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Georgia Tech 9-2, Clemson 7-3. Away Record: Georgia Tech 0-4, Clemson 2-4. Neutral Record: Georgia Tech 2-1, Clemson 2-1. Conference Record: Georgia Tech 1-5, Clemson 3-4. Series Record: Clemson leads, 61-59.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continue their search for their first true road win of the campaign as they face the Clemson Tigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt at Littlejohn Coliseum.
This rivalry dates back all the way to the 1912-13 season. Clemson has won the last five meetings to take a 61-59 all-time series lead and its chances of improving on that on Tuesday are high considering it is 32-8 against the Yellow Jackets at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets accomplished a first their last time out by completing an 82-62 rout of Wake Forest to pick up their first ACC win of the season. Georgia Tech came into ACC action with just two losses to California and Illinois, but it dropped five consecutive decisions in conference play before coasting past the Demon Deacons. The Yellow Jackets are one of the toughest defensive team in the nation, allowing a mere 59.5 ppg. Offensively, they are 10th in the 12-team league at 65.8 ppg.
Georgia Tech opened up its bout with Wake Forest on a 16-0 run. Robert Carter Jr. tallied seven of his career-high 20 points during that span as the team went on to convert 54.2 percent of its field goal tries including 10-of-20 from 3-point range. Marcus Georges-Hunt provided 12 points in the Yellow Jackets' offensive outburst, but no one else on the roster reached double figures. Georges-Hunt and Carter are both producing just over 10 ppg, while Mfon Udofia and Kammeon Holsey add 9.5 and 9.2 ppg, respectively. Carter also paces the team on the glass with 6.9 boards per tilt.
Brad Brownell's Tigers come in sporting a 11-8 overall record and are also just one game below the .500 mark in conference play thus far. Clemson held on for a 77-70 decision over Virginia Tech on Sunday, but showed its inability to hold onto a lead once again. Last Thursday, it blew a 13-point lead and was sunk by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Florida State's Michael Snaer. The Tigers surrendered a double-digit lead to the Hokies and trailed by a point in the second half before finding a way to close out the contest successfully. In the victory, Brownell picked up his first-ever technical foul in 11 seasons as a head coach.
The 6-foot-8 Devin Booker is usually a strong presence in the middle for Clemson, shooting .566 from the floor and pacing the Tigers in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). Booker grabbed 10 boards versus Virginia Tech, but had his streak of six-straight double-digit scoring performances was snapped after netting just three points. K.J. McDaniels (11.2 ppg) and Milton Jennings (10.8 ppg) provide the team with a couple of complementary scorers. However, Clemson is by no means an offensive juggernaut, averaging a modest 64.3 ppg. The team has been much better on the defensive end, limiting opponents to just 57.0 ppg, which is the second lowest mark in the ACC.
This game could end up being a determining factor the ACC Tournament seeding. Both of these squads need to produce a run to make a trip to this season's Big Dance possible, and while both are capable of stringing together victories, a loss in this one will be tough to overcome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 67, Clemson 64
01/29 10:39:46 ET