THE APARTMENTS –In Game 2 of a four-game homestand, Georgia Tech exits the conference to host neighboring Clayton State for a 5 p.m. contest Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. This game was scheduled a week ago to replace the Yellow Jackets’ canceled Dec. 23 game against Alabama A&M. Customers with tickets to the Alabama A&M game can use them for Sunday’s game.
Tech (7-10, 1-6 ACC) is looking to bounce back from a pair of double-digit Atlantic Coast Conference losses last week to North Carolina (88-65) and Wake Forest (80-64) . The Yellow Jackets have lost nine of their last 11 games, beating Georgia State at home (72-62) and Boston College away (81-76).
Reigning ACC Tournament MVP Michael Devoe (Orlando, Fla.), the ACC’s third-leading scorer (19.4 points per game), No. 6 three-point shooter by volume (2.38 per game), and No. 2 in percentage (38.8), leads the Jackets with senior forward Jordan Usher (Township, Georgia), averaging 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Clayton State (6-8 overall, 1-4 PBC pending Saturday’s result), a Division II program competing in the Peach Belt Conference, scheduled Sunday’s game between a pair of conference games Saturday at Georgia College and Monday at home against Lander.
The teams have met once before, a 74-41 Tech win in an exhibition game in 2014 at McCamish Pavilion.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra, available through the ESPN app. Radio coverage will be on the Georgia Tech Sports Network by Legends Sports and flagship station WCNN (680/93.7 the Fan), and on satellite radio (XM channel 386, SiriusXM app 976).
Head Coach Josh Pastner’s Friday press conference
THE OPENING COUNCIL
- Postponed –Sunday’s game against Clayton State fills what was a bye in the Yellow Jackets’ Atlantic Coast Conference schedule and created a four-game homestand for Tech. The ACC has also rescheduled Tech’s rescheduled ACC game at Syracuse for Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. (originally scheduled for Dec. 29). That will give the Jackets three conference games in five days (Feb. 19 at Pitt, Feb. 21 at Syracuse, Feb. 23 at Virginia Tech).
- At home –Georgia Tech is looking for its first conference win at home after an 0-4 start at McCamish Pavilion, where the Yellow Jackets are 5-6 overall this season. Clayton State is 3-5 on the road this season.
- Eight queues – After starting a roster without a true “5” player at Boston College and North Carolina (Georgia Tech’s tallest starters being Jordan Usher and Khalid Moore, both 6-foot-7), Georgia Tech inserted the second student Saba Gigiberia for his first collegiate start against Wake Forest, creating the Yellow Jackets’ eighth different starting lineup this season. The small roster produced one of the Jackets’ most effective offensive games this season at Boston College (an 81-76 win), but left Tech vulnerable defensively in losses to the Tar Heels and Wake Forest. who scored the most runs the Jackets gave up. this season.
- Over a thousand – Senior Jordan Usher hit the 1,000-point career milestone by scoring 22 points on Jan. 15 at North Carolina. He has 1,021 points, including 747 scored in a Tech uniform, giving Tech three 1,000-point scorers on his roster, including Michael Devoe (1,460) and Bubba Parham (1,452).
- Hot series – Usher has averaged 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in Tech’s last nine games, after shooting 55 of 112 from the floor (49.1%) and shooting 15 of 36 (41.7%) ).
- mike likes this – Senior guard Michael Devoe fell from first place in the ACC in points average for the first time this season after his 13-point game at Boston College, and is currently No. 2 with 19.4 ppg behind Alondes Williams of Wake Forest (20.3). Devoe is No. 2 in the ACC in three-point percentage (38.8) and No. 6 in three-point field goals per game (2.38).
- Climb the ladder – After starting the season No. 36 in career points at Tech, Devoe rose to No. 18 on the Tech career points list with 1,460 points, passing Tech luminaries like Iman Shumpert, Drew Barry, Jarrett Jack, Michael Maddox, Tico Brown, Marvin Lewis, Anthony Morrow, Lenny Horton and former teammate Jose Alvarado. The senior needs 38 points to take 17th place from Kenny Anderson (1,497 from 1989-91).
- Make Moore –Senior forward Khalid Moore has averaged 6.6 points over Tech’s last 10 games, after scoring a total of 23 points in the Jackets’ first six games of the season. He hit 27 of 57 from the floor during that streak.
Second-year center Saba Gigiberia scored a career-high eight points against Wake Forest. (photo by Danny Karnik)
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