Georgia Tech (8-3) at Vanderbilt (6-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316) -- Nashville, Tennessee.
Television: Fox Sports South. Home Record: Georgia Tech 7-1, Vanderbilt 4-0.
Away Record: Georgia Tech 1-0, Vanderbilt 0-2. Neutral Record: Georgia Tech
0-2, Vanderbilt 2-1. Conference Record: Georgia Tech 0-0, Vanderbilt 0-0.
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 38-33.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will begin a four-game road trip
on Saturday with a visit to Memorial Gymnasium for a non-conference matchup
against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The Yellow Jackets coasted to a 74-57 decision over Kennesaw State in Atlanta
on Monday to notch their third win in a row. Georgia Tech now owns an 8-3
record with its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Maryland on Jan. 4 rapidly
approaching. Coach Brian Gregory's team has picked up a pair of notable wins
over Georgia and Illinois and its three losses have come courtesy of
respectable foes in Dayton, Ole Miss and St. John's. Although the Yellow
Jackets are outscoring their opposition by just under 10 points per game, they
are one of just four in the 15-team ACC with a negative turnover margin.
Just 12 days after defeating Marshall by two points, Vanderbilt survived
another close call on Tuesday as it edged Austin Peay, 58-56, after trailing
the Governors by two points at halftime. Coach Kevin Stallings's team is 6-3
on the campaign after winning four of its last five games. The Commodores have
played in only one game decided by more than nine points. They have
successfully defended their home court in all four chances. Vanderbilt is
ranked 12th out of 14 SEC schools in scoring margin (plus-2.0) and last in the
league in turnover margin (minus-3.89).
This will be the 72nd meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood
and the first since the 2008-09 season. Georgia Tech defeated the Commodores,
63-51, in the last encounter, but Vanderbilt still owns a 38-33 all-time
series lead which includes a 25-8 home record against the Yellow Jackets.
Sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. registered his fourth double-double of
the season for Georgia Tech against Kennesaw State with 15 points on 5-of-6
shooting from the field and 15 boards. Daniel Miller tallied a team-high 16
points to go along with eight rebounds while Trae Golden chipped in 15 points
and four assists. Marcus Georges-Hunt, who is leading the Yellow Jackets in
the scoring column on the season with 140 points (12.7 ppg), added 10 points.
Golden is just a single point behind Georges-Hunt on the team's leaderboard
while Carter, is near a double-double averages with 11 points and an ACC-
leading 9.8 rebounds per tilt.
Senior guard Kyle Fuller came to life late versus APSU, scoring all 10 of his
points with under six and half minutes to play to help the Commodores prevail.
Fuller did most of his damage from the charity stripe as he continued to have
difficulty knocking down jump shots. The senior guard has converted only 4-
of-22 attempts from the floor including just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc over
his last three outings. Fuller was not the only Commodore to struggle against
APSU. Vanderbilt connected on only 37.3 percent of its field goal tries, but
overcame the poor shooting by holding a 43-38 edge in rebounding and
outscoring the Governors, 16-7, at the free-throw line. Damian Jones led the
way with 12 points, while Rod Odom just missed a double-double with 11 points
and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Eric McClellan has become the go-to-guy in
his first active season at Vanderbilt since transferring from Tulsa. McClellan
is netting team-high averages of 15.7 points and 3.4 assists, but he has hit
on only 14.3 percent of his tries from 3-point range.
The Commodores tend to play to their level of competition. They will have
trouble adjusting from their recent weak mid-major foes to keep pace with
Georgia Tech's athletic roster. The Yellow Jackets managed to win their only
previous true away game at Georgia early in the campaign. Vanderbilt's perfect
home record will be in jeopardy if it does not deliver a strong performance
for a full 40 minutes.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 68, Vanderbilt 62
12/21 11:12:19 ET
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