Tulane (0-0) at Georgia Tech (0-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCamish Pavilion (8,600) -- Atlanta, Georgia. Television: ACC Network/ESPN3.com. Home Record: Tulane 0-0, Georgia Tech 0-0. Away Record: Tulane 0-0, Georgia Tech 0-0. Neutral Record: Tulane 0-0, Georgia Tech 0-0. Conference Record: Tulane 0-0, Georgia Tech 0-0. Series Record: Georgia Tech leads, 35-33.
GAME NOTES: Georgia Tech christens its new arena, the McCamish Pavilion, when the Yellow Jackets open up their 2012-13 season against the Tulane Green Wave this evening.
Coach Ed Conroy searches for success in his third year at Tulane. Last season the team went 15-16 but will return eight players that started at least one game last year, including five that started a mimimum of 15 games.
Georgia Tech is coming off an 11-20 season but is hoping for much more success this year with seven key players returning, including all five starters. Brian Gregory will be coaching for his second year at Georgia Tech hoping to bring the Yellow Jackets back to relevance in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets lead the series 35-33, but are 20-11 at home against Tulane.
Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant was the 2011-12 Freshman of the Year in the CUSA a year ago and looks to lead the Green Wave in his second season after averaging just under 15 points per game as a freshman. He is joined by senior guard Jordan Callahan and junior forward Josh Davis, who both started all 31 games last season. Forward Kendall Timmons will return for his senior year. Timmons missed the final 15 games last year after having surgury to repair his Achilles' heel. In his 16 starts before the injury, Timmons averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebouns per game. With four other players having started a game last season, this could shape up as a strong season in New Orleans.
The entire starting lineup for the final five games of last year will return to start for Georgia Tech. The lineup includes senior guard Mfon Udofi, redshirt-junior guard Brandon Reed, redshirt-junior forward Kammeon Holsey, junior forward Jason Morris and redshirt-junior center Daniel Miller. Other important players returning are 6-8 Julian Royal and 6-0 Pierre Jordan. These seven players combined for 92 percent of last year's starts and 82 percent of last year's scoring. With an experienced group, Coach Gregory's team should show improvement in year two of his reign.
Both teams return experienced squads. These two veteran groups should put on a good show. With Timmons coming off the surgery and Georgia Tech having most of its scoring back, the Yellow Jackets should take the win to break in their new arena.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 73, Tulane 65
11/09 10:36:36 ET