Florida State (12-9) at Georgia Tech (12-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 5, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCamish Pavilion (8,600) -- Atlanta, Georgia.
Television: RSN, FSN-S, ESPN3.com. Home Record: FSU 6-6. Georgia Tech 10-2.
Away Record: FSU 3-3, Georgia Tech 0-5. Neutral Record: FSU 3-0, Georgia Tech
2-1. Conference Record: FSU 4-4, Georgia Tech 2-6. Series Record: FSU leads,
GAMES NOTES: Looking to build off a win in their last outing the Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets will host the Florida State Seminoles in an Atlantic Coast
Conference battle at McCamish Pavilion.
In its battle with then No. 5 Duke on Saturday the Seminoles were unable to
post a victory as they dropped the 79-60 decision. It was the second loss in
the last three games for the Seminoles who are now 12-9 overall, while
fighting to an even 4-4 in league play. Florida State has split its six true
road contests this season.
After having loss five straight contests the Yellow Jackets have begun to get
back on track with wins in two of their last three. The most recent victory
was a 66-60 triumph over Virginia on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets are now 12-8
on the campaign though they have really struggled in league play at 2-6.
McCamish Pavilion has been a sanctuary for Georgia Tech which is 10-2 on its
home floor this season.
Florida State has really dominated this conference rivalry of late with wins
in each of the last seven contests between the squads. It is the longest
losing streak for the Yellow Jackets in the all-time series which they trail,
In its loss to Duke, Florida State dug itself into a deep hole and was unable
to recover in the second half. The Seminoles shot just 28.6 percent in the
first half, while allowing Duke to shoot above 59 percent from the field in
both periods. Aaron Thomas scored 14 points as the only player in double
On the season Michael Snaer (13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) has been the leading scorer
for the Seminoles.Although he has hit some big shots this year, he has
struggled with his consistency. The 6- foot-5 guard has failed to reach in
double figures in five of the Seminoles' ACC contests, including a seven-point
effort against Duke when he hit just 3-of-13 shots from the field. Okaro White
(12.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg) is the only other player on the squad scoring in double
figures and with Terrance Shannon (8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg) sidelined with a
sprained neck yet again, the team's best rebounder. Shannon's loss is even
more distressing considering Florida State is the worst rebounding team in the
ACC (32 pg). All together the Seminoles are scoring 68.8 points per game on 44
percent shooting, managing a slim +0.4 scoring margin.
Trailing by nine points (57-48) with a little more than eight minutes
remaining, Georgia Tech ripped off a 15-2 run to lift itself over Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets connected on 47.8 percent of their shots from the floor in
the game and outscored the Cavaliers 18-7 from the free-throw line.
On the offensive end Georgia Tech is looking up at Florida State. The Yellow
Jackets are putting in just 65.6 points per game, shooting the lowest
percentage from the field among ACC teams (.424). However, the Yellow Jackets
have managed to put up strong efforts on the defensive end as they hold teams
to 59.7 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting. The Yellow Jackets also
clean up the glass well, ranking third in the league in rebounds (38.1 pg).
Marcus Georges-Hunt (10.3 ppg) and Robert Carter Jr. (10.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) are
the leading scorers on a team. Mfdon Udofia (9.7 ppg) and Kammeon Holsey (9.6
ppg) have each shown an ability to provide scoring, especially Holsey who has
been critical as the top reserve.
When it has played at McCamish Pavilion Georgia Tech has really looked like a
different team. Florida State hasn't shown the consistency on the offensive
end to be favorites on the road especially against a Yellow Jacket team that
can defend and rebound well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 67, Florida State 64
02/05 10:33:32 ET
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