Saint Mary's-CA (4-1) vs. Georgia Tech (3-1)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 25, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Anaheim Convention Center Arena (9,000) -- Anaheim,
California. Television: ESPN U. Home Record: SMC 2-0, GT 2-0. Away Record: SMC
1-0, GT 0-0. Neutral Record: SMC 1-1, GT 1-1. Conference Record: SMC 0-0, GT
0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Mary's Gaels will look to bounce back as they take on
the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the third place game of the DirecTV Classic
at Anaheim Convention Center Arena.
The Gaels had their 4-0 run halted on Friday as they were handed an unexpected
76-66 setback by the Pacific. The Tigers, who came into the tourney with an
unimpressive 1-2 record, shot 53.1 percent from the field and was 21- of-26
from the free-throw line versus the Gaels, who shot just 41.8 percent from the
field and set a new season-low with 66 points. Saint Mary?s, in its 13th
season under head coach Randy Bennett, has won 25 or more games in five
straight campaigns. After Friday's loss, the Gaels are now a still
impressive 73-13 against non-conference foes in the last seven seasons.
Georgia Tech has a much different style than the high-scoring Gaels. The
Yellow Jackets were a relentless team on the defensive end to start the
season, as all three of their wins ended with a frustrated opponent. Coach
Brian Gregory's team looked like it was indestructible in the first round when
it held Rice to only 22.9 percent shooting from the floor. However, California
had the anecdote in the second round as it handed the Yellow Jackets a 68-57
loss. The Golden Bears' total of 68 points set their new season-low, but it
was enough to create distance on the scoreboard from Georgia Tech, which
produces only 60.5 ppg on 41.9 percent shooting.
This will be the first meeting in history between these programs.
Although Saint Mary's suffered a loss its last time out, it is unlikely to be
defeated very often this season with senior point guard Matthew Dellavedova
running the show. The all-time leader in assists at Saint Mary's can hurt
opposing defenses in multiple ways. Dellavedova exploded for 32 points versus
Drexel in the first round before netting 16 in the loss to Pacific. He is
scoring 19.6 points a contest, while handing out 4.2 assists per game. Junior
guard Stephen Holt and junior forward Beau Levesque each netted 15 points in
Friday's loss. With Dellavedova at the center of the attack, the Gaels are
posting 77.8 points per game, while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor.
Georgia Tech does not light up the scoreboard on a regular basis, but it does
do things on the offensive end to complement its defensive strength. The
Yellow Jackets have a combined 49-to-41 assist-to-turnover ratio and a +1.2
turnover margin. The team is led by the trio of Kammeon Holsey (12.0 ppg),
Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.5 ppg), and Mfon Udofia (10 ppg) on the offensive end.
Udofia netted a team-high 16 points versus Cal, while Holsey managed to score
14 despite being limited to 20 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble.
The Yellow Jackets are going to be able to shut down many of their non-
conference foes with their hustle and effort-based gameplan. The Gaels will
find themselves in trouble if their shot selections are questionable, but that
is unlikely with Dellavedova leading the unit.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Mary's 70, Georgia Tech 62
11/25 10:33:54 ET
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