Hurricanes host Yellow Jackets in ACC affair

Published January 28, 2015

| Sports Network

Coral Gables, FL ( - Desperately trying to pull out of a seven-game tailspin, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will travel to face the 23rd-ranked Miami-Florida Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at the BankUnited Center.

With a 64-62 home loss to Boston College on Sunday, Georgia Tech fell to 9-10 on the season with an 0-7 mark in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets will attempt to end the skein despite facing Miami on the road, where Tech is a mere 1-5 this season.

Miami, on the other hand, has won two straight games and four of its last five altogether. The Hurricanes are coming off a 66-62 win over Syracuse on Saturday, and are now 4-2 in conference play with a 7-3 mark at home.

Miami owns an 11-7 all-time series lead over Georgia Tech, and has been victorious against the Yellow Jackets in four of the last five meetings. It's been over a year since Miami's 56-42 win, which was the most recent clash.

Boston College held just a two-point lead over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Sunday at halftime, and the Yellow Jackets kept pace throughout the entire second half. The Eagles held just a one-point lead over Georgia Tech, 63-62, with six seconds left, but a BC free throw put a cap on the scoring, as the Jackets fell to 0-7 against ACC competition. Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace the home squad, while Quinton Stephens came off the bench to add 17 points in the defeat.

Georgia Tech has struggled to find a source of consistent scoring this season, and because of that the Yellow Jackets are second to last in the ACC with a 63.5 ppg mark. The team's scoring defense has done its part to try and keep up, holding opponents to 63.6 ppg on 43.3 percent shooting. Georges-Hunt leads the team in scoring, and is the only Yellow Jackets player to average a double-digit scoring mark at 12.9 ppg. Charles Mitchell is on the cusp of hitting double digits (9.8 ppg), but the big man's scoring total has actually dropped over the course of Georgia Tech's slump. Still, Mitchell leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 boards per outing.

Miami was knotted with Syracuse at halftime on Saturday, 26-26, but it was the Hurricanes who emerged in the second half victorious after hitting 6-of-17 from 3-point range and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. Tonye Jekiri tallied a double-double to lead Miami with 13 points and 15 rebounds, adding in three blocked shots. Angel Rodriguez netted 12 points and dished out eight assists, and Davon Reed added 11 points for the Hurricanes in the win.

Rodriguez has been on fire this season, and even though Sheldon McClellan leads the Hurricanes in scoring (15.0 ppg), the floor general distinction belongs to Rodriguez. The guard is averaging 14.4 ppg, and has dished out a team-high 87 assists. He's also tops in the ACC in steals per game, averaging 2.2 per outing. Jekiri tops both the Hurricanes and the conference with 10.3 rpg, as the big man also adds in 8.1 ppg scoring. Miami's scoring offense nets 70.4 ppg this season on 44.1 percent shooting from the field, and its defense is giving up 62.7 ppg to opponents.