GAME NOTES: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look to bounce back as they return home to McCamish Pavilion for an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
North Carolina improved to 2-4 in ACC play on Sunday with an 80-61 rout of Clemson, but it has not yet been able to notch a victory on the road in league play. Coach Roy William's team has been outscored by only 1.5 ppg in ACC action, but it also ranks last during conference play in 3-point field goal percentage (.269). Wednesday's contest will be the 900th career game for Williams, who owns a 712-187 career record. UNC has not won back-to-back games this month.
Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets came up just short in their Sunday afternoon tilt with NC State and lost, 80-78, to the Wolfpack in overtime. Georgia Tech took a five-point lead into halftime and still held an advantage in the final minute of regulation before NC State rallied back. The loss lowered the Yellow Jackets to a 2-5 ACC record. They will begin a two-game road trip at Wake Forest after battling the Tar Heels.
This will be the 88th meeting in history between these schools. UNC owns a 63-24 all-time series lead, including a 49-22 edge since the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC. The Tar Heels have lost five of their last seven games against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
The Tar Heels put forth a solid effort on the interior against Clemson to win the rebounding battle, 37-31, and outscored the Tigers in the paint, 34-22. James Michael McAdoo scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-13 efficiency from the floor and added seven boards to spearhead the charge. Marcus Paige tallied 15 points and five assists, Leslie McDonald scored 12 points and Kennedy Meeks added 11 points, eight boards and three blocks for UNC. Paige is converting 90.4 percent of his free-throw attempts and pacing the team in the scoring column at 16.7 ppg. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard is also handing out 4.2 apg and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. McAdoo, who has been on the radar of NBA scouts since he arrived in Chapel Hill, is posting 14.8 ppg to go along with a team-best 6.5 rpg.
In its tough loss to NC State, Georgia Tech was paced by its starting center Daniel Miller, who dropped in a game-high 21 points and also pulled down 14 rebounds, seven of those coming at the offensive end of the court. Trae Golden chimed in with 18 points, followed by Quinton Stephens and Marcus Georges-Hunt with 13 points apiece. Golden, who started in the Tennessee Volunteers' backcourt for the past two seasons, is posting a team-high 14.3 ppg and is hoisting up 4.3 attempts from behind the 3-point line per tilt. Miller had been held to 13 points and 11 rebounds over a two-game span before erupting against the Wolfpack. The 6-11 senior will need to provide a more consistent effort to make up for the absence of leading rebounder Robert Carter Jr., who is doubtful to return this season.
The Tar Heels have been anything but reliable this season that has already been filled with plenty of controversy. Williams has a dangerous inside- outside combination in McAdoo and Paige, but Georgia Tech's relentless effort on the defensive end will keep it close. The Yellow Jackets will be very tough to beat if Miller gives them a steady inside presence on the offensive end.
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