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Georgia Tech looks to gain their third conference win on Sunday as they face NC State. The Yellow Jackets started the ACC schedule with a win over UNC and are coming off a win over Clemson. What do you need to know about the Yellow Jackets before Sunday’s game?
Ben Lammers anchors Georgia Tech both defensively as well as offensively.
The 6-10 center is excellent at protecting the rim and covering lots of space with his length. Georgia Tech does a great job at funneling players into Lammers who is averaging 3.19 BPG. Lammers moves well for a big man which he uses to block shots from help-side as well as playing straight up.
Offensively Ben Lammers has improved becoming more of a focal point in Georgia Tech’s attack. In GT’s last game Lammers scored 23 points in their win over the Tigers. In addition to Lammers post skills, he is also a good free-throw shooter connecting on 80% of his attempts. On the season Lammers is averaging 15.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 3.19 BPG which makes the big man a tough matchup.
Georgia Tech likes to play in the 60s.
Josh Pastner has openly talked about how his team struggles to score consistently. He has not gotten his players into the program yet which has forced him to play slower than his teams at Memphis. Georgia Tech averages 67.1 PPG while allowing opponents to score 67.6 PPG. Their limitations offensively really handcuff them by not allowing them to play up-tempo. Josh Pastner has decided to tailor his scheme to fit his team’s limitations by trying to control tempo to give his team a chance to stay in each game.
The Yellow Jackets mix it up defensively.
Georgia Tech played well on the defensive end in their win over Clemson. The main thing for the Yellow Jackets is their defensive rebounds to guard against easy put backs. Giving up offensive rebounds have tormented the Jackets consequently they have only out-rebounded two teams on the offensive glass on the season. Georgia Tech finally put together a complete game by controlling the glass in both man-to-man and zone defensive sets. Pastner is not afraid to change things to keep offenses off-balance to prevent them from getting into a rhythm. The Jackets have had some excellent defensive efforts this season because they have the mentality of a fighter where they do not give up.
Georgia Tech looks to stifle NC State this Sunday by mixing up their defenses. Offensively they will give Lammers plenty of touches and look to freshman Josh Okogie to provide scoring from the perimeter. If they can control pace they have a good shot at winning; however, if NC State gets up and down they will struggle to keep pace.

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Ballerman4452
Ballerman4452
6 years ago

This game could honestly go either way. Georgia tech is similar to State in the sense that they lack consistency. Both have been good at home but struggled on the road. Georgia tech coming in at 1-3 on the road is definitely a good sign so it’s really up to state to be prepared and try to build some confidence back at home.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
6 years ago
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They are getting “better tonight”. I sure wouldn’t want to see them when they turn bad again. Probably a 52 point beat down by Duke or Florida State. Getting real ugly fast again.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 19-5 overall, and 9-4 in the ACC, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena. How did they win: By the Numbers. Box Score. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS

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Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.

NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.

How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?

Burns. Ross. Morsell.

DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.

Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).

How you ask?

Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).

Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.

A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.

NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.

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Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?

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Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.

The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.

The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.

The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.

NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.

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