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Jackets Host Wisconsin for Big Ten/ACC Challenge – Men’s Basketball — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

apartments Meeting on hardwood for the first time in 20 years, Georgia Tech hosts 23/21 in Wisconsin for the 2021 edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the McCamish Pavilion.

Heading into their first ACC season since 1993 and their first NCAA Tour appearance since 2011, The Yellow Jackets (5-1) have won five straight games since dropping a 72-69 decision against Miami of Ohio in their season opener on November 9. . The tech streak stretched Friday, 61-59 over the Georgia South, despite six players not wearing due to flu symptoms.

The title of best player in the ACC Championship Michael Defoe (Orlando, Florida), the ACC’s leading scorer (23.4 points per game) and three-point shooter (62.1 percent, 3.6 made per game), leads the Yellow Vests along with the number one striker. Jordan Usher (Canton, Georgia), averaging 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Wisconsin (5-1), playing its first real road game of the season, climbed into the top 25 national rankings after winning the Maui Jim Maui Invitational last week, beating Texas A&M, Houston and St. Mary’s respectively. The Badgers played their first three home games, defeating St. Francis (New York) and Green Bay before falling to Providence.

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, which featured Bally Sports South in the southeastern United States, and it will also be streamed live on the ESPN app. Radio coverage will be on Georgia Tech Sports Network by Legends Sports and main station WCNN (680 / 93.7 the Fan), and on Satellite Radio (XM channel 382, ​​SiriusXM 972 app).

opening tip

  • banner night Georgia Tech will unveil its 2021 ACC Championship banner Wednesday night in pre-game recognition and will award replica banners to all students in attendance. Team Tech was personally honored in the first half of the season’s opening football game against Northern Illinois in September.
  • First enemy top 25 Wisconsin is Georgia Tech’s first AP/Coaches competitor for the 2021-22 season and the first two Yellow Jackets teams to face off in December. Tech went 5-4 against the top 25 opponents last season.
  • fight the force – Wednesday night’s four-game consecutive game starts for Georgia Tech against the Powerhouse Conference enemies. After Wisconsin, the Yellow Jackets opened the ACC season on Sunday at home against North Carolina, then met LSU on December 11 at State Farm Arena and No. 20 Southern California on December 18 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • from the city center – Tech enters the Friday game in third place in the ACC and 18th at the national level by three points (41.1). After hitting just four times in 17 attempts (all by Michael Defoe) against Ohio’s Miami, Georgia Tech has led 40 of 90 (444.4 percent) in its last five games, including 7 of 20 against Georgia South.
  • friendly borders The Jackets are playing seven of their first eight games of the season in the Macamish wing. Tech doesn’t leave Georgia State to play until December 18, when it travels to Phoenix, Arizona, to play Southern California.
  • Mikey loves it Michael Defoe ranks No. 5 in scoring average (23.4 ppg, also leads the ACC) and leads the nation in three-point shooting percentage (42.1 percent). He also ranks second in the ACC in assists (5.0 apg), first in three-point field goals per game (3.60), and ranked 4th per minute (34.34 per game).
  • efficiency – Defoe scored 63 points in 34 field goal attempts in 67 minutes in the last two matches (37 against Georgia and 26 against South Georgia). He missed the Charleston South game with flu symptoms.
  • two points conversion Splitting the point guards roughly evenly, Kyle Sturdivant and Devon Smith averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 assists over six games, while amassing an assist/turnover ratio of 29:14. Sturdivant started all six games, but Smith averaged two extra minutes per game. They played together in much of last Monday’s victory over Charleston Southern in the absence of Michael Defoe.
  • big 3 Rodney Howard, Saba Gegebria and Jordan Mika alternate in a more limited role, taking fifth place cleared by ACC Player of the Year, Moses Wright, Tech’s 10.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game of those three. . Howard, who started all six games and averaged 28.8 minutes, captured most of that production, posting a positive plus-minus sign in every game so far (+59 total).
  • A small ball Technology has used a small lineup, sometimes by choice, sometimes not, without any of the big three, with Khaled Moore and Jordan Usher in fifth. Small Tech played in the 2:11 final in Georgia after Howard’s foul, outperforming Bulldogs by 9-4.
  • bounce ring – Tech has outlasted five of its six opponents this season and has a plus-6.8 rebound margin collectively, which ranks fifth in the ACC. South Georgia was the first to pass the jackets (37-35).

series against. Wisconsin

Georgia Tech and Wisconsin meet for only the third time, as the series tied with their respective wins.

The last meeting served as a beacon as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on November 28, 2001, with a 62-61 victory for the Yellow Vests at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Tech’s former home on campus. Technology wiped out a 20-point deficit in the second half, which is still the largest that technology has rebounded to win the game.

Guard Halston Lane provided a winning margin with a pair of free throws 14 seconds left, completing the Jackets’ comeback who was 20 behind with 16 minutes remaining, and still 61-50 behind with 4:18 remaining. The Badgers didn’t score again, and goalkeeper Tony Akins scored seven of his 20’s to help pull the tech in a 61-60 bound before Lane made his game-winning free throws.

Wisconsin won the team’s only other meeting, by 104-84 at the 1963 Milwaukee Classic.


Georgia Tech holds the 9-11 mark in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with consecutive victories over Nebraska in the past two seasons.

  • Tech and Northwestern have met five times in the challenge, and it’s the most frequent opponent. The Yellow Jackets drop the first two, then win the next two before the Wildcats reign supreme in 2018. Tech is 1-1 at home, Northwestern 2-1.
  • The Tech and Penn State have met three times at the annual event, with the Nittany Lions holding two of the three meetings.
  • Tech has played for Illinois (2012, 2013), Nebraska (2019, 2020) and Northwestern (2010, 2011, 2017, and 2018) in consecutive years.
  • Tech has played nine ‘home’ matches in this series and has a 6-3 record in those competitions. Four of the matches were played at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where Tech defeated Wisconsin (2001) and Michigan (2004) and went 1-1 against Penn State (2006, 2008). Two more played at the Philips Arena, losing 80-77 to Michigan in the first Challenge game in 1999, and losing 76-60 to Northwestern in 2011.
  • The Yellow Jackets score 3-8 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge games on the road. The Yellow Jackets took a 73-53 win at Ohio State in 2003, the year Tech reached the NCAA Championship, winning it at Northwestern in 2014 and Nebraska in 2020. Tech also visited Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State, Indiana and Northwest (three times).
  • Maryland and Purdue are the only 10 teams the Yellow Vests have not faced in the annual series.

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The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2021 after finishing fourth in the regular season. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won four ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993, 2021), played in the NCAA Championship 17 times and played in two finals (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball team on social media by liking their Facebook page or following Twitter (GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information about Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.



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