G #0 Mfon Udofia (SR, 6-2/195) 9.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G #23 Brandon Reed (JR, 6-3/182) 5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F #3 Marcus Georges-Hunt (FR, 6-5/218) 11.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
F #4 Robert Carter (FR, 6-8/245) 9.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
C #5 Daniel Miller (JR, 6-11/257) 6.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Marcus Georges-Hunt -- Georges-Hunt has been one of the ACC's top freshmen, as the burly wing leads Georgia Tech in scoring (11.2).
He is shooting 44.8% from the field, 31% from the line, and has scored in double-digits in nine of 13 games. NC State will likely start out with Scott Wood on Georges-Hunt defensively.
Georgia Tech NotablesTech Visits NC State, First Road Trip Since November
After playing seven straight home games, Georgia Tech leaves the city of Atlanta for the first time
this week to visit 20th-ranked NC State in its first Atlantic Coast Conference road game Wednesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
Tech (10-3, 0-1 ACC) opened its ACC schedule Saturday with a 62-49 loss to Miami, which closed out a successful homestand on a down note, snapping a six-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets still have their best 13-game start since the 2009-10 season, and are heading to a place where they gave head coach Brian Gregory his first ACC victory (82-71) almost exactly one year ago.
Tech’s three losses have come against teams currently ranked sixth (Miami), 11th (Illinois), and 69th
(California) in the CBS Sports RPI ranking. The Wolfpack are ranked No. 16 in that service.
NC State (12-2, 1-0 ACC) heads into Wednesday’s game having won eight straight games, including
a 78-73 victory in its conference opener at Boston College Saturday. The Wolfpack are the second top-25
team the Yellow Jackets have faced this season.
Wednesday’s game marks the first of three trips to the North Carolina Triangle in the next four games.
After a home game Saturday against Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets visit No. 1 Duke (Jan. 17) and North
Carolina (Jan. 23).
• Georgia Tech handed coach Brian Gregory his first ACC victory, and his first ACC road win, on Jan. 11
of last season against NC State at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack would go on to reach the NCAA Sweet 16.
• A win for Tech against NC State would give the Yellow Jackets 11 wins for the season, matching last
• Tech has played just one game this season on an opponent’s home court, a 75-62 loss at undefeated
and 22nd-ranked Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
• These two teams scored a total of 153 points in PNC Arena last year, and the Yellow Jackets scored
82 points and shot 51 percent in one of their best offensive efforts of the season. In Atlanta in Philips
Arena, the game was quite different. The teams combined for 113 points in a 61-52 Wolfpack victory, and
Tech shot 32.2 percent from the floor.
• Tech averaged 62.9 points and shot 44 percent from the floor in road games last year (compared to
59.9 points and 42.3 percent at home). The Jackets scored 62 points and shot 44.2 percent in its only true road game this season.
• Tech has its best 13-game start since the
2009-10 season, in which the Yellow Jackets won
seven in a row on their way to an 11-2 start. Tech
won six straight before Saturday’s loss to Miami,
its first home loss of the season.
• Tech is 8-1 at home in its first season in Mc-Camish Pavilion and has averaged 7,131 in attendance with two sellouts.
• Tech has not played a game closer than
seven points this year. All three of its losses have
come by double digits.
• Tech has held its last seven opponents to
52.9 points per game, 32.9 percent from the floor
and 25.8 percent from three-point range.
• Tech remains in the nation’s top 10 in scoring
defense (6th) and field goal percentage defense
(8th), and ranked second and third in the
ACC, respectively, in those categories.
44.2 percent is the best shooting percentage
against Tech this year, and Illinois’ 75 points is the
high mark in scoring.
• Tech was listed No. 50 in CBSSports.com’s
RPI ranking after its first six games with an overall
strength of schedule ranked No. 60. The Yellow
Jackets remain in the nation’s top 75 in the Sagarin
Index and KenPom.com, but No. 114 in the CBS
• Tech’s losses have come to teams with a
combined record of 32-11 (as of Jan. 8).
• Tech’s most frequent starting lineup this
season (12 of 13 games) has been Mfon Udofia
and Brandon Reed at the guards, Marcus Georges-
Hunt and Robert Carter, Jr., at the forwards and
Daniel Miller at center. Jason Morris started in
place of Georges-Hunt against California.
• Tech’s top two scorers currently are both
freshmen - Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.2 ppg) and
Robert Carter, Jr. (9.8 ppg).
Series Notes vs. NC State
• Tech and NC State split their regular-season
series in 2011-12, each winning on the other’s home court, the third time that has happened in
the history of the series and the first time since the
• Tech has won three of the last five games
between the two teams, including an 82-71 win
last Jan. 11 in Raleigh.
• Fourteen of the last 16 meetings in the series
have been decided by 10 points or less.
• Tech is 22-15 against the Wolfpack in Atlanta,
including one home-court meeting that
was played at the Omni in 1986 and one at Philips
Arena in 2012.
• Since it joined the ACC, Tech is 29-39 against
NC State, including regular-season and tournament.
• The Jackets are 9-29 against NC State in Raleigh,
including a 2-9 mark at PNC Arena.
• Tech is 3-3 against NC State in ACC Tournament
games, the last meeting occurring in 2003 in
a 71-65 Wolfpack victory in Greensboro. The Jackets
won first-round games in 1996 in Greensboro
(88-73) and 1990 in Charlotte (76-67).
Handling The Rock Better
Georgia Tech has made significant progress
in several areas during year two of the Brian
Gregory Era, but none more stark than its ball handling
• Tech ranks fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference
in turnover margin (+1.6) and sixth in assist/
turnover ratio (1.2) after ranking last in those categories
a year ago.
• Only five ACC teams have turned the ball
over fewer times on average than Tech has, and
the Jackets rank 48th in the nation in fewest turnovers
per game after ranking 243rd in that category
a year ago.
• Tech’s 1.17 assist/turnover ratio is 64th nationally,
an improvement of 236 positions over the
• Tech has recorded more assists than turnovers
in a game eight times this season, winning
seven of those games.
• Tech’s average of 14.1 assists per game
ranks sixth in the ACC and 101st in the nation, but
compare that to last in the ACC and 298th in the
NCAA a year ago.
• As a percentage of its field goals made, Tech
has assisted on 57.9 percent of them. Last year’s
team assisted on 48.5 percent.
• Even in Tech’s loss to Miami, Tech assisted
on 13 of its 17 field goals and had just 12 turnovers.
• Tech’s three primary big men - Daniel Miller,
Robert Carter, Jr., and Kammeon Holsey, have 60
assists (4.6 per game) and 40 turnovers (3.1 per
game) between them. Only Holsey (18/20) is on
the minus side.
Arts and Letters
Georgia Tech enjoyed a fine fall semester
in the classroom, posting its highest grade-point
average in a semester under head coach Brian
Gregory, and the highest in several years.
Five members of the team made the Dean’s
List, all freshmen, including Chris Bolden, Brooks
Doyle, Marcus Georges-Hunt, walk-on Colin Gurry
and Corey Heyward. Tech’s freshmen earned a collective
grade-point average of 3.2.
Not only has Tech improved in the court
since Gregory arrived, but has made big strides in
the classroom as well. Beginning with Moe Miller
and Lance Storrs in the summer after Gregory
took the head coaching position at Tech, every
senior in the program has graduated, including
Derek Craig and Nick Foreman last spring.
This year’s senior class includes Mfon Udofia, who is on schedule to finish his Business
Administration degree work in the summer, and
Pierre Jordan, who will complete his Masters degree
requirements in Building Construction in the
Tech’s men’s basketball scored a perfect
2010-11 team single year Academic Progress
Report score of 1000 in the latest APR report last
June, a first for the program.
• Tech has made 58-of-161 attempts (36.0
pct.) from three-point range in its last eight games,
11-for-67 (16.4 pct.) in its first four games.
• Six different players have led Tech in scoring
this season, and eight different players have
scored in double digits.
• Only one Tech players is currently averaging
in double digits for the season, Marcus Georges-
Hunt at 11.2 ppg. However, eight Tech regulars
are averaging 4.5 or more points per game.
• No Tech player has scored as many as 20
points in a game this year. Brandon Reed and
Robert Carter, Jr., have each scored 19 in a game.
• No Tech player ranks among the ACC’s top
25 in scoring, and no Tech player ranks higher
than 13th in rebounding.
• Eight Tech players have averaged 16 minutes
per game or more for the season so far, 10 are
averaging in double digits.
• Tech has shot 50 percent or better from the
floor three times this season, 56.1 percent against
Tulane, a high for the Yellow Jackets under Brian
Gregory, 52.9 percent against UNC Wilmington
and 50 percent against Fordham. Tech just missed
that mark against Alabama State (49.2 pct.).
• Tech’s three most prominent scholarship
freshmen, Chris Bolden, Robert Carter, Jr., and
Marcus Georges-Hunt, have combined for just 39
turnovers in 899 minutes (that’s 23.1 minutes between
• Bolden, Carter, Jr., and Georges-Hunt have
combined to score 38.9 percent of the Yellow
• Tech had won every time it has had more
assists than turnovers this season until the Miami
game and is 13-4 under Brian Gregory when that
is the case.
• With Daniel Miller jumping center, Tech has
controlled the opening tip in 33 of 44 games since
the beginning of the 2011-12 season, and 11 of 13
times this season.
• Tech is 3-0 this season in games decided by
fewer than 10 points (Saint Mary’s, Georgia, UNC
Wilmington). The Jackets were 3-10 in such games
• Tech defeated UNC Wilmington despite
trailing at the 5-minute mark of the second half,
snapping an 0-for-21 streak in such games under
• Tech’s 34-point margin of victory against
Alabama State was its biggest in 40 games under
The Sixth Man Award
They don’t give a Sixth Man Award in the Atlantic
Coast Conference, but Georgia Tech’s
Kammeon Holsey would be a prime candidate.
After starting all 31 games for Tech last season,
the 6-8 1/2 forward gave way to freshman
Robert Carter, Jr., at the beginning of this season
and has come off the bench in every game. But
the junior from Sparta, Ga., has been among the
Yellow Jackets’ top four in scoring average all season,
currently at 9.5 points a game while playing
just under 20 minutes a game.
Holsey’s role has been to give the Jackets a
burst of energy in the frontcourt off the bench,
and he did so from the very first game, scoring a
season-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting in just
18 minutes in Tech’s season-opening win over Tulane.
He scored seven straight points during one
Since then, he has reached double digits six
more times, leading Tech in scoring three times,
and has converted on 59.0 percent of his shots
from the floor.
He has not played more than 25 minutes
(that occurred at Illinois when he led Tech with 14
points and hit 5-of-6 shots from the floor), and has
been Tech’s first sub off the bench in every game.
An argument can be made that no player on
the Georgia Tech team has benefitted more under
head coach Brian Gregory’s tutelage than Mfon
Udofia. After all, it’s a point guard learning from a
point guard, and Udofia has dived in head first.
The 6-2 senior was recruited out of Miller
Grove High School as part of a class that included
teammates Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey,
and the since-departed Derrick Favors, Brian Oliver
and Glen Rice, Jr. After scuffling through his first
two seasons and moving in and out of Tech’s starting
lineup, Udofia’s transformation from score-first
to pass-first point guard has taken hold.
Gregory relied on Udofia last year to the tune
of 31.8 minutes a game. In the pre-conference
schedule, Udofia averaged 10.2 points a game
but his assist-turnover ratio was just 33/42 in 14
games. Once conference play began, he averaged
9.6 points and his assist/turnover ratio improved
to 56/42 over 17 games.
This year has brought even more improvement
in his floor game and remarkable progress in shot selection so far.
Georgia Tech athletics contributed to this report.