The Virginia Cavaliers will spend New Year’s Eve, or at least part of it, in Atlanta as they wrap up 2022 in a conference battle with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at noon Saturday. UVA is chasing his tenth straight win in the series against Georgia Tech, and the Yellow Jackets are chasing his first ACC win since March.
Read the full preview of Virginia at Georgia Tech, including game details, opponent scouting reports, game notes, and score predictions.
Who: Virginia Cavaliers (9-2, 1-1 ACC) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5, 0-2 ACC)
when: Saturday, December 31 at 12:00 PM ET
where: McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia
How to watch: ACC network
Streaming method: fuboTV (start free trial)
How to listen: SiriusXM 134 or 194, SXM App 956 | Virginia Sports Radio Network – Click here for affiliate
Full time series: Virginia leads Georgia Tech 46-40
Final meeting: Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 63-53 in Charlottesville on February 12, 2022, trailing Jayden Gardner by 26 points.
Opponent Scouting Report: Georgia Tech
2022-2023: 7-5, 0-2 ACC
Results to watch: North Carolina 75-59, Georgia 79-77, Iowa 81-65, Marquette 80-64, Utah 68-64, Clemson 79-66.
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After leading Georgia Tech to the 2021 ACC Tournament Championship, they have since posted a 19-25 record and a dismal 5-18 record against their ACC opponents. The 2022-2023 season, which will either determine Pastner’s tenure in Atlanta, doesn’t get off to a very good start.
Georgia Tech is 7-5, 0-2 against the ACC and has largely struggled in its only match against a notable rival, aside from a two-point victory over Georgia. The Yellow Jackets suffered his double-digit losses to Iowa, Marquette, North Carolina and Clemson in quad one game where he was 0-4. Georgia Tech ranks him 140th in the NET rankings and KenPom ranks him 117th.
Still, as Tony Bennett always says, if the ball doesn’t get tipped and the Cavaliers don’t start playing better basketball than they have in the last few weeks, anything can happen because the Yellow Jackets have the talent to turn them over. There is a nature. Georgia Tech said he was the team’s top scorer with 13.6 points per game and was also his best 3-point shooter with 37.9% from 3.6-in. leading. The point shooting rate as a team is 31.8%.
Another sophomore, 6’7″ forward Jalon Moore was the only Yellow Jackets player to score in double figures, averaging 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 48.9%. With Georgia Tech’s top seven scorers each no taller than 6 feet 7 inches, Virginia once again faces teams playing only small lineups that lack traditionally tall centers. The only exception is 6-foot-11-inch senior Rodney Howard, who has started six games this season, averaging just over 15 minutes per game, as Shedrick stands against smaller forwards. Center, not Kadin Shedrick, unless he starts showing that he can dominate the matchup.
The Yellow Jackets are good at handling the ball, but their large size limits their rebounding ability, which they have struggled with this season. For Jaden Gardner, who scored 26 points in Virginia’s win over Georgia Tech last season, the offensive should have more than a few seconds chances in his glass.
- Virginia has won all nine of its past games against Georgia Tech, holding a 46-40 advantage over the Yellow Jackets in the best series ever, dating back to the 1947-1948 season. .
- Georgia Tech is 24-15 against UVA in Atlanta, but UVA won their last three games at the McCamish Pavilion.
- The Yellow Jackets last defeated the Cavaliers on January 9, 2016.
- Virginia is 16-2 against Georgia Tech under Tony Bennett.
- Tony Bennett (325-119) is two wins away from overtaking Terry Holland (326-173) to become the most winning coach in UVA program history.
- Virginia is 1-1 in true road games this season, winning in Michigan and losing in Miami.
Virginia took its first small steps toward rediscovering the magic of its early season with impressive wins over Baylor, Illinois and Michigan, and a 20-point win over Albany. The Cavaliers looked sluggish in his first 15 minutes as the absence of Reese Beekman, who sat out to rest his hamstrings, was noticeable on both sides of the floor. UVA stepped up and built a 28-point lead, but 3-pointers continued to struggle with his shooting, but he was a glimpse into a team that once ranked second in the country. rice field. The next step is to do it again against his bottom-placed ACC team. It would be ideal if the Cavaliers won comfortably and halfway through his three-point shot he could find a stroke.
Score predictions: Virginia 75, Georgia Tech 64
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