Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory has yet to beat Clemson during his short tenure with the Yellow Jackets, posting a record of 0-3 against the Tigers since last season. He will have a fourth chance to break that winless streak on Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion.
The Jackets came up short in their first matchup with the Tigers back on Jan. 29. After outscoring Clemson 30-27 in the second half, Tech couldn't quite pull off the comeback, falling 63-60. Both sides shot poorly from beyond the arc and at the free throw line, but the Tigers 45.6 percent shooting sealed the deal.
Since that loss, the Jackets are 2-1, and could easily be undefeated in that span if Michael Snaer had been called for what appeared to be an obvious push off.
Their most recent win came against the ACC's worst team in conference play. Virginia Tech is 2-8 versus ACC teams, but there were a few key takeaways from Georgia Tech's 64-54 victory. The Jackets outrebounded the Hokies 46-32, holding their opponent to five boards below their season average.
Aside from their 47.8 percent shooting from the floor against Virginia, Georgia Tech is still struggling to score consistently. It shot under 40 percent against Florida State and Virginia Tech. But, this team is finding ways to win.
By bringing down their turnover average and keeping opponents off the offensive boards, the Jackets are finding more success late in the season. Their 17 turnovers against the Tigers several weeks ago shouldn't be a recurring theme on Thursday.
Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt's scoring average is slowly diminishing. He's just barely over double-digits after scoring a combined 15 points against Virginia and Florida State. Georgia Tech does not possess a scorer who simply takes over games. Robert Carter and Chris Bolden are wildly inconsistent, occasionally pouring in points while disappearing on other nights.
Until the Jackets find a consistent scoring threat, they'll have to win the turnover battle and win down on the boards often to keep winning, which seems to be working for the time being.
The 121 meetings all-time between the two teams mark the oldest series the Jackets have with an ACC opponent. Unfortunately, recent history hasn't been kind to them. Clemson comes to Atlanta riding a six-game win streak against Georgia Tech. Head coach Brad Brownwell is 5-0 against the Jackets.
Can Georgia Tech reverse its losing trend against Clemson? We'll find out tonight. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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