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Hoops Preview: Georgia Tech at UNC

Georgia Tech headed into the locker room at halftime in Durham, N.C. with a one-point lead over Duke. They left Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 16-point loss. What went wrong?

As the Crazies riled themselves up again, the Yellow Jackets couldn't find their focus on the road. They committed a season-high 21 turnovers to go along with a season-low seven assists. Hurried shots and careless mistakes killed Tech down the stretch.

Now the Jackets face another tough road test as they take on the Tar Heels. North Carolina sits at 12-5 on the year, but a closer look at the numbers proves this team is better than the record shows.

UNC ranks 14th in the nation in scoring, third in assists and second in rebounds. In five losses, though, the Tar Heels could not find a way to knock shots down from 3-point range, and they struggled to get to the free throw line at times.

The good news for the Jackets? They've won four of the last five meetings with the Tar Heels. Chris Bolden stepped up for a career-high 20 points against Duke last week. Also, Leslie McDonald is still ailing from a knee injury, so UNC might be without it's second-best long-range shooter.

The bad news? Tech hasn't won a true road game yet in the 2012-2013 season. The Jackets are also shooting a dismal 30 percent from downtown after hitting just 4 of 16 3-point attempts against the Blue Devils.

If Brian Gregory can get his team to play two solid halves, the Jackets can pull off their first road victory. They had the current No. 1 team in the nation on the ropes this past Thursday, but the unfriendly atmosphere had them rattled in the second half.

James Michael McAdoo will be Tech's biggest concern. He averages 14.7 points and 8.2 boards per game. McAdoo only scored 11.6 points per game in UNC's five losses. We saw Mason Plumlee take over after halftime. The Jackets can't let another star forward do the same.

The Jackets are set for tip-off at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN.

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