Georgia Tech Post-Game Notes (Game 7)
Dec. 3, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alvarado, Haywood II, Jackson, Lammers, Gueye
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Moore for Alvarado at 13:48 - 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alvarado, Gueye, Jackson, Moore, Lammers
- Opening tap won by Tennessee. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap twice in seven games this season.
- Series record vs. Tennessee: Georgia Tech is 28-44 overall, 19-15 at home, 0-2 under Josh Pastner, 4-7 vs. Rick Barnes
- Current series streak: Tennessee won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 4-2 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 64-32 in its sixth season in the building, 21-6 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech's next game: December 6, 7 p.m., vs. Wofford, Spartanburg, S.C.
- For the second straight game, head coach Josh Pastner started Tadric Jackson along with Jose Alvarado and Curtis Haywood II on the perimeter, and Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers in the frontcourt. Alvarado, Gueye and Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech's last 44 consecutive games.
- Two freshmen have started each game for the Yellow Jackets, with Alvarado starting all seven. Curtis Haywood II has started six games, Moses Wright one.
- Georgia Tech, 17-4 at home last season, lost its second consecutive game at home, the first time that has happened since Feb. 2 and 7, 2016 (Duke and Miami). Tech has not lost back-to-back non-conference games at home since Dec. 22, 2011 (Mercer) and Jan. 3, 2012 (Alabama), which were played at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and Philips Arena respectively. The Jackets have not lost back-to-back non-conference games at its on-campus home in the ACC era.
- Georgia Tech lost for the first time under Josh Pastner when scoring 70 points in a game, now 18-1 when reaching 70 points.
- Tech trailed at the half (35-29) for the second consecutive game and for the third time this season, and fell to 0-3 this season and 4-16 under Josh Pastner when trailing at the half.
- Tech canned a six three-point field goals in 16 attempts against Tennessee, and has made 32 three-pointers in 87 attempts (36.7 percent) its last five games.
- Tech has yielded better than 40 percent from the floor to its last two opponents (44.4 percent to Grambling State, 43.4 percent to Tennessee) after holding four consecutive opponents under 40 percent. Opponents have shot 39.7 percent against the Yellow Jackets this season.
- The Yellow Jackets have held every opponent under its season scoring average this season, all of them significantly lower except for Tennessee, whose 77 points were 2.5 less than its season norm.
- Tech dipped under 70 percent from the free throw line after the Tennessee game (22-for-33) but is still averaging 17.1 points from the charity stripe this season, significantly higher than the 13,6 points is averaged last season.
- Tech entered the game No. 9 nationally in scoring defense at 58.6 points per game, and No. 42 in field goal percentage defense (38.6 percent). The Jackets were No. 20 in defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com.
- Tech entered the game 20th nationally according to KenPom.com in lowest two-point field goal percentage yield (40 percent), and No. 7 in block percentage (19.3).
- Two Georgia Tech players rank among the ACC's top seven in average minutes played - Ben Lammers (No. 1 at 35.9) and Jose Alvarado (10th at 33.4). Curtis Haywood II has averaged 34.8 in Tech's last five games.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 13 of 21 made field goals (61.9 percent), exceeding its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets have assisted on 70.7 percent of their made field goals in seven games (ranked No. 7 in the nation according to KenPom.com coming in), after finishing last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents' attempts): Tech made 22-of-33 free throws to Tennessee's 23-of-27 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 120 free throws, while opponents have attempted 119. Tech is 24-6 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech's guards combined for 12 of Tech's 21 defensive rebounds, seven from Curtis Haywood II.
- Ben Lammers returned to double figures for the sixth time in seven games this season, getting a team-high 17 points with nine rebounds in 40 minutes against Tennessee. The 6-10 senior scored 15 of his points in the second half, including a pair of three-point field goals. They were the second and third of his career, and his first since hitting one at Miami on Feb. 15 of last season.
- Lammers blocked only one shot against Tennessee, but it was the 200th of his career, putting him in sole possession of fourth place in Tech history. Lammers needs 43 to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place.
- Lammers played 40 minutes for the sixth time in his career. The senior, who has practiced very little since turning an ankle against Texas-Rio Grande Valley, has nonetheless played 32, 31, 38 and 40 minutes in the four games since.
- Lammers needs 18 points to reach 800 for his career.
- Tadric Jackson has scored in double digits in each game since returning to the court, getting 14 against North Texas, 10 against Northwestern, 19 against Grambling State and 15 against Tennessee this season. The senior guard has reached double figures 13 times in his last 15 games and for the 26 times since the beginning of last season.
- Jackson, who finished second in the balloting for ACC Sixth Man of the Year last season, made his second start of the 2017-18 season. The 6-2 senior has started 14 games in his career.
- Curtis Haywood II has scored in double figures in five of Tech's last six games, averaging 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds over that stretch (17-for-33 FG, 10-for-28 on 3s, 13-for-16 FT) with 23 assists and just seven turnovers.
- Haywood II has played 37, 33, 32, 36 and 36 minutes in Tech's last five games (34.8 per game).
- Jose Alvarado (14 points vs. Tennessee) has been in double figures in six of seven games. He hit three three-point field goals as Tech attempted to rally late against the Volunteers, and has seven in his last two games.
- Alvarado has 28 assists to just 12 turnovers over six games and has 14 steals to lead the team. He also has hit 46.5 percent of his shots from the floor and 80 percent (24-of-30) from the free throw line.