Post-Game Notes (Game 13)
Dec. 30, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alston, Alvarado, Okogie, Gueye, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Lammers at 12:09 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Alvarado, Jackson, Okogie, Lammers
- Opening tap won by Notre Dame. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap five times in 13 games this season
- Series record vs. Notre Dame: Georgia Tech is 9-8 overall, 2-7 in South Bend, 1-2 under Josh Pastner, 4-6 vs. Mike Brey
- Current series streak: Notre Dame won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 6-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 66-33 in its sixth season in the building, 23-7 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 0-3 on the road this season, 0-4 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Jan. 3, 9 p.m. vs. Miami, McCamish Pavilion
- Head coach Josh Pastner used his sixth different starting lineup this season, inserting Abdoulaye Gueye into the “4” spot in place of freshman Moses Wright, who had started the previous four games. It was the first time this season that only one freshman was in the starting lineup – Jose Alvarado, who has started every game at point guard.
- Curtis Haywood II, who had started seven straight games, sat out for the fifth consecutive game with a shin injury. Sylvester Ogbonda did not suit up due to an ankle injury, and Justin Moore is not with the team due to a death in the family. Injuries or other absences have forced Tech players to miss 27 games cumulatively this season, and the Jackets have yet to play a game with all 11 scholarship players healthy.
- Alvarado and Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech’s last 50 consecutive games.
- Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie each played 40 minutes for the Yellow Jackets, while Ben Lammers played 40-, meaning he exited the game for less than 30 seconds. The last, and only time, three Tech players played all 40 minutes in a game was Jan. 30, 1991 in a 77-75 loss to Duke, when Kenny Anderson, Jon Barry and Malcolm Mackey all played 40 minutes. It was the first time Okogie has played all 40 minutes in his career, while Alvarado had a 40-minute game earlier this season. Lammers has played 40 minutes six times previously.
- Tech has averaged 70.8 points and converted 43.8 percent of their field goal attempts in the five games since Josh Okogie’s return.
- Tech continues to make life tough for opponents inside the three-point arc. The Jackets came into the Notre Dame game ranked No. 17 nationally according to Kenpom.com in lowest two-point field goal percentage yield (now 42.63 percent after Notre Dame converted 16-of-40).
- Tech has connected on just 15 threes in 57 attempts in its last four games against Georgia, Wright State, Coppin State and Notre Dame (3.8 per game and 26.4 percent). The Yellow Jackets had made 37.4 percent of its three-point field goals and averaged 6.0 per game (43-for-115) over the seven games prior to that.
- Tech has committed 12.8 turnovers per game this season, down from 14.9 at the some point (13 games) last season. Tech committed just seven turnovers against Notre Dame and has just 13 in its last two games.
- Notre Dame outscored Tech 30-18 in the paint, out-rebounded the Yellow Jackets 45-34 and scored 16 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. Just a game earlier, Tech outscored Coppin State 40-18 in the paint and enjoyed a season-high plus-17 advantage in rebounding (41-24). The Jackets also took 11 offensive rebounds and scored a season-high 16 second-chance points.
- One game after hitting 20-of-21 from the free throw line against Coppin State, Tech connected on just 7-of-18 opportunities at Notre Dame, its poorest performance from the stripe since going 3-for-13 against Virginia on Feb. 8, 2014. The Jackets dropped to 70.3 percent for the season.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on just 10 of 23 field goals made and 36 of 100 in its last three games (36 percent), falling short its nightly goal of 60 percent for the third straight game. The Jackets have assisted on 55.5 percent of their made field goals for the season, 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 7-of-18 free throws to Notre Dame’s 15-of-18 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 204 free throws, while opponents have attempted 211. Tech is 26-7 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 14 of Tech’s 25 defensive rebounds. Alvarado, Jackson and Okogie are all averaging well above four rebounds per game.
- Ben Lammers recorded his fifth double-double of the season (11 points and 12 rebounds) and did so for the third straight game. He has accumulated 21 double-doubles since the beginning of last season.
- Lammers blocked four shots against Notre Dame to give him 216 blocks for his career, sitting in sole possession of fourth place in Tech history and needing 27 to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place. Lammers is third in the ACC and 12th nationally in blocked shots per game (3.1).
- Lammers’ 78.6-percent clip from the free throw line is more than five percent better than his junior year (73.7 percent). Lammers was a combined 21-of-43 his first two seasons.
- Tadric Jackson has scored in double digits in each game since returning to the court, and had 15 against Notre Dame. It was his 32nd double-digit game off the bench as a Yellow Jacket, 23 of those since the beginning of last season. The senior guard has reached double figures 19 times in his last 21 games and 33 times since the beginning of last season.
- Jackson went 7-of-13 from the floor (0-for-3 on 3s) against Notre Dame, and is hitting 63.3 percent of his shots (57-of-90) from inside the three-point arc this season, 51.8 percent overall.
- Jackson grabbed four rebounds and had three assists with just one turnover in 25 minutes.
- Josh Okogie has averaged 18.0 points per game in his five games back on the court, reaching double digits in every one, including a team-high 16 with seven rebounds at Notre Dame. The 6-4 sophomore has hit 9-of-21 shots from three-point range and 29-of-37 (78.4 percent) from the free throw line. Okogie has scored in double figures 37 times in 42 career games. He has scored 20 or more 11 times.
- One game after missing nearly the entire second half with a head injury, freshman point guard returned to the floor and played all 40 minutesin his ACC debut, scoring 11 points (4-8 FG, two 3s) for his eighth double-digit scoring game this season.
- Brandon Alston, starting his second straight game and seventh this season, scored four points with three rebounds but had four assists and three steals with no turnovers in 29 minutes at Notre Dame in his first ACC game.
- Jackson surpassed 900 career points with his performance against Coppin State and has 927 currently. At his current career-best average of 15.8 points per game, it will take him five more games to become the 44th Georgia Tech player to reach 1,000. Lammers has 847 career points, and would need 12 games at his current 12.8 per game rate to reach 1,000.