Teams: Syracuse Orange (16-11, 8-6) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-11, 6-7)
Day & Time: Sunday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.
Line: N/A just yet
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Georgia Tech Blog: From the Rumble Seat
Rivalry: 4-3, Syracuse
Current Streak: 2, Orange
First Meeting: Syracuse first met Georgia Tech in the second round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately the Orangemen lost 70-53. That was the second-least offensive thing that happened during that tourney. Villanova and Georgetown met in the championship game.
Last Meeting: SU won an ugly game, 60-57. Michael Gbinije scored 16 and the Orange found a way to pull a victory together.
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (41st Year, 1,001-353); Georgia Tech: Josh Pastner (1st Year, 15-11)
Head Coach Bio: Pastner played at Arizona until 2000, and then jumped right into being an assistant with the Wildcats. He left there for Memphis, eventually, before getting the head job with the Tigers. At Memphis, he went 167-73 with a handful of NCAA Tournament wins. The Tigers missed the NCAAs the last two years he was there (though they did finish with a winning record both times).
Last Year: Tech went 21-15 and made it to the NIT quarterfinals.
Last Game: The Wreck suffered a nine-point loss at Miami. UM’s bench scored 26 points as part of the victory for the ‘Canes. Josh Okogie scored 18 for Tech in the loss.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": No one on Georgia Tech’s roster is all that great at hitting threes, which seems like a big plus right off the bat. At 33.9 percent, they’re actually outside the top 200 in three-point shooting percentage as a team.
That said, Okogie (37.7 percent), Tadric Jackson (38 percent) and Quinton Stephens (32.3 percent) have hit a reasonable number of shots from outside. Any of them could potentially get hot from there. Stephens has hit the most threes (40), but has also attempted over 50 more than anyone else on the roster.
Ben Lammers may actually be the most dangerous, averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 boards per game. However, he may not be 100-percent for Sunday’s contest.
If Syracuse Wins: We’re back on track, and grab our third road win of the season. A 17-11 record doesn’t sound amazing, but with a weak bubble and some quality wins, we’re sort of on our way.
If Syracuse Loses: Uhhh... things take a bit of a turn for the worst. We’re not dead. But 16-12 with three games left (and two vs. ranked teams) doesn’t really set Syracuse up for success as the season wraps up.
Fun Fact No. 1: Since getting to the NCAA Championship Game in 2004, Georgia Tech has won more than 20 games just twice (23 in 2009-10 and 21 last year). Syracuse has won more than 20 games 10 times in the same stretch (and at least 23 games all but two years).
Fun Fact No. 2: Pastner has only faced Syracuse one other time -- a 2010 (January) non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome. The Orange beat his Memphis Tigers, 74-57. Wes Johnson led SU with 19 points on the evening.