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The second-half runs Syracuse started against Louisville and Notre Dame reappeared during their last clash against Miami. The Orange still lost to the Hurricanes, but they built an 11-point lead with crucial minutes off the bench and a career-high from Jesse Edwards.
Now SU meets Georgia Tech, who defeated Miami on January 4th. But defeating the Hurricanes was one of the few highlights for a Yellow Jacket team that has lost seven of its last nine competitions.
Here’s what else to know about Georgia Tech (8-10, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) ahead of Saturday’s matchup:
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They played last time
Syracuse’s 74-73 win over Georgia Tech was the third game to go over regulations last season. The Orange were a point clear of the Yellow Jackets by 22 seconds in overtime when Joe Girard III was on double-team and forced to pass to Buddy Boeheim.
Georgia Tech’s Khalid Moore hit Buddy trying to secure possession and a check showed the ball last touched Buddy. Still, the orange prevailed after Michael Devoe missed twice before attempting a last-ditch lift from the depths that rattled off the rim.
“You’re trying everything you can to get that last hold,” Jimmy Boeheim said. “It felt like it took about an hour, but we made it.”
Jimmy scored 15 points in the first half while Cole Swider ended the evening with 18 points. The win marked the Orange’s final of the regular season as they lost four straight games, including an overtime loss to North Carolina.
Syracuse has a 54% chance of winning, with a predicted outcome of 71-70.
The Yellow Jackets Report
Georgia Tech passed a Test against Miami a few weeks ago, building a 12-point lead in the first half after keeping the Hurricanes from shooting just 27% from 3-point range. The Yellow Jackets fended off all comeback attempts and defeated Miami 76-70.
Aside from defeating Miami, Georgia Tech has won just one other matchup since Dec. 10 when it defeated Alabama State by 36 points. GT has lost four straight games, most recently a home game to North Carolina State.
The Yellow Jackets were strong in a few aspects, most notably 3-point defense. They allow 29.4% of their opponent’s shots from beyond the arc, a mark that ranks 25th best in the country. But on the other end, Georgia Tech has the second-worst field goal percentage in the ACC. Miles Kelly leads the Yellow Jackets with 13.6 points per game.
How Syracuse beats Georgia Tech
SU found against Miami that their depth could be a key factor in their success for the remainder of the season. Mounir Hima and Symir Torrence made an immediate impression after checking in in the first half, while Justin Taylor and Maliq Brown contributed to Girard’s and Edwards’ attacking production.
The Orange bench will be crucial against the Yellow Jackets, who also have a wide range of options with nine players averaging more than 10 minutes per game this year.
The Orange doesn’t shoot as many 3-pointers, but Girard, Taylor and Chris Bell have to be careful around the arc due to Georgia Tech’s success in protecting the deep shot. Still, Girard should have enough room to play solo as usual, and the pick-and-roll game with Edwards cost Miami most of the game to finally quit.
Worth knowing: 11.7
Miami came back late against Syracuse because they were able to get second chance opportunities. The Yellow Jackets average 11.6 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks third in the ACC. They could have the same success as the Hurricanes if Syracuse continues to rely on Edwards for rebounds.
Edwards sometimes has to show up in the 2-3 zone, which means he has to fall back as quickly as possible when a shot is attempted. To have an advantage over Georgia Tech, the wings need to help Edwards on the defensive. And whenever Edwards is guarding the shooter, Benny Williams or Bell must replace Edwards’ place under the basket.
Players to watch: Jalon Moore, forward, No14
Moore was Georgia Tech’s only ray of hope against NC State, finishing with a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds. He’s averaging 9.4 points per game this season and shooting 48.4% from the field. Edwards should hold up well against Moore by a four inch lead, but Moore should still prove an inside threat.
Published January 18, 2023 at 10:43 p.m
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