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Catching Up With Georgia Tech

After falling to Maryland, 68-61, on Jan. 10, Georgia Tech lost its next four games before pulling off a shocking upset over Wake Forest on Jan. 31. The win was the Yellow Jackets' first in ACC play this season.

Georgia Tech claimed the 76-74 win after freshman guard Iman Shumpert drilled a pull-up jumper with one second remaining. The Yellow Jackets did not shoot particularly well from the field (41.0 percent) and were downright horrible from three-point range (16.7 percent). But Georgia Tech matched Wake Forest's interior size and outrebounded the Demon Deacons, 44-35.

The Yellow Jackets have not fared too well in many areas this seasons, but the one area in which they are adept is rebounding. Georgia Tech ranks fourth in the ACC in average rebounding margin (+6.0), which does not bode well for Maryland, which ranks last (+0.4).

Forward Gani Lawal (6-foot-9, 233 lbs.) leads five Georgia Tech players who are averaging double digits in scoring. He's tallying 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

The last time Maryland played Georgia Tech, the Terrapins prevailed despite allowing Lawal and forward Alade Aminu (6-foot-10, 225 lbs.) to combine for 28 points and 27 rebounds. And the Yellow Jackets should be even taller with forward Zachery Peacock (6-foot-8, 240 lbs.), who missed Maryland the first time around with a stomach illness. Peacock and Lawal will start, while Aminu will come off the bench.

Most recently, Georgia Tech lost at Florida State, 62-58, on Feb. 5 to bring the Yellow Jackets' record to (10-11, 1-7 ACC). The Yellow Jackets shot 34.4 percent from the field against Florida State and have shot worse than 50.0 percent from the field in 12 straight games.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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