It’s game day today, with Georgia Tech traveling to Miami for a 7 p.m. tipoff, and if we learned anything on Saturday when Tech played N.C. State, it’s to take nothing for granted.
Just because Miami is tied for last place with N.C. State in the ACC at 2-7 doesn’t make this some kind of shoo-in, especially against a Miami team that’s 10-1 this year at BankUnited Center.
The Hurricanes (16-7, 2-7) played six of their first nine ACC games on the road and went 0-6 in those six ACC road games. As bad as that record is, the Yellow Jackets know a little about how difficult life is on the road in the ACC, at 1-3 themselves.
Miami is 2-1 in ACC play at home, with wins against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, while losing to Boston College. (One other impressive win for the Hurricanes this season came against South Carolina to win the Charleston Classic tournament.)
Starting tonight, Miami gets five of its last seven ACC games at home.
The Hurricanes are a team that thrives on 3-point shooting and leads the ACC with 7.9 3-pointers made each game. They come from all directions: James Dews, Malcolm Grant and Adrian Thomas each average two 3-pointers made per game.
Miami will try to spread the court and draw defenders out on the perimeter to give Dwayne Collins room to maneuver inside, making it difficult to double-team him down low.
The 6-8 senior and old friend of Zachery Peacock (both are Miami natives) is averaging 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Glen Rice Jr. and Sr.
Not only is this a big night for Peacock, who is from Miami and will be playing in front of a big group of relatives and friends, but Glen Rice Jr. will have his dad in the stands. Glen Rice Sr. lives in Miami, where he played the first six years of his 15-year NBA career.
Glen Rice Jr., who is from Marietta, said his dad has came to one other Tech home game this season and the tournament in Puerto Rico. They talk on the phone regularly, and when asked what basketball advice his famous dad had given him lately, Glen said:
“He tells me to keep balance on my shots and stuff like that,” said Rice, who laughed when he was asked if his dad, known for a quick trigger, told him to shoot more. “He just tells me to shoot when I’m open, not force anything.”
Looking ahead to Maryland
Maryland’s game tonight against Virginia was postponed until Monday night because of the blizzard that hit DC last weekend, and the extra foot or so of snow expected up there today. Why should you care?
Well, Georgia Tech plays at Maryland a week from Saturday, the 20th. The Yellow Jackets will be coming off games at Wake Forest Saturday and at home against North Carolina Tuesday. Maryland, meanwhile, will have to play at Duke on Saturday, at home against Virginia on Monday and then at N.C. State on Thursday. So Maryland will be playing three games in the time Tech is playing two leading into that matchup.
Hey, you’re looking for any edge, when it comes to playing the team with the second-best record in the ACC (6-2), on its home court. Press, press, press?
As for tonight’s game, and speaking of press, I won’t be there in Miami covering the game because the AJC is trying to limit travel costs. We’ll have a free lance writer there. But I’ll be happy to jump on the blog tonight and chat some. I will be listening to the game on the radio.