Gameday Live Blog/Open Thread: Cavaliers @ Yellow Jackets | Game 18

Matthew McGavic

Good afternoon from McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA, where the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-9, 3-4 ACC) find themselves before going back on the road next week. The defending national champions away them, as they are preparing to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (11-5, 3-3 ACC).

On top of taking on the defending national champions, Georgia Tech will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1990 ACC Champion and Final Four squad, led primarily by "Lethal Weapon 3".

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Tipoff is set for 8:00pm, and you can catch the game on the ACC Network.

PREGAME/PREVIEW

Ahead of today's tipoff, be sure to check out our preview of the Cavaliers and other related readings:

What To Watch For Vs. Virginia

Tale of The Tape: Virginia Cavaliers

Watch: Head Coach Josh Pastner Previews Virginia

Can Georgia Tech's Season Be Saved?

Guarding UVA's Diakite Is a "Personal Challenge" For James Banks III

Probable Starters:

- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

G Jose Alvarado

G Michael Devoe

F Jordan Usher

F Moses Wright

C James Banks III

- Virginia Cavaliers

G Kihel Clark

G Casey Morsell

G Kody Stattmann

F Braxton Key

F Mamadi Diakite

FIRST HALF:

15:23: UVA's pack line defense is in full effect tonight. So far in the first 4 and half minutes of the game, the Jackets have turned the ball over 4 times on 7 possessions. Combined with the defensive efforts of Georgia Tech, UVA only has a 6-5 lead at the first media timeout.

14:39: UVA is on a 6-0 run over the last 2:12

13:26: GT has turned it over 6 times in the last 5:30. They a currently have more turnovers than points.

11:05: Whenever Tech is not turning the ball over, they are actually doing fairly well on offense. They are currently 5-8 from the field and 1-1 on three point attempts. Meanwhile the Hoos are only 4-11 & 1-3, but the UVA defense is keeping them in the game.

8:45: GT has made 4 of their last 5 field goals, are tied 16-16.

7:22: Both teams are staring to play much cleaner on the offensive side. UVA has made 5 of their last 8 and GT has made 5 of their last 7 shots from the field. However a 63.6% shooting percentage is being stymied by 8 team turnovers.

3:52: Momentum is starting to swing in UVA's way. They have connected on 5 of their last 7 shots from the field, and have forced 11 Georgia Tech turnovers. As it currently stands, they are turning the ball over at a higher percentage than they are scoring (45.8% & 41.7% respectively).

HALF: Virginia 33, Georgia Tech 25.

Stats at the Half:

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SECOND HALF:

16:47: UVA has taken advantage of 2 GT second half turnovers to extend their lead up to 12 points. The Yellow Jackets continue to have more turnovers than field goals (15 to 12).

14:37: Mamadi Diakite has looked sharp out of the break, as he has 6 second half points (12 total).

10:47: Whatever GT puts up on offense, UVA has had an answer for. So far, the Hoos only outscore the Jackets 15-12 in the second half, but that isn't helping chip into the 11 point lead possessed by Virginia. Guard play from Alvarado and Parham has been decent, as they combine for 8 point and no turnovers in the second half of play.

9:10: Tony Bennett calls a timeout after Bubba Parham nutmegs a UVA defender, feeding the ball to Evan Cole for the dunk. UVA now only trails 48-43.

7:59: There is some life back in the Thrillerdome. A Jose Alvarado 3 cuts the deficit to just 2, as the Jackets are on a 9-0 run. Meanwhile UVA has missed their last 5 shots and have not scored in the last 4:15.

4:21: UVA has connected on just 2 of their last 12 shots.

3:51: The Yellow Jackets are doing what they need to do defensively to keep themselves in the game. They have held the Hoos to just 2 of their last 12 form the field and a scoring drought of nearly three minutes. However, they themselves have not scored a point in 2:26, and they are quickly running out of time as they still trail by 5.

2:45: A dunk by James Banks III ends a 3:32 scoring drought for GT.

0:36: Jose Alvarado hits a 3 to cut the deficit to just 4.

0:06: And and-1 from Alvarado puts GT within striking distance, but Mamadi Diakite ices the game at the free throw line.

FINAL: Virginia 61, Georgia Tech 58.

Full Stats:

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