Gameday Live Blog/Open Thread: Cornhuskers @ Yellow Jackets | Game 6

Matthew McGavic

Continuing their busy week in which they play 3 games in a 7 day span, next up for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-0 ACC) are the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten) tonight at McCamish Pavilion.

Earlier this week, the Yellow Jackets found themselves back in the win column after narrowly avoiding an upset against Bethune-Cookman, having previously been on a two game losing streak thanks to Georgia and Arkansas.

Tipoff is set for 7:15pm, and you can catch the game on ESPNU.

PREGAME/PREVIEW

Ahead of tonight's 7:15pm tip, be sure to check out our preview of the Cornhuskers and other related readings:

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Josh Pastner Thinks Georgia Tech Can Be Good Enough To Reach NCAA Tournament

Probable Starters:

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

G Bubba Parham

G Michael Devoe

F Khalid Moore

F Moses Wright

F/C James Banks III

Nebraska Cornhuskers

G Cam Mack

G Dachon Burke, Jr.

G Jervay Green

G Haanif Cheatham

F Yvan Ouedraogo

Update: Junior forward Evan Cole getting his second straight start tonight in place of senior center James Banks III.

FIRST HALF:

Unlike some of their previous games, the Yellow Jackets don't get off to a slow start. At the first media timeout, they lead the Huskers 8-7. They've held Nebraska to just 3-10 from the field, but haven't done much better themselves as they are 4-10. They've given the Huskers a couple wide open shots but they haven't connected.

A quick 6 point run from the Huskers gave them a temporary 4 point lead, but Tech's defense and Nebraska's shooting ineptitude give the Jackets a 14-13 lead at the 10:38 mark. Were it not for a stretch where Tech only made 1 field goal in 10, they would be up by a much more significant margin.

Nebraska went from being on an over 4 minute scoring drought to making 3 field goals in a row to have a one point advantage over Tech at the 6:47 mark. They only have 3 turnovers, but are currently being out rebounded 19-16 by a team with the second worst rebounding margin in D1.

The Huskers have a 4 point advantage at the final media timeout of the first half. Michael Devoe has tried to attack the rim on two possessions in a row, but both times has been called for a charge.

Georgia Tech goes on a 10-2 run to end the first half, highlighted by an emphatic block by Moses Wright. A good 3 point shooting team, the Huskers have only shot 15.4% from beyond the arc, but are out rebounding the Jackets 23-21.

HALFTIME STATS:

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SECOND HALF:

Coming out of the locker room, Tech has held the Huskers to just 1-7 shooting in the second half. Meanwhile, the Jackets have gone 5-8 including 4 points from Devoe and 5 from Wright. The Huskers keep finding themselves good looks, but nothing is falling.

Nebraska has reached a point where they cannot get anything to fall. Fred Hoiberg calls a timeout after his Huskers went on a stretch where they made only 1 field goal in their last 12 shots. This includes a stretch where they hadn't scored a point in nearly five and a half minutes. They're currently 4-10 at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Tech is up 48-37 at the 12:48 mark thanks in part to Michael Devoe's 20 points.

The Jackets have made 5 of their last 7 shots, including an alley oop by James Banks III fed by Khalid Moore. Tech is up 57-48 with 7:30 left to go.

Tech now has a pair of thunderous alley oop jams on the night, this time it's Devoe to Wright. At the final media timeout, Georgia Tech holds an 11 point advantage over Nebraska.

Final: Georgia Tech 73, Nebraska 56.

Final Stats:

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