Gameday Live Blog/Open Thread: Cardinals @ Yellow Jackets | Game 25

Matthew McGavic

Good afternoon from the McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech, where the Yellow Jackets (11-13, 5-8 ACC) will looking to get back in the win column and avenge an earlier season defeat. The Jackets are preparing for a matchup with the Louisville Cardinals (21-3, 12-1 ACC), who the Jackets lost to 68-64 back on January 22nd.

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

PREGAME/PREVIEW

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

What To Watch For Vs. Louisville

Tale of The Tape: Louisville Cardinals

Head Coach Josh Pastner Previews Louisville

Moses Wright Not Lacking Any Motivation Ahead Of Louisville Rematch

Probable Starters:

- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

G Jose Alvarado

G Michael Devoe

F Jordan Usher

F Moses Wright

C James Banks III

- Louisville Cardinals

G Fresh Kimble

G Darius Perry

G Dwayne Sutton

F Jordan Nwora

C Steven Enoch

Personnel Update: Junior forward Evan Cole is "questionable" for today's game.

FIRST HALF:

19:35: Jose Alvarado gets the scoring started with a three pointer.

17:39: Tech is doing a solid job crashing the boards and following their shots.

17:13: The offense is on a hot start, as the Jackets are on a 6-0 run and have hot 4 of their 6 attempts.

16:33: Louisville head coach Chris Mack calls a timeout after Jose Alvarado hits his second three pointer of the game. The junior guard is now 2-2 from the field with both shots coming from beyond the arc. The Jackets are on a 9-0 run, and Louisville has missed their last 4 shots.

15:24: The Cards are on a 3:52 scoring drought and have made only 1 of their 6 shots from the field. Meanwhile, Tech is 5-8 from the field and have assisted on 3 of their made field goals.

13:56: Louisville connects on their first bucket since their first field goal attempt of the game, was previously 0-6.

13:24: Evan Cole is subbed into the game.

12:30: Louisville has hit just 1 field goal in the last 10 attempts. GT leads 16-5.

11:54: Everything is breaking the Jackets' way in this game. Their offense is shooting at 50% and have only turned the ball over once so far. The opposite is true for the Cards, as they have hit just 2 field goals on 11 attempts and are 0-3 from beyond the arc. The Jackets are also out-rebounding the opposition 9-6.

10:35: The Cards hit back-to-back field goals for the first time in the game.

8:40: So far in this game, Tech is just 2-5 from the free throw line.

7:10: Louisville's offense has picked up the slack, but overall it's very much Georgia Tech's game. All the energy that the Cards are putting forth, the Jackets are matching if not surpassing. Overall for the game, Louisville is still shooting just 5-14 while GT is 10-18. Jose Alvarado leads all scorers with 8 points on 3-6 shooting.

6:24: With his 3rd three of the game, Jose Alvarado is the first player of the game to hit double figures with 11 points.

6:00: Louisville has turned it over 4 times in the last 2 and a half minutes.

4:00: Both teams seem to have found their offensive rhythm in this game. Tech has hit 4 of their last 5 shots while Louisville has made 5 of their last 9. Jose Alvarado leads all scorers with 11, and three Jackets have 6. Of note, Alvarado has three fouls.

1:47: Georgia Tech has hot a cold streak and missed their last 6 shot attempts.

1:35: Louisville hits their first three pointer of the game, are now 1-7 from beyond the arc.

1:14: James Banks III is assessed his 3rd foul of the game. Both him and Alvarado have 3 fouls.

0:48: Tech has been held scoreless for the last 3:12.

HALF: Georgia Tech 31, Louisville 26.

Stats at the Half:

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SECOND HALF:

17:55: Jordan Usher misses a dunk and fouls a Louisville player almost immediately afterwards.

15:29: Both teams are doing a solid job trading buckets so far in the second half. Prior to a Moses Wright block of Louisville's Malik Williams, both teams were 3-6 from the field. Alvarado continues to lead all scorers with 13 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, their turnovers are starting to creep up as they have now amassed 11.

14:11: A vicious putback dunk from Jordan Usher gives him 8 points on the game and extends the GT lead to 5.

13:44: Louisville has missed their last 4 shots and hit just 1 of their last 7.

13:10: A double personal foul is assessed to Dwayne Sutton and Bubba Parham.

12:16: Louisville has not scored in 2:47.

12:16: A free throw gives Michael Devoe his first points of the game. He is 0-6 from the field, 0-2 on three pointers and 1-2 at the line.

11:54: The Cardinals have hit a serious scoring drought as of late. They have missed five straight shots and made just 1 basket in the last 8 attempts. For the game, Tech has held them to just 33.3% from the field and 1-12 from beyond the arc. Both teams have turned it over 12 times.

11:00: Jordan Usher receives his 4th foul of the game.

10:00: Neither team is scoring particularly well right now. Louisville is just 1 for their last 7 while Tech hasn't had a field goal in 4 minutes.

9:28: James Banks III, Moses Wright and Jose Alvarado have 3 fouls while Jordan Usher has 4. Foul trouble is a real concern down the stretch.

8:25: Both teams continue to struggle offensively in the second half, as Tech is 4-11 while Louisville is 5-19.

8:05: Michael Devoe hits his first three pointer of the game.

7:43: Tech's defense has been absolutely stifling in the middle portion of the second half. Louisville has missed their last 5 shots, made just 1 field goal out of their last 11 attempts, and have not had a field goal in 3:51. UofL is just 1-16 from the three point line, but are currently out-rebounding Tech 31-24.

7:06: Pastner calls timeout after a David Johnson layup breaks a UofL cold streak. GT is clinging to a 46-43 lead.

6:10: GT has turned it over 4 times in the last 3:51, and now have 16 on the night.

5:21: With a layup by Moses Wright, Tech now has three scorers in double figures (Banks III, Alvarado).

4:33: Louisville hits back to back three and Pastner calls a timeout. Previously, the Cards were just 1-17 from beyond the arc. GT leads by just 1 point.

4:16: Michael Devoe completes a three point play and extends the lead out to 4.

3:57: James Banks III fouls out.

3:08: A second chance layup from Louisville's Dwayne Sutton cuts the lead to just 2.

1:33: A emphatic block from Moses Wright erases an almost guaranteed fast break.

1:14: The lead extends back out to 4 with a layup from Moses Wright. He now has 12 points on 4-7 shooting.

0:50: Louisville has not scored in 2:18. GT currently leads 55-51.

0:33.9: A foul by Devoe sends UofL to the line, where they go 2/2. The GT lead is cut to just 3.

0:29.9: Jose Alvarado returns the favor and goes 2/2 at the line as well.

0:26.4: Louisville's David Johnson gets fouled on a layup and he converts the and-1.

0:25.0: Once again Alvarado is fouled and he goes 2/2 at the line.

0:19.0: David Johnson responds with a layup, GT leads by just 1.

0:13.5: Jordan Usher gives 1/2 at the line.

0:07: Fresh Kimble gets the ball stolen from Michael Devoe, he goes 2/2 at the line to take a 62-58 lead.

0:00.3: Devoe hits a pair of free throws to close out the game.

FINAL: Georgia Tech 64, Louisville 58

Full Stats:

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