Georgia Tech riding high after improbable and impressive win on Saturday

Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will host the Duke Basketball team on Wednesday night still riding high on its win on Saturday night over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Despite all the injuries the North Carolina Tar Heels are experiencing, Saturday evening’s result between Georgia Tech and North Carolina was truly shocking.

The Yellow Jackets started the game on a 27-4 run en route to a 96-83 victory over the Tar Heels.

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Georgia Tech is in its third season under head coach Josh Pastner and the win on Saturday evened up the Yellow Jacket’s record overall and in ACC play at 7-7 and 2-2 in the conference.

Pastner’s team has challenged itself in playing major conference teams in non-conference play, losing to Georgia, Arkansas, and Kentucky, but defeating Nebraska.

Georgia Tech has defeated North Carolina State and North Carolina in ACC play while losing to Syracuse and Florida State.

Michael Devoe, a high school teammate of former Blue Devil R.J. Barrett, leads the way for the Yellow Jackets this season, averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting and 43.9 percent from 3-point range.

Devoe also averages 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Georgia Tech has two other players averaging double-figures in Moses Wright and Jose Alvarado.

Wright averages 13.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds along with 1.4 blocks per game on 57.2 percent shooting.

Alvarado has only played seven games this season but is averaging 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game but has struggled shooting the ball on 36.5 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range.

Pastner also utilizes its big man in James Bank III who averages 9.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks per game on 49.5 percent shooting.

As a team, the Yellow Jackets are only shooting 28.6 percent from 3-point range this season but are shooting 44.4 percent from the field.

Duke and Georgia Tech will get things started at 9:00pm EST on Wednesday, January 8 at the McCamish Pavilion and the game will be broadcasted on the ACC Network.