Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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January 26, 12:00PM
Cameron Indoor Stadium
RAYCOM

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Duke has managed to go 2-0 without Tre Jones, winning against Virginia and Pittsburgh after dropping the game against Syracuse where Jones was initially injured. In Jones's absence R.J. Barrett became Duke's primary ball handler but still was able to put up big numbers as a scorer. Jones is scheduled to return against Georgia Tech (tentatively) and it's unknown whether he will start or how many minutes the freshman point guard will play.

Georgia Tech comes into Saturday at 3-3 in the ACC while the Blue Devils are 5-1. Most recently Tech won at home versus Notre Dame before dropping 2 in a row against Clemson and a hot Louisville team. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets, are one of the top teams in the ACC - holding opponents to under 65 points per game. They are ranked in the top 20 in blocked shots in the nation and top 50 in steals. In ACC play the Jackets are first in steals followed by the Blue Devils at 2. Both teams are top 5 in blocked shots in league play with Duke coming in first and Georgia Tech in 4th.

The Yellow Jackets are led in scoring by sophomore guard, Jose Alvarez who comes in at 13.8 points a game to go along with 3.2 assists. James Banks III is the leading rebounder or Josh Pastner's team with 7.8 boards per contest. The Yellow Jackets are a deep team with 9 guys averaging double figure minutes.

Duke lis ed in scoring by freshman R.J. Barrett who scores at a 23.9 per game clip, he averages 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Zion Williamson leads Duke in rebounding at 9.3 per game, he averages 21.7 points per game. Tre Jones leads the team in assists at 5.7 a game Jones is probably for the Georgia Tech game and should see some minutes although it is unclear whether he will start or how much he will play.

The Series So Far:

Overall: 96th meeting; Duke leads, 72-23
In Durham: Duke leads, 35-5
In Atlanta: Duke leads, 28-15
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 9-3
Current streak:
Duke, W11
Coach K vs. Georgia Tech: 57-18

Media Info:

TV: Raycom (Wes Durham/Mike Gminski)
WatchESPN: Internet
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
National Radio:
n/a
Sirius/XM: 84 / 84 (Duke broadcast)

DUKE 3PT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
28.7%
Georgia Tech 3PT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
30.8%
DUKE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
46.9%
Georgia Tech SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
46%
DUKE FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
67%
Georgia Tech FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
70%
Duke PPG
82.7
Georgia Tech PPG
69.2

Duke Probable Starters

  • G Tre Jones, 6'2, 183lbs
  • F R.J. Barrett, 6'7, 202lbs
  • F Cam Reddish, 6'8, 218lbs
  • F Zion Williamson, 6'7, 285lbs
  • C Marques bolden, 6'11, 250lbs

Georgia Tech Probable Starters

  • G Jose Alvarado, 6'0, 174lbs               
  • G Curtis Haywood II, 6'5, 198lbs
  • G Michael Devoe, 6'4, 188lbs
  • F James Banks III, 6'8, 243lbs
  • F Abdoulaye Gueye, 6'9, 208lbs

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