Duke Blue Devils (14-6, 5-4) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-12, 1-9)
Game #21 • Road Game #6 • ACC Game #10 • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 • 3 p.m. ET
McCamish Pavilion (8,600) • Atlanta, Ga.
TV: ACC Network
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
Having played five straight games decided in single digits, Duke is back in action Saturday afternoon to battle Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion. The game caps a grueling month of January that saw the young Blue Devils play five road games in the span of 24 days — included in that stretch are narrow setbacks at Clemson and Virginia Tech — both games in which Duke held second-half leads.
The Blue Devils have won nine of the last 10 over the Yellow Jackets and lead the all-time series, 76-24. Duke won last year’s game in Durham — the 100th all-time meeting in the series, 69-57, behind 17 points and 11 rebounds from Paolo Banchero and 10 points and 14 boards from Mark Williams.
Duke dropped its last visit to Atlanta — 81-77 in overtime — on March 2, 2021.
Overall Duke leads, 76-24
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 38-5
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 38-5
In Atlanta, GA Duke leads, 29-16
at McCamish Pavilion Duke leads, 25-14
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 9-3
Last Meeting @Duke 69, Tech 57 (Jan. 4, 2022)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 9-1
The ACC’s best rebounding team, Duke ranks fifth nationally in rebound margin (+8.6), ninth in offensive rebounds (13.6) and 17th in rebounds per game (39.5) — leading the conference in each category. Duke has not finished as the ACC’s team leader in rebounds since 1998-99.
Duke has out-rebounded 16 of its first 20 opponents and is 13-3 this season when holding an advantage on the glass. Duke is 11-3 when leading in offensive rebounding. Duke has held 17 of 20 teams below their season scoring average, ranking second in the ACC and 46th nationally in scoring defense (64.2).
Georgia Tech and Duke are first and second, respectively, in the ACC in three-point defense.
Freshman Kyle Filipowski (right), staking his claim as the ACC Rookie of the Year, leads all conference freshmen in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles. He has 10 doubles-doubles, including a monster current four-game stretch averaging 23.0 points and 13.3 boards. The six-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Filipowski is fifth in the ACC, 28th nationally and leads all power conference freshmen in rebounds (9.5). His 10 double-doubles are tied for third in the ACC and lead all D-I freshmen. Filipowski is averaging 16.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in ACC play — one of just three players averaging 15-10 in conference play — UNC’s Armando Bacot and Clemson’s Hunter Tyson.
Freshman guard Tyrese Proctor has scored double digits in four straight games, averaging 13.0 points and a 3-to-1 assist-turnover ratio in that stretch. He is coming off 10 points, seven assists, 1 turnover and four rebounds in 31 minutes at Virginia Tech.
About Georgia Tech
Duke and Georgia Tech are the league’s top two teams in both offensive rebounding and three-point percentage defense. Miles Kelly leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring as the team’s lone player averaging in double figures at 13.4 ppg. Kelly has connected on 46-of-127 (.362) from three-point range this season, ranking eighth in the ACC in made threes per game (2.3).
Deivon Smith ranks third in ACC in assist-turnover ratio. Smith leads the Yellow Jackets in assists and rebounds.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’1 175lbs Jr.
G Tyrese Proctor 6’5 175lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Ryan Young 6’10, 235lbs Gs.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
G Deivon Smith 6’1, 176lbs Jr.
G Dallan Coleman 6’6, 218lbs So.
G Miles Kelly 6’6, 175lbs So.
F Jalon Moore 6’7, 209lbs So.
C Rodney Howard 6’11, 256lbs Sr.
On the offensive end for the Blue Devils they have to be very deliberate about the offense they run and have to recognize very quickly the defenses being played on them. Georgia Tech, like Duke has no issues switching defenses very quickly sometimes during a possession or coming out of a time out. This is definitely a tactic that they’ll employ against a young Duke team to try and turn then over – in the half-court Tech can get easy looks agains Duke so taking care of the basketball amidst defensive pressure and being strong with the ball on drives will be crucial – Duke has struggled at times with this facet of the game.
If I had my druthers I would love to see Duke employ more cutting actions to give bigs opportunities to dish the basketball off. One thing I noticed in the last game was when the double came against post players guards didn’t do a great job of making themselves into targets, everyone seemed to be on the blind side of the ball handler.
The bigs for Georgia Tech set really good screens, Duke has to do a good job knowing when and where to go over them. Miles Kelly and Dallan Coleman are guards but are big, their ability to do damage in the paint should not be overlooked as well as their ability to board their own misses – Georgia Tech rebounds very well as a team so second change points will be a factor in this game for both teams. I expect a very physical matchup. While the Yellow Jackets aren’t a great 3-point shooting team I expect them to be precise at home in a big game. Duke cannot leave Kelly, Coleman or Lance Terry with clean looks.