December 21, 2012

Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs Renew Rivalry on Saturday Afternoon

Game Notes

ATLANTA —
On Saturday afternoon, The Citadel basketball team completes its five-game December road trip when the Bulldogs visit Georgia Tech's McCarnish Pavilion at 4 p.m.

The game televised on FOX Sports South (Comcast 28/DirecTV 646) with Rich Waltz serving as play-by-play and Mike Gminski providing color commentary.

The Dogs (3-6) and Yellow Jackets (7-2) square off for the fifth time in program history, with Georgia Tech having won the previous four meetings. Among those include a pair of close contests in which the Jackets emerged 58-56 (Feb. 21, 1976) and 63-59 (Jan. 22, 1977). The most recent game installment in the rivalry took place on Nov. 20, 1998, when Georgia Tech won 73-50.

SETZEKORN HOMECOMING: Citadel redshirt freshman Dylen Setzekorn will be playing just 54 miles from his Gainesville, Ga., home when the Dogs meet the Yellow Jackets. Setzekorn played his high school basketball at Riverside Military Academy where he helped the team finish 46-20 (.696) under head coach Ricco Zachary.

Riverside Military reached the Georgia State Basketball Playoffs on three occasions, including an appearance in the 2009 Final Four.

Setzekorn finished his high school career with 709 points (16.1 ppg.), 374 rebounds (6.4 rpg.) and connected on 57 percent of his field goal attempts.

NO STRANGER TO ACC COMPETITION: The meeting between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets marks the second team from the Atlantic Coast Conference that head coach Chuck Driesell has faced in his tenure at The Citadel. Clemson, who the Cadets have faced in each of the last two seasons, marks the only other ACC opponent which the Maryland graduate and former Terps assistant coach has gone head-to-head with since taking over the program in 2010-11. 

The game also marks the 175th meeting in program history for The Citadel and a team from the current ACC. In the 102 years of Bulldog basketball the team also has squared off with Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Eight of those 10 institutions, Florida State and Miami being the exceptions, were at one time members of the Southern Conference, which was founded in 1921. The Citadel joined the conference in 1932.

Georgia Tech was a charter member of the SoCon in 1921, departing in 1932 to join the SEC.

ACC Team Citadel Record vs. Most Recent Score
Clemson 22-59 Nov. 16, 2011 (L, 73-50)
Duke 0-9 Dec. 1, 1993 (L, 78-63)
Florida State 4-5 Dec. 30, 1999 (L, 77-51)
Georgia Tech 0-4 Nov. 20, 1998 (L, 73-50)
Miami 1-1 Nov. 22, 1985 (L, 85-77)
Maryland 0-3 Nov. 27, 2002 (L, 97-49)
North Carolina 0-19 Nov. 24, 1991 (L, 97-58)
NC State 1-16 Nov. 19, 2005 (L, 91-59)
Virginia 0-2 Dec. 30, 1971 (L, 77-72)
Virginia Tech 2-16 Feb. 16, 1966 (L, 67-61)
Wake Forest 2-14 Nov. 25, 1996 (L, 86-52)
All-Time vs. ACC 32-148  

ROAD WEARY: The Citadel, in the midst of its longest road trip of the 2012-13 season, is looking to snap a four-game losing streak away from McAlister Field House that dates back to an 84-54 loss at UNCG on Dec. 1.

The Bulldogs have struggled to gain momentum away from the friendly confines of McAlister Field House, winning games at Samford, Davidson, Western Carolina and Chattanooga in addition to an 83-72 win over Army at the 2011 All-Military Classic held at Air Force Academy, over the first three years in head coach Chuck Driesell's tenure.

Ironically the first two road victories, Samford and Davidson, came in succession on Jan. 17 and Jan. 26, 2011, respectively.

Category The Citadel (Road) The Citadel (Home)
Games Played 32 33
Field Goals (Made-Att) 713-1717 798-1781
Field Goal Percentage 41.5% 44.8%
3-Pointers (Made-Att) 152-492 192-554
3-Point FG Percentage 30.9% 34.7%
Free Throws (Made-Att) 361-521 423-614
Free Throw Percentage 69.3% 68.9%
Total Rebounds 1111 1162
Rebounds Per Game Avg. 34.7 35.2
Assists 348 507
Turnovers 454 476
Assists/Turnover Ratio 0.8 1.1
Total Points 1939 2211
Points Per Game Average 60.6 67.0

BREAKING DOWN GEORGIA TECH (7-2 Overall)

RAMBLIN' WRECK CRUISES PAST ALABAMA STATE, 75-41: Brandon Reed scored 14 points, Robert Carter Jr. added 13 with 11 rebounds and Mfon Udofia pitched in 12 points on 3-point shots Monday evening to lead Georgia Tech over overmatched Alabama State 75-41.

The Yellow Jackets (7-2) had no trouble with the Hornets (1-9) while moving to 5-0 in their new arena.

Georgia Tech led 40-20 at halftime and by as many as 35 points in the second half, when coach Brian Gregory used every player available. That included highly touted freshman point guard Solomon Poole, who joined the team Saturday fresh out of high school.

Bobby Brown and Jamel Waters each scored seven points to lead the Hornets, who made just 15 of 60 shots (25 percent) and were outrebounded 51-30.

The Hornets trailed just 13-10 after Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12:03 left in the half. But from there, the Yellow Jackets scored the next nine points to start a 19-2 run.

Udofia led the way. The senior from Stone Mountain made all three of his 3-point tries in the half, and the Yellow Jackets took a 40-20 lead into the break.

Georgia Tech's starters combined to shoot 63.7 percent (14-of-22) in the opening half, center Daniel Miller blocked three shots and the Yellow Jackets had 13 assists by halftime, bettering their season average of 12.4 per game. They finished with 20 assists, a team-high under Brian Gregory.

Alabama State made just 8-of-30 shots (26.7 percent) in the first half and were beaten 22-15 on the boards.

Little changed in the second half, and after the Yellow Jackets opened a 65-33 lead on a breakaway layup by Marcus Georges-Hunt off an Alabama State turnover, Gregory called time out with 6:52 left.

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