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Tech hosts Illinois in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

6:59 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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THE FLATS - Looking to avenge a 2012 loss and stem a two-game losing streak, Georgia Tech (5-3) returns home to host undefeated Illinois (7-0) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at McCamish Pavilion.

The 15th annual inter-conference series includes six games Monday night and six Tuesday night. The ACC holds a 10-3-1 lead in the event, which produced a 6-6 tie last year.

Tech's game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and is available online through the WatchESPN application. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on WYAY-FM (106.7), as well as nationally on channel 85 on Sirius and XM satellite radio.

The Yellow Jackets have lost two straight entering this homestand, having dropped a 77-67 contest to Mississippi and a 69-58 decision to St. John's last weekend in the Barclays Center Classic.

In its third season under head coach Brian Gregory, Tech has returned four starters - center Daniel Miller, big forward Robert Carter, Jr., and wings Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden - from a team that posted a 16-15 overall record last season and went 6-12 to tie for ninth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Jackets are averaging 73.4 points per game and hitting 44.4 percent of their shots from the floor so far. Tech also has out-rebounded each opponent by an average of 7.8 per game, has a plus-1.1 assist.turnover ratio and has improved vastly at the free throw line (71.1 pct.) over last year.

Illinois has squeaked out a couple of two-point wins in its last two games, a 61-59 win at UNLV in its only road game to date, and a 57-55 win Friday over IPFW. The Illini had won their first five games by an average of more than 20 points.

Following this weekend's action, Tech hosts East Tennessee State at 2 p.m. Saturday before taking a break for fall semester final exams.

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