The No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Last season, the Fighting Illini defeated the Maryland Terrapins 71-62 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
During the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Illinois is 6-7 overall, 3-2 at home, and 4-4 when ranked.
Last season was a terrible season for the Yellow Jackets in the ACC conference as they finished with a conference record of 4-12. Their overall record last season was 11-20.
So far this season, Georgia Tech has three players averaging double-digit points per game. Freshman guard/forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.4), junior forward Kammeon Holsey (10.6), and senior guard Mfon Udofia (10.2) all are averaging double-digit points this season.
The Yellow Jackets are also a “rebound by committee” kind of team. This is because they have at least four players averaging five or more rebounds per game. Holsey leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game while Georges-Hunt averages 5.0 rebounds per game. The other two players are freshman forward Robert Carter (5.4) and junior center Daniel Miller (5.4). Expect all of these players to get after the broads for Georgia Tech in this game.
This will be the eighth meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Yellow Jackets. Illinois currently leads the series 6-1.
Illinois last met Georgia Tech on November 23, 2001 in Las Vegas. The Illini were ranked #2 in the nation at that time and won 105-66.
The most interesting thing coming into this game will be the play of Illinois’ Tracy Abrams. In their last game, Abrams started the game, but only played 18 minutes and scored zero points. His zero point performance was his lowest this season since the Chaminade game (8 points).
If Abrams cannot get started against the Yellow Jackets, Joseph Bertrand will need to step up like he did against Gardner-Webb. Bertrand scored 13 points and recorded six rebounds off the bench against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. However, he will need to be a solid sixth man for the Illini no matter how Abrams performs.
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