Sunday, February 11, 2007

Georgia Tech-UConn pregame notes

Some facts and numbers of note before Georgia Tech and UConn tip off in a little bit.

- For NCAA Tournament and RPI purposes, today's game is considered a home game for Georgia Tech despite it not being played on campus about a mile from here at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Yellow Jackets are also on the road after today and travel to Florida State and Duke. This is one of the toughest stretches of Georgia Tech's season.

- Despite a midseason lull, UConn is ranked No. 1 nationally in blocked shots, second in field-goal defense and third in rebound margin.

- UConn sophomore forward Jeff Adrien leads the Big East in double-doubles with 12 and has posted double-doubles in five of the last six games. Among sophomores, only Emeka Okafor (22 in 2002-03) and Charlie Villanueva (12 in 2004-05) have totaled as many double-doubles in their second season.

- The Huskies have yet to receive a Big East player of the week. Only freshman guard Jerome Dyson was honored for rookie of the week honors on Dec. 18.

- Pitt is the only Big East team to spend every week this season ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.

- Dyson is currently third in the Big East in scoring among freshman (12.0 ppg). Seton Hall's Eugene Harvey, who will join the Pirates for Wednesday's game at Gampel Pavilion against UConn, leads the conference (16.0 ppg). Dyson is also second in steals (1.7) behind Tory Jackson of Notre Dame.

- Hasheem Thabeet is second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Syracuse's Paul Harris is first (7.0 rpg). Thabeet also leads the Big East in blocks (3.7) while Jonathan Mandeldove is third (1.2).

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