Georgia Tech travels to Virginia on Sunday coming off a 70-58 home loss to North Carolina. After starting the season 0-5 in true road contests, the Yellow Jackets have improved to 2-5 with wins over Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers, who have lost just once at home this season on Nov. 13, will be trying to avenge a 66-60 loss to the Yellow Jackets earlier this month. After its narrow loss to No. 2 Miami on Tuesday, Virginia finds itself in a logjam in the ACC standings behind the Hurricanes and No. 6 Duke, and needs a win to separate itself from the pack.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, ACC Network.
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (14-11, 4-9 ACC): The Yellow Jackets have enjoyed some personnel stability this season, having used three different starting lineups. The most recent addition, freshman guard Chris Bolden, needed some time to get going but it appears he finally has. Since entering the starting five on Jan. 17, Bolden's been averaging just under 10 points and he's shown he can score against the Cavaliers, chipping in 14 in the last meeting. He can also shoot from deep, where he's connecting at a 40-percent clip over the last three games. He's joined in the backcourt by senor guard Mfon Udofia, who hasn't scored in double figures since the last time these teams met when he had 15.
ABOUT VIRGINIA (18-8, 8-5): Senior point guard Jontel Evans sat out the much of the early portion of the schedule but has since returned to form. Evans has climbed to second in the conference in assists per game (5.8) and ranks seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). In fact, Evans has dished out at least five assists in nine of his last 10 games. The one game he didn't? Virginia's loss to Georgia Tech, when the Cavalier offense floundered down the stretch, scoring three points in the final 8:12. Evans is shooting 52.6 percent over the last three games.
1. C Daniel Miller will reach 200 career blocks with his next one. He's the third-leading player in school history in that category.
2. Georgia Tech is 1-3 all-time at John Paul Jones Arena.
3. Virginia F/C Mike Tobey has missed the last five games with mononucleosis.
PREDICTION: Virginia 67, Georgia Tech 62