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North Carolina (12-5, 2-2 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (10-6, 0-4)

Leslie McDonald is averaging 11.1 points in UNC's wins, 1.8 points in its losses.

Tipoff: 9 p.m.
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Television: ESPN (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network - Jones Angell (play-byplay),
Eric Montross (analyst), Dave Nathan (host)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 190

North Carolina (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to push its ACC record above the .500 mark for the first time this season when it hosts Georgia Tech (10-6, 0-4 ACC) on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. in the Smith Center.

The Tar Heels enter Wednesday’s game having won back-to-back ACC contests at Florida State and at home versus Maryland. Carolina has evened its ACC record at 2-2 after starting 0-2 with losses at Virginia and at home to Miami.

Carolina went 1-0 against the Yellow Jackets last season, but Georgia Tech had won four in a row in the series prior to that UNC victory in Chapel Hill.

After Wednesday’s contest, Carolina will play back-to-back road games at NC State (on Saturday) and at Boston College (next Tuesday, Jan. 29) to close out the month of January.

The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 61-24, including a 47-22 edge since the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC. Carolina is 26-6 against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill and 21-4 in the Smith Center against the Yellow Jackets.

Carolina has lost four of its last five games to the Yellow Jackets. Prior to a win last year in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels had lost four in a row to Georgia Tech. That marked the longest UNC losing streak in the 85-game series history. Last year (2011-12), the two teams met only once, and Carolina grabbed a 93-81 win over Tech on Jan. 29, 2012, in the Smith Center.

Roy Williams is 7-8 vs. Georgia Tech as the Carolina head coach, including a 6-1 mark in Chapel Hill, a 1-4 mark in Atlanta and an 0-3 record in the ACC Tournament. Williams also went 1-0 against the Yellow Jackets while coaching at Kansas. So with an 8-7 record against Roy Williams-coached Tar Heel teams, Georgia Tech is one of two ACC teams with a winning record against Carolina in the Williams era (Duke is the other at 10-9).

About Georgia Tech

Tech (10-6, 0-4 ACC) has dropped its first four ACC games, most recently a 73-57 defeat at third-ranked Duke last Thursday, and sit 0-4 in conference play for the first time since the 2008-09 team began the season 0-6. The Yellow Jackets, who have three of their next four games at home, still have their best 16-game start since the 2009-10 season.

Four of Tech's losses have come against teams currently ranked 31st (Illinois), fourth (Miami), 13th (NC State) and first (Duke) in the CBS Sports RPI ranking. North Carolina is ranked 34th.

Georgia Tech has played just three true road games this season, all against teams ranked in the AP top 25 - a 75-62 loss to No. 22 Illinois on Nov. 28, an 83-70 loss to No. 20 NC State on Jan. 29 and last Thursday's 73-57 loss at No. 3 Duke.

Tech is 8-2 at home in its first season in McCamish Pavilion and has averaged 7,186 in attendance with two sellouts.

Five of Tech's six losses have come by double digits, the 70-65 overtime loss to Virginia Tech being the exception. Seven of the Yellow Jackets 10 victories have been by double digits, the closest game being a 73-66 win over UNC Wilmington.
N.C. State is the only team to reach 80 points (83) against the Yellow Jackets and the only team to shoot 50 percent (50.9) from the floor.

Tech's top two scorers for the season currently are both freshmen - Marcus Georges-Hunt (10.7 ppg) and Robert Carter, Jr. (9.9 ppg). They rank No. 3 and 5, however, on the Tech chart for ACC games only, and Chris Bolden is tied with Mfon Udofia for the team lead (10.8 ppg).

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