The Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5) take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-8) tonight in the wonderful city of Atlanta, Georgia. I come to you this afternoon to discuss the series history when it comes to the basketball programs of these two institutions. Because, at 9 pm eastern time tonight “all records go out the window” as they say in sports.
The overall series record is 60-23 in favor of the Heels, but does this disproportionate number really come as a surprise?? I didn’t think so. This series has been played since nineteen hundred and twenty five, therefore in the spirit of saving ourselves a little time let’s just review the series history since 2004 (the year GT reached the final game of the actual NCAA basketball tournament. Yes, I typed that sentence correctly).
And here is my question before we move on: in this day and age, do you feel as if you live in a world where any given individual would remember that Georgia Tech reached the final of the NCAA tournament only to be blown to little bits by a UConn team with Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor (and maybe even Charlie Villanueva) on it. I’ll give you a few seconds.
That’s what I figured.
Here are the scores since 2004 (aka the Roy Williams Era):
1-11-04 W 103 88 home
2-10-04 L 77 88 away
3-12-04 L 82 83 Greensboro, ACC
1-12-05 W 91 69 home
3-12-05 L 75 78 Washington DC, MCI, ACC
2-15-06 W 82 75 home
1-20-07 W 77 61 home
3-1-07 L 77 84 away
1-16-08 W 83 82 away
2-28-09 W 104 74 home
1-16-10 L 71 73 home
2-16-10 L 51 68 away
3-11-10 L 58 62 Greensboro, ACC
1-16-11 L 58 78 away
1-29-12 W 93-81 home
Also note that we are 18-3 on the road in this series, and possibly more importantly, Roy is 6-8 against Georgia Tech. In recent years, UNC has struggled in Atlanta.
The moment I best remember from the last nine years against this team is being in the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12th of 2004 and witnessing this stupid shot from arguably my least favorite ACC player of the last decade, Jarret Jack.