Georgia Tech (10-12, 3-6) returns to action tonight when they host Florida State (16-7, 6-3). The Jackets will be playing without their third-leading scorer in Brian Oliver who is out for a few weeks due to a broken thumb, but should get center Nate Hicks back.
The Jackets have lost four of their last five games, most recently dropping a 65-56 decision at home to Clemson. Tech was led in scoring by Iman Shumpert and Glen Rice Jr. who had 17 and 10 points respectively. An early double-digit lead for the Jackets was squandered by a 22-0 run by Clemson, and Tech was never able to retake the lead.
Florida State has dropped two of its last three games after a four game winning streak in conference play, including a win over then No. 1 Duke. The Seminoles lost 89-69 at North Carolina in their most recent game.
The Seminoles are led in scoring by Chris Singleton (13.9) and Derwin Kitchen (10.3). FSU doesn't have any double-digit rebounders, but has a well-rounded team effort on the boards and has eight players with at least 2.7 rebounds per game.
Thursday's matchup is the only meeting between the two schools this season. FSU leads the all-time series 34-27, and Tech holds an 18-10 margin at Alexander Memorial.
FSU and Tech faced off twice last season. In December, FSU beat No. 22 Tech 66-59 in overtime in Atlanta. In January, Chris Singleton put up 23 points to lead the Seminoles to a 68-66 win over No. 19 Tech.
The game tips-off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. It can be heard locally on 790 the Zone.