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Georgia Tech, Purdue look to advance to Maui semifinals

Nov 20, 2006 - 3:28 PM Purdue (2-0) at No. 19 Georgia Tech (3-0) 5:00 pm EST

MAUI, Hawaii (Ticker) -- Georgia Tech and Purdue both struggled on the road last season. One squad will be happy to see paradise.

The 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets will take on the Boilermakers in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

This will be the first contest away from home for both squads. Last season each team struggled mightily on the road with Georgia Tech going 1-12 and Purdue, 0-14.

Thaddeus Young (19 points) and fellow freshman Javaris Crittenton (18), both McDonald's All-Americans, led Georgia Tech to a 103-74 victory over Georgia State on Thursday.

The duo is living up to the hype so far this season. Young is averaging 16.0 and Crittenton 15.7 points and eight assists per game. The Yellow Jackets have won their first three games by an average margin of 31 points and beat Georgia State for the 12th straight time.

For the Boilermakes, seniors Carl Landry and David Teague are healthy after an injury-plagued 2005-06 season. The combined to score 27 points and Purdue made 12 shots from the arc in a 82-57 victory over Western Carolina on Friday.

The winner will play 13-ranked Memphis or Oklahoma in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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