Georgia Tech’s seeding for next week’s ACC tournament will be determined by two games Saturday – Virginia Tech at Tech and Wake Forest at Miami. Both are at 2 p.m. Tech can finish anywhere between 11th and 13th. In the tournament’s first round on Wednesday, the pairings will be 10-15, 11-14 and 12-13. Boston College is locked into No. 14 and Virginia Tech is locked into No. 15.
If Tech and Wake win Saturday, Tech and Notre Dame will play in a 12-13 game. Miami and Boston College will play in the 11-14 game. Wake will play Virginia Tech in the 10-15 game.
If Tech and Miami win, Tech will be the No. 11 seed and play No. 14 Boston College. Notre Dame and Wake will play in the 12-13 game. Miami will play Virginia Tech in the 10-15 game.
If Tech loses, the Jackets will play Notre Dame in a 12-13 game. The Wake-Miami loser will play No. 14 Boston College. The winner will play Virginia Tech in the 10-15 game.
Who Tech could play in a second-round game on Thursday will be determined by Saturday’s Pittsburgh-Clemson game, at 4 p.m.. The winner gets the No. 5 seed and plays the winner of the 12-13 game. The loser gets the No. 6 seed and plays the winner of the 11-14 game.
I’m not sure who the more favorable first-round matchup would be for Tech, either Notre Dame or Boston College, despite the fact that the Jackets swept B.C. Both were close and Tech could easily have lost both games of the series but for clutch shots by Trae Golden in the first game and Marcus Georges-Hunt in the second.
Boston College’s offense makes the Eagles tough to prepare for, and I think the whole “it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season” school of thought has some merit, especially when the two wins have been exceedingly close. I also think Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan has the Logan Thomas mojo against the Jackets.
Tech and Notre Dame split, and I wonder if this would actually be the better matchup. The Jackets didn’t play that well a week and a half ago in South Bend, Ind., and barely lost. I can imagine center Daniel Miller would love to make up for a pretty poor game against Notre Dame’s Garrett Sherman in South Bend.
As for a possible second-round opponent, I think Tech would be better off playing Clemson, despite the fact that the Tigers have won nine in a row over the Jackets. Both losses have been close, and I think they’re more evenly matched than they are with Pittsburgh. The Panthers, you may remember, beat Tech at McCamish Pavilion Jan. 14 to improve to 16-1. They are 6-7 since, but the losses have been to Syracuse (twice), Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida State and N.C. State. Only the last two could be viewed as “bad losses,” and then barely so.