Posted: 2:54 am Friday, March 7th, 2014

Tech’s ACC tournament possibilities 

By Ken Sugiura

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.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Brian Gregory, college basketball

Brian Gregory’s Yellow Jackets are 14-16 ahead of regular season finale.

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.

18 comments
Peachs
Peachs

Cuse only lost about three games in the dome the last three years and someone is lowering that bar to feel good about being negative. I see a lot of teams with negative attitudes that deserve the trendy spirit of a blogger trying to look smart by being negative; Tech is not one on them.To coach a team not to have a negative attitude when it seems to be bred in every kid or adult who never matured passed it is an accomplishment for Tech and one I appreciate.

Peachs
Peachs

The Irish are the ticket here. I was in Indiana last week and these people don’t get that excited about the ACC yet. They are still Big 10 junkies, which is being played in Indianapolis. A neutral court on tobacco road, the crowd will be dead, early playing time, a strange place strange, for ND, only Tech will be up, we need to draw Notre Dame.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Will be so glad when basketball season is over.  Even if we were good, it still just isn't even fun to think about.  Football is fun to watch and at least discuss no matter how bad or good we are.

inoto20
inoto20

How does gt lose 9 in a row to clemson? That's pathetic.

juvenal
juvenal

Ken, STAFF STAFF did a good write up on the Lady BK.......

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

Injuries decimated both the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks beat the Heat before the injuries hit and now they are falling apart. Tech has lost Golden and Carter Jr for a lot of the ACC schedule, Morris for most of the season and Jurgenson for about all of it.

The game against Syracuse revealed what might have been.

But unlike last year after the upset of Miami, we need to build on it.

Show what you've got Yellow Jackets.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Birmingham__Jacket  I dig basketball too. I used to get into it at Tech and got an A in the course. Basketball required athletic ability and skill, and required non-contact. It was pretty rigorous. If we were good, like we were under Cremins, I would prefer the unis with the previous yj from my era, the real BD era, on them. BD was AD when I was required to take basketball in Winter of '71. Under Cremins "Buzz" was the yj. I can't stand that imposter, but have to put up with it, as well as put up with long baggy shorts for the basketball unis. I can't stand them either. During the BD era real gym shorts were worn by the team and the students taking basketball. Imposter gym shorts were not worn. "Buzz" is a big nosed nosey invader of privacy b/c of the impostering of the BD years yj. "BD" was a decent man, a leader, and "Buzz" is a nosey follower of leaders that has to find out about everything, so much so that too much gets found out about during privacy invasions.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@Birmingham__Jacket judging from you constant complaining about  our fb jackets.

i wouldnt call what you do as 'fun' unless you consider constant complaining fun. different strokes i guess.

i would consider our bb team fortunate to not have your attention.

just my opinion after seeing your posts for the last 1-2 years.

inoto20
inoto20

@Radar123  

Syrcause lost to bc and lost 3-4. It's not like gt beat the team from a month ago. Nice to get a win but syracuse is not playing well right now. 

juvenal
juvenal

one day you are gonna want those seats back, radar, &, as much as visiting fans annoy me, empty seats are worse......

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@inoto20 @Radar123@inoto20 @Radar123  "Syracuse lost to bc and lost 3-4. It's not like gt beat the team from a month ago. Nice to get a win but syracuse is not playing well right now."

SPOT ON THE MONEY 20. syracuse is NOT the same team that they were 2-3 weeks ago. AND a big reason why is that jerami grant has had a sore back and either not played in 2 of the last 5 games or played 'sparingly' at most.

but here is the thing.... you admit that syracuse isnt the same. NO DOUBT.  losing ONE STARTER for part of the season (5-6 games) has hurt them. 1-4  with him hurting.

see where im going with this yet????

OUT OF THE 30 GAMES WE HAVE PLAYED:   Jorenson has missed 26 games, Morris 21 games, Poole 16 games, Carter 10 games.  golden has played hurt for the last 6-7 games.  by my count "5 OF OUR TOP 7"  players have missed a whole lot of games.  we have a walk-on who has HAD to play in 8 games due to a short bench.

why is it that syracuse gets a pass when they lose 1 player for parts of 5-6 games yet gt looses 5 players for parts /all of the season  and SOME of the fans here are flabbergasted that we arent going to win the acc championship.

FIRE THE COACH.

(fill in the blank) is not an acc caliber player.

our team sucks. ill never watch gt basketball again. whine whine whine whine WHINE.

show me another team in the acc that has had a more severe injury problem than gt.  show me another team in the entire ncaa that has had this many players of their top 7 players miss this many games. if there are... we are in a select company..

maybe we SHOULD fire gregory. our walkons and scrubs are not acc caliber players. doh.

go jackets. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@inoto20

Syracuse was a blown call and Boeheim meltdown away from a victory in Cameron.  They haven't turned into a poor team overnight.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@juvenal

I'll come back next year for basketball but don't think so for football. Johnson can't win any of the games that count most to me. And u agree he should have given Lee different formations to play out of instead of 100% of the one he disliked.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Yellerbug @charlestonian77 @inoto20 @Radar123  I can't agree with y'all. The injuries excuse is akin to a secondary school student wanting to go home from school "sick" when they aren't sick and just don't want to go to school that day. A team is a team and should have backup players to take the place of injured ones. Then the backups go out on the court and are relegated to uni colors with numbers on them primarily. Then play ball! Injuries were not a factor versus Syracuse.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

@charlestonian77 @inoto20@Radar123 Well stated logic.  I don't think there is a team in the NCAA that has suffered through injuries like GT has this year. Despite that adversity, we have played many, many close games, could have won a majority of them (as Ken often points out).  But you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.  The beauty of basketball is there is a second chance in the tournament.  Though highly improbable, Tech can string together 4 wins in the tournament if we play our best with intensity and focus, coach our best, play 12 players to maximize endurance and having a little luck would certainly help.  There's a mental freedom in knowing that if you lose, it is over. Play each game like it is your last and give it your all. It's the Alamo mentality---win or die.  I hope CBG will get them mentally ready, then it's up to the players.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Radar123 @juvenal  PJ can't win almost all of the games now except against patsys like Alabama A&M, Duke and NC. That's why he's treading on thin ice.