ACC coaches heap praise on Georgia Tech, Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech forward Quinton Stephens celebrates with fans after the Yellow Jackets' win over Syracuse. (John Amis/Special to the AJC)

Georgia Tech forward Quinton Stephens celebrates with fans after the Yellow Jackets’ win over Syracuse. (John Amis/Special to the AJC)

When Georgia Tech stunned the ACC on New Year’s Eve by upsetting North Carolina 75-63, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ post-game comments kept returning to how disappointed he was in the way his team played. Looking back Monday, he acknowledged he’d made something of a mistake.

“I was really so frustrated about the way we played down there that day,” Williams said on the ACC teleconference. “I didn’t give them enough credit.”

There was time and opportunity to dole out credit Monday to the team that has become the surprise of the ACC. Williams was among several coaches offering their praise of the Yellow Jackets and coach Josh Pastner for their massive exceeding of expectations this season.

“They’ve had a fantastic year,” Williams said. “It’s shown. I’m hoping they make the NCAA tournament.”

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