Will this weekend be the end of the line for our basketball team this season? - Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics
It's been a quiet week around Georgia Tech's campus when it comes to athletics. That's about to change though.
The last time we saw any of our Yellow Jackets on the field was Sunday, as baseball rounded out its weekend series against Virginia Tech. It's now Thursday, and aside from our first football commitment for 2014, there really hasn't been much worth reporting since then. Basketball's regular season ended Saturday, baseball has the mid-week off, and football...ended months ago (don't worry, I'll let it go eventually).
Today, though, that changes. Here's how.
ACC Basketball Tournament
Basketball kicks off the ACC Tournament at noon as a 9-seed when they take on 8-seed Boston College (who they just lost to on Saturday). A win Thursday, and they'll win the prize of playing against #1-seed Miami. It's actually really interesting comparing the juxtaposition of playing the 8-seed, who we lost to most recently, and then if we win playing the 1-seed, who we beat right before that loss to the 8-seed. Then you consider that we got whipped by Miami on our home court, and then beat them at their place, and now would have to play them on a neutral court, and there's really no predicting what might happen. The tournament will conclude at 1pm on Sunday with the championship game.
Baseball Hosts Boston College
Baseball kicks off a series against conference foe Boston College at 6pm on Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium. It's been a red-hot start for the baseball team this season, as they're 14-2 and have scored at least 10 runs in 11 of 16 games (all of which resulted in wins). Meanwhile, Boston College comes in at 3-12, having lost 5 in a row after being swept in Tallahassee by Florida State last weekend. In comparison to the Jackets' offense, the Eagles have only scored 10 runs once (a win over South Florida), and have only scored 5 runs three times in fifteen games. I'd be really upset if we didn't win this series, and I'd be a little surprised if we didn't sweep them.
Football in March
Nope, I'm not kidding. Thursday will actually provide some football news in the form of Tech hosting its Pro Day at Bobby Dodd Stadium, in which a select group of graduated seniors with NFL hopes will attempt to impress scouts through drills and interviews. We'll see participation on Thursday from DT T.J. Barnes, OG Omoregie Uzzi, HB Orwin Smith, DE/DT Izaan Cross, DB Rod Sweeting, QB Tevin Washington, LS Tyler Morgan, and WR Chris Jackson. The NFL Draft will likely see Sweeting drafted and easily could see Barnes drafted, with Orwin, Izaan, and Uzzi likely to be left out until they can get some attention in free agency. That's not necessarily a death sentence though -- remember WR Kevin Cone, who barely even contributed on the Flats, was signed by the Falcons as a free agent and played in 12 games for them last season (although he didn't record a catch). Also consider RB Arian Foster, who's been a top-5 back in the NFL the past few years, who went undrafted out of Tennessee a few years ago. I'd consider Orwin Smith as a dark horse threat to make some waves as an undrafted back.
Can't forget about these, can we? In addition to the more well-known things happening as mentioned above, this weekend will see the Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams take part in the Georgia Relays in Athens along with other schools from around the state. It marks the beginning of the outdoor track season after the indoor season concluded last weekend with the NCAA Championships. In addition to our track teams storming Athens, our Men's Tennis team will host Florida State on Friday before travelling to Miami on Sunday, while the Women's Tennis team will host Notre Dame on Saturday.
Things are kicking back up around these parts, folks. Are you ready for a big weekend in Georgia Tech sports?