Georgia Tech and head coach Danny Hall got some great news earlier today when it was announced that the Jackets will be making the journey down to Gainesville for a regional meeting hosted by the Florida Gators, the NCAA Tournament's top seed.
This will be Tech's first NCAA Tournament appearance since a lackluster performance a couple of seasons ago in Oxford, and the team will have to work extra hard to make anything happen in what could prove to be one of the toughest regionals of the year.
Though the Jackets were certainly on the bubble, the team's odds of making it in almost always outweighed the odds of missing out on the tournament; the surprising part here is that Tech was named as a two seed despite a losing conference record and a current three-game losing streak. The seeding means that Tech will start off the regional with a game versus No. 3 seed Connecticut, the champions of the American Athletic Conference, and then proceed to fight it out with either No. 4 seed Bethune Cookman or No. 1 seed Florida.
One of the best parts about this for Tech is that they will likely miss Florida ace A.J. Puk, one of the best pitchers in the entire nation. Barring something unforeseen, he will likely get the start for Florida against Bethune Cookman and not see Tech in either game two or three of the double-elimination format. Hopefully the Jackets can leverage that and pull an upset of the top seed in the nation.
Congratulations to the Jackets and best of luck in Florida! You can see the complete bracket right here.