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Basketball: Georgia Tech Bubble Watch 2/12

The Jackets hold firm on the bubble

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Since I last did this two weeks ago, the Jackets had a string of expected results. Injuries started to affect the Jackets as they fell on the road to fellow bubble squads Clemson and Wake Forest last week. This week, the Jackets picked up wins against Tusculum and Boston College, neither of which will move the needle at all. A win at Clemson or Wake Forest would have been huge, and put us on the right side of the bubble. With these performances, the Jackets are probably still on the outside looking in.

Where Do We Stand

Note: All of these brackets were made before Saturday’s games.

SB Nation - First Four Out

ESPN - First Four Out

CBS Sports - Not In

USA Today - 11 Seed

What Are Our Chances?

This is a true bubble team. They missed big chances last week to move themselves into the field, but they did not really hurt themselves. For much of the bubble, this last week has just been standing still. Teams like Texas Tech, Cal, USC, Miami, Indiana, and Clemson missed big chances at marquee wins yesterday. Some teams did have rough losses though, which will help the Jackets. Arkansas fell to both Missouri and Vanderbilt, Tennessee blew a big lead against UGA, and Seton Hall lost to St. Johns. Those are brutal losses for all of those teams that might knock them off the bubble altogether.

What Do We Have To Do?

Keep winning (obviously). This week, GT has two games against other bubble teams. First they head down to Florida to take on Miami on Wednesday, before welcoming Syracuse to McCamish on Saturday. Syracuse struggled early in the season, but has picked it up strong before losing at Pittsburgh yesterday. Miami has feasted on the easier teams on their schedule, but struggled with the top tier of the ACC (minus their big win against UNC). Going 1-1 in these two games would keep the status quo. Winning both would put us on the right side of the bubble for sure. Losing both would slide us farther from the field. This is the time of year where every single game left is critical.