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Technical Tidbits 3/13: Jackets punch NIT ticket, will face Indiana

Can Tech cost Tom Crean his job with a big win in the NIT? Not likely, but we can dream.

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Georgia Tech became the luckiest team in the nation yesterday evening, being awarded a home game in the NIT despite being a six seed in the 2017 edition of the No Invitation Tournament. Thanks to some conveniently scheduled maintenance on Indiana’s arena (or the fact that next week is Indiana’s spring break, depending on who you ask), McCamish Pavilion will get to play host to a top-tier school for one final time this season. I’d imagine that the environment will be as loud and energetic as it was for the last few games of the season, hopefully to the point that Hoosiers can’t even hear their head coach getting fired over the chants of “airball”. It's for their own good, really.

By the way, Tech’s region just so happens to be among the toughest in the entire NIT. It features Tech, Indiana, top seeded Syracuse, UNC Greensboro (which is hilariously pitted against ‘Cuse), Belmont, Ole Miss, and Monmouth. If Tech beats the Hoosiers, they’ll face off with the winner of Monmouth and UGA. I know which one I’m hoping for!

Tech baseball, meanwhile, appears to be heading down the very familiar path of collapsing early in ACC play — the team dropped two of three games to a struggling Miami team over the weekend. The Hurricane offense had been anemic all season long, featuring no fewer than three players who were hitting below .100 prior to the weekend series, but Tech’s pitching staff managed to make them look like a top-flight hitting team. In fact, the Jackets allowed a total of 32 runs to the Canes over the weekend despite the fact that Miami had scored a grand total of 39 all season prior to Friday. That includes four complete-game shutouts and encompasses a span over which Miami lost series to Florida (0-3), Dartmouth (1-2), and FIU (0-2). It’s still early, but that series would’ve been nice to win.

The complete bracket for the NCAA Tournament was (obviously) released yesterday, and it features some fun matchups and a lot of love for the top teams in the ACC. Defending champion Villanova claimed the top overall seed and will play in one of the most ACC-dense regions of all, featuring No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Virginia, and No. 9 Virginia Tech. The other top seeds are Gonzaga, North Carolina, and Kansas, giving us a nice array of top schools ranging from predictable powerhouse to Gonzaga, which has risen to prominence for whatever reason. I have a strange feeling that this year will be less upset-crazy than seasons past, but maybe I’m just not respecting the basketball prowess of Vanderbilt and Troy enough.