Georgia Tech’s basketball season came to a screeching halt yesterday night following a devastating 32-point blowout at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs in the NIT Championship game. The Jackets played from behind from start to finish, trailing by as many as 17 points in the opening half before cutting it back to single digits. The game ended on an incredibly low note, with Tech undergoing a 10-minute scoring drought that allowed TCU to build up its massive lead. Thought it’s disappointing to lose in such a way, the fact that this team won 21 games remains phenomenal. I would’ve taken half that many wins at the beginning of the season; there simply didn’t appear to be 10 wins on the schedule, much less 21. Congratulations to Josh Pastner and his team on an excellent season of basketball.
Thankfully Tech’s women are still carrying the Institute through the postseason — they’ll play in the WNIT Championship game at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. Though the venue is hardly the Madison Square Garden experience that the men got for their run — the women will play at the home of the University of Detroit Mercy up in Michigan — it will still be a big chance for a Georgia Tech team to make a postseason statement. Tech’s opponent will be the Michigan Wolverines, who we can safely assume will have home court advantage to some degree. Hopefully they are up to the task of carrying the whole school’s basketball hopes to a postseason tournament win.
The state of North Carolina voted to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 yesterday afternoon, a move which very well could signal the return of numerous ACC sporting events to the conference’s home state. Nothing is guaranteed as far as a return to Charlotte for the ACC football championship, but commissioner John Swofford has at least indicated that there will be discussions between the state and the conference on the topic of a return to the Tar Heel State. The NBA also expressed interest in making a return to North Carolina in the event of the bill’s repealing some time back, meaning that the NBA All-Star Game could be heading up to Charlotte in the near future just one year after the league pulled the event over discrimination concerns stemming from HB2.