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Technical Tidbits 3/12: Georgia Tech Basketball reaches ACC Semifinals

The first time in a long time the Jackets have reached the semifinals.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Miami Georgia Tech Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

This was not a game for the faint of heart, even though Miami was the no. 13 seed in the ACC Tournament, they played like a top seed for the entire game. The lead was exchanged a few times, and neither team ever got a clear advantage throughout the contest. Like he seems to do often, Tech’s Jose Alvarado rose to the challenge (even after a knee injury) and sealed the game for the Jackets with just seconds to go. He saved a ball that was headed out of bounds and if lost, could have given Miami the lead. Today at 6:30 p.m. ET, Georgia Tech plays tournament no. 1 seed Virginia (ESPN2). In the regular season, Tech lost the two matchups against the Cavaliers by 2 points and 8 points, so it should be a close one. Keep it up, Jackets!

There’s some baseball this weekend on the Flats. Georgia Tech will be hosting the Pittsburgh Panthers for a three-game series starting tonight. Two of the games (Friday and Saturday) will start at 7 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET respectively, and Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. For the season, the Panthers are 7-3, with two losses to Duke last weekend and an opening loss to Indiana State. Tech is coming off of a series win against no. 10 Louisville, so they are in a good position against the Panthers. Tonight and tomorrow’s games will air on the ACC Network, with Sunday’s game on ACCNX.

Volleyball season part 2 has started, with Georgia Tech having their spring season home opener this weekend. The Jackets are coming off of a 1-1 start to the spring slate, with a win against Virginia and a loss to no. 22 Pittsburgh. They have a chance for redemption, playing both Boston College and UNC. The Eagles aren’t good (1-8), so a loss here would be shocking (tonight, 6 p.m. ET, ACCNX). The Tar Heels will be a much tougher out, currently sitting at 8-4 overall, a much closer game is expected (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, ACCNX).

The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are this weekend, and four Yellow Jackets will be making the trip to Arkansas to compete. Nicole Fegans and Andrew Kent will both be running, Fegans in the 5k and Kent in the 3k. Cameron O’Neal is doing the long jump, with Olivia Moore pole vaulting. Good luck, Jackets!

Here’s a look at the hustle play that might have saved Tech’s season yesterday afternoon.

Question of the Day: Prediction for tonight’s semifinal game against Virginia?