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Georgia Tech Edges Duke 81-77 (OT)

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They never said it was going to be easy

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to even know how to begin this other than stating how proud I am of this team. I wake up today the happiest I have been as a Georgia Tech sports fan in quite some time.

It wasn’t pretty for most of the night and they sure made us sweat, but the Jackets defeated Duke on Tuesday night in overtime to all but secure a place in the NCAA Tournament. They did so thanks to a huge senior night performance from Moses Wright who had 29 points and 14 rebounds.

The game was tight throughout and certainly wasn’t the cleanest one the Jackets have played all season as it looked evident they knew what was on the line. Tech gradually built a lead in the second half that swelled to eight points with 3 minutes to play. What followed was a terrible stretch of play that saw the Jackets fail to score for the rest of regulation, having to head to OT with no momentum. However they again built a lead and also again nearly gave it away but what matters only is that they didn’t. A team that has found so many ways to lose games over the last 10 years found a way to win the most important game it has played in that time.

Both teams came into the night squarely on the bubble and this game was seen as a de-facto big dance play in-game. While I believe the Jackets are now safely in the field, a win over checked-out Wake Forest on Saturday should eliminate any doubt and allow us to breathe a sigh of relief heading into the ACC Tournament.

Based on the Bracket Matrix, which seeds teams based on an amalgamation of bracketologists, Tech would be the highest 12 seed if the season ended today. With the way they are playing right now, I believe there is room for them to get to the 11 or even 10 line potentially with a high amount of confidence heading into the tournament.

It’s been evident for a while that this team is we thought they were and not the one we saw for those first two games of the season. The results have finally caught up to the eye test and this team is earning everything they have worked for by not allowing this season to unravel.

I’ll leave you all with some clips of what this win meant to the team. Aren’t college sports the best?