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Technical Tidbits 3/8: Georgia Tech Basketball secures elusive double-bye

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They actually did it.

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

Unless they get absolutely embarrassed in their ACC Tournament quarterfinal game on Thursday, I don’t see Georgia Tech missing the NCAA Tournament. Most bracket projections have the Jackets in at an 11-seed, although a good ACC Tournament performance should put them up a few spots. With Louisville’s loss on Saturday, and Tech’s win Friday against Wake Forest, the Jackets secured the no. 4 seed in this year’s ACC Tournament. Their game on Friday night against Wake Forest was close at times, but Michael Devoe’s 24 points and Jose Alvarado’s 22 helped seal the 12-point victory for the Jackets. Josh Pastner & co. will take the floor at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday (ESPN/ESPN2), and will play the winner of no. 5 Clemson vs. no. 12 Pittsburgh/no. 13 Miami. I’m glad to be looking forward to an ACC Tournament for once!

After a close victory against Clemson in the ACC Women’s Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, the Jackets fell to the eventual champion NC State Wolfpack in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Tech was up by 10 at points during the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold the lead as NC State came back during the final minutes of the game. F Lorela Cubaj was named to the All-Tournament Team after her 18 point, 12 rebound performance against Clemson and her 17 point, 11 rebound game versus NC State. Now, the Jackets await their NCAA Tournament fate, with the bracket revealed a week from today.

After a loss at the hands of Georgia State last Wednesday, a series win against no. 1 Louisville is a great surprise from the Tech Beesball team. On Friday, the Jackets lost 13-6 (the Cardinals scored 7 in the first two innings), but bounced back for a huge 19-6 win on Saturday. Tech’s batting is clearly a strength this season, and that was shown in Sunday’s win (13-9). Even with the performance against Georgia State last week, the Jackets are in a great position heading into the meat of their ACC schedule. Series wins against both NC State and Louisville will be great come postseason-seeding time.

This is an incredible statistic. Let’s hope that the no. 4 seed brings the ACC Tournament trophy home!

Question of the Day: What are your predictions for the ACC Tournament?