Some have speculated that the only way Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt will remain head coach is if the Yellow Jackets make it back to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year.
With an 11-15 record and an RPI that is so low I’m not even going to bother looking it up, Tech isn’t going to make it in as an at-large.
So, they are going to have to win the ACC tournament and with it, the automatic bid.
“Doug, are you nuts?” you are saying to yourself right now.
That’s neither here nor there.
Yes, the Jackets have won just three conference games and are 11th in the 12-team league with four games remaining. Yes, they have have lost their past six games in the ACC, falling behind in most by gruesome margins.
But what’s life without hope?
Let’s assume that the standings don’t change much before the ACC tourney begins on March 10 in Greensboro.
The Yellow Jackets would likely open with either Maryland or Boston College. They’ve already lost to both those teams, but the losses were close games. So, it’s not beyond reason that Tech can win its opener.
Now, if things stay the same, Tech would face Florida State in the next round. Even without Chris Singleton, taking on the tallish Seminoles is not a good matchup for the smallish Jackets. But FSU is within a spear’s throw of North Carolina for second place. So, if the Seminoles can pass them, that could benefit the Jackets.
Certainly you remember how badly the Jackets thumped the Tar Heels at Alexander Memorial Coliseum?
So, recent results aside, who’s to say it can’t happen again?
As long as Tech isn’t matched up against FSU in the next round, Tech could defeat the other possibilities. FSU had issues with Miami and looked decent against Virginia in wins earlier this season.
Boom, Tech is in the championship game, where it will likely play Duke.
After watching how badly the Blue Devils took it to the Jackets on the boards in the first half on Sunday, I wouldn’t say I’m at call confident Tech can win that game.
But, as Sheldon Cooper likes to say, what’s life without whimsy?
Can it happen, sure?
Will it happen, that’s for you to say.
– Doug Roberson, AJC