Georgia Tech guard Glen Rice Jr. will remain suspended through the upcoming ACC tournament, coach Brian Gregory said Monday in the ACC coaches teleconference.
Rice was suspended prior to the Virginia Tech game Feb. 18 and has not played since, a total of five games. Gregory has declined to address the matter further, calling it an internal matter.
Gregory praised his players for responding to the suspension. Tech has won two of the five games and easily could have won another two.
“Our guys understood the challenge that was posed to us when the suspension happened, and I think our guys have responded pretty well,” he said.
Tech will play Miami Thursday night in the first round of the ACC tournament at Philips Arena.
“I don’t know what [Rice's absence] has to do with (Tech’s play), but clearly they are playing terrific right now,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “Their performance against Maryland, the way they shared the ball, the way they played defense, was very impressive to me.”
Wake Forest was the last team that Rice faced, a 59-50 loss for the Jackets. Tech beat the Demon Deacons Saturday in the regular-season finale.
“I just think when we played them the second time, they were really a united group,” Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “They really worked well together, they moved the ball well, they executed their gameplan. It was one heartbeat and that’s just my observation.”