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From sweet to elite: North Carolina cruises past Butler

Down and out. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) MEMPHIS — With 6:49 remaining in the first half Friday, Butler was on pace to score 73 points.
Two coaching honors for Josh Pastner

Two coaching honors for Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was awarded two more coach of the year honors this week. The Atlanta Tipoff Club named Pastner its men’s college coach of the year Friday and the National Association of Basketball Coaches named him its District 2 coach of the year on Thursday. The tipoff club’s coaching award is named in honor of Whack Hyder, Tech’s longtime coach and a member of...
Photos: 12 athletes that had brains and brawn

Photos: 12 athletes that had brains and brawn

Pro athletes sometimes get stereotyped as dumb jocks. But there’s been plenty who had brawn and brains. Here’s 10 who left their uniforms behind and accomplished great things off the field.
Depth-chart analysis: Specialists

Depth-chart analysis: Specialists

With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth. Tech’s specialist group is under a major overhaul with the graduation of kicker Harrison Butker and punter Ryan Rodwell, who also served as Butker’s holder. With signees Brenton...
Depth-chart analysis: wide receivers

Depth-chart analysis: wide receivers

With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth. Tech’s wide receiver group comes back with both starters returning and will still have only one senior in the group. It’s a position that figures to improve through the competition...
Depth-chart analysis: Offensive line

Depth-chart analysis: Offensive line

With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth. Tech’s offensive line loses center Freddie Burden, but has a solid nucleus in its rising sophomores. With nine scholarship players available this spring, walk-ons should figure to...
3 other NIT semifinalists: Who they are, their connections to Tech

3 other NIT semifinalists: Who they are, their connections to Tech

Mississippi guard Breein Tyree (4) shoots against Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson (1) and center Ben Lammers (44) during an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Oxford, Miss.
Alpharetta’s Simmons and Gates will battle in Sweet 16

Alpharetta’s Simmons and Gates will battle in Sweet 16

Drew Catlett is going to have a hard time picking a side to root for on Thursday night. When the head boys’ basketball coach of Alpharetta’s St. Francis School flips his television to TBS around 10 p.m. to watch No. 11 Xavier take on No. 2 Arizona in the Sweet 16, he’ll see two of his former players on opposite ends of the floor in San Jose. “It’s going to be a tough...
Georgia Tech depth-chart analysis: Running backs

Georgia Tech depth-chart analysis: Running backs

With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth. The transfer of Marcus Marshall to James Madison has given backups to Dedrick Mills more hope that they can see the field soon. At A-back, the trio of Clinton Lynch, J.J. Green and Qua Searcy...
Georgia Tech depth-chart analysis: Quarterbacks

Georgia Tech depth-chart analysis: Quarterbacks

With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth. With the graduation of three-year starter Justin Thomas, as well as the hire of quarterbacks/B-backs coach Craig Candeto to replace Bryan Cook (now at Georgia Southern), the quarterback...
13 Georgia Tech basketball games for the ages

13 Georgia Tech basketball games for the ages

Like beauty, basketball classics are in the eye of the beholder. But here are a baker’s dozen Georgia Tech wins for the ages, in chronological order: Jan. 8, 1955 The Yellow Jackets beat a No. 1 team for the first time, breaking Kentucky’s 129-game win streak at home. Joe Helms stole the ball and sank the game-winner with 11 seconds left. Jan 31, 1955 Just 23 days later, the Jackets did...
25 years later, James Forrest’s March Madness moment still magic

25 years later, James Forrest’s March Madness moment still magic

The play that defined James Forrest’s Georgia Tech career has lived a full 25 years. The man who made it is doing pretty well, too. The Tech great’s desperation 3-pointer that beat USC in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament turned 25 on Tuesday. “The play was designed for a catch-and-shoot,” Forrest, 44, said. “I knew whatever I did, I had to catch and shoot...
Explaining Georgia Tech’s offensive surge in NIT

Explaining Georgia Tech’s offensive surge in NIT

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner doesn’t hesitate to bring up the offensive limitations of his team. He did it Tuesday night following the Yellow Jackets’ NIT quarterfinal win over Ole Miss. But, in their three-game NIT run, the Jackets look more and more like a team that has a pretty good idea of what it’s supposed to do and is capable of doing it. Against the Rebels, Tech shot 51...
Down the road from Memphis, Josh Pastner reunites, reflects

Down the road from Memphis, Josh Pastner reunites, reflects

There was a bit of poetic justice in the air Tuesday night at the Pavilion at Ole Miss. A year ago, Josh Pastner was a coach under the gun at Memphis, having finished the season at 19-15 that had Tigers fans furious with their team’s failure to make the postseason for two consecutive seasons and maintain the lofty standards set by former coach John Calipari. It was widely speculated that only...
Georgia Tech is bound for the NIT’s final four. It can win there

Georgia Tech is bound for the NIT’s final four. It can win there

His team quelled the Rebels. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP) Georgia Tech is in the final four of the tournament for which nobody fills out a bracket, but still: If you’re not in the Big Dance, you might as well win the NIT.
5 college football stadiums that double as burial grounds

5 college football stadiums that double as burial grounds

College football stadiums are often considered hallowed grounds. In some ways, more than you think. Among the oldest standing athletic structures across the country, college stadiums have their own unique history outside the box score.  Here are five stadiums that contain or are located near actual graveyards:  Evergreen Cemetery, which dates back to the mid-1830s, sits across from Alabama's...
He’s Ben Lammers, or, if you prefer, Josh

He’s Ben Lammers, or, if you prefer, Josh

Georgia Tech does not lack for Joshes. Josh Heath, Josh Okogie, Josh Pastner. And now, Josh Lammers? The ACC defensive player of the year was mistakenly grouped into the Josh clan during the ESPN2 broadcast of the NIT quarterfinal against Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Word got back to Lammers from friends who texted him to inform him of the gaffe. “How’s that happen?” asked Lammers...
What Georgia Tech players said after the NIT win over Ole Miss

What Georgia Tech players said after the NIT win over Ole Miss

Comments from Georgia Tech forward Quinton Stephens, center Ben Lammers and guard Josh Okogie following the Yellow Jackets’ 74-66 win over Ole Miss in an NIT quarterfinal matchup QUINTON STEPHENS “Our goal for this game was really to jump on ’em. I think we did a good job of that. They’re a good team. They’re here for a reason. The crowd was great. I feel like I fed off...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Ole Miss

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Ole Miss

Georgia Tech left New York two weeks ago with a whimper, losers to Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets appeared a team that had run its course, its defense still fierce but its offense unraveling and its legs out of bounce. Tuesday night, the Jackets were a different and better version of themselves, making clutch baskets, running effective offense, jumping on loose...
Georgia Tech advances to NIT semis in another big step for team, Pastner

Georgia Tech advances to NIT semis in another big step for team, Pastner

Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson goes up for a dunk attempt as Mississippi forward Sebastian Saiz (11) defends in Tuesday’s NIT quarterfinals in Oxford, Miss.
Photos: Georgia Tech beats Ole Miss in NIT quarterfinal

Photos: Georgia Tech beats Ole Miss in NIT quarterfinal

Georgia Tech and Ole miss met in a college basketball game on March 21, 2017.
Jackets top Ole Miss, move onto NIT semifinals

Jackets top Ole Miss, move onto NIT semifinals

Georgia Tech barely made it across the finish line, but got there first. Perplexed by Ole Miss’ variety of defensive looks in the second half — a season-long weapon in the Yellow Jackets’ holster — Tech survived the Rebels’ comeback effort to win its NIT quarterfinal 74-66 on Tuesday night at the Pavilion at Ole Miss. After lighting up Ole Miss in the first 20 minutes...
5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Mississippi

5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Mississippi

March 19, 2017, Atlanta: Georgia Tech players celebrate their 71-57 victory over Belmont in the locker room after their NIT tournament round two NCAA basketball game on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Atlanta.
The flaw Georgia Tech has to address to earn NIT semifinal berth

The flaw Georgia Tech has to address to earn NIT semifinal berth

Perhaps the most convincing evidence of the impact that Georgia Tech fans had on their team is this: The Yellow Jackets finished their home schedule at 17-4, setting a school record for home wins, and go into their NIT quarterfinal matchup at Mississippi at 2-10 on the road. In the nine ACC home games and the two NIT conquests at McCamish, opponents shot 35.8 percent, which helped generate a 9-2 record...
5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s WNIT win over UCF

5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s WNIT win over UCF

Outdueling Central Florida in the fourth quarter, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team claimed its second-round WNIT matchup 63-51 at McCamish Pavilion Sunday evening. The Yellow Jackets gave up a six-point lead in the third quarter and trailed by two with 4:38 to play before rallying. “We had to fight, we had to make plays,” coach MaChelle Joseph said. “We were in serious...
South Carolina takes down Duke and shocks the world

South Carolina takes down Duke and shocks the world

Frank Martin amid his giddy Gamecocks. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) GREENVILLE, S.C. – With 18 seconds left, Frank Martin was still expecting, he said, “a nine-point play.
Satisfying home finale for Quinton Stephens

Satisfying home finale for Quinton Stephens

Georgia Tech forward Quinton Stephens came to his post-game interview Sunday with his white jersey stained with blood. It turned out he had opened a cut on a finger at the end of the Yellow Jackets’ 71-57 second-round win in the NIT over Belmont at McCamish Pavilion. “I had nowhere else to (wipe the blood),” said Stephens, who, perhaps ironically, whose teammates voted him the best...
What Josh Pastner said after Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Belmont

What Josh Pastner said after Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Belmont

Comments from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and Belmont coach Rick Byrd following the Yellow Jackets’ 71-57 win over the Bruins Sunday in a second-round NIT matchup at McCamish Pavilion: Josh Pastner On setting the school record for most home wins in a season: “We’re not sharing it with anybody. We stand alone. For the ’16-’17 team, it’s an unbelievable reflection...
Five observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Belmont

Five observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Belmont

The day could have scarcely gone better for Georgia Tech in its final home game of the season. The Yellow Jackets enjoyed a sizable crowd, were lifted by a career game from their senior captain, moved the ball with selflessness and kept a one-of-a-kind season alive for at least one more game. Tech gave one of its best performances of the season, defeating Belmont 71-57 in a second-round NIT matchup...
Georgia Tech closes out home schedule with NIT win over Belmont

Georgia Tech closes out home schedule with NIT win over Belmont

In the final home game of the season, Georgia Tech gave its fans a performance to remember. Winning loose balls, scoring in transition and tossing in 3-pointers, the Yellow Jackets advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NIT with a 71-57 win over Belmont Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Tech set a school record with its 17th home win, a collection that includes victories over North Carolina, Florida...
Photos: Jackets defeat Belmont, advance in NIT

Photos: Jackets defeat Belmont, advance in NIT

Georgia Tech hosted Belmont Sunday in a second-round game in the National Invitation Tournament.
Photos: Faces of the NCAA tournament

Photos: Faces of the NCAA tournament

A look at some of the fans, players and coaches during the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Tech team ring auction heats up just before ending

Tech team ring auction heats up just before ending

The Georgia Tech team ring that once belonged to a longtime assistant coach and went up for auction was sold Friday night for $7,590. The winning bid was slightly more than 25 times the original bid price of $300. The ring was given to members of the Yellow Jackets’ 1951 team that went 11-0-1, won the SEC and defeated Baylor in the Orange Bowl. It was reported incorrectly in previous articles...
During March Madness, fans fill out brackets, and coaches fill out jobs

During March Madness, fans fill out brackets, and coaches fill out jobs

In March 2009, Tony Bennett was the head coach at Washington State, where he had taken over for his father. Chris Mack was an assistant at Xavier, his alma mater in his home town of Cincinnati. But because the University of Virginia fired Dave Leitao, and because John Calipari moved from Memphis to Kentucky - and not Memphis to Arizona - their lives changed. This is relevant because, as everyone in...
Memo to Villanova: You can’t win ’em all, and don’t play Wisconsin

Memo to Villanova: You can’t win ’em all, and don’t play Wisconsin

Champs no more. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) GREENVILLE, N.C. — The moral of our story is: No team corners the market on winning close games.
Marathon to complicate traffic for busy day on Tech’s campus

Marathon to complicate traffic for busy day on Tech’s campus

Georgia Tech will be especially busy on Sunday. Beyond the men’s basketball team playing in a second-round NIT game against Belmont at noon at McCamish Pavilion, the Tech baseball, softball and women’s basketball teams will also be playing. The softball team plays Syracuse at noon at Mewborn Field, the baseball team plays at Russ Chandler Stadium at 1 p.m. against North Carolina and the...
Original McCamish Maniacs describe student section’s transformation

Original McCamish Maniacs describe student section’s transformation

On the list of meaningful indicators, attendance for NIT games probably doesn’t have the same correlation for success as recruiting rankings or budget size. However, for Georgia Tech, it might help explain a little bit of what has happened this season around coach Josh Pastner’s team. By nearly filling the lower bowl of McCamish Pavilion for Tuesday’s first-round game against Indiana...
5 things to know about Georgia Tech’s game against Belmont

5 things to know about Georgia Tech’s game against Belmont

Georgia Tech plays host to Belmont at noon Sunday in the second round of the NIT, trying to win its 17th game at McCamish Pavilion this season. Tech’s record for home victories in a season is 16 (in 17 games) by the 2006-07 team. The winner of the game will advance the quarterfinals of the tournament, to face Ole Miss on the road Tuesday night. The Rebels defeated host Syracuse 85-80 on Saturday...
Blueblood blowouts: Duke wins big; Carolina wins bigger

Blueblood blowouts: Duke wins big; Carolina wins bigger

A blowout but not a total blowout, if you get my drift. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) GREENVILLE, S.C.
Once nearly a champ, Mike Davis now burns to win one NCAA game

Once nearly a champ, Mike Davis now burns to win one NCAA game

Fifteen years ago this month, Mike Davis coached a team that unhorsed No. 1 Duke in the Sweet 16, the Duke presumably destined for a second consecutive title. Eleven days later, Davis led Indiana into the NCAA championship game against Maryland in the Georgia Dome. He was 41. It was his second season as a head coach. On Friday, Mike Davis coached a team that had no chance. His Texas Southern Tigers...
Who stood out at Georgia Tech’s pro day

Who stood out at Georgia Tech’s pro day

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas gave NFL scouts plenty to consider, working out at four positions and throwing down a sizzling 40-yard dash time. “Going to lay down for the rest of the day,” Thomas said following his workout before scouts and coaches from 20 NFL teams and three from the CFL. At Tech’s indoor practice facility, he was one of seven former Yellow Jackets...
Former Jackets showcase talent at Tech Pro Day

Former Jackets showcase talent at Tech Pro Day

Quarterback Justin Thomas is among the Yellow Jackets taking part in Georgia Tech’s Pro Day before NFL scouts March 17, 2017, in Atlanta.
After valuable Tech ring is auctioned, original owner’s family emerges

After valuable Tech ring is auctioned, original owner’s family emerges

For close to 60 years, Lewis Woodruff’s family has wondered what happened to the ring that the late Georgia Tech assistant coach received as part of the Yellow Jackets’ 1951 team that went 11-0-1 and won the Orange Bowl. They finally know – it’s being auctioned. Lewis Woodruff Jr., a 61-year-old salesman who lives in Lawrenceville, said the family has believed that the ring...
Healing from injury, Burden will take part in Tech’s pro day

Healing from injury, Burden will take part in Tech’s pro day

Former Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden is still mending from his injury at the TaxSlayer Bowl. But he’ll take part in Tech’s pro day Friday morning to the best of his ability. Burden, who is walking after suffering a broken ankle in the third quarter of the Yellow Jackets’ bowl game win over Kentucky on New Year’s Eve, will be weighed and measured by scouts and will also...
Justin Thomas has plenty to show scouts at Georgia Tech’s pro day

Justin Thomas has plenty to show scouts at Georgia Tech’s pro day

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas has spent three seasons demonstrating that he is a superior college football player. If his case for a shot to play in the NFL hasn’t been made yet, he has one morning to make a compelling argument. On Friday at Tech’s Pro Day, Thomas will throw for scouts, and he’ll also take part in wide receiver, cornerback and return drills in hopes...
Another Tech promotion, courtesy of Josh Pastner

Another Tech promotion, courtesy of Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has raised his marketing game. After offering to buy tickets for Tech students so they could attend the Yellow Jackets’ first-round NIT game Tuesday for free, the ACC coach of the year was in a predicament for Sunday’s second-round game against Belmont. Tech begins spring break Friday, meaning campus will be fairly deserted. Pastner’s response: Any...
Georgia Tech’s pro day on Friday

Georgia Tech’s pro day on Friday

Georgia Tech will hold its Pro Day on Friday morning at the John and Mary Brock Indoor Football Facility. Nine former Tech players are expected to take part in drills for NFL and CFL coaches and scouts — center Freddie Burden, kicker Harrison Butker, linebacker P.J. Davis, defensive linemen Emmanuel Dieke, Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon, linebacker Tyler Marcordes, punter Ryan Rodwell and...
Tech to face Belmont in NIT, game time set

Tech to face Belmont in NIT, game time set

Georgia Tech will face Belmont, who defeated Georgia on Wednesday night in Athens, in the second round of the NIT. The game will start at noon Sunday from McCamish Pavilion and will be televised by ESPN. The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round, with that winner going on to play in the NIT semifinals in New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 28. The Jackets have won 16 games at home...
The unusual distinction shared by Josh Pastner, John Calipari

The unusual distinction shared by Josh Pastner, John Calipari

It was 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was in bed but still awake, responding to text messages. One came in from a friend at Memphis. It was a reminder that, after losing to Syracuse to end the regular season and to Pittsburgh in the ACC tournament, Tuesday night’s 75-63 win over Indiana in the opening round of the NIT staved off a three-game losing streak. Why someone...
Fearing embarrassment, Indiana opts to play at Tech – and loses

Fearing embarrassment, Indiana opts to play at Tech – and loses

Tom Crean signals how many more years remain on his contract. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The fascinating part about Georgia Tech beating Indiana in the NIT on Tuesday wasn’t that Tech won.
5 things Josh Pastner said after Tech’s NIT win over Indiana

5 things Josh Pastner said after Tech’s NIT win over Indiana

Comments made by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner following the Yellow Jackets’ NIT win over Indiana Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion “I thought our defense was really good. Obviously, it hasn’t been like that all year in terms of our offense, but we shot the ball well. That makes a big difference. For us to get to 75 (points) makes a big difference for us. As everyone knows who&rsquo...
Quinton Stephens enters the Tech record book

Quinton Stephens enters the Tech record book

Georgia Tech and senior forward Quinton Stephens made fitting history Tuesday night with their 75-63 win over Indiana in a first-round NIT matchup. The Yellow Jackets, who have thrived at McCamish Pavilion this season, won their 16th game at home to tie the 2006-07 team. Tech is now 16-4 at McCamish. The 2006-07 team was 16-1. This team had the advantage of having more home games in part because it...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Indiana

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s NIT win over Indiana

On legs freshened by rest and supported by a student section allowed entry by a curly-haired benefactor, Georgia Tech kept its season alive with a first-round NIT win over Indiana. The Yellow Jackets relied on defensive effort and a better-than-usual offensive game to take care of the Hoosiers by a 75-63 count Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion. A week after losing to Pitt in the first round of the...
Georgia Tech bounces Indiana from NIT

Georgia Tech bounces Indiana from NIT

In what could be its final home game of the season, Georgia Tech gave McCamish Pavilion what would be a fitting finale. Supported by a boisterous student section granted free entrance by coach Josh Pastner, the Yellow Jackets suppressed one of the nation’s top offenses and pulled away with a 75-63 win over Indiana in a first-round NIT matchup Tuesday night. Mixing defenses and protecting the...
Photos: Where former Tech, UGA basketball coaches are now

Photos: Where former Tech, UGA basketball coaches are now

Former Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory accepted a new job leading the program at South Florida. Take a look at where other Georgia and Georgia Tech coaches are now, and how their teams have performed.
A year later, one shot still driving Tar Heels

A year later, one shot still driving Tar Heels

North Carolina guard Joel Berry was with his team in Times Square in New York last week during the ACC Tournament when they saw a familiar image up on a giant video board. Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono dribbles upcourt and shovel passes to teammate Kris Jenkins, who lifts up outside the 3-point arc with the final seconds of the 2016 national championship game ticking down. Over the outstretched...
Ring from famed Tech team being auctioned

Ring from famed Tech team being auctioned

A piece of Georgia Tech history is for sale. A ring commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ shared national championship season in 1952 is being auctioned. As of Tuesday afternoon, the highest bid on the Lelands auction house website was $777. The bidding closes at 9 p.m. Friday. For more, including the ring’s likely original recipient, read myajc.com
Team ring from Tech’s 1952 perfect season up for auction

Team ring from Tech’s 1952 perfect season up for auction

A piece of Georgia Tech history is for sale. A ring commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ shared national championship season in 1952 is being auctioned. As of Tuesday afternoon, the highest bid on the Lelands auction house website was $777. The bidding closes at 9 p.m. Friday. A Lelands spokesman said in an email the seller’s identity is a “mystery,” but it appears to have belonged...
Brian Gregory hired at USF

Brian Gregory hired at USF

Former Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has accepted the head-coaching job at South Florida. Gregory takes on a daunting task to restore a team that went 1-17 in the American Athletic Conference this past season (8-25 overall) and is under NCAA investigation for possible academic fraud. The school made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The hiring was reported by CBS Sports writer Jon Rothstein Tuesday...
What IU coach Tom Crean had to say about Georgia Tech

What IU coach Tom Crean had to say about Georgia Tech

Comments from Indiana coach Tom Crean about Georgia Tech before the teams’ NIT matchup at 9 p.m. Tuesday at McCamish Pavilion: “Georgia Tech has had an outstanding year. As most people know, Brian Gregory and I have a long lasting friendship, but I also have a strong friendship with Josh Pastner and Julian Swartz. As impressive as this season has been, I am even more respectful and thankful...
Georgia Tech women earn NIT bid

Georgia Tech women earn NIT bid

Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will play in the WNIT, the third consecutive year that the Yellow Jackets have received entry into the postseason tournament. Tech will play Jacksonville on Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion. The game time will be determined Tuesday. The Jackets have made either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT in 10 of the past 11 seasons, but have been to the NCAA Tournament...
Georgia Tech’s history in the NIT

Georgia Tech’s history in the NIT

The Yellow Jackets have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament eight times since 1970. Their combined record is 10–8.
Why Tech’s NIT game at McCamish is (sort of) a road game

Why Tech’s NIT game at McCamish is (sort of) a road game

Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers was as puzzled as everyone else. When he saw his team’s name pop up during the NIT selection show on ESPNU, he noticed that the game site was listed as Atlanta, even though the Yellow Jackets are playing Indiana and the Hoosiers are the higher seed. “We were a little confused,” he said. The reason Tech will be at home is that Indiana passed on its...
What Georgia Tech’s NIT experience could mean for next season

What Georgia Tech’s NIT experience could mean for next season

Tuesday night may be the last time that Georgia Tech’s seniors put on the Yellow Jackets uniform. The careers of Tech’s six seniors, including Quinton Stephens, Josh Heath and Corey Heyward, has dwindled down to however long they can remain alive in the NIT, which for the Jackets begins with a first-round matchup with Indiana at McCamish Pavilion. However, even Stephens has his mind on...
Will ACC dominate March Madness again?

Will ACC dominate March Madness again?

It was a common greeting prior to tipoff in ACC arenas this winter. “I bet four or five opposing coaches shook my hand and said, ‘Man, it’ll be great when we get out of the ACC and play some other teams,’” Florida State assistant coach Charlton Young said. “’We’re tired of seeing y’all, and y’all are tired of seeing us.’” After...
This NCAA tournament’s Talking Point - 10th-seeded Wichita State

This NCAA tournament’s Talking Point - 10th-seeded Wichita State

Every NCAA tournament has a Talking Point Team. Last year’s was Syracuse, which didn’t deserve to be there – its RPI was 71, the highest ever for an at-large invitee — but made the Final Four. This year’s TPTer might again be Syracuse, which had six victories teams among the RPI’s top 50 but went uninvited, which irked Jim Boeheim and delighted the denizens of Greensboro...
Thanks to Pastner, Tech students can get in free to NIT game

Thanks to Pastner, Tech students can get in free to NIT game

Georgia Tech students can get in free for Tuesday’s first-round NIT game against Indiana at McCamish Pavilion thanks to coach Josh Pastner.  The ACC coach of the year said he’ll cover the $15 cost for any Tech student who comes to the game, which starts at 9 p.m. Student admission is not free for this game because it is under the control of the NIT, not the school. Students will need...
Why Josh Pastner is buying Tech students tickets for the NIT game

Why Josh Pastner is buying Tech students tickets for the NIT game

Georgia Tech Josh Pastner wants a home-court advantage for his team’s NIT game Tuesday night against Indiana at McCamish Pavilion. So much so, he’ll pay for the $15 ticket for any Tech student that wants to come to the game. “They willed us to wins this year, so I want to take good care of them,” Pastner said. “It’s Indiana. What a huge and big-time opportunity...
2017 NIT TV, live-stream schedule

2017 NIT TV, live-stream schedule

The 2017 National Invitation Tournament field released Sunday features 32 teams from 20 of the 32 Division I conferences. The field is broken down to four regionals -- hosted by top seeds Syracuse, California, Illionis State and Iowa. First-round games take place Tuesday and Wednesday. Second-round games will run Thursday through Monday. The tournament semifinals move to Madison Square Garden March...
Rules experiment in place for NIT games

Rules experiment in place for NIT games

When Georgia Tech plays Indiana in its first-round NIT game Tuesday, the teams will play with slightly altered rules as part of an NCAA experiment in place for the tournament. The rules will essentially change the game into a four-quarter format through alterations to the bonus rules. Team fouls will reset to zero at the 9:59 mark of each half, and teams will start shooting free throws when the opponent...
Georgia Tech squeezes into NIT field

Georgia Tech squeezes into NIT field

Georgia Tech’s season will extend at least one more game. The Yellow Jackets were placed into the NIT Sunday night and will play Indiana Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion at 9 p.m. A most unlikely season will continue. Coach Josh Pastner’s first season began with humble expectations, then dramatically surged with upsets of VCU, North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame before receding...
Georgia Tech rewind: A look back at Jackets’ top storylines of season

Georgia Tech rewind: A look back at Jackets’ top storylines of season

Georgia Tech fell short in its quest to advance to the NCAA tournament this season, but has accepted an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and will host Indiana in its first game Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the top stories from the season, a season which began with the Jackets picked to finish in the basement of the ACC: > Josh Pastner named coach of the year...
High school basketball: Final rankings, state recaps, photos and more

High school basketball: Final rankings, state recaps, photos and more

Four Georgia basketball teams are ranked No. 1 in the final high school basketball poll for the first time, the final reward for their first-ever state championships. Langston Hughes, a 7-year-old school in Fairburn, won the Class AAAAAA boys title. Hughes was only the No. 3 seed from its Region 5 but was ranked No. 4 statewide entering the state tournament. No. 1 South Paulding, the Region 5 champion...
4 observations from the ACC Tournament

4 observations from the ACC Tournament

After 13 games in five days, the 63rd ACC Tournament came to a riveting conclusion Saturday evening with Duke’s come-from-behind win over Notre Dame to secure its 20th conference championship, the most of any team in the league. The talent and might of the ACC was on full display at the Barclays Center, with Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State and Virginia all putting...
5 observations from the ACC championship game

5 observations from the ACC championship game

Duke is blessed with future first-round picks and a hall of fame coach, so the underdog label rarely applies. However, the Blue Devils demonstrated ample resolve, along with fearsome talent, to fight their way to the school’s 20th ACC championship. No. 5 seed Duke erased an eight-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 3 seed Notre Dame 75-69 Saturday night at the Barclays Center. “We&rsquo...
Duke shades Notre Dame as the ACC delivers a big finish in the Big Apple

Duke shades Notre Dame as the ACC delivers a big finish in the Big Apple

A high-flying finale. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) NEW YORK — You never expect an ACC championship game to lay an egg, and this didn’t.
Photos: High school basketball state champions crowned

Photos: High school basketball state champions crowned

Photos from games played on March 11, 2017.
Notre Dame assistant, Tech grad Rod Balanis hoping for top job

Notre Dame assistant, Tech grad Rod Balanis hoping for top job

Perhaps the most notable distinction in Rod Balanis’ time at Georgia Tech is that he wore jersey No. 15 immediately before Matt Harpring, whose decorated career led the school to retire the number. “I warmed it up nice for him,” said Balanis, an assistant coach at Notre Dame. Both the Tech great (Harpring, that is) and Balanis enjoyed Friday night at the Barclays Center. Harpring...
Relax and read: 5 recommended stories from MyAJC.com

Relax and read: 5 recommended stories from MyAJC.com

Before showing up at the World Baseball Classic, Freddie Freeman wore the tributes to his mother out of sight.  The cross that he never takes off has a compartment within, where a lock of his mother’s hair is preserved. For the past three years, he has had stitched inside his baseball spikes Rosemary Freeman’s initials — RJF. She died in June 2000. The date of her death is also...
On cue, the ACC has become the best basketball league ever

On cue, the ACC has become the best basketball league ever

Six ACC teams reached the Sweet 16 of last year’s NCAA tournament. (That was a record.) Of the Big Dance’s Elite Eight, the ACC had four. (Tied a record.) Two made the Final Four. North Carolina almost won the national championship. The conference that brought its showcase event to the borough of Brooklyn — to the chagrin of some, to the delight of Jim Boeheim, who’s not easily...
Updated look at NIT automatic bids

Updated look at NIT automatic bids

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) puts up a shot against Pittsburgh forward Jamel Artis (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the ACC tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in New York.
Duke has chance for history in ACC championship game

Duke has chance for history in ACC championship game

Duke has a chance to make history in the ACC Tournament. But the first that the Blue Devils can achieve Saturday in the tournament championship game is of the sort they’re not accustomed to making. With a win Saturday against the winner of the Notre Dame-Florida State semifinal, Duke would become the first team to win the ACC title with four wins in four days. The No. 5 seed, Duke put itself...
Ever wonder why Roy Williams has critics? This game right here

Ever wonder why Roy Williams has critics? This game right here

Brought to Heel. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) NEW YORK — Maybe you wonder why Roy Williams, who has taken eight teams to Final Fours and won two NCAA titles, isn’t usually ranked among the sport’s leading strategists.
Photos: High school basketball state tournament

Photos: High school basketball state tournament

Teams from around Georgia are shooting for championships.
The story of Red Panda, the amazing halftime act

The story of Red Panda, the amazing halftime act

After years of performing and hundreds of shows, Rong Niu still gets nervous. Awaiting halftime of Thursday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal between Duke and Louisville, Niu – known to basketball fans everywhere as Red Panda for her unicycle-riding, bowl-flipping halftime act – stood facing a black curtain under the Barclays Center stands, facing away from foot traffic. In her mind...
Tech can make lofty claim regarding ACC semifinalists

Tech can make lofty claim regarding ACC semifinalists

Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers (44) and guard Josh Okogie (5) block a shot attempt by Pittsburgh guard Chris Jones (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the ACC tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in New York.
The ACC’s rising stars: Mike Brey and Notre Dame

The ACC’s rising stars: Mike Brey and Notre Dame

Georgia Tech last played for an ACC basketball championship in 2010. We can bat around the reasons for this — bad coaching, bad recruiting — but some of Tech’s decline is because of external forces. The league simply grew too good for the Yellow Jackets. (Though Josh Pastner, as we know, has had an encouraging first season.) When you add Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre...
Coming Sunday: The 30th edition of Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco

Coming Sunday: The 30th edition of Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco

The 1988 NCAA champion Kansas Jayhawks. I didn’t pick them. (Susan Ragan/AP photo) BROOKLYN — As we speak, it’s snowing in the borough.
Charlton Young, FSU’s recruiter for Atlanta, sizes up Georgia Tech

Charlton Young, FSU’s recruiter for Atlanta, sizes up Georgia Tech

Florida State assistant coach Charlton Young won’t have to worry about facing Georgia Tech on the court until next season. However, he does have to concern himself with squaring off against Tech in the recruiting arena. Young, who has effectively recruited metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia for FSU, said that “there is no question” that the Yellow Jackets have raised the level...
Roy Williams’ response to Jim Boeheim includes profane insult of Trump

Roy Williams’ response to Jim Boeheim includes profane insult of Trump

This is a different time, and Roy Williams demonstrated it again Thursday after his North Carolina team beat Miami in an ACC quarterfinal. In one answer at his news conference, Williams broke down the democratization of news and information, profanely criticized President Trump and, naturally, used the word “dickens” all in one response. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is to thank. Williams...
Asking the Tar Heels how they lost to Georgia Tech

Asking the Tar Heels how they lost to Georgia Tech

On New Year’s Eve, Georgia Tech stunned North Carolina at McCamish Pavilion, a 75-63 win that seized the attention of Atlanta and Tech fans everywhere. It proved to be the first volley of an ACC season that surpassed all expectations. As it turned out, it was a pivotal game for the losers, too. On Thursday, after their ACC tournament quarterfinal defeat of Miami at the Barclays Center, three...
Great game. Great coaches. Greatest quarterfinal ever.

Great game. Great coaches. Greatest quarterfinal ever.

The nation’s second-best coach was mad at the refs, mad at his team, mad that his first ACC tournament championship wouldn’t come this year in the city of his birth. “We thought we had the better basketball team,” Rick Pitino said. “They showed us they were the better basketball team.” The nation’s best coach was giddy. “I’m 70 years old, and I...
5 reasons why Georgia Tech couldn’t maintain its magic at season’s end

5 reasons why Georgia Tech couldn’t maintain its magic at season’s end

On the afternoon of Jan. 28, the world opened up with possibility for Georgia Tech. After upsetting then-No. 14 Notre Dame at McCamish Pavilion on Josh Okogie’s stunning buzzer-beating layup, Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey declared the Yellow Jackets an NCAA tournament team, a statement that would have been ridiculous only a month earlier. Tech was 13-8 overall and 5-4 in the ACC. The second...
Virginia freshman Kyle Guy: More than a man-bun

Virginia freshman Kyle Guy: More than a man-bun

If you are aware of Virginia guard Kyle Guy, chances are it’s because of the man-bun. Guy’s tonsorial choice has made him the target of opposing fans and an object of fascination on social media – someone has started a Twitter account for his top knot – but he’s become far more than that for the Cavaliers. “He is pretty tiny,” Virginia center Jack Salt said...
Photos: High school state basketball finals - Day 1

Photos: High school state basketball finals - Day 1

Photos from the first day of high school boys and girls state finals from Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
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