This Week On The Flats

March 7, 2011

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THIS WEEK IN GEORGIA TECH ATHLETICS

March 7-13, 2011

(Home Events in Bold)

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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 7

No events scheduled

Tuesday, March 8

Softball vs. Penn State (at Kennesaw, Ga.), 5:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Kennesaw State, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9

Men’s Tennis vs. William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Alabama, 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois State, 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Virginia Tech (ACC Tournament, Greensboro, N.C.), 9:30 p.m. [TV – ACC Network]

Friday, March 11

Softball vs. Bowling Green (Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic), 4:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.

Golf at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (Las Vegas, Nev.), all day

Track and Field at NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas), all day

Saturday, March 12

Baseball vs. Maryland, 4 p.m.

Softball vs. Penn State (Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic), 6:30 p.m.

Golf at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (Las Vegas, Nev.), all day

Track and Field at NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas), all day

Sunday, March 13

Softball vs. Belmont (Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic), 12:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Georgia State (Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic), 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis at Miami, 2 p.m.

Golf at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (Las Vegas, Nev.), all day

STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

February 28-March 6, 2011

Iman Shumpert, Basketball, Junior, Oak Park, Ill.

Shumpert averaged 21.5 points, hit 50 percent of his field goals and percent of his three-point attempts in leading Georgia Tech to a pair of wins in the final week of the regular season. The 6-5 junior also averaged 5.5 rebounds, had 11 steals and seven assists in the two games. Shumpert scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and six steals as Tech captured its first road win of the season, 80-54, at Wake Forest. He followed that with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals as Tech rallied past Miami, 66-57, in its final home game Sunday. Shumpert is on track to become only the fourth player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the same season.

Mark Pope, Baseball, Junior, Marietta, Ga.

Pope pitched tossed his second career complete-game shutout, holding Rutgers to just four hits (all singles) on Friday. The junior from Marietta, Ga. has two complete games in his last four starts, and became the first pitcher in the ACC to throw a complete game this season. He had six strikeouts, and needed just 89 pitches to help the Yellow Jackets win the first game of the three-game series against the Scarlet Knights. He retired 14 of the first 15 batters faced, and allowed just one runner to reach second base all night, coming on a sacrifice bunt.

Alex Montgomery, Basketball, Senior, Seattle, Wash.

Montgomery helped the Yellow Jackets advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals in consecutive years for the first time in program history as Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech and Maryland, before losing to Duke. In the tournament opener against the 12th seeded Hokies, she tossed in a team-high 14 points and grabbed a game-best seven rebounds in only 19 minutes. In the quarterfinal upset of #13 Maryland, she scored 11 straight Jacket points in the final five minutes to help Tech claim a 70-64 win. Against the Blue Devils, Montgomery finished with her 11th double-double of the season as she tossed in 12 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

SPORTS PREVIEWS

February 28-March 6, 2011

MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-17, 5-11 ACC)

Riding momentum gained by winning its final two regular-season games, Georgia Tech looks ahead to a third meeting against Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday night, at 9:30 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C. Tech, seeded 11th in the tournament, defeated the 6th-seeded Hokies, 72-57, in Atlanta on Jan. 25, then dropped a 102-77 decision in Blacksburg on Feb. 13. The winner of Thursday night’s game advances to face No. 3 seed Florida State at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to a semifinal game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. All games in the ACC Tournament are televised on the ACC Network in conference markets. Follow on Twitter, @GTMBK.

GT Men’s Basketball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/geot-m-baskbl-body.html

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (23-10, 9-5 ACC)

After reaching the ACC Tournament semifinals in consecutive years for the first time in program history, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will now await its future in the NCAA Tournament. The Yellow Jackets are expected to earn their fifth straight, and seventh overall, NCAA tournament selection when the field of 64 is announced at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, on ESPN. The Yellow Jackets are currently 23-10 and have tied the single-season record for wins.Follow on Twitter, @GTWBB.

GT Women’s Basketball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/geot-w-baskbl-body.html

BASEBALL (5-3, 0-0 ACC, national ranking #23)

Coming off a series sweep of Rutgers over the weekend, the 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team will host Kennesaw State (9-2) on Tuesday at 6 p.m., before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play next weekend against Maryland (7-4) at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch is at 7 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

GT Baseball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/geot-m-basebl-body.html

MEN’S TENNIS (7-1, 0-0 ACC, ITA ranking #17)

Georgia Tech, which won its ACC opener Sunday in a 6-1 victory over Florida State, has a busy week with three matches, the first two at home Wednesday against William & Mary and Thursday against Illinois State, both at 2:30 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Yellow Jackets resume conference play with a 2 p.m. match Sunday at 34th-ranked Miami. Guillermo Gomez, Tech’s top player, is ranked No. 16 nationally in singles, while Juan Spir is No. 50. Spir and Kevin King are the 15th-ranked doubles team. Follow Tech tennis on @GT-MTEN.

GT Men’s Tennis website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/geot-m-tennis-body-main.html

SOFTBALL (12-4, 0-0 ACC)

After a 5-0 week, the Yellow Jackets will play six more times this week. On Tuesday, Tech will take on Penn State at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be played at Kennesaw State. On Wednesday, the Jackets will host No. 1 Alabama at Mewborn Field. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch. Tech then remains at home to host the Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic. Penn State, Georgia State, Bowling Green and Belmont will be participating in that.Follow on Twitter, @GaTechSoftball.

GT Softball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/geot-w-softbl-body.html

GOLF (National rank #5)

Coming off a second-place finish in the Puerto Rico Classic, Georgia Tech returns to action Friday at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, a 54-hole event in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring the strongest field the Yellow Jackets have yet faced, as well as the longest golf course, the 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club. The 15-team field includes No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Texas and No. 11 Georgia, among others. Three Tech players are ranked among the top 20 players in the nation – Puerto Rico Classic champion James White (9), John-Tyler Griffin (10) and Kyle Scott (17). Follow Tech golf @GT_Golf.

GT Golf website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-golf/geot-m-golf-body.html

TRACK AND FIELD

Joanna Wright will return to the track when she competes in the NCAA Championships on the weekend of March 12-13. Wright qualified for the meet with a personal and school record height of 4.30 meters which currently ranks seventh in the country.

GT Men’s Track and Field website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-track/geot-m-track-body.html

GT Women’s Track and Field website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-track/geot-w-track-body.html

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