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Men's Basketball to Face Notre Dame in ACC Tournament

Washington, D.C. – Winners of four of its last six games to close out the regular season, Georgia Tech has drawn the No. 13 seed for the 71st annual New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament and opens play at 2 p.m. Tuesday against No. 12-seed Notre Dame in the opening round at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C.

The Yellow Jackets fell 72-57 Saturday at Virginia Saturday to finish with a 14-17 overall record, 7-13 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish (12-19, 7-13 ACC) dropped an 82-76 decision Saturday at Virginia Tech but won five of their last eight games in the regular season. The two teams finished tied in the regular-season standings, but Notre Dame defeated Tech twice during the regular season, 75-68 in overtime at home on Jan. 6 and 58-55 in South Bend on Feb. 14.

The teams have met just once in the ACC Tournament, with the Fighting Irish prevailing, 78-71, in the 2017 tournament in Charlotte, N.C.  The winner of their game Tuesday will face No. 5 seed Wake Forest (19-12, 11-9) at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tech is 3-2 in two previous ACC Tournaments held in the nation’s capital, reaching the finals in 2005.

The Tech-Notre Dame game tips off a trio of opening-round games Tuesday. No. 10 NC State (17-14, 9-11) plays No. 15 Louisville (8-23, 3-17) at 4:30 p.m., while No. 11 Boston College (17-14, 8-12) takes on No. 14 Miami (15-16, 6-14) in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

Junior 6-6 guard Miles Kelly (Stone Mountain, Ga.), one of the ACC’s top three-point shooters, leads the Yellow Jackets at 14.1 points per game while hitting 38.5 percent of his three-point tries in ACC games this season. Freshmen Baye Ndongo (Mboro, Senegal), a 6-9 forward averaging 12 points and 8.3 rebounds, and Naithan George (Toronto, Ontario), a 6-3 point guard averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 assists, are mainstays for the Yellow Jackets, having been in the starting lineup together since the season’s fourth game. Junior 6-7 guard Kowacie Reeves, Jr. (Macon, Ga.) also averages in double figures for Tech at 10 points per game.

No. 8 seed Virginia Tech (18-13, 10-10) plays No. 9 Florida State (16-14, 10-10) at noon Wednesday to start the second round. No. 5 seed Wake Forest (19-12, 11-9) battles the winner of the Notre Dame-Georgia Tech contest at 2:30 p.m. In the second session, No. 7 Syracuse (20-11, 11-9) plays the winner of the NC State-Louisville game at 7 p.m., while No. 6 Clemson (21-10, 11-9) takes on the Boston College-Miami winner at 9:30 p.m.

The Wednesday winners then will move on to play the tournament’s top four seeds on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ACC Network. In addition, all games will be available for streaming via ACCNX.

After capturing its first ACC regular-season championship since the 2012-13 season, Miami (24-6, 15-5 ACC) claimed the tournament’s No. 1 seed as well as a double bye into the Thursday quarterfinals. Virginia (23-6, 15-5) shared the ACC regular-season crown and notched the No. 2 seed in the tournament, with the Hurricanes earning the tiebreaker for the top seed based on their 66-64 victory over the Cavaliers on Dec. 20 in Coral Gables, Florida.

No. 3 seed Clemson (22-9, 14-6) and No. 4 Duke (23-8, 14-6) also claimed double byes and will open tournament play on Thursday. The Tigers notched their best tournament seed since earning the No. 3 seed in 2008.

No. 8 seed Syracuse (17-14, 10-10) plays No. 9 Wake Forest (18-13, 10-10) at noon Wednesday to start the second round. No. 5 seed Pitt (21-10, 14-6) battles the winner of the Florida State-Georgia Tech contest at 2:30 p.m. In the second session, No. 7 North Carolina (19-12, 11-9) plays the winner of the Boston College-Louisville game at 7 p.m., while No. 6 NC State (22-9, 12-8) takes on the Virginia Tech-Notre Dame winner at 9:30 p.m.

The Wednesday winners then will move on to play the tournament’s top four seeds on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ACC Network. In addition, all games will be available for streaming via ACCNX.

The full 2024 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule:

Tuesday, March 12 – First Round

  • 2 p.m. – No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech (ACC Network)
  • 4:30 p.m. – No. 10 NC State vs. No. 15 Louisville (ACC Network)
  • 7 p.m. – No. 11 Boston College vs. No. 14 Miami (ACC Network)

Wednesday, March 13 – Second Round

  • Noon – No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Florida State (ESPN/ESPN2)
  • 2:30 p.m. – No. 5 Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame-Georgia Tech winner (ESPN)
  • 7 p.m. – No. 7 Syracuse vs. NC State-Louisville winner (ESPN2)
  • 9:30 p.m. – No. 6 Clemson vs. Boston College-Miami winner (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Thursday, March 14 – Quarterfinals

  • Noon – No. 1 North Carolina vs. Wednesday Noon winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
  • 2:30 p.m. – No. 4 Pitt vs. Wednesday 2:30 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
  • 7 p.m. – No. 2 Duke vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
  • 9:30 p.m. – No. 3 Virginia vs. Wednesday 9:30 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)

Friday, March 15 – Semifinals

  • 7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN/ESPN2)
  • 9:30 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN/ESPN2)

Saturday, March 16 – Championship

  • 8:30 p.m. – Semifinal winners (ESPN)

TECH’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Georgia Tech has played in 43 ACC Tournaments (did not play in 2020 due to NCAA sanctions), and has a 29-39 all-time record in the event. The Yellow Jackets have won four championships, in 1985 (Atlanta), 1990 (Charlotte),  1993 (Charlotte) and 2021 (Greensboro).

Tech has been a runner-up four times (1986, 1996, 2005, 2010). The 1986, 1996 and 2010 runs to the finals occurred in Greensboro. Tech also made the finals in 2005 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Tech was 0-2 in the ACC Tournament under coach Dwane Morrison, 15-16 under Bobby Cremins (including all three titles), 9-11 under Paul Hewitt (runner-up in 2005 and 2010), 2-5 under Brian Gregory, and 3-5 under Josh Pastner.

Tech did not play in the 2020 tournament while serving an NCAA postseason ban.

 


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ABOUT GEORGIA TECH MEN’S BASKETBALL

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