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Men's Basketball to Face Florida State in ACC Tournament

Greensboro, N.C. – Following its 73-65 victory Saturday against Boston College to close out the regular season, Georgia Tech has the No. 13 seed for the 70th annual New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum, and opens play against No. 12-seed Florida State at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round.

The Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season with road wins this week at Syracuse (96-76) and Boston College (73-65), and have won five of their last seven conference games to finish with a 14-17 overall record, 6-14 in the ACC. The Seminoles (9-22, 7-13 ACC) lost an 82-60 decision Saturday at Virginia Tech and enter the tournament with six losses in their last seven games.

Tech and Florida State are battling in the ACC Tournament for the fourth time. The Seminoles have won two of the three prior meetings, but the Yellow Jackets’ victory came in the championship game of the 2021 tournament by an 80-75 score in Greensboro. FSU won the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this season, 75-64 on Jan. 7 in Tallahassee. The winner of their game Tuesday will face No. 5 seed Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Tech-FSU game tips off a trio of opening-round games Tuesday. The slate includes No. 10 Boston College (15-16, 9-11) facing No. 15 Louisville (4-27, 2-18) at 4:30 p.m., while No. 11 Virginia Tech (18-13, 8-12) takes on No. 14 Notre Dame (11-20, 3-17) in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

Sophomore 6-6 guard Miles Kelly (Stone Mountain, Ga.), one of the ACC’s top three-point shooters, leads the Yellow Jackets at 14.2 points per game while hitting 37.8 percent of his three-point tries for the season. Tech’s recent surge also has been led by a pair of transfer players, 6-2 senior guard Lance Terry (College Park, Ga.), who has averaged 14.2 points and has connected on 46.9 percent of his three-point tries over Tech’s last nine games, and 6-7 senior center Ja’von Franklin (Little Rock, Ark.), who has averaged 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds per game over the same stretch.

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 2023 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule:

Tuesday, March 7

First Round

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

Wednesday, March 8

Second Round

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

Thursday, March 9

Quarterfinals

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

Friday, March 10

Semifinals

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

Saturday, March 11

Championship

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

TECH’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Georgia Tech has played in 42 ACC Tournaments, and has a 28-38 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 three titles), 9-11 under Paul Hewitt (runner-up in 2005 and 2010), 2-5 under Brian Gregory. and 2-4 under Josh Pastner (one title).

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

 

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ABOUT GEORGIA TECH MEN’S BASKETBALL

Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its seventh season under head coach Josh Pastner, having won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2021 and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won four ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993, 2021), played in the NCAA Tournament 17 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information on Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.

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