March 14, 2005
ATLANTA–Coming off its run to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title game, Georgia Tech earned its 14th NCAA Tournament berth and is seeded fifth in the Albuquerque Regional. The Yellow Jackets (19-11) open the NCAA Tournament Friday against Atlantic 10 champion George Washington (22-7) in Nashville, Tenn.
Tipoff time for Friday’s game will be announced Monday afternoon. The NCAA Tournament is televised by CBS (WGCL Channel 46 in Atlanta).
Georgia Tech’s “pod” also includes fourth-seeded Louisville, which faces No. 13 seed Louisiana Lafayette, with the winners meeting Sunday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Games in Nashville, Tenn., will be played at Gaylord Entertainment Center. For more information, visit www.ncaasports.com or www.ovcsports.com.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Paul Hewitt
“We’re very happy to be playing in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the goal of every team when the season starts to get into the Tournament, and now the next goal is to try and advance as far as you can.
“We’re playing well. I guess based on the way things have gone this year, you could say we’re peaking at this time.
“George Washington is an outstanding team. They had wins over Maryland and Michigan State early in the season.
“Karl Hobbs has done a great job resurrecting that program. I’ve known Karl since my days in the Big East as an assistant at Villanova when he was an assistant at Connecticut. I know they’re going to play fast. Early in the year when I saw them play Wake Forest, they pressed a little bit. It’s probably going to be a fast-paced, high-scoring game.
“I’m just glad that we don’t have to play until Friday, so we get a little extra rest for Jarrett and Isma’il, and I’m glad that we have a short trip to Nashville.”
Georgia Tech’s allotment of tickets for the NCAA first round will be allocated according to A-T Fund point priority. Basketball season ticket holders and A-T contributors must place their order no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 14, either at wwww.ramblinwreck.com or by calling the Tech ticket office at 1.888.TECH.TIX. Those eligible to purchase tickets will be notified Tuesday. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public Tuesday.
Please note that if you purchase a ticket for the NCAA first round game, you will be automatically be charged for the second-round ticket, should Georgia Tech advance.
Tickets may also be available through the host venue, and, if available, can be purchased at www.ovcsports.com.