March 14, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s basketball team (22-12), runner-up in this weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, has received a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional and will open the tournament against No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (22-10) at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time Friday in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Yellow Jackets are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, for the fifth time under head coach Paul Hewitt, and for the 16th time in Tech history.
“It feels great, a great accomplishment for these guys,” said head coach Paul Hewitt. “They played hard all year. We lost some real tough games, but it’s a nice reward for them, and now we’ll what they can do with the opportunity they’ve been given.”
The Midwest Regional is being held March 26 and 28 in St. Louis, where the Yellow Jackets defeated Nevada and Kansas on their way to the 2004 Final Four. Tech begins the 2010 tournament in the same city in which it began its run to that national championship game, and against the same opponent it faced in the national semifinals that year in San Antonio.
“I’ve got to look and see what Oklahoma State has,” said Hewitt. “I know they have a great player in James Anderson, who might be one of the top five players in the country.”
The winner of the Tech-Oklahoma State game will meet either Big Ten Champion Ohio State (27-7) or West Coast Conference champion UC-Santa Barbara (20-9), who face off at 9:45 p.m. ET on Friday, in Sunday’s second round.
Other teams on Tech’s side of the bracket in the Midwest Regional include Tennessee, San Diego State, Georgetown and Ohio University, whose first- and second-round site is in Providence, R.I.
Ticket information will be announced Monday morning on Ramblinwreck.com/tickets, and tip times for first- and second- round games will be announced sometime Monday by the NCAA.