“From where we started Year 1 in a rebuild job with the least experienced team in all of college basketball and where we are right now with 17 wins is a lesson in team over individual and how we’ve become a really good basketball team,” Pastner said after the Jackets won their final home game of the season Feb. 28 against Pittsburgh. “I believe eight wins in the ACC should be an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.”
Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-ACC, and guard Josh Okogie was named to the five-player All-Freshman team.
The Jackets entered the ACC Tournament as the 11th seed and were scheduled to face No. 14 seed Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in Brooklyn. After losing the regular season finale 90-61 at Syracuse on March 4, Tech likely needs a deep run in the conference tournament to get an NCAA tournament berth.