Did the Bubble Burst for Georgia Tech and Others on Super Tuesday?
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Coach Paul Hewitt must’ve felt pretty good about Georgia Techs potential when they landed at #20 in the January 11 AP poll. The Yellow Jackets had just taken down mighty Duke in the ACC regular season opener and sat at 12-3 for the season. Oh, what a difference two months make. His boys must not be able to perform without a pre-game meal of chili dogs from The Varsity a few blocks off campus. Georgia Tech now has a 1-7 record on the road in ACC play after a double-digit defeat at Clemson last night. The last thing to face such destruction on the road was Richard’s 1967 Plymouth GTX in “Tommy Boy.” The only road game Tech has conquered was at North Carolina, not exactly a resume win in 2010. Don’t forget this is also a down year for the ACC. If you’re hoping out of conference road games treated Tech any better, I’m not sure the committee will be impressed too much with Ws against Charlotte and Chattanooga.
As Seth Davis pointed out in his scouting reports last week, the Jackets tend to get in their own way by playing at too fast a pace and finding new ways to turn the ball over. That’s not exactly the best recipe for road success. It doesn’t help get the ball to your best guys, who coincidentally play in the post. This Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech could shape up as an elimination game with Georgia Tech having the obvious edge as the home team. After that they’ll have to do some good work in the ACC tournament to give the selection committee something to think about. If they lose in the first round, it’ll leave Yellow Jacket Nation to ask Hewitt, “What’d you do?!?”
Who else is having bubble trouble?
Minnesota: A 28-point loss at Michigan last night and an RPI in the 70s? Thanks for playing…
Cincinnati: The Bearcats’ home loss against Villanova last night continued to show they come up as short as their diminutive coach, Mick Cronin. Big non-conference wins against Vanderbilt and Maryland would look a lot nicer if Cincy wasn’t looking at a projected 7-11 conference record. To their credit they have a sweep against Connecticut and no bad losses on their resume.
Illinois: Last night’s loss at Ohio State allowed everyone to see the Fighting Illini are really a one-man band. They’re still in as of now, but a loss to Wisconsin this weekend and a poor performance in the Big Ten Tournament could spell doom.
Florida: Billy Donovan is wishing he had run off to Orlando to coach the Magic when he had the chance. He longs for the possibility to coach someone like Rashard Lewis after watching young guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker shoot the team right out of the tournament in yesterdays loss to Vanderbilt. I guess it’s better than dealing with shooting issues that faced Tennessee earlier in the year, but at least those gunners have put together a better resume. They’re in a very similar position to Illinois, but get less respect here because the SEC is a worse conference. “