Georgia Tech ahead Moses Wright (5) dunks through the first half of an NCAA school basketball recreation towards Miami, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Picture/Lynne Sladky)
- The Florida State Seminoles are four-point favorites over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets within the ACC Event last on Saturday, March thirteenth
- Georgia Tech reached the ultimate by way of walkover after Virginia (COVID-19) was pressured to drop out of the tourney
- It’s the primary time since 1996 that neither Duke or North Carolina reached the ACC Event last
A 12 months later, the Florida State Seminoles (16-5, 11-4 ACC) are proper the place they anticipated to be in 2020 – within the ACC Event last. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8, 11-6 ACC), although, are the most well liked staff within the convention in the intervening time.
Final 12 months, the Seminoles received the ACC regular-season title and had been declared ACC champions when the match was known as off because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Seminoles additionally performed within the 2019 last, so that is technically their third straight season with a shot on the title.
Georgia Tech misplaced 75-74 to Wake Forest within the 1996 ACC Tourney last. That was the final one previous to this 12 months that didn’t function not less than considered one of Duke or North Carolina within the recreation.
Georgia Tech is within the ACC Event last for the primary time since 2010. The Yellow Jackets haven’t received the ACC tourney since 1993.
Oddsmakers don’t count on the Yellow Jackets to finish their drought. The Seminoles have been established as four-point favorites, although Georgia Tech has won seven games in a row.
Tipoff for Saturday’s recreation is 8:30pm ET on the Greensboro Coliseum Complicated and is being broadcast by ESPN.
Georgia Tech vs Florida State ACC Remaining Odds
|Georgia Tech||OFF||+4 (-106)||O 149.0 (-106)|
|Florida State||OFF||-4 (-116)||U 149.0 (-116)|
Odds as of March thirteenth at FanDuel.
Seminoles Establishing a Fame
The Duke-North Carolina-Virginia triumvirate that has dominated ACC basketball could also be in want of updating. Based mostly on current outcomes, it’s now a quartet in terms of ACC hoops powers.
Florida State is enjoying within the ACC Event last for the second straight time. The Seminoles have been in not less than the semi-finals in three of the previous 4 tourneys.
All 4 of Florida State’s ACC Event last appearances (2009, 2012, 2019, 2021) have come underneath coach Leonard Hamilton.
The 16-5 Seminoles put the most effective offenses within the nation on the ground. KenPom ranks them #10 in adjusted offensive effectivity (117.2). Florida State entered the ACC tourney main the convention in scoring common (79.6 factors per recreation) and scoring margin (+9.5 ppg).
Stroll on Over
The novel coronavirus proved able to doing what no squad has completed since Feb. twelfth – stop the Yellow Jackets from profitable a recreation on the ground.
A optimistic COVID-19 check inside the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, the staff slated to face Georgia Tech in Saturday’s different semi-final, ended up forcing them to tug out of the tourney.
Tonight’s ACC Event recreation between Georgia Tech and Virginia has been cancelled as a result of points associated to COVID-19, per launch. Georgia Tech strikes on to the title recreation. Virginia is OUT.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 12, 2021
The Yellow Jackets received their semi-final in a walkover.
Florida State additionally benefitted for a optimistic COVID-19 check inside the Duke roster. That pressured the Blue Devils out of the match and the Seminoles received their scheduled quarter-final with Duke by way of walkover.
Georgia Tech’s roster contains the ACC Participant of the 12 months (senior ahead Moses Wright) and Defensive Participant of the 12 months (senior guard Jose Alvarado). Wright is averaging 17.5 factors and eight rebounds per recreation. Alvarado comes up with 2.9 steals per recreation.
Florida State guard Scottie Barnes was named ACC Freshman and Sixth Man of the 12 months. Barnes is fifth within the ACC with 4.3 steals per recreation.
Georgia Tech and Florida State cut up two regular-season video games. The Yellow Jackets received 76-65 at residence on January thirtieth. Florida State was a 74-61 winner, additionally at residence on December fifteenth.
⭐️ 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥 ⭐️
— ACC Males’s Basketball (@accmbb) March 8, 2021
The Yellow Jackets are 2-5 towards the Seminoles underneath present coach Josh Pastner. They’ve scored not less than 71 factors in seven of the previous eight video games.
Georgia Tech is 7-1 towards the unfold over the previous eight video games. 4 of the final six Yellow Jackets video games have gone over.
The entire has gone over in six of Florida State’s final eight video games. Nevertheless, the whole has gone underneath in 4 of the final 5 video games between these two groups.
Decide: Georgia Tech +4 (-116)
An business veteran, Bob actually taught the course on the historical past of sports activities at Elder School. He has labored as a Sports activities Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a visitor on a number of radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For Worldwide Hockey Analysis in Ontario, and written 25 books.