Did we just witness the last game of the Paul Hewitt era? Georgia Tech's 2011 ACC Tournament effort ended with a 59-43 Virginia Tech win, one of the most emphatic losses of the season for the Yellow Jackets. Tech's offense, particularly in the first half, was just impressively bad, with the team shooting 30 percent on the night.
This is the lowest point total a Hewitt-coached Georgia Tech team has ever mustered. If it's the end, it's so, so very the end.
The Hokies will get Florida State in Friday's quarterfinals round at 2 pm EST. In one meeting this season, VPI trounced the Noles, 71-59 in Blacksburg. Winner will likely get Duke in the semis on Saturday. A win would go a long way toward assuring the Hokies of a March Madness bid, while two wins would WHOA THERE let's not get carried away.
Malcolm Delaney outplayed Iman Shumpert tonight, but it's not like Shump got a great deal of assistance from his squad, while Jeff Allen added a double-double for the Hokies. Glen Rice Jr. had a decent evening, however, putting up 14 points and five boards.
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Updated ACC tournament bracket (all times EST):
Thursday, March 10 - First Round
No. 9 Miami def. No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers, 69-62
No. 5 Boston College def. No. 12 Wake Forest, 81-67
No. 7 Maryland def. No. 10 NC State, 75-67
No. 6 Virginia Tech def. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 59-43
Friday, March 11 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 North Carolina vs. Miami, Noon, ACC Network/ESPN2
No. 4 Clemson vs. Boston College, 2 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN2
No. 2 Duke vs. NC State, 7 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN2
No. 3 Florida State vs. Virginia Tech, 9 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN2
Saturday, March 12 - Semifinals
ACC Semifinal 1, 1 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN
ACC Semifinal 2, 3 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN
Sunday, March 13 - Championship
Championship Game, 1 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN
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