ACC Tournament Update: Day Five
The final day in Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament action did not disappoint.
While the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers were unable to defend their regular season title due to a positive COVID test within their program, the #2 Florida State Seminoles and the #4 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets duked it out in Greensboro, North Carolina for the rights to the ACC crown.
Florida State was the highest ranked team nationally within the ACC while Georgia Tech was in the midst of a late-season storm to the top of the ladder, featuring ACC Player of the Year Moses Wright and ACC Defensive Player of the Year Jose Alvarado.
Needless to say, the title-determining slug fest was nothing short of a magnificent display between two programs desperate to add to their collection of achievements.
#2 Florida State 75, #4 Georgia Tech 80
In a tournament that featured closely contested frays but was devoid of numerous upsets, the Championship was nothing short of a stunner.
The fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech dethroned the second-seeded Seminoles of Florida State thanks to a 20-point outburst from senior guard and ACC Tournament MVP Michael Devoe along with tremendous team defense, forcing FSU into 25 turnovers compared to the underdogs’ seven. Jose Alvarado alone recored five steals and was selected to the first-team all-tournament for his efforts over the week.
This win cemented GT as a legitimate NCAA tournament threat as their physicality and intensity was unable to be matched by the much taller and deeper favorites from Florida.
Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner was a close runner-up for ACC Coach of the Year and looks all the more likely to be validated as one of the brightest coaches within a Power Five conference after this victory, bringing the ACC title back to Georgia after a 28-year hiatus.