The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will finish their season at Madison Square Garden competing for the NIT title.
All in all, it’s been a pretty successful first season under Josh Pastner for Georgia Tech. Without question, the goal was the NCAA tournament, but an NIT title wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize. These days, many individuals disregard the NIT as meaningless, but a title would go a long way into building for next season. These Jackets have beaten quality teams to get here and a win over TCU could cap a solid year for the program.
Georgia Tech beat a good Indiana team in the opener, followed by Belmont, Ole Miss, and Cal-State Bakersfield to get to the final. This momentum in postseason play, win or lose in the final, is very important for next season. This Tech team will gain important experience as the Jackets should have a few key returners. TCU, the four seed, is on a tear as well. The Horned Frogs beat the number one seed Iowa along with others to set this final matchup. As both teams come in hot, key guard play from TCU guard Alex Robinson and Josh Okogie will play a big factor.
Expectations for next season?
Expectations for Georgia Tech basketball are already pretty high for next season. It’s a good bet Pastner will be able to improve this team further if the Jackets retain some key players. Josh Okogie, Ben Lammers, and Tadric Jackson are all non-seniors with big impact. If Tech can build off these three next year, their chances for an NCAA tournament bid are strong. However, a couple departures are also noteworthy. Seniors Josh Heath and Quinton Stephens are departing, leaving holes that need to be dealt with in the offseason. Tech has two solid four star recruits coming in and barring any transfers we should see a good team next year. This postseason NIT experience will go a long way. I’d wager we see the Jackets in the NCAA tournament next season.