ATLANTA In one respect, Georgia Tech's Saturday loss to Boston College had absolutely no bearing on its path to an improbable ACC tournament championship.
Regardless of the weekend result, the Yellow Jackets and Eagles would still be playing one another in the tourney opener (preliminary round) as the transposed No. 8 or 9 seeds and the winner of Thursday's clash in Greensboro (12 p.m. EST) will be a big-time underdog against top-seeded Miami on Friday.
But ay, here's the rub: By dropping its regular-season finale, Georgia Tech essentially has no choice but to knock off BC and Miami this week, if it harbors any realistic dreams of garnering an NIT invitation. Anything short of two wins (or some kind of memorable overtime defeat to the 'Canes) would likely mean a ticket to the College Basketball Invitational.
(Point of order: Georgia Tech hasn't claimed back-to-back victories since Fordham and Chattanooga on Dec. 29 and Jan. 2.)
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