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|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets|
|University||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Head coach||Josh Pastner (3rd season)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Arena|| McCamish Pavilion |
|Colors||Tech Gold and White |
|NCAA Tournament Runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1960, 1985, 1990, 2004|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1960, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2004|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1960, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1938, 1985, 1990, 1993|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1938, 1985, 1996|
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Men's Basketball team represents the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in NCAA Division I basketball. The team plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the school's Atlanta campus and is currently coached by Josh Pastner. Under the tenure of Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech established itself as a national force in basketball. Cremins led his team to the first ACC tournament victory in school history in 1985 and in 1990 he took Georgia Tech to the school's first Final Four appearance ever.Cremins retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 with the school's best winning percentage as a head coach. The Yellow Jackets returned to the Final Four in 2004 under Paul Hewitt and lost in the national title game, losing to UConn. Overall, the team has won 1,352 games and lost 1,226 games, a .524 win percentage.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is the name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The teams have also been nicknamed the Ramblin' Wreck, Engineers, Blacksmiths, and Golden Tornado. There are eight men's and seven women's teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
Georgia Tech's first recorded official participation in basketball was in 1906,when a small club organized under Coach Chapman. They won two of the three games they played that season. The next time Tech had a basketball team, it was under the famous coach John Heisman, also Tech's baseball and football coach. Heisman had a winning percentage of .142 that season and improved the team's percentage to .500 in 1912 and 1913.
John William Heisman was a player and coach of American football, baseball, and basketball, as well as a sportswriter and actor. He served as the head football coach at Oberlin College, Buchtel College, Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College, and Rice University, compiling a career college football record of 186–70–18. In 1917, Heisman's Georgia Tech Golden Tornado team was recognized as the national champion.
Since that time, Georgia Tech has forged a solid basketball program on the strength of coaches like John Hyder and Bobby Cremins, and such players as Roger Kaiser, Rich Yunkus, Mark Price, Craig "Noodles" Neal, John Salley, Tom Hammonds, and Matt Harpring. Georgia Tech became a charter member of the Southeastern Conference in 1932 (the first season was in 1933) and won the conference title in 1938. Coach Hyder, whose teams won 292 games in twenty-two seasons, put the program on the national map when his 1955 team defeated Adolph Rupp's Kentucky team, ending the Wildcats' 129-game winning streak at home.
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The 1985 team, led by head coach Bobby Cremins and players Mark Price, Duane Ferrell, Yvon Joseph, Craig Neal, Bruce Dalrymple, and John Salley, won the school's first ACC championship and advanced to the final eight in the NCAA tournament. In the 1990 tournament, the trio of Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, & Brian Oliver (nicknamed "Lethal Weapon 3") carried the Yellow Jackets all the way to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual champion UNLV in the national semi-finals. In 1992, Cremins led an inexperienced Tech team to the Sweet 16, thanks in no small part to James Forrest's buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer in the second round against USC. The following year, the Yellow Jackets won the ACC Tournament.
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Georgia Tech's nine consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from the mid-1980s and the early 1990s accounted for the nation's fourth-longest active streak before it ended in 1994. In 1996, the team finished first in the ACC's regular season and returned to the tournament behind future NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. Cremins's nineteen-year tenure (1981–2000) stands as the team's most successful era. Cremins is Georgia Tech's all-time winningest coach and is third among all ACC coaches. Upon his retirement after the 1999–2000 season, his teams had won 354 games and lost 237 for a .599 winning percentage (Cremins would later come out of retirement to coach at the College of Charleston). The floor at Alexander Memorial Coliseum is named "Cremins Court" in his honor.
In 2000, head coach Paul Hewitt was hired away from Siena College and immediately helped to revitalize the Yellow Jacket program. In his first season, Georgia Tech beat UCLA, Kentucky and five ACC rivals that were ranked en route to an NCAA tournament appearance. Georgia Tech experienced a Cinderella season in 2003–2004: winning the Preseason NIT, ending Duke's 41-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium, making it to the school's second Final Four and first national championship game, in which they lost by nine points to UConn. Notable players sent to the NBA under Hewitt include Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Mario West, Luke Schenscher, Thaddeus Young, Will Bynumand Anthony Morrow. In back-to-back years (2008 & 2009), Hewitt also successfully recruited national top-10 high school prospects in Iman Shumpert and Derrick Favors.
During the 2009–2010 season, the Yellow Jackets played for the ACC tournament championship game as well as earning Hewitt's fifth NCAA tournament appearance at Tech. They advanced to the round of 32, losing to The Ohio State University. Georgia Tech then finished the 2010–11 season 13–18. On March 12, 2011, Paul Hewitt was dismissed as the head coach of the Georgia Tech after eleven seasons.Brian Gregory was appointed as his successor, Georgia Tech's thirteenth men's basketball coach, on March 28, 2011.
Brian Gregory, who led Dayton to 97 victories over his last four seasons there and worked under Tom Izzo at Michigan State when the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Championship, was named Georgia Tech's head men's basketball coach on March 28, 2011. In their first season with Gregory at the helm, Georgia Tech finished 11–20 and 11th in the ACC while playing without a true home court while McCamish Pavilion was under construction. Gregory only had two seasons with overall winning records and no seasons of winning records in ACC play. On March 25, 2016, after five disappointing seasons and no trips to the NCAA Tournament, Georgia Tech fired Brian Gregory.He was 76–86 overall and 27–61 in ACC play.
Josh Pastner was hired by the school on April 8, 2016.Pastner's deal is worth $11 million over six years. Pastner was 167–73 with four NCAA tournament bids in seven years as the head coach of Memphis. He's not doing nearly as well in his time at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 16 times. Their combined record is 23–16.
| Ohio |
|#15 Mercer |
|#15 Marist |
|1987||#7||First Round||#10 LSU||L 79–85|
|#12 Iowa State |
|1989||#6||First Round||#11 Texas||L 70–76|
|#13 East Tennessee State |
#1 Michigan State
|#9 DePaul |
#1 Ohio State
|#10 Houston |
|1993||#4||First Round||#13 Southern||L 78–93|
|#14 Austin Peay |
#11 Boston College
|2001||#8||First Round||#9 Saint Joseph's||L 62–66|
|#14 Northern Iowa |
#6 Boston College
#2 Oklahoma State
Second Round Four
|#12 George Washington |
|2007||#10||First Round||#7 UNLV||L 63–67|
|#7 Oklahoma State |
#2 Ohio State
The Yellow Jackets have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) nine times. Their combined record is 13–9.
|1984||First Round||Virginia Tech||L 74–77|
|1994||First Round||Siena||L 68–76|
|1999||First Round||Oregon||L 64–67|
San Diego State
Cal State Bakersfield
|John Heisman (Independent)(1909–1914)|
|1959–60||Hyder||22–6||11–3||NCAA Regional Final|
|Bobby Cremins (ACC)(1981–2000)|
|1984–85||Cremins||27–8||9–5||T-1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1985–86||Cremins||27–7||11–3||2nd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1986–87||Cremins||16–13||7–7||5th||NCAA First Round|
|1987–88||Cremins||22–10||8–6||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|1988–89||Cremins||20–12||8–6||5th||NCAA First Round|
|1989–90||Cremins||28–7||8–6||T-3rd||NCAA National Semifinal|
|1990–91||Cremins||17–13||6–8||T-5th||NCAA Second Round|
|1991–92||Cremins||23–12||8–8||T-4th||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1992–93||Cremins||19–11||8–8||6th||NCAA First Round|
|1995–96||Cremins||24–12||13–3||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|Paul Hewitt (ACC)(2000–2011)|
|2000-01||Hewitt||17–13||8–8||5th||NCAA First Round|
|2004-05||Hewitt||20–12||8–8||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2006-07||Hewitt||20–12||8–8||T-6th||NCAA First Round|
|2009-10||Hewitt||23–13||7–9||7th||NCAA Second Round|
|Brian Gregory (ACC)(2011–2016)|
|Josh Pastner (ACC)(2016–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Since the beginning of the Georgia Tech basketball program, it has had 14 head coaches. John Heisman and William Alexander were also head coaches for Georgia Tech's football and baseball teams.
|Coach||Years Active||No. of Seasons||Wins||Losses||Win Percentage||NCAAT App.||NCAAT Wins||NCAAT Losses|
|John Heisman||1908-09, |
|William Alexander||1919-20, |
Many famous and talented players have played with the Yellow Jackets. Dennis Scott was the 1990 National Player of the Year and the 1990 ACC Player of the Year,Jarrett Jack was the 2005 Basketball Times All-South player.
The team has retired six numbers: Matt Harpring (15), Tom Hammonds (20), John Salley (22), Mark Price (25), Rich Yunkus (40), and Roger Kaiser (21).
A notable fictitious player for the Yellow Jackets is eternal Tech student George P. Burdell, who is officially listed in team media guides as having earned three letters (1956–58).
The Hank McCamish Pavilion, rebuilt and renamed from Alexander Memorial Coliseum (also nicknamed "The Thrillerdome") in 2012, is an indoor arena located on Tech's Midtown Atlanta campus. It is the home of the Georgia Tech basketball teams and hosted the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association from 1968–1972 and again from 1997–1999. Tech's women's volleyball team occasionally uses the facility as well, primarily for NCAA tournament games and other matches that draw crowds that would overflow the O'Keefe Gymnasium. During the 2011–12 season, the Yellow Jackets split their home schedule between Philips Arena and the Arena at Gwinnett Center in suburban Duluth while McCamish Pavilion was under reconstruction.
Paul Harrington Hewitt is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach at Georgia Institute of Technology and George Mason University. He grew up in Westbury, New York.
Joshua Paul Pastner is an American college basketball coach, and the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The 2012–13 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Yellow Jackets, led by second-year head coach Brian Gregory, were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yellow Jackets played their home games at the newly remodeled and renamed McCamish Pavilion. They finished the season 16–15, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Boston College.
The 2013–14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are led by third year head coach Brian Gregory and played their home games at McCamish Pavilion. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 16–17, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Clemson.
The 2014–15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team will represent Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach was MaChelle Joseph entering her 12th season. The team plays its home games at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 19–15, 7–9 in ACC play to finish in a three way tie for ninth place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to North Carolina. They were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament which they defeated Elon before losing to Ole Miss in the second round.
The 2015–16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by fifth year head coach Brian Gregory and played their home games at McCamish Pavilion. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yellow Jackets finished the season 21–15, 8–10 in ACC play to finish in a tie for 11th place. They defeated Clemson in the second round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Virginia. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Houston and South Carolina to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to San Diego State.
The 2015–16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team will represent Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach was MaChelle Joseph entering her 13th season. The team plays its home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 20–13, 8–8 in ACC play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Louisville. They were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament which they defeated Mercer in the first round before losing to Tulane in the second round.
The 2016–17 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team represented Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach is MaChelle Joseph entering her 14th season. The team played their home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 22–15, 5–11 in ACC play to finish in tenth place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Miami (FL). They were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament where they advanced to the championship game where they lost to Michigan.
The 2016–17 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by first-year head coach Josh Pastner and played their home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 21–16, 8–10 in ACC play to finish in 11th place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Pittsburgh. The Yellow Jackets received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Indiana, Belmont, and Ole Miss to advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. At MSG, they defeated Cal State Bakersfield before losing in the championship game to TCU.
The 2016–17 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2016, followed by the start of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in late December 2016 and concluded in March.
The 2017–18 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by second-year head coach Josh Pastner and played their home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 13–19, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in 13th place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Boston College.
The 2017–18 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team represented Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2017-18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach was MaChelle Joseph in her 15th season. The team played its home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The 1989–90 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1989–90 NCAA men's basketball season. Led by 9th year head coach Bobby Cremins and the talented trio dubbed "Lethal Weapon 3" – ACC Player of the Year Dennis Scott, National Freshman of the Year Kenny Anderson, and Brian Oliver – the Yellow Jackets were ACC Tournament Champions and reached the 1990 Final Four.
The 2018–19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represents the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are led by third-year head coach Josh Pastner and play their home games at Hank McCamish Pavilion as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Henry Van "Bruce" Dalrymple is an American former basketball player best known for his college career at Georgia Tech. He was a second round pick in the 1987 NBA draft.
The 2018–19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team represented Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach was MaChelle Joseph in her 16th season. The team played its home games at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 17–13, 7–9 in ACC play to finish in ninth place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Women's Tournament to North Carolina. Despite having 17 wins, they were not invited to a postseason tournament for the first time since 2013.
The 1984-85 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by head coach Bobby Cremins, the team finished the season with an overall record of 27-8. The team earned a share of the ACC regular season title, won the ACC Tournament, and reached the East Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Georgetown, 60–54.
The 1987–88 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represented Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by head coach Bobby Cremins, the team finished the season with an overall record of 22-10. The team reached the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.