Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech takes aim at fourth straight ACC win

Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) will play in the postseason for the first time in his career as Georgia Tech hosts Houston in the NIT on Wednesday.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) will play in the postseason for the first time in his career as Georgia Tech hosts Houston in the NIT on Wednesday. AP

ATLANTA -- The suddenly streaking Georgia Tech basketball team is on the verge of doing something very special.

If the Yellow Jackets can beat Boston College on Saturday, they will have their first four-game winning streak against ACC competition since the 2003-04 season, when they went 28-10 and finished second in the nation. The last time they won four straight regular-season ACC games was 2001-02.

Georgia Tech (16-12, 6-9 ACC) has reeled off consecutive victories over Florida State, No. 19 Notre Dame and Clemson. The Yellow Jackets built a big lead against Florida State and hung on. They showed determination and came back to beat Notre Dame and Clemson in the final minutes.

"Right now we're just confident," senior Marcus Georges-Hunt said. "We take on the challenge to execute in the last four minutes, and the last couple of games we're doing a great job."

Boston College (7-21, 0-15) has been the worst team in the conference. The Eagles are coming off a 71-56 home loss to Virginia Tech and have lost all but one of their conference games by double digits.

But the Eagles might see an opportunity against Georgia Tech. They beat the Yellow Jackets twice a year ago, winning by two points in Atlanta and by one in the opening round of the ACC Tournament against an injury riddled Georgia Tech team.

Boston College graduated Olivier Hanlan, who had been the primary thorn in Georgia Tech's side for three years. The Eagles are led by Eli Carter (15.9 points) and Jerome Robinson (11.6 points) but average an ACC-worst 60.7 points per game.

Georgia Tech can't afford to slip up against Boston College. With two games remaining -- at Louisville on March 1 and at home against Pitt on March 5 -- every additional wins helps build the team's resume for postseason consideration.

The Yellow Jackets are certainly on the radar for the NIT but aren't far from climbing on the bubble for NCAA consideration. Georgia Tech hasn't played postseason basketball since 2009-10. Georgia Tech is certainly making believers. After responding to beat Clemson on Tuesday, Tigers head coach Brad Brownell had many nice things to say.

"I think they have a good team," Brownell said. "I think they're a little under the radar right now, but they're playing good basketball. Brian (Gregory) has done a good job of keeping those guys together and focused. They seem like really good kids. They play hard. They're just playing really well."