When the buzzer sounded this past Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee it signaled the end of Georgia Tech's 2009-10 season.
The 2009-10 season was a season in which Georgia Tech had been really inconsistent and underachieved giving the talent they had during the regular season. Georgia Tech has had good moments being ranked throughout many points of the regular season including a signature home win over then #5 Duke in early January, a win over than #13 North Carolina on the road a week later, and a home win over than #16 Clemson where they looked like a real contender in the ACC. Than there was the road struggles where they had a miserable 3-7 record away from home and an ugly losses to Virginia, Miami, and Georgia. There was the end of the season struggle where they lost 5 of their last 7 regular season games including a heartbroker on the road in Maryland when they lost at the buzzer on a Cliff Tucker three in which would've been a great win.
They had entered the tournament at 19-11(7-9) in a huge slumping looking like they might not even make the NCAA Tournament. Georgia Tech ended North Carolina's miserable season in their 1st ACC Tournament game, than got a huge win that sealed their NCAA tournament win over than #19 and ACC co-champion Maryland showing they were capable of beating any team. After they ended NC State's surprise ACC Tournament run the Yellow Jackets had found themselves suddenly playing in the ACC Championship against the powerhouse Duke Blue Devils. Georgia Tech had struggled early in the Duke game, had even fell down by 11 with a little over 7 minutes left but showed a ton of ressilliancy and fight bringing the lead down to 1 and only falling 4 points short of an ACC Championship over a great Duke team.
Georgia Tech found themselves in the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time since the 2007 season after a 2 year abscence and the biggest turnaround of any team going from 12-19 the previous year to an NCAA Tournament team.
In the NCAA Tournament the Yellow Jackets defeating Oklahoma State 64-59 and advanced to the 2nd Round. The Yellow Jackets as the 10th seed upset the 7th seed Cowboys in a mini upset and had won their 1st NCAA tournament game since 2005. In that game Georgia Tech had hit Free Throws and cut down on turnovers something that hadn't done all year.
The next round Georgia Tech was back to their problems and their players were in foul trouble even falling behind 15 points with a little over 7 to go against one of the nations best players Evan Turner and a really good Ohio State team. They fought and cut to lead to 4 with a little over 1 minute to go but just aren't as good as the Buckeyes and fell shot.
The Georgia Tech season had it's up and downs. There were some great wins, some ugly losses, a struggling finish, and great ACC and NCAA Tournament runs. It was ugly watching them play many times with their ugly turnover prone ways, horrible free throw, shooting, poor coaching and lack of execution on offense.
Most people remember what you did in the Tournaments, the conference and much more so the NCAA Tournaments. That time of the year is when Georgia Tech played their best basketball. Making it to the ACC Championship Game coming just 4 points away from being ACC Tournament Champions, and made the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. This team wasn't as good as the 2005 team and had a shaky regular season but it has been the best year for a Georgia Tech team since 2005 and they've finished with great end results. If you look at the regular season you will see an inconsistent team that maybe underachieved a little. If you look at just the Conference Tournament and NCAA Tournament results you will see a team who finished as the runner up in the Conference Tournament and as a team who advanced to the Round of 32 winning an NCAA tournament game.
Although the Regular Season had been shaky you have to be somewhat pleased with the results they ultimately finished with.
They have a likely Top 5 NBA Draft pick with their ACC Freshman of the Year Derrick Favors, and Junior Foward Gani Lawal who is a likely mid-late 1st Round pick. Talented Guard Iman Shumpert has the talent to be a 1st Round pick in maybe 2 years but it's looking obvious he's back.
Weather Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors stay is remain to be seen although he says it's 50/50 at this point. It's likely Favors bolts to the Draft and Lawal is uncertain and unknown at this point.
What Georgia Tech can do next year is a mystery. Who leaves and stays in a mystery in itself and if Coach Paul Hewitt shows he has an ability to coach and build some success will be another mystery. It will be seen weather Georgia Tech can build off of the late season run and be back in the NCAA Tournament next month or have another poor season where they're in the NIT or even finish under .500 and Paul Hewitt shows he a good recruiter and terrible coach.
Georgia Tech has played with a youthful team and alot of freshman such as Favors, Glen Rice Jr, and Brian Oliver who played big minutes. The only senior was foward Zachery Peacock who played a big role. Ups and downs are expected with a young team but Georgia Tech certainly had the talent after a great year of recruiting
As for the Georgia Tech 2009-10 if you look at how they ended which is what you are usually remembered for you will see it was a decent year