The No. 6 ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes were peaking for the majority of this season. Lately, they have not been bringing their “A” game. Tonight, this was the case against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech upset Miami 71-69.
This loss brings Miami’s overall record to 23-6 and their conference record to 14-3 while Georgia Tech’s record is 16-13 overall and 6-11 in the ACC. It may have cost Miami an opportunity to become a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia Tech was led by Chris Bolden, who finished the game with 21 points and four rebounds. Other key contributors for Georgia Tech include Daniel Miller with 17 points and five rebounds. Robert Carter added 12 points and three rebounds. Miami was led by Kenny Kadji, who had 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Durand Scott added 17 points and five rebounds, along with Shane Larkin‘s 12 points and seven assists.
Miami was winning at halftime, 43-32. However, Georgia Tech outscored Miami 39-26 in the second half and overcame an 11-point deficit with 12 minutes left to go in the game. Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt tipped in his own missed shot with no time remaining to seal the victory for his team.
This game illustrates the great deal of parity in the ACC. Expect to see a dynamic ACC Tournament next weekend. The records are meaningless now. It is all about who plays with heart and who does not. Although Miami is one of the best teams in the ACC, they are not guaranteed a win next week. Teams like Georgia Tech are going to possibly be “bubble-busters” for some of their opponents.