Tech's Cremins is named conference Coach of Year Regular-season champs were 6-7 early in season

March 13, 1996|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

Bobby Cremins still doesn't have an explanation for Georgia Tech's turnaround from a wayward 6-7 team to regular-season champion in the Atlantic Coast Coast this season, but he got the credit, anyway.

Cremins was named the ACC's Coach of the Year yesterday by an Creminsoverwhelming margin in a ballot of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association.

Cremins, whose Yellow Jackets take a 22-11 record into the Southeast Regional against Austin Peay, received 74 of 107 votes. Clemson's Rick Barnes, whose Tigers earned an NCAA tournament bid in his second season, was second with 17 votes.

"We can't pinpoint it," Cremins said of Tech's resurgence. "It's the character of the team."

History doesn't repeat

Although Wake Forest coach Dave Odom didn't complain about being placed in the Midwest Region as a No. 2 seed, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski did for him.

"Historically, the conference champion for the ACC has gone to the East," Krzyzewski said. "I'm surprised for Wake. I thought Wake would get an East No. 2 [seed]. I think you should pay attention really hard to tradition. The champions of the bigger conferences, unless they're playing a regional at a home site, should be given the opportunity to play in that region."

Wake goes to Milwaukee for a Friday first-round game with Northeast Louisiana.

Injury update

Odom said he's not planning on Tony Rutland (knee) playing Friday. Krzyzewski said Chris Collins should play against Eastern Michigan tomorrow in Indianapolis, and Steve Wojciechowski (ankle) might make a "limited" appearance. Wojciechowski was on crutches as recently as Monday.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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