Georgia Tech loses, still beats Fla. State for date with Terps

March 02, 1998|By Paul McMullen

After Maryland concluded the regular season with an impressive 83-66 victory over Temple on Saturday, coach Gary Williams said that the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament draw would give the third-seeded Terps an opponent that needed to win there to get into the NCAA tournament.

Georgia Tech, Maryland's draw in Friday's noon quarterfinal at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, probably needs more than one more win to get in the NCAAs, however.

The Yellow Jackets come in with three straight losses, and a place in the 50s in the Rating Percentage Index, a formula used to rank the 306 Division I teams.

Tech (17-12, 6-10) lost, 76-62, at Clemson yesterday, but it did win the tiebreaker for the sixth seed with Florida State. Georgia Tech was one of four ACC teams the Terps swept this season -- 70-67 in Atlanta on Jan. 21 on three free throws by Sarunas Jasikevicius in the final seconds, and 81-69 at Cole Field House on Feb. 21 to start Maryland's current three-game winning streak.

Maryland (18-9, 10-6) earned the third seed by winning 11 of its last 15 games.

"Right now, we are playing well, we're healthy and we have a lot of pride," Williams said Saturday. "We're not cocky, we have that quiet confidence you need to have at this time of year."

Pub Date: 3/02/98

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