March 8-10 • Atlanta, Ga.
- Georgia Tech 55, Virginia 48
- Georgia Tech 75, Duke 64
- Georgia Tech 57, North Carolina 54
Georgia Tech, also the perennial conference held, has accomplished this almost unparalleled feat in the history of the ACC. Inheriting a team of 4-23, Bobby Cremins took a winless ACC team and turned it into a top team in a four-year span.
Tech, even the perennial conference also held, accomplished this almost unparalleled feat in the history of the ACC. Inheriting a team of 4-23, Bobby Cremins took a winless ACC team and turned it into a top team in a four-year span.
Nationally, the Jackets, 27-8 in total, have reached new heights, rising to their highest position ever (5th place draw with Oklahoma-UPI. In all, the Rambling Wreck beat 13 teams that were classified in the The nation’s top 20 at the time of their defeat.
The cast for Georgia Tech had a limited number. So limited that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Furman Bisher labeled Tech “The Thin Gold Line”. At the time of the ACC tournament, with a knee injury to Ferrell, it was a “thin golden thread”. The starting line-up for the whole season was Mark Price and Bruce Dalrymple at the guards, Yvon Joseph in the center and John Salley and Duane Ferrell forward.
The best reservations were the senior Scott Petway, who started the last six games for the injured Ferrell and the 7-0 at the freshman center Antoine Ford. Freshman John Martinson and junior striker Jack Mansell also contributed valuable minutes.
A deadly external shooter, Price gave Tech more than just points. Pulling the ball out of his guard point, he was largely responsible for Tech’s top five on average in double digits for most of the season. Price offered the complete package with scoring (16.7 points), passes (150 assists), defense (66 thefts), ball management and leadership.
While Dalrymple was listed as a guard, this did not stop him from confusing him below. She was one of the best bouncing guards in the nation and always seemed to invent the free ball. Former rookie-of-the-year ACC, it was the final triple threat with his score (12.9 ppg), rebound (5.9 ppg) and passing (135 assists). He also designed the difficult backcourt defensive tasks.
Joseph, a 6-11 Haiti center, provided Tech with the muscle in the middle as he joined Salley. A highlight for Joseph that year included a three-game stretch against Maryland, Duke and Wake Forest, where he scored 55 points and grabbed 24 rebounds. He finished his final year with a score of 11.6 and a rebound average of 6.6.
Tech’s “Spiderman” was lanky Salley, who was one of the most improved players in the country last year. Sometimes an intimidating force around the basket. Salley broke her school record with 82 blocked shots. He was the best Tech shooter from the field this year at .627. Salley was Tech’s second top scorer with an average of 14.0 and a maximum rebound, making 7.1 rebounds per exit.
Ferrell was an instant starter in the small forward position, producing 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game is the rookie’s year. A powerful but fast performer, Ferrell has filled a vital place in Tech training although he has seen limited service at the end of the season due to tense knee ligaments.
In his place, Petway, 6-6 forward, gave Tech a consistent game as a solid complementary player. He wasn’t called to score much and usually helped Tech with his ball handling, passing and defending.
Bruce Dalrymple and Mark Price hug each other after taking the title.
The Rambling Wreck exploded with a start of 10-1 and ranked third in the nation after winning the Rainbow Classic and the price got the honors of the national player of the week. Tech therefore turned its attention to a slate slate in which jackets continued to perform well with an overall record of 18-4, 7-3 in the ACC.
Tech dropped two of the three ACC competitions along the stretch, which turned the championship race into disrepair. In his last league game, Tech rallied to beat North Carolina in the Omni. The win gave Tech a share of first place with UNC and NC State. In a drawing by the ACC office, the jackets received the best seeding in the tournament.
The price earned was honored by MVP at the tournament with a performance of 50 points, including 20 out of 20 from the foul line. Dalrymple was a defensive demon and contributed 43 points and was chosen by many as the MVP tournament.
Against the Tar Heels, Tech followed the entire game, falling eight points behind with 14:44 to play before starting their return. The Jackets managed their first lead with only 52 seconds remaining on a free throw by Yvon Joseph and then held out for a 57-54 win. Price, who had 24 points against Duke and 16 in the return, wins the UNC.
Tech had never won more than one game in its history of the NCAA tournament, but Jackets continued to win victories over Mercer, Syracuse and Illinois before earning an appointment with a high-level Georgetown. Tech lost six points to the Hoyas in the regional final and ended the record year.