Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Virginia outlasts Georgia Tech, secures No. 1 seed in ACC Tournament

Virginia outlasts Georgia Tech, secures No. 1 seed in ACC Tournament

The 'Hoos have now held 21 opponents to under 60 points this season.

Each team's largest lead of the first half was three points, as neither squad could gain a stranglehold on the game. It crescendoed as the finishing touches were put on a 65-54 win over Georgia Tech that clinched UVa the top seed in the ACC Tournament and a share of the conference regular season title in the conference. With three of its final four contests coming against teams with losing records, Virginia also is poised to take a run at the school record of 16 regular-season victories in conference play, set during the 2013-14 season and equaled a year later.

"We tried to use the week off to heal up and prepare the right way", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Monday.

Virginia (24-2, 13-1 ACC) returns to action after a much-needed week off that allowed some nagging injuries to heal, players to receive a late-season rest and sophomore guard Kyle Guy to get engaged.

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Georgia Tech (11-17, 4-11) entered the game on a five-game losing streak and had lost nine of its previous 10 games, including a 64-48 loss to Virginia on January 18 in Atlanta. Virginia vs Georgia Tech live stream is on WatchESPN. "The guys that got hurt - we can't do nothing about that".

The Hokies have won six of eight overall, but own a middling 3-3 SU home record in conference play, while the Tigers try to avoid a third straight loss. "More than that though, the injury bug has really hurt us". The Virginia runs became longer, the Georgia Tech responses became more sparse. "If I had to do it over again, I probably should have sat Ben (Lammers) for two or three weeks when he injured his ankle and let him get fairly healthy". Though the team has not yet clinched the title outright, it solidified a No.1 seed and double bye in the ACC Tournament, with the most favorable path towards the title. The Yellow Jackets made just one 3-pointer in the second half.

"With this league and the depth and the amount of games, that would be a tremendous thing to do", Bennett continued.

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