The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Men’s Basketball team represents the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in NCAA Division I basketball.
The team plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Atlanta campus of the school and is coached by Josh Pastner. Beneath the biography of Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech established itself as a force. Cremins directed his team into the first ACC championship victory in school history in 1985 and in 1990 he took Georgia Tech to the school’s first Final Four appearance ever. Cremins retired together with the best winning percentage for a head coach of all the school from Georgia Tech in 2000. The Yellow Jackets returned to the Final Four in 2004 under Paul Hewitt and lost in the national title game, losing to UConn. Overall, the team has won 1,352 games and lost 1,226 games, a .524 win percent.
Georgia Tech’s first official involvement in basketball was in 1906, when a little club arranged under Coach Chapman. They won just two of those three games that they played with that year. Next time Tech had a basketball team, it was under the famous coach John Heisman, also Tech’s baseball and football coach. Heisman had a winning percentage of .142 that year and improved the team’s percent to .500 in 1912 and 1913.
Since that time, Georgia Tech has forged a solid basketball program on the strength of coaches such as John Hyder and Bobby Cremins, and these players as Roger Kaiser, Rich Yunkus, Mark Price, Craig »Noodles » Neal, John Salley, Tom Hammonds, and Matt Harpring. Georgia Tech became a charter member of the Southeastern Conference in 1932 (the first year was in 1933) and won the conference title in 1938. Coach Hyder, whose teams won 292 games in twenty five seasons, place the program on the national map when his 1955 team defeated Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky team, ending the Wildcats’ 129-game winning streak at home.
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