Tech will play its second pool-play game Wednesday against Wake Forest, but it is meaningless from the Jackets’ standpoint. Tech is in a three-team pool with Miami and Wake Forest, and the tiebreaker to win the pool is seeding. As the No. 10 seed, Tech cannot win the group over No. 6 Miami or No. 3 Wake Forest with a 1-1 record in pool play.
Tech’s record fell to 27-27. To get into the NCAA Tournament, the Jackets needed to win the conference tournament. The Jackets can salvage some pride by beating the Demon Deacons, scheduled for 7 p.m. With a win, Tech will record a winning season for the 36th consecutive season. Tech’s last losing season was in 1981. Even with a win, though, the Jackets will finish with the lowest winning percentage in that 36-year span.