The Yellow Jackets’ status as a team to watch going into the 2021-22 season was secured by their third-place finish in the conference last season and their ensuing run in the NCAA Tournament to the Sweet 16. Coach Nell Fortner’s team returns 10 letter-winners, all five starters and 97.5% of its scoring, including leading scorer Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (15.0 points per game).
Tech is one of five ACC teams in the Top 25, along with No. 5 N.C. State, No. 6 Louisville, No. 16 Florida State and No. 24 Virginia Tech. South Carolina is atop the poll.