Postponed Georgia Tech-Louisville game assigned make-up date

123020 ATLANTA: Georgia Tech guards Jose Alvarado (left) and Bubba Parham react to beating North Carolina for a come from behind 72-67 victory in a NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Atlanta.   pool photo Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”
123020 ATLANTA: Georgia Tech guards Jose Alvarado (left) and Bubba Parham react to beating North Carolina for a come from behind 72-67 victory in a NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. pool photo Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

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Georgia Tech will play Louisville on Feb. 1 — next Monday — in a game being made up after their originally scheduled game for Jan. 9 was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Yellow Jackets team. The ACC made the announcement Monday.

Tech has three more games that were postponed but have yet to be made up — at Notre Dame and N.C. State and home against Pittsburgh. Coach Josh Pastner’s team had room to fit the Louisville game in as the Jackets originally were off between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, a Saturday-to-Saturday stretch. Likewise, the Cardinals did not have a game between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, a Wednesday-to-Wednesday break, making Feb. 1 a simple addition. The game will be played at 2 p.m. at Louisville.

Pastner had suggested last week that this game would be the first to be rescheduled with the two teams having an overlap in open dates. While conversations have been taking place to try to play the other three postponed games, those will be more difficult. Pitt and N.C. State’s openings do not align as neatly.

“You’re just trying to get the games in and you’ve got to make the best of it,” Pastner said Monday on the ACC coaches videoconference.

The league and member schools have a strong financial incentive — meeting the obligations of the conference contract with ESPN — that will likely compel them to make up as many as possible. It’s plausible that teams could shift days of scheduled games and play two weeknight games in a week, such as a Saturday-Monday-Wednesday-Saturday stretch.

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