Dance Card: Georgia Tech, ACC at-large

Might want to box out Ty Marshall, if you get a chance.

Who? The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.

What? They're not named for the insect, though Buzz has become a secondary logo- instead, they're named for their colors. Oh, and their other mascot.

Where? Atlanta, Georgia, home to the world's largest indoor aquarium.

When? March 23rd, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Why? Strength of schedule, 20 wins, over .500 in conference (though that doesn't seem to have mattered much this year), RPI. They've got all the paper power, yet everyone assumed they were out. Go figure.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish fifth in the conference, they ended up in seventh, seven games back of Notre Dame.

RPI: 33

SOS: 19

Record: 20-11 (9-7 ACC)

Good wins: North Carolina.

Bad losses: Clemson.

Who's running this show? MaChelle Joseph, since 2003. She originally hails from the state of Indiana.

Extra, Extra! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though you might have better luck with our own Petrel.

All the talk this year about Georgia Tech has centered on two players: senior guard Ty Marshall and freshman forward Kaela Davis. Marshall, the Yellow Jackets' all-time leading scorer, averages 19.6 on the season, along with a team-high 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals. She's fast and slashes the lane hard. Davis, the highly-touted recruit, is second with 18.6 points. Long and lanky, she can take it to the hole or line up from outside. The rest of their lineup is wild cards. Junior guard Sydney Wallace can get hot, and sophomore guard/forward Aaliyah Whiteside makes astounding decisions both for good or for ill.

Random stat that pleases me: Ty Marshall's rebounding. Almost half of hers are offensive.

Senior center Shayla Bivins seems like a player who should be better than she is, and someday I'll understand why.

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