Nov. 9, 2004
Georgia Tech was an amazing story last season, led by coach Paul Hewitt.
The Yellow Jackets certainly stunned everyone by reaching the Final Four in San Antonio. They set the tone early by blowing out Connecticut in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.
Ironically, they faced UConn again in the national-championship game, with the Huskies avenging their Preseason NIT loss and winning their second national title under coach Jim Calhoun.
Georgia Tech had a great run to the Final Four, including the Elite Eight win over Kansas to get to San Antonio. Guard Jarrett Jack put on quite a show vs. the Jayhawks.
With the guidance of Hewitt -- a man who understands the talent of his team and who knows how to communicate -- Georgia Tech could make another run at the Final Four. I have the Yellow Jackets at No. 5 in my preseason Top 30 rankings.
The trio of Jack, guard B.J. Elder and 7-foot-1 center Luke Schenscher gives the Yellow Jackets a solid team in the most loaded conference in America, the ACC.
The ACC is so loaded this year that I have five ACC teams in my Top 10, baby -- including North Carolina, my preseason No. 1.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.