Pastner mentioned that he and UGA coach Tom Crean thought of doable openings, however had been blocked by video games already scheduled and a scarcity of coinciding openings. Tech, for example, couldn’t schedule a recreation round Dec. 15 due to the ACC’s plan to play league video games on that day and in addition the sixteenth. A need to keep away from taking part in back-to-back nights expanded that block of unavailable dates.
There stays a chance that Tech and UGA may nonetheless meet given the potential for each groups to have opponents cancel on them resulting from COVID-19. The NCAA’s protocol requires a 14-day quarantine for groups which have a participant or workers member check optimistic, or if an opponent exams optimistic inside 48 hours after a recreation.
“Clearly, if each of us have a cancellation and each of us want a recreation, that might be a chance,” Pastner mentioned. In any other case, the groups will play subsequent within the 2021-22 season in Athens.
As for the ACC schedule, the Jackets will open at No. 21 Florida State on Dec. 15. The Seminoles, who had been named the league champion after ending first within the common season, are considered one of three groups within the AP top-25 ballot that Tech will play twice, together with No. 9 Duke and No. 4 Virginia. The Jackets may even have home-and-home dates with Wake Forest and their everlasting companions, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Duke and Virginia are the lone ACC groups that Tech has not defeated in Pastner’s first 4 seasons. The Blue Devils, in truth, have received the previous 13 conferences and 37 of the previous 40.
The schedule additionally contains residence video games with Boston Faculty, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse. The highway video games are at Louisville, Miami, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. The house-and-home opponents, aside from the everlasting companions, are rotated yearly.
“There’s no off nights,” Pastner mentioned. “All 15 groups within the ACC are actually good.”
Half of the 20 league video games have flex dates, beginning with a house recreation towards North Carolina that may both be Dec. 29 or 30, a Tuesday and Wednesday. 9 of the ten flex-date video games are both Tuesday or Wednesday. The final is both March 5 or 6 at Wake Forest, a Friday/Saturday. The rationale, Pastner mentioned, is that ESPN is ready on the NBA schedule to be launched earlier than it commits to dates, broadcast shops and tipoff occasions.
It’s an uncommon quantity of fluidity with the season resulting from begin in two weeks. Usually, the convention schedule is launched by mid-September with agency dates and begin occasions with TV shops decided or at the least narrowed down.
Given the contact tracing protocols, the potential of schedule modifications appears fairly excessive. The league’s information launch acknowledged the chance that every one video games is probably not performed. There may be not a lot room for make-up dates. The convention event begins in Washington D.C. on March 9, three days after the ultimate regular-season recreation.
Pastner mentioned that the league’s coaches have mentioned the potential to schedule video games towards one another on the fly (as non-league video games) if opponents cancel resulting from COVID-19 and go away wholesome groups with openings.
“You can play Clemson 5 occasions,” Pastner mentioned. “The target is you need to get the video games in.”
Pastner has embraced the uncertainty that surrounds the approaching season, which for the Jackets begins Nov. 25 towards Georgia State at McCamish Pavilion.
“It’s not going to be the norm, however only for this one season, there’s no dangerous concepts,” Pastner mentioned. “It’s all the things’s type of a wild card and there’s going to be cancellations, so how do you slot in video games? You may play an opponent a number of occasions, whether or not it’s a convention opponent or an out-of-conference opponent. I don’t see that to be a problem.”
Georgia Tech 2020-21 basketball schedule
Sport occasions to be decided. House dates in daring.
Wednesday, Nov. 25 vs. Georgia State
Friday, Nov. 27 vs. Mercer
Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. Kentucky*
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Nebraska
Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Florida State
Friday, Dec. 18 vs. Florida A&M
Sunday, Dec. 20 vs. Delaware State
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at UAB
Dec. 29 or Dec. 30 vs. North Carolina
Sunday, Jan. 3 vs. Wake Forest
Jan. 5 or Jan. 6 at Notre Dame
Saturday, Jan. 9 at Louisville
Jan. 12 or Jan. 13 vs. Pittsburgh
Saturday, Jan. 16 at N.C. State
Jan. 19 or Jan. 20 vs. Clemson
Saturday, Jan. 23 at Virginia
Jan. 26 or Jan. 27 at Duke
Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Florida State
Saturday, Feb. 6 vs. Notre Dame
Feb. 9 or Feb. 10 vs. Virginia
Saturday, Feb. 13 at Clemson
Feb. 16 or Feb. 17 vs. Boston Faculty
Saturday, Feb. 20 at Miami (Fla.)
Feb 23 or Feb. 24 at Virginia Tech
Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Syracuse
March 2 or March 3 vs. Duke
March 5 or March 6 at Wake Forest
March 9 ACC Event in Washington, D.C.
* — Vacation Hoopsgiving at State Farm Area