The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Men’s Basketball team represents the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in NCAA Division I basketball.
The team plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Atlanta campus of the school and is now coached by Josh Pastner. Georgia Tech established itself as a national force. Cremins led his team to the first ACC championship victory in school history in 1985 and in 1990 he chose Georgia Tech to the college’s first Final Four appearance . Cremins retired together with all the school’s best winning percentage for a head coach from Georgia Tech in 2000. The Yellow Jackets returned into the Final Four in 2004 under Paul Hewitt and dropped in the national title game, losing to UConn. Overall, the team has won 1,352 games and lost 1,226 games, a .524 win percentage.
Georgia Tech’s first official involvement in basketball was in 1906, when a club arranged under Coach Chapman. They won just two of the three games they played with that year. Next time Tech had a basketball team, it was under the famous coach John Heisman, also Tech’s baseball and soccer coach. Heisman needed a winning percentage of .142 that year and improved the team’s percent to .500 in 1912 and 1913.
Since that time, Georgia Tech has invented a solid basketball program around the potency of trainers such as John Hyder and Bobby Cremins, and such players as Roger Kaiser, Rich Yunkus, Mark Price, Craig”Noodles” Neal, John Salley, Tom Hammonds, and Matt Harpring. Georgia Tech became a charter member of the Southeastern Conference in 1932 (the primary season was in 1933) and won the conference title in 1938. Coach Hyder, whose teams won 292 games in twenty-two seasons, place the program on the map when his 1955 team defeated Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky team, ending the Wildcats’ 129-game winning streak in the home.