Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Published 11: 59 p.m. ET March 13, 2021 | Up to this level 12: 00 a.m. ET March 14, 2021
Georgia Tech won its first ACC tournament title since 1993 by knocking off No. 13 Florida Voice 80-75 Saturday evening in the final.
At the center of the action, like he’s for nearly every Georgia Tech game, modified into senior guard Jose Alvarado. The Yellow Jackets’ 6-foot sparkplug modified into in all locations against the Seminoles, recording 13 points and a crew-excessive five steals for an active Georgia Tech defense that had 15 steals and forced 25 turnovers.
Following the Yellow Jackets’ leap forward spend — they’re heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years — in their fifth season below coach Josh Pastner, Alvarado let his emotions yell.
“Right here is why I worked my butt off. Reasonably a couple of americans doubted me, I wasn’t alleged to be in the ACC, (Pastner) took a huge gamble on me. And my teammates man, how factual are they man,” Alvarado said for the duration of his postgame interview on ESPN.
“Right here is form of a dream attain true and I’m delighted with my guys. I admire this spend. Right here goes to final me a lifetime.”
Alvarado is a two-time All-ACC performer and modified into named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year this season. In his fourth season, all spent essentially as a starter, he’s averaged 13.5 points per game and 2.1 steals.
Now, he leads Georgia Tech into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
“I’m so comfortable I procure a huge gamble to expose (my family) I’m a champion and bring a trophy home to Georgia Tech,” said Alvarado, whose daughter and father were in the stands.
Among these that were moved by Alvarado’s words: Dwyane Wade. “The ardour. I admire it!!” the NBA account tweeted.