GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jose Alvarado couldn't contain his emotions as the horn sounded, collapsing in disbelief as his Georgia Tech teammates mobbed each other near midcourt.
He quickly ran to the celebration that included coach Josh Pastner - still sporting that can't-miss-it clear face shield.
"Coach, you're a champion, man!" Alvarado yelled as he joined him for a postgame TV interview amid the balloons and confetti that had fallen from the rafters.
The Yellow Jackets have their first Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball title in nearly three decades after beating Florida State 80-75 in Saturday night's championship game. Just as importantly, they've secured an automatic NCAA tournament berth to end an 11-year drought.
"A lot of emotions: joy, happiness, everything," said Michael Devoe, the tournament MVP.