Until Wednesday night, that is. There's no way to sugar-coat it: Georgia Tech just whupped Florida State, 78-56.
The Yellow Jackets dominated every facet of the game. A 17-4 lead over the first eight minutes was surprising, but things never got any better for FSU. The Seminoles shot just 28 percent from the floor, scored only 15 points in the first half and played a completely uninspired game. By the time the Seminoles came to play, it was well out of reach.
Here are three takeaways from this ACC upset:
1. Ben Lammers put on a show
It was 6-foot-10 Ben Lammers who set the tone early, scoring eight of the Yellow Jackets' first 12 points.
Lammers was peeling off screens and rolling to the rim, pulling up from mid-range and even rejecting shots down low against the Seminoles' vaunted front court, which features two talented 7-footers. He finished with his 10th double-double of the season (18 points, 11 rebounds) against a Seminoles team featuring a potential top-10 pick in Jonathan Isaac.
2. Offense was hard to come by for Florida State
The Seminoles have been a top-25 team in adjusted offensive efficiency all season. Scoring 117.3 points per 100 possessions entering Wednesday's game, the Seminoles ranked 22nd nationally in KenPom.
That number will take a hit. FSU scored 0.737 points per possession (compared to Georgia Tech's 1.026), and scored on only 32.9 percent of its possessions.
Additionally, Florida State made just six field goals in the first half, putting up 15 points and taking a 26-point deficit into the break. It was truly stunning coming from a team that had held its own among the ACC's best all season.
FSU shot just 28 percent (20-of-71) from the floor, and was 6-of-25 from beyond the arc. Credit Georgia Tech, which rolled out exotic looks on defense to confuse the Noles. FSU simply had no answers when Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner rolled out a 1-3-1 zone.
3. Georgia Tech is over-performing in Year 1 under Josh Pastner
It's not even the end of January and Georgia Tech has already surpassed the win total many projected for the Yellow Jackets.
A 4-4 ACC record is impressive in itself, given the roster Pastner inherited. Even more impressive: two of its wins have went down against top-10 teams in North Carolina and Florida State. Neither game was particularly close.
Florida State won't have time to catch its breath after this one. It's the first of a three-game road trip that goes to Syracuse and Miami over the next week. Now 6-2 in ACC play, Leonard Hamilton's team is in a three-way tie for second with Notre Dame and Virginia behind UNC.