Will there be more magic in Milwaukee?

I was told late this afternoon (Wednesday) that about 400 tickets remained among the Georgia Tech allotment for Milwaukee. Ramblinwreck.com/tickets says the following:

“Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are currently on sale to men’s basketball season ticket holders and Alexander-Tharpe Fund members. Please contact the ticket office via telephone for purchase at 404-894-5447.”

So hey, got a buddy who has season tickets and isn’t going? Want to join me in Milwaukee? Hurry up. It’s not the most vibrant town in the world – it looks a little gray even when I’m up there for Braves-Brewers games in the summer – but the people are beyond friendly, the brats are great, and Georgia Tech is 4-0 in NCAA tournament games at the Bradley Center.

Who can forget “holy mackerel” and James Forrest’s desperation 3-pointer in 1992 to beat Southern Cal? That was in Milwaukee. As a No. 7 seed Tech beat Houston and Southern Cal to get to the Sweet 16 that year. Then, of course, there was 2004, when as a No. 3 seed Tech beat Northern Iowa and Boston College in Milwaukee on its way to the national championship game.

Will the magic continue? We shall see. Is Tech staying at the same hotel? Using the same bus driver? Probably so. Coach Paul Hewitt didn’t want to say. Don’t mess with the luck by talking about it.

Oklahoma State/Duke comparison

As if there weren’t already enough parallels to the 2004 Final Four run, with Milwaukee as a site, the Midwest region, Kansas and Northern Iowa in the same portion of the bracket, there’s the fact that Tech is playing the Cowboys for the first time since the national semifinal in 2004. Tech won that game 67-65 on Will Bynum’s layup with 1.5 seconds left.

So hey, what about this year’s Cowboys. First thing we all need to know is James Anderson, 6-6 guard from Junction City, Arkansas. He was Big 12 player of the year. He averaged 22.6 points per game (wow) and only 2.4 assists, so he’s definitely the scorer and not necessarily the creator of the bunch. From what you hear he has the total package. And his coach Travis Ford (the former Kentucky Wildcat) said he was the Cowboys’ best defender too.

Expect D’Andre Bell and Iman Shumpert to be busy with this guy. Shumpert had some monster defensive games in the ACC tournament. Tech will need some more of that.

Here’s Hewitt’s take on Anderson: “He’s a tremendous player. He can score a lot of different ways. He reminds me of (Kyle) Singler in that he can shoot the 3, and go off the dribble, and he can post up. He’s a big-time player.”

I wasn’t sure if it was just because Hewitt had Duke on the brain, after Sunday’s final or what, but he compared Oklahoma State to Duke as a team too.

“They’re kind of like Duke without the inside size,” Hewitt said.

I just looked up a few of the numbers on the Cowboys’ perimeter guys and the 3-point shooting is similar. Anderson (74), Obi Muonelo (78) and Keiton Page (71) have combined to hit 223 3-pointers in 32 games this year. Singler (71), Jon Scheyer (94) and Nolan Smith (49) combined to hit 214 3-pointers in 33 games this season. If anything the Cowboys are more balanced, in spreading out the production behind the 3-point line, but Oklahoma State is shooting 35.2 percent from 3-point range and Duke has hit 38.5 percent.

So how to defend all that?

“Not to take anything from them, but we just played Duke,” Tech guard Moe Miller said. “It doesn’t get anymore guard-oriented than that. As far as everybody shooting over 40 percent from 3, I feel like we’ll be prepared for it.”

Peacock got kicked out the gym

Lastly, I thought you guys might enjoy this little tidbit. Zachery Peacock told me yesterday (Tuesday) that he tried to come over to the Zelnak Center on Monday and put up a couple of jump shots, but Hewitt sent him home to rest.

Here’s a guy who just played four games in four days, threw his body into the scorer’s table, took a Brian Zoubek elbow to his jaw, and still wanted to get out in the gym the very next day.

“I’m not used to sitting down, doing nothing,” Peacock said.

Hey, these guys are hungry. They showed it Sunday against Duke with how hard they played down to the last second in a game in which they had to be exhausted. I think it’ll be an interesting and difficult test in Milwaukee. On the bright side, good chance we’ll be watching one of the toughest matchups in the first round.

So hey, speaking of, I better get off the blog and go pack. Hope to see some of you guys up there.

36 comments Add your comment

GT in CT

March 17th, 2010
7:14 pm

I enjoyed the article on the cell phones, Carroll.

GT Sandy Springs

March 17th, 2010
7:17 pm

Any chance we can convince Paul Hewitt to take the St. John or Seton Hall job?

bluecole

March 17th, 2010
7:21 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 17th, 2010
7:22 pm

Paul Hewitt is PLAIN AWFUL, and any winning we do will be based on talent alone!!

DRC

March 17th, 2010
7:28 pm

Carroll, did you read the article in the Macon paper today about hewitt? He seemed to be a little bit upset about whats been written about him and the contract. Said he would walk away and find another job if GT didn’t want him. I bet he would. Walk all the way to the bank.

wesleywhatwhat

March 17th, 2010
7:29 pm

my fingers r crossed. go jackets!

acowa

March 17th, 2010
8:32 pm

I am a long time GT season ticketholder and am only using half of my allotment. If anyone wants to go support the Jackets LMK.

Biff Pocoroba

March 17th, 2010
8:34 pm

DRad needs to tell Hewitt to shut up and quit whining about the media. Then, when he does it again after blaming Mark Bradley for the loss to OK St and insists that only he knows the truth about what really happened in the game, we can fire him for insubordination. It’s hard to believe that there are still tickets left for Milwaukee. After we only sold 20% of our tickets for Greensboro, I thought we’d sell out of NCAA tickets pretty quickly. Hopefully DRad will bill Hewitt for the unsold tickets.

Road Scholar

March 17th, 2010
8:53 pm

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messin with sasquatch

March 17th, 2010
9:24 pm

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messin with sasquatch

March 17th, 2010
9:26 pm

6-5
WE RUN THIS STATE!!

George P

March 17th, 2010
9:58 pm

If you are planning to drive, keep in mind that the 1992 games were in the middle of a serious snow storm.

Dragon

March 17th, 2010
10:14 pm

Carroll, 1) Did coach Hewitt actually turn down Mark Price’s offer to help these guys shoot free throws.In your opinion, is Derrick Favors the best player in the ACC now? His critics have to give Hewitt credit for signing him and developing Favors. If he could only teach the team how to get the ball inbounds and shoot free throws. Teh Jackets probably lost seven games at the stripe this year …including Sunday. WE’d be 25-6 or so if they could shoot free throws.

ACC Rules

March 18th, 2010
12:14 am

good luck to the fellas in Mil-e-wok-kay. With this bracket, we need all the luck we can get.

GO JACKETS!

GTFAN1

March 18th, 2010
6:47 am

Yellow Fuzz

March 18th, 2010
7:31 am

Hopefully the prediction made by our president will be one of the few that comes true during his presidency

ND

March 18th, 2010
8:27 am

Any one know who Tiger picked? Seriously though, we all want Blewitt gone but lets put that on the back burner and see if the boys can make a little noise this weekend. Go Jackets!

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
9:04 am

will be there, if we get through hopefully can get bigger allotment & take the whole family, a lot to do in St. Louis-what hotel are they staying at?

Rob

March 18th, 2010
9:12 am

Pulling for the team to win and for Hewitt to get the St Johns job.

had enough

March 18th, 2010
9:16 am

The more Hewitt whines to the press the more I’m done with him. I never got to this point with CG but Hewitt has managed to drive me away from my favorite team. Apathy reigns.

Johnboy

March 18th, 2010
9:24 am

GT beat OSU in 2004 by making almost 100% of their freethrows. Perhaps OSU will beat GT from the freethrow line this time.

TECH4EVA

March 18th, 2010
9:39 am

Too bad it took 30 games for Blewitt to take their cell phones away!

messin with sasquatch

March 18th, 2010
9:44 am

isn’t this where the beer made milt famee walk us?

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Yellow Fuzz, he did get UNC right last year.

His predictions are much better than his promises, at least one has come true.

supersize that order, mutt

March 18th, 2010
10:23 am

TECH4EVA, I agree with you. I mean, how much common sense does it require to realize that any distraction like a cell phone is going to affect the players’ being able to communicate and relate to each other. No wonder there has been no unity or chemistry. AND IT TOOK THIS LONG??? Boy, Blewitt is really on top of things, isn’t he? SHEESH

Carpets of Dalton

March 18th, 2010
10:55 am

So……A player actually wanted to practice shooting and coach turned him away????????????????????

GTsupporter

March 18th, 2010
11:38 am

BADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBAD COACHING PAUL HEWITT!!!

Your telling me these guys have been playing all year together and now at Tourney time there feeling like a team!!! Then georgia tech rewards this guy with an extension!!! The first sign of a bad coach is not building TEAM UNITY…..!!!! The best coaches set precedent by this rule..That explains team’s selfishness at times…that explains the negative body language and tension. That explains why Hewitt is a great NBA Type recruit and not a winning college coach!!! It seems he has allowed the culture of self to takeover….This explains wasted talent….and yes Tech plays selfish b.ball especially on the offensive end. He cant win because he cant build teams thus explains his low winning percentage. Its official GT is now a football school…R.I.P GT BASKETBALL.

GT better win Friday…If not I hope the kids embelish in the moment because after Favors and Lawal leave GT will defeinetly not see the ncaa tourney next year..unless they expand the tourney!! And they might not make it then!!! Damn I cant believe GT is rewarding this guy!!!

5-6

March 18th, 2010
11:44 am

WE WALK THIS STATE

GT Letterman

March 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

Support the team. The team is coached by Paul Hewitt. Support him until he is not the coach. Especially out in public. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but get off the AJC blogs if you are determined to only be negative.

Tech can wins some games in the NCAA’s if they play like they did in the ACC. It was not perfect, not pretty, but they allowed their talent to overcome their nerves and youth.

Let’s just say this. Teams without talent, don’t win anything.

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
3:15 pm

looking forward to game-text from techtix meant to say will call open no EARLIER(not, later)than 90′ before tip-off….Carroll, i’m curious now-yesterday i saw a post on espn very similar to your cell phone story..today, it’s gone..an ajc colleague mentioned on his blog today that he knew him, but deleted my query about the similar post..

Carolina Gator Lover

March 18th, 2010
3:46 pm

Well said GT Letterman

killerJ

March 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

Quit your whinning,we could have been VT very easy ,show support to the NCAA board who put us in and always remember THWG!!!!!!!! The money is real important right now for the program with or without hewitt.

Carroll Rogers

March 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Thanks GT in CT….Juvenal, AP had a story on the cell phone thing too. It wasn’t just me who wrote about it.

DRC Macon wasn’t the only paper to write about that but thanks for alerting me to that.

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

Carroll, didn’t see any attribution,just wanted to be folks weren’t poaching your stuff…keep up the great work! shame so many people don’t get the Magic, but with 400 not going, maybe i’ll get to sit where the fat-cats usually do…Letterman, you have Right..

SOOHSO

March 18th, 2010
7:00 pm

justahawkfan

March 18th, 2010
8:53 pm

At this point, if Paul Hewitt as was giving out gold bars you guys would complain that they were too shinny and heavy. Were are in the NCAA’s right?