Breaking down the Buckeyes, starts with Shumpert vs. Turner

MILWAUKEE – So this is how they celebrate the first day of spring round here? Snow?!

Well, what the heck, might as well have it. Covering an NCAA basketball tournament is all about hotel, arena, hotel, arena. It could be 80 degrees outside and it wouldn’t matter. So no complaints here. It’s Milwaukee, it’s supposed to snow.

Here inside the warmth of the Bradley Center, it’s been a fun day today going back and forth between Tech’s Iman Shumpert and Ohio State’s Evan Turner talking about their history as eighth grade teammates and what they look for in the match-up Sunday. (And yes, this is really just downright shameless promotion for you to click on a story I just finished on the subject of those two.)

But what my story didn’t say is that Turner knows so much about Georgia Tech, from keeping up with his old friend Shumpert, that he could give Ohio State coach Thad Matta a scouting report right after the Buckeyes’ win over UC Santa Barbara Friday night.

For all the matchups Shumpert has drawn lately – Greivis Vasquez, Jon Scheyer, James Anderson, this one is going to be the most personal, probably the most interesting and definitely the biggest, if Tech can figure a way to top No. 2 seed OSU.

And here’s what makes Turner so dangerous, besides everything (as my best friend says): he led the Big Ten in rebounding (9.2), as a point guard. He had 10 boards last night for the Buckeyes. And when Turner gets a rebound, it means the break starts now. So Tech has got to be ready to go from offense to defense in a flash.

Meanwhile, some tidbits for you.

Udofia’s illness

Mfon Udofia did not play on Friday night against Oklahoma State, in large part because of a sinus infection. It was the first game he’s missed all season.

He did not participate in the shoot-around on Friday and had to get IV fluids on Friday afternoon, Coach Paul Hewitt said.

“I’m sure if pressed we probably could have played him,” Hewitt said. “But he didn’t go through shoot-around, IV, I’m thinking ‘You know what? I like the way the rhythm of this game is going. Why risk it right now?’”

Hewitt said Udofia would be available on Sunday.

Lack-o-depth for OSU

Georgia Tech should have a big advantage on the Buckeyes in the depth department, at least if you look at the numbers.

In Tech’s five postseason games thus far, including four games in the ACC tournament, the Yellow Jackets have averaged 74 minutes per game from their bench. Ohio State? Only 29.5.

Over their last 10 games (skipping Kentucky State), the Yellow Jackets have averaged 72.3 minutes from their bench, while Ohio State has averaged only 21.9 minutes from its bench.

Buckeye big man Kyle Madsen, who is 6-9, 250, gets the most minutes off the bench for OSU, spelling 6-8 forward Dallas Lauderdale. But he’s about the only really consistent contributor off the bench.

Tech went eight deep on Friday night against Oklahoma State, and usually goes nine when Udofia is feeling good.

Ohio State went seven deep Friday against UC Santa Barbara, but the two guys off the bench – Madsen and P.J. Hill – combined for only 14 minutes.

Right there, you should say advantage Tech. I know the NCAA tournament has long timeouts, and guys can catch their breath. But you’d think, it could only help Tech.

Here’s Hewitt’s take on whether depth is an advantage for Tech: “I hope so, but I also know that because of how long the time outs are and how long halftime is that probably lessens the impact of that.”

OK one little tale for ya

With a nod to fellow scribe Simit Shah of “The Buzz,” magazine, I have to admit to you guys that three of us accidentally high-jacked a shuttle last night, one we thought was a media shuttle. It was chilly, and raining, and late, so rather than walk a few blocks back to the media hotel, we jumped aboard this shuttle that was parked near the sign that said “media shuttle.”

Imagine our surprise when our driver pulled up at a restaurant in downtown Milwaukee and not the media hotel. It seems he thought we were regular fans ready to patronize his restaurant and we thought he was the media shuttle.

Well, lucky for us, he was a pleasant guy, and agreed to drive us on to our hotel. And as things turn out, his father is the guy who’s been driving the Yellow Jackets around this weekend.

Good omen, perhaps. I guess the driver from the 2004 tournament was not available, for luck’s sake, but if you have to go elsewhere, might as well have a nice guy’s father.

OK, time to go find a bus and jump on it. Chat with y’all later.

19 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

March 20th, 2010
8:18 pm

Very interesting stuff, Carroll. I wonder why OSU played their starters so much against UCSB.

GTville

March 20th, 2010
8:47 pm

There is no reason this team can’t go all the way to the Final 4 and beyond. They could lose at any time too, but no team left is superior to GT. Toughest game assuming they get past Ohio St will be UT.

Technophobia

March 20th, 2010
9:02 pm

IV fluids for a sinus infection? I’m thinking sinus infection just sounds better than GI virus.

Yellow Fuzz

March 20th, 2010
9:55 pm

Is georgia’s season over?

German Jacket

March 20th, 2010
10:18 pm

So, Carroll…Did you patronize the guys restaurant?

Duke Yellowjacket

March 20th, 2010
10:52 pm

“I wonder why OSU played their starters so much against UCSB?”

I was wondering that myself, Del. It’s not as though the Gauchos put much of a scare into the Buckeyes.

Hopefully, the Jackets will be able to wear these guys down.

THWG!

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
7:54 am

Speaking of NATIONAL rankings in all major Men’s sports…..

2010 FOOTBALL (final)
1. Alabama 14-0
2. Texas 13-1
3. Florida 13-1
4. Boise St. 14-0
5. Ohio St. 11-2
6. TCU 12-1
7. Iowa 11-2
8. Cincinnati 12-1
9. Penn St. 11-2
10. Virginia Tech 10-3
11. Oregon 10-3
12. BYU 11-2
13. Georgia Tech 11-3
14. Nebraska 10-4
15. Pittsburgh 10-3
16. Wisconsin 10-3
17. LSU 9-4
18. Utah 10-3
19. Miami 9-4
20. Mississippi 9-4
21. Texas Tech 9-4
22. Southern Cal 9-4
23. Cent. Michigan 12-2
24. Clemson 9-5
25. West Virginia 9-4
26. Oklahoma 90 (votes)
27. Oregon St. 89 (votes)
28. Navy 85 (votes)
29. Stanford 67 (votes)
30. Oklahoma St. 40 (votes)
31. Rutgers 37 (votes)
32. Auburn 8 (votes)
33. Georgia 7 (votes)
34. Florida St. 6 (votes)
35. Arizona 5 (votes)
36. Connecticut 5 (votes)
37. Middle Tennessee 4 (votes)
38. Arkansas 3 (votes)
39. Villanova 2 (votes)

BASKETBALL (current)
Tech = Sweet 16
Uga = Sweet 116 (tie)

BASEBALL (current)

1. Virginia
2. Texas
3. Georgia Tech
4. Texas Christian
5. Florida State
6. Florida
7. Louisiana State
8. Coastal Carolina
9. Louisville
10. Arizona State
11. Clemson
12. UCLA
13. Arkansas
14. Rice
15. UC Irvine
16. South Carolina
17. Miami
18. Oregon State
19. Vanderbilt
20. East Carolina
21. Mississippi
22. Kentucky
23. Stanford
24. North Carolina
25. Oklahoma

TELL ME AGAIN WHO’S irrelevant.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahhahahahahahah

George P Burdell

March 21st, 2010
8:00 am

Thank you for the blog entry, Ms. Rogers. There is no need to describe the link to your other story as ‘downright shameless promotion’. I always find your writing to be filled with facts and insight, instead of the opinions and venom that seem to define other writers. Please keep up the good work until you move on to the Braves and other sports where your writing is equally adept.

Jamaica

March 21st, 2010
8:42 am

This is the year CPH will win it all. Crazy as it sounds, this team has grown up. I’m already proud of those kids before the game starts because the fought to get this far and it ain’t over until it’s over.

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
8:43 am

2010 Final BCS rankings In football that the dog nation still won’t acknowledge:

Tech = 13
Uga = 33

Top 25 BCS Rankings 2010
1. Alabama 14-0
2. Texas 13-1
3. Florida 13-1
4. Boise St. 14-0
5. Ohio St. 11-2
6. TCU 12-1
7. Iowa 11-2
8. Cincinnati 12-1
9. Penn St. 11-2
10. Virginia Tech 10-3
11. Oregon 10-3
12. BYU 11-2
13. Georgia Tech 11-3
14. Nebraska 10-4
15. Pittsburgh 10-3
16. Wisconsin 10-3
17. LSU 9-4
18. Utah 10-3
19. Miami 9-4
20. Mississippi 9-4
21. Texas Tech 9-4
22. Southern Cal 9-4
23. Cent. Michigan 12-2
24. Clemson 9-5
25. West Virginia 9-4
26. Oklahoma 90 (votes)
27. Oregon St. 89 (votes)
28. Navy 85 (votes)
29. Stanford 67 (votes)
30. Oklahoma St. 40 (votes)
31. Rutgers 37 (votes)
32. Auburn 8 (votes)
33. Georgia 7 (votes)
34. Florida St. 6 (votes)
35. Arizona 5 (votes)
36. Connecticut 5 (votes)
37. Middle Tennessee 4 (votes)
38. Arkansas 3 (votes)
39. Villanova 2 (votes)

(((((((((((((((((((( 13-33 )))))))))))))))))))) hahahahahahahahaha

HBTD1

March 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Who is irrelevant? That would be YOU, Yellow Fuzz! You are a big pudding pants who wussed out by not showing up to your tailgate by the baseball field last year that you were talking all big on here. You blog, duck and hide by writing your junk all over UGA’s blog, but when it comes time to put your money where you big mouth is, you run like and scream like a little school girl. It is now proven that you are all blog and ZERO action. You are a weak, weak little boy. I bet you were the kid with the big mouth who always got pummeled in school. Heck! You probably still do?

CHAMPS

March 21st, 2010
10:07 am

Lets get it done against those bucks! Go Jackets!!
Thanks for the great coverage CR!

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
10:21 am

“HBTD1

March 21st, 2010
8:58 am
Who is irrelevant? That would be YOU, Yellow Fuzz! You are a big pudding pants who wussed out by not showing up to your tailgate by the baseball field last year that you were talking all big on here. You blog, duck and hide by writing your junk all over UGA’s blog, but when it comes time to put your money where you big mouth is, you run like and scream like a little school girl. It is now proven that you are all blog and ZERO action. You are a weak, weak little boy. I bet you were the kid with the big mouth who always got pummeled in school. Heck! You probably still do?”

hahahaha. I was there and security made us move (they must read these blogs as well). But I plan on setting up my tent next year in the exact same spot (60 feet from right field foul pole on baseball field). Third year in a row. PLEASE come by for a visit. Also, I attend 3-4 uga games every year but thanks to you trash stowing AH’s I will be forced to relocate. I will certainly notify you and the rest of the dog nation when we know where it will be.

HBTD1

March 21st, 2010
10:37 am

Sure you were Yellow Fuzz, sure your were. Too funny! What about your stupid AH t-shirt, punk?EXCUSE is your middle name, PUDDING is your first.

HBTD1

March 21st, 2010
11:50 am

Good luck Yellow Jackets and Yellow Fuzz agianst the Buckeyes today. Believe or not YF, some Dogs pull for the Jackets, with me being one. I like when you are funny SAzz(we deserve it sometimes) but sometimes your go a little too far with the nasty smack talk on UGA’s blogs.

Anyway, I hope you whack OSU and then UT……Good luck!

bigstack19

March 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

I despise everything about The Ohio State University. They knocked Tech out in the 91 tourney in what turned out to be Kenny Anderson’s final game as a Yellow Jacket. That was the year after Coach Cremins only Final Four. Just a little stroll down memory lane. Go Jackets! Beat the Buckeyes!

Carroll Rogers

March 21st, 2010
12:57 pm

German Jacket, I’m ashamed to say it, but I didn’t go there. Was zonked out after the game. But we promised to pass it on that it was a great place to go. Course, now I can’t remember the name of the place. I didn’t keep up my end of the deal!

Thanks George P. Preesh.

Carroll Rogers

March 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

Let’s try this again in gray. Apparently I need to keep sucking down this Starbucks until it takes effect!

German Jacket, I’m ashamed to say it, but I didn’t go there. Was zonked out after the game. But we promised to pass it on that it was a great place to go. Course, now I can’t remember the name of the place. I didn’t keep up my end of the deal!

Thanks George P. Preesh.

Rick

March 21st, 2010
1:31 pm

Is Mark B going to blog today Carrol?