Bradley’s Buzz: Having won once, the Jackets look safe

Derrick Favors wreaks more havoc on the hapless Heels. (AP photo)

Here's Derrick Favors, seen wreaking havoc on the hapless Tar Heels. (AP photo)

Greensboro, N.C. — You can go insane trying to process every permutation. If Cincinnati had beaten West Virginia last night, would the Bearcats be in and someone else be out? If Utah State falls in the WAC tournament, which major conference team gets bumped? But here, as of Friday morning, is all you need to know:

Georgia Tech is in the NCAA field.

Jerry Palm of CBSsports.com has the Jackets as a No. 10 seed, and that’s safe ground. Even if Tech loses to Maryland tonight, it won’t be viewed as a bad loss. (Maryland tied for the ACC regular-season crown and has an RPI of 19.) Bracketology 101 has the Jackets among the last four in. (Though as an 11th seed, which seems odd. The final at-large invitees are generally 12th seeds.)

Andy Glockner of SI.com has Tech as a No. 12, but he believes it “probably needs to beat Maryland to hold on to its spot in the bracket.” (Mr. Glockner and I disagree.) But esteemed former colleague Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com has moved the Jackets to the “should be in” classification on his Bubble Watch. Writes Schlabach: “Because of the carnage taking place in other conference tournaments, the Yellow Jackets are suddenly sitting in pretty good shape.”

And what of the famous Joe Lunardi, also of ESPN? He still has the Jackets as  a No. 11 seed and puts them third among the 14 bubble teams, of which seven figure to be invited. (Latter link requires registration.)

Bottom line: For a team that trailed by 10 points halfway through a game Thursday night that would have meant NCAA exclusion, Tech is rolling in clover. It has 20 victories (19 over Division I opponents). It has an RPI of 40 and its strength of schedule is 20. That’s enough to get in, I maintain. And I’m never ever wrong, as we know.


127 comments Add your comment

nickz

March 12th, 2010
10:33 am

mmgtfan

March 12th, 2010
10:33 am

mmgtfan

March 12th, 2010
10:34 am

Ah photo finish

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
10:34 am

nickz

March 12th, 2010
10:35 am

woo!

Tech will get in, but probably won’t go far…barely getting by a weak UNC squad won’t cut it in the tourney…

UGA on the otherhand looked good last night, Vandy better bring there A game tonight or they’re going down. UGA with a possibly 2nd SEC Tourney Championship in 3 years…who would of thought…

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
10:39 am

if tech goes in as a 10 or lower and then goes on a elite 8 or final 4 run would they be considered cinderella or underachievers who happened to come together at the right time ? what if they really shock the world and win it all is hewitt then the best coach ever and does he get a raise ? probably won’t happen but its fun to think about

Paul Hewitt

March 12th, 2010
10:39 am

Why are you so mean to me Mark? I hate the big bad Atlanta media!

nickz

March 12th, 2010
10:43 am

victory is sweet!

Tech will get in to the tourney, but won’t get far. Barely pulling out a win against a terribly UNC squad won’t get it done in the tourney, no matter who they play 1st round. With all that talent, you wonder were the motivation is….Hewitt isn’t getting it done.

On the other hand, UGA looked good last night. Vandy better bring their A game or they’ll be going home. Could it be….2 SEC Tourney Championships in 3 years for the Dawgs…who would of thought.

GT in CT

March 12th, 2010
10:44 am

Mark has been relatively diplomatic toward Hewitt compared to Yahoo Sports.

Herschel Talker

March 12th, 2010
10:45 am

They’d still lose to UGA. Yet again.

73-66

Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt

WR

March 12th, 2010
10:51 am

Mark, I disagree with most of your post, I challenge your opinion most of the time, but your earlier post on the Jackets is head on. In all of my years in the state of Georgia this has got to be the strangest team ever, if you go beyond the 70’s don’t include me, but your right its weird that this Tech team could be at least an elite 8 team or at worst not even in the NCAA. Personally I like Hewitt, I still haven’t given up on the team as for this year, but I can’t help but wonder was Hewitt’s earlier twitter fiasco much the same as the final days of Jim Mora Jr. My question to you Mark, is it Hewitt, which many of us believe it is, or is it his assistants, as some may say, whatever it is and whether the Jackets are in or out should there be changes.

Skeezix

March 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Hey Mark: Congratulations for Georgia Tech’s win over UNC last night! (I figure if Hewitt is going to blame you for the losses, then you ought to get credit for the wins).

shadydave

March 12th, 2010
11:04 am

if Tech gets the ball inside to Favors and Lawal, they can win this thing – less jump shots!!

nickz

March 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Can I get a kudos???

UGA over Vandy tonight…getting closer to 2 SEC Tourney Championships in a 3 year span…not too bad

Liebs

March 12th, 2010
11:10 am

Mark, I think what’s really stinging many Georgia Tech fans is that, even if we make the tournament, we haven’t shown anything to prove we could be a single NCAA Toureny team. I mean, the best team we’ve beaten outside of the Thrillerdome is UNC, which doesn’t say much this season.

Joe Fan

March 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Lots of water under the bridge maybe enough to wash away Hewitt’s job. However, a win over Maryland and a couple of wins in the NCAA’s will buy him another year. The problem is next year will likely bring a worse record and DRAD having to do this all over again but this time he will have no choice but to find a new coach. Will be interesting come Monday to see if there is an annoucement from GT about rolling over Hewitt’s contract.

Brock

March 12th, 2010
11:11 am

If tech wins tonight they have a good shot of making it to the title game. But that is a big “IF”.

Brock

March 12th, 2010
11:13 am

Have I been blocked?

Brock

March 12th, 2010
11:13 am

I guess that answers my question.

Brock

March 12th, 2010
11:17 am

As I said before, if tech wins tonight they have a darn good shot to make it to the title game. That is, however, a big “IF”.

Please Paul, adjust to what the other team is doing. If they don’t hit outside shots get out of the man d and play some zone. 1 3 1 looked good when Northwestern played it against Indiana yesterday. Really caused a lot of turnovers and got ‘em back in the game to go on and win it.

aztec

March 12th, 2010
11:23 am

mark, do you think my AZTECS are in?

drew

March 12th, 2010
11:25 am

Tech getting in will bump a more deserving team from the field. Last night’s game showed me nothing except that UNC is even worse than Tech. I’m a Tech fan, but I expect one and done in the NCAA’s. Maybe, just maybe, if CPH had developed one of his point guards (Miller/Udofia) instead of trying to make a PG out of Shumpert, they’d look like an actual team. This is not a TEAM…CPH has taken a mess of talent, and created a mess.

Terp Fan

March 12th, 2010
11:32 am

Maryland will kick your a@@ tonight. It won’t come down to the buzzer again. Until you fire old Paulie, the Jackets are going Nowhere. Gary is God. Go Terps

Ramblinwreck83

March 12th, 2010
11:32 am

Herschel Talker

I’d love for Tech to have another shot @ UGA away from athens. Was UGA’s win last night their first away from Athens this year? By the way, it doesn’t say much when they beat a terrible Ark team. Even as bad as UNC is, they are still better than the lowly SEC bottom feeders (UGA, Ark, LSU). I won’t argue about Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt. I really can’t stand Hewitt, but that’s who Tech has.

Terp Fan

March 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Ramblinwreck83

March 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Mark,

Who do you think would win in a rematch on a neutral court?

Ramblinwreck83

March 12th, 2010
11:36 am

Herschel Talker

I’d love to see a rematch with UGA away from Athens. Was UGA win last night their first away from home this year? Even as bad as UNC is, their still better than the lowly bottom feeders in the SEC (UGA, ARK, LSU). I won’t disgree with you about Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt. I can’t stand him but, that’s who Tech has.

Ramblinwreck83

March 12th, 2010
11:38 am

Herschel Talker

I’d love to see a rematch with UGA away from Athens. Was UGA’s win last night the first away from home? Even as bad as UNC is, they’re still better than the bottom feeders in the SEC (UGA, ARK, LSU). I won’t disagree with you on Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt. I can’t stand the guy, but that’s who Tech has right now.

MalibuGT

March 12th, 2010
11:40 am

i still feel like they need to beat Maryland to get in. And of course with this team they could do it, or lose by 20.

i’d prefer getting in the NIT, beating UGAY and getting Hewitt fired to getting into NCAA, being one and done, and no change with Hewitt

VJacket

March 12th, 2010
11:41 am

good lord these uga fans are annoying

collegeballfan

March 12th, 2010
11:44 am

Tech will not beat Maryland.

Tech does not have that elusive “chemistry”. I have always believed chemistry comes from the coach. I claim I learned that from Joe Hall.
But that was a long time ago.

Next years team could be OK. Could be. Depends on who the coach will be.

sidewalk74

March 12th, 2010
11:44 am

The thought of another year with Hewitt is making me depressed already. Also, under Hewitt kids have constantly left the program for the NBA before they are ready. Don’t be surprised if Shumpert leaves for the NBA along with Lawal and Favors.

Mark Bradley

March 12th, 2010
11:46 am

Belated kudos, nickz. I ducked down to the workout room and missed the “first” dash, which was close.

And thanks to you, skeezix.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 12th, 2010
11:51 am

VJacket – Are you just now figuring that out.

7PM game tonight – Jackets will win, I’ve got a filling the UNC win helped a lot.

Gordon

March 12th, 2010
11:53 am

Winning by 4 over a horrible UNC team that doesn’t score a basket for the last 5 minutes gets you into the NCAA? Tech’s RPI actually went down last night. This is a year when they are looking for 65 teams, not deciding which ones deserve to go. Tech looked terrible for a large part of that game.

Like sidewalk74, I will be depressed if Hewitt stays. At least I won’t be wasting any money on them next year.

junebaby

March 12th, 2010
11:54 am

is there anyplace on this site where we can see the boxscore? no offense, but m.bradley has a vendetta against p.hewitt and never talks about the good things hewitt has done at ga tech. so i would like to see the boxscore to see how certain players are performing, instead of counting on the writer’s perspective. i have no certainties why he dislikes hewitt so much, but i have my theories. yes ga tech should be a major power in basketball, but there are reasons athletes choose not to attend tech, and it’s not p.hewitt. but i agree ga tech has to do better than it has done the last few years, and that falls squarely on the head coach. it’s part of the job description

BobinBuford

March 12th, 2010
11:55 am

nickz:

Vandy could beat UGA bringing their C game. They are playing the SEC tournament in Nashville, which I believe bascially makes this a home game for Vanderbilt. And we all know how well UGA does on the road.

Good luck in the NIT, or CBIT, or whatever 3rd rate tournament UGA gets into.

Gordon

March 12th, 2010
11:57 am

Junebaby,

Good athletes ARE attending Tech. That’s the problem. We back into the NCAA in a year that the ACC is down and we have an experienced, deep, talented team. This is as good as its going to get under Hewitt – at least the Hewitt of the last 5 years.

Benjamin

March 12th, 2010
11:58 am

UGA basketball is an interesting setup.

If Tompkins and Leslie can both stay long term, I think they’ll have something to watch next year, especially with the way Coach Fox has brought the team together.

Wreckmaniac

March 12th, 2010
12:00 pm

A loss to MD tonight and a one and out in the NCAA. Whoop dee do.
Any ACC team other than UNC would have won against Tech last night.

reebok

March 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

mark, i am afraid you are right and the jackets are in, which means one-and-done in gutless fashion in the dance, PLUS we are stuck with “coach” hewitt for at least another year.

Wreckmaniac

March 12th, 2010
12:03 pm

Losing to UGA early in the season was a shock until we learned that this team can’t play together. Losing to UGA now would be expected.
Our football team has a much better chance of beating UGA that this
round-ball squad.

GTMAN:

March 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

Eat your hearts out puppies, as your team sux azz! THWG! GO JACKETS. Play a real schedule with SOS of 17 or 18 instead of 90. I am surprised your fans can count that high! Have fun in the NIT if you make it and if you get lucky and win the SEC, which you won’t, I win a ton of money, so either way it’s a win for me. I can decide if I would rather win 1k or watch you lose and weep and sob and cry like the babies you are. Tuff decision. THWG!

Go Jackets

March 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

Beat Maryland

Wreckmaniac

March 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

Terp Fan: Tell us something we don’t know. Such as when will UNC beat
MD again ?

Jackets2010

March 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

Favors is improving with every game.
The ACC tourney jitters will be gone tonight as they took a half to shake.
We’ll give the Terps all they can handle like last time.
Guys, my threshold for calling for the firing of the coach comes when a team quits like with Bill Lewis.
This team has not quit at all.
They might learn not to take every three and get somewhere.
Notre Dame’s burn offense has them 6-0.
Go Jackets

oldfart

March 12th, 2010
12:06 pm

Tech is not mediocre because of the athletes that have or have not chosen to go there. They simply don’t play good fundamentals and they are drawing from an excellent pool of talent. The excess turnovers, etc. are all on the coaching. Making the tournament this year is a prime example of backing into it.

no Cinderella story

March 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

for 1.25 million a year, one would certainly assume a coach will get his team in the tournament that picks 64(65) teams. I think, however, DRAD should deduct this years salary from the 2-14 disaster of last season which didn’t deserve to be paid minimum wage.

Brad

March 12th, 2010
12:10 pm

Was reading an article quoting from the press conference where Favors was asked about the game in it’s implications on Tech getting in the NCAA for which he had no answer. Hewitt’s response “Derrick doesn’t watch a lot of basketball… I can tell you he doesn’t understand the implications of this game” ??

Isn’t that what the coach is supposed to help with….I would hope the players would know..if not maybe the coaches could maybe highlight it. How could you NOT know?

I was at game and was disappointed how good Tech made Carolina look…poor choices and sloppy play. Maybe they’ll understand implications of tonights game or maybe it doesn’t matter.

Benjamin

March 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

UNC will beat a lot of teams next season, Wreck. This was a one year anomaly.