Bradley’s Buzz: Tech is ‘talented’ – and also dangerous

Two terrifically talented Techsters make a Dukester tremble. (AP photo)
Two tenacious and terrifically talented Techsters make a Dukester tremble. (AP photo)

If you had a nickel for every time somebody described Georgia Tech as “talented,” you’d be Arthur Blank. The famous Dick Vitale grabbed me by the arm Sunday in Greensboro — Dick sometimes gets grabby — and said, “They have a lot of talent.” And who was I to disagree?

I mention this because Sporting News Today and ESPN.com trotted the “T” word in their NCAA tournament assessments of Tech. Wrote Mike Decourcy of SNT, who rated the Jackets the 12th-best team in the grid: “The Jackets have more individual talent than just about every team in the field. OK, so they don’t always use it.”

Wrote Ryan Fagan, also of SNT, in rating Tech eighth among 10 double-digit seeds that could make the Sweet Sixteen: “The Yellow Jackets have about as much talent as any team in the country, but they have the toughest draw of any No. 10 seed.”

Wrote Andy Katz of ESPN in his look at the Midwest Regional: “Oklahoma State-Georgia Tech should be the best watch of all the first-round games in the Midwest. There is NBA-level talent with [OSU's James] Anderson and Tech’s Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors. This game has the potential to come down to the closing moments and with neither team having the best decision-makers at lead guard, I have a feeling it could be a wild finish.”

More from Katz: “What’s the best second-round game? If No. 10 Georgia Tech were to play up to its potential and meet No. 2 Ohio State in the second round in Milwaukee that matchup would feature plenty of high-level talent. The Yellow Jackets are better than their seed but didn’t play well enough to earn a higher number.”

And let’s give kudos to Bill Trocchi of SI.com. He lists the Jackets third among double-digit seeds that could wreak bracket havoc, but he manages not to use the words “talent” or “talented.”

As someone who has fought the battle of the T-word all season — I’ve succumbed to the temptation of calling Tech “talented” a trillion times — I can only stand and applaud Mr. Trocchi’s restraint.

Oh, almost forgot: If you haven’t entered Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco, there’s still time. Click here and you’ll be on your way. (Warning: Polls close at noon Thursday.) And if you care to check my picks, they’re here.

154 comments Add your comment

ramblinwreck

March 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Mark Bradley

March 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Kudos, ramblinwreck.

corkylikesbeer

March 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Mark you are the best!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

March 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Just missed by a painted a$$.

Benjamin

March 17th, 2010
9:32 am

T9 word is not fast enough. :( Top five? Tech has a shot of going to the Sweet Sixteen, but I still do not see – outside of Favors, of course – the levels of talent that so many Tech fans talk about. Should be a great opening game vs. OK State, though. If Tech can keep their turnovers low and protect the basketball, they should win.

Benjamin

March 17th, 2010
9:35 am

What is everyone’s final four?

Sonny Clusters

March 17th, 2010
9:36 am

We was talented at all times when we was playing ball but being talented is not enough. Coach said we was best because we had grit. When we was in the toughest times it was always Stinky Wintes that was the grittiest. We was wondering who is grittiest on this Tech team?

gatech33

March 17th, 2010
9:38 am

I think if Tech plays UP to its talent level, then reaching the sweet 16 is attainable. However, they MUST play with more control and less turnovers!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 17th, 2010
9:45 am

I believe the effort will be there for tech , especially the stars that know they are auditioning for nba teams so I think sweet 16 will happen . I hope it does thats where i have them in my bracket.

Get a grip...

March 17th, 2010
9:46 am

It is time for Coach Hewwit to earn his salary
Would love to see a run at the S-16, but don’t really expect it

btgt69

March 17th, 2010
9:49 am

talent + less turnovers + heart = victory

Don

March 17th, 2010
9:49 am

The talk about all the talent at Tech is tiring. Their primary talent plays in the post and they don’t have any guards that can feed the post. Can anybody point me to a team that won the NCAA tournament or even made the Final 4 with guard play as shaky as Tech’s? I am reminded of what the late Al McGuire used to say on telecasts when talking about defending a point guard: “Cut off the head, the body will die.” It doesn’t take a lot of effort to cut off the head on this Tech team.

This is a team that had about as many turnovers as made field goals in the ACC tournament even as they were winning games against mediocre opponents. And they can’t make free throws, which is critical in close games. And they’re coached by Paul Hewitt.

I expect Tech to get knocked out in the first game by OK State and will be very surprised if they manage to get through the first weekend.

PawleysIslandJacket

March 17th, 2010
9:50 am

Just more evidence that Hewitt needs to go.

Chris

March 17th, 2010
9:55 am

They don’t run enough set plays for Favors. He should be shooting the ball 15-18 times a game at least. They don’t make free throws, turn the ball over too much and Hewitt’s choice of time outs is questionable at best. Talent lacking execution is why their record is what it is or as Parcell’s used to say ‘you are what your record says you are’.

GTPhenom

March 17th, 2010
9:57 am

South GA, I am right there with you with you on Tech. I think if GT plays with no turnovers, makes free throws, and has even DECENT guard play, then GT could cause havoc on everyone’s brackets. I have them making it to the Sweet Sixteen on talent level with decent ball control, but for them to get any further, they will have to come through with some kind of coaching. That is why I have trouble believing they make it past the Sweet Sixteen. I would love to think that GT will go all the way to the Elite Eight and at least give Kansas and Self Fits that night, but as it stands, unless the coaching all of the sudden becomes grand, my guess is knocked out in the sweet sixteen. I’m not sure why everyone gives tOSU so much credit. Yeah, they had a good season, but in my opinion the Big-10 (11) is more down than the ACC this year. So I see GT getting Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen, and then whichever team wins there could possibly give Kansas its biggest run for its money IF they play up to potential.

Joe Cox's Agent

March 17th, 2010
10:06 am

I have seen way too many times the inability of this team to put it all together for the full 40 mins of play to make a serious run in this bracket. TOO many TO’s, lackluster ball handling, AWFUL FT shooting and overall lack of mental toughness from both coach and players. Would love to be proved wrong but I don’t see it happening. Talent only takes you so far and good teams will exploit Tech’s deficiencies…

Turnt_Up!

March 17th, 2010
10:08 am

Everyone talks about our guards offensively, but what most are missing is that defensively, they are more of a concern. Quick guards that can penetrate, do so regularly against us, forcing Favors, Lawal, Peacock to leave their man for the block shot attempt, taking them out of position for rebound put back or leaving their man wide open under the basket. With that said, I look for Bell to be less hesitant with the basketball, Oliver to relax and hit 3s, and Moe Miller not to dribble into traps and pick up his dribble.
We are deeper than most, but we got to push the ball to wear out opposing teams instead of milking clock. Don’t wait 30 seconds after made basket to allow the opponent to set up their press. This just in, GT will get pressed!
Iman will be aggressive with penetrations which will open up the kickout pass. Rice needs to play under control as well.

Mr C.

March 17th, 2010
10:10 am

Poor point guard play. I think Tech will be one and done. Game plan should be to feed Favors the ball on every play. If the point guard can’t do that, they should be on the bench. If Shumpert or Oliver tries one of those 3’s without feeding the ball inside, sit him on the bench. I will prefer Favors shooting 20% FG and Tech losing that Shumpert or Oliver jacking those 3’s. Hewitt needs to provide some leadership and discipline.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 17th, 2010
10:11 am

Mark, why does GT have to let Coach Phewitt know if they are going to renew his contract 30 days in advance?

When OSU defeats GT because we can’t shoot a free throw, or inbound the basketball, why can’t we fire him Saturday?

We still have to pay 7.1 million anyway, right?

GTPhenom

March 17th, 2010
10:17 am

Ramble On, it is because in his contract it also states that if we DON’T notifiy him within 30 days, an extra 1.35 million is tacked on TOP of the 7.1 million that is already owed to him. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility by DRad yet, although I doubt it would happen. But if GT comes out and loses by 20+ to OKSt, then expect SOMETHING to happen in the offeseason.

GTPhenom

March 17th, 2010
10:21 am

However, I will also say this about the comments being made: if you are just going to assume that GT will lose against OKSt, then why even bother being a fan? Yeah, I dislike Hewitt just as much as the next guy, but why bash the team? These guys will come out and play their hearts out for 40 minutes of basketball. If they lose, and the season ends on that sour note, then let the bashing begin, but until then you should truly reconsider your position as a fan, because these guys need all the support that they can get. I for one will not give up on this team til it is all said and done.

A Different Opinion

March 17th, 2010
10:22 am

Scoop…..they’ll lose in the first round……reason…..poor coaching.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 17th, 2010
10:30 am

GTPhenom, thanks. I just kicked the cat (kidding).

I’m suing Phewitt for 7.1 million for emotional distress!!!

I think I’ve got a pretty strong case.

VT Yellow Jacket

March 17th, 2010
10:39 am

Hey, RAMBLE ON!!! – That’ll be a class-action suit, so don’t expect to keep all of it for yourself.

TomB

March 17th, 2010
10:39 am

Mark: Do you think Hewitt is focused on the game after his meltdown yesterday? Not to pick on Hewitt too much, but wouldn’t a journalist be a fraud if he or she didn’t report on his contract being renewed? Did not Tech’s AD just put out a report last week that was less than complimentary of his head coach? But I digress….. More importantly, do you believe Tech has a defensive stopper that can slow down Anderson? Is this the key for Tech? Any team that can beat Kansas is a major threat.

Unbiased

March 17th, 2010
10:51 am

Tech will lose in the first round due to poor clock management and missed free throws. They will have a slim half time lead (3 points), fall apart in the first 6 minutes, come back to make it close, and lose because of missed free throws, turnovers, and lack of a decent inbounds play…wait, isn’t that what Hewitt teaches???

Final Ok. State 67- GT 63

Angus

March 17th, 2010
10:55 am

Tech’s next loss will be Favors’ last game in a Tech uni.

Favors is the most talented Techie since Bosh – it’ll be a shame if he goes quietly like Bosh.

Give the man the ball over and over and over again until he’s too tired to lift it anymore.

jeff c.

March 17th, 2010
11:00 am

Call me crazy, but I think the key to a GT run in the NCAA’s is going to be Glen Rice Jr. He has shown to have great poise in the clutch and not make fundamental mistakes. He’s shooting 50% from 3 pt. range!

TomB

March 17th, 2010
11:01 am

Hewitt should have just smiled yesterday and high fived his lawyer or something. Instead he lashes out at poor journalists just doing their job. I mean he really needs to thank that man or woman who represented him – they did a number on that fine institution. Maybe that North Avenue Trade School should produce more lawyers instead of engineers. Nah just kidding.

Is it really true that Tech has won only 37 percent of their ACC games since 2004?

nola fan

March 17th, 2010
11:05 am

have anyone ever used the “t” word in describing you Bradley? Just kidding of course. We all know your “talented” when it comes to getting coaches to stop reading the local print…

juvenal

March 17th, 2010
11:15 am

spring, & hope springs eternal-my only concern is that delta gets me to Bradley on time(a relative?)…that feeling at tip-off that maybe your team will win 6 staight,…priceless…i’m going to root for my team, not that CPH screws up, if they have NBA talent that is his doing & seems to me folks in the NBA don’t play that hards till the play-offs…look forward to seeing Cowboy fans again, nice people, good sports…

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:16 am

Mark…. What does next year’s recruiting class look like. We will lose Lawal,Favors,Peacock and Bell. That’s losing alot, we need way more talent next year to be decent, due to horrible coaching!!!

The Grinch

March 17th, 2010
11:17 am

This is the classic good news – bad news scenario. Tech is loaded with talent and finally playing up to its potential, but this has surely blunted the “get rid of Hewitt” talk. I can describe this feeling in two words – Willie Martinez. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

the real Old Gold

March 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Who wants in on my turnover pool. I got dibs on 15. The rest of 1-20 are up for grabs! A second pool will begin today also.. 5 second violations and free throw %, an average of the two.

The Grinch

March 17th, 2010
11:18 am

You know, this is the classic good news – bad news scenario. Tech is loaded with talent and finally playing up to its potential, but this has surely blunted the “get rid of Hewitt” talk. I can describe this feeling in two words – Willie Martinez. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:18 am

MARK…. What does next year’s recruiting class look like??? Since we will be losing Favors,Lawal,Bell and Peacock we need more talent so that we don’t finish 2 and 14 next year, becasue Hewitt can’t coach talent must less when he has none!!!

Hollywould

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

One and done/ cannot shoot a free throw/cannot get the ball inside/cannot run an inbounds play as all the players look like they don’t want the ball/did I say cannot get the ball inside? That’s friggin coaching folks. Nothing more nothing less/ O state by 10.

sbgt92

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Picking OK St in the office bracket. It hurts to do it, but this team disappointed me as much as the ‘08 (Young/Crittenton/West) team did. All that NBA talent, wasted. I hate rooting for my team when I pick against them!

Go Tech, please!

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

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The Grinch

March 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Very insightful post, Buzz. I’ve had a few like that as well. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:20 am

What does next year’s recruiting class look like???? We will lose Favors,Lawal,Bell and Peacock!! Anyone know????

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:21 am

SORRY SLOW COMPUTER!!!!

ATL BUZZ

March 17th, 2010
11:23 am

Tech will make it to play Kansas. Kansas will win in a close one. I have seen the light!!!

Mark Bradley

March 17th, 2010
11:24 am

Georgia Tech signed one player early — Jason Morris, a guard from Hotchkiss, Conn. He’s ranked 84th by Rivals. It also redshirted freshman Kammeon Holsey, a power forward, and Daniel Miller, a center.

romebuzz

March 17th, 2010
11:24 am

Tell It Like It Is

March 17th, 2010
11:27 am

I wonder how many games Jawja would have won if they played in the ACC over the past five years. I believe that both Tech and Jawja fans have a tendency to over rate themselves. You need a good point guard to reach the zenith. The real basketball schools(Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova and Syracuse)will show you how its done. If Tech had a good point guard who could consistently penestrate and dish, they would be right there. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

Jimv

March 17th, 2010
11:28 am

“T” stands for twilight zone. That’s when GT, helped by their coach, forget where they are. how to inbound the ball, how to shoot free throws, and how to pass. If they don’t hit that zone they can beat anyone they want.

Paul in RDU

March 17th, 2010
11:34 am

Tech is very “talented” if you define “talented” as big, strong and fast (in Dick Vitale’s parlance “ath-uh-letic”). By the same criteria Usain Bolt is very talented – doesn’t make him a good basketball player. GT does not have the guard play to make a deep run in the tourney (and that’s before we even mention FTs). If they had John Wall or Jon Scheyer it would be different.

Dan

March 17th, 2010
11:37 am

Talent? Does talent turn the ball over 16 times in a half? Does talent keep you from doing high school fundamentals like dribbling and getting the ball inbounds? They have a bunch of individuals who have no clue about basketball fundamentals..Except for Favors. And that’s because the coach has no idea how to coach.

Glitchy

March 17th, 2010
11:37 am

Poor Guard play and poor Coaching don’t get you very far in the Big Dance.