Live from Milwaukee: Can Tech outdraw the Cowboys?

The opening tip. Georgia Tech won it. That's always good. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The opening tip. Georgia Tech won it. That's always good, isn't it? (Photo by M. Bradley)

Milwaukee, Wis. — James Anderson is known as Big Game James on merit. He had 31 points against Baylor, 30 against Kansas State, 28 against Texas, 27 against Kansas and Texas A&M. All of those opponents were invited to the Big Dance. Tonight Anderson will play against Georgia Tech.

Tech has a bevy of big defenders to run at Big Game James — Iman Shumpert, Glen Rice Jr., D’Andre Bell. The Jackets have had success against big-time guards in the past fortnight, essentially defusing Greivis Vasquez (15 misses in 21 shots) and Jon Scheyer (nine misses in 13 shots)  in the ACC tournament, but they were helpless against Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney (32 points, nine assists) in the regular-season finale. So what I’m saying is: This could go either way. How’s that for analysis?

I see it going Tech’s way, though, for a basic reason: Oklahoma State starts one man taller than 6-foot-6. The Cowboys list their lineup as having four guards and one forward. Villanova tried this back in 2006 and reached the Midwest Regional final, whereupon it was undone by Joakim Noah and Al Horford of Florida.

I’m not saying Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors are the equal of those splendid Gators as collegians, but they’re pretty darn good. If neither Tech big man gets into foul trouble — and fouling shouldn’t be a concern, given that the biggest Cowboy averages 8.3 points — Tech should win. But there’s one caveat:

The Jackets had a similar size advantage against Louisville in Round 2 of the 2005 NCAA tournament and were so overwhelmed on the perimeter by Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean that it mattered not one whit. Rick Pitino coached those Cardinals. Travis Ford, who coaches these Cowboys, played under Little Ricky at Kentucky.

On that sobering note, we’ll open tonight’s live chat. But I want to sound a word of warning: The Verizon card isn’t working very well in the Bradley Center — Bradley’s luck, as it were — and I’m not disposed to pay the NCAA $16.50 to use the wireless. So this could be slow going. But we’ll do our best in these trying times, and I’d be obliged if you’d join me.

634 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

Well, there’s the other thing. Billy Donavon as opposed to Paul Hewitt. Big difference.

Buzz

March 19th, 2010
6:12 pm

Tech will dominate inside, but barely win thanks to turnovers. Hopefully the Bradley curse will remain contained to tech laptop gadgets. PREDICTION — 76-73.

MK

March 19th, 2010
6:15 pm

Here we go! PH can still screw this up! If we can inbound I feel that we will be OK!

dawgdude

March 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

Cowboys all the way. Techies go down!

Eric C.

March 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

Tech should not focus on “not” making turnovers as they did starting the Duke game in the ACC final…remember 5 TO in first 5 possessions. Instead, focus on completeing passes, clean dribbling, and court positioning. If they can do that…they have a great chance to win. The TOs are the killer, not OKST’s three pointers.

The Dude

March 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

Good to have you “dawgdude”. How many points is a three pointer worth?

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:26 pm

So now the faux Cowboys come out..real cute I bet with their pearl snap buttons on their shirts. What’s that saying, “All hat and no…?”

Kool Aide Consumer

March 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

May I be the first to predict a final four appearance for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets?
I want credit if they do and I will obviously change my name and hide if they do not. That is the beauty of the internet.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
6:33 pm

Players are warming now. Actually, the Jackets appear to be stretching.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
6:33 pm

Both sides have repaired to their locker rooms. Thirty-eight minutes until the game.

WordofMouth

March 19th, 2010
6:35 pm

FalconUGAFan

March 19th, 2010
6:36 pm

Good luck Jackets!

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

“repaired?”

Mark is British. Y’all didn’t even know.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

I should report that the GT pep band is on hand. I could have reported as much yesterday, seeing that the musicians were on my flight.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

I must report that I’m having a crummy day predicting. Clemson came through for me, but Wofford and Siena and Temple let me down.

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:43 pm

Kool Aide Consumer – How did you escape from Nancy Pelosi’s grasp?

Gordon

March 19th, 2010
6:44 pm

How close are you sitting to Hewitt? He is really mad at you! Just keep calling it like you see it, and maybe we can be rid of him next year. Then we will rename AMC after you, and you will be able to cover games at the Bradley Center right on our campus.

Cletus

March 19th, 2010
6:44 pm

Who has the hottest cheerleaders?

Angus

March 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

Mark, you’re missing, by far, the best day of the year in Atlanta (weather-wise). But, being such a glutton for punishment, I am camped out at home tonight for the game……they’d better win.

Like I’ve said before, Tech’s next loss is Favors’ last game in a Tech uni – tap him for all he’s got.

The wireless router inexplicably died last week. I’ll check back in with the desktop at commercial breaks to register my complaints.

Furman Bisher

March 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

Please work on your writing skills Mark. I can refer you to some of my earlier works, but then you know that.

D.FAVORS IS A BEAST

March 19th, 2010
6:54 pm

Hey mark i have a question for you. Outta G Rice jr & D. Bell, who will guard James Anderson tonight? Also i will take two lottery picks that tech has then the 1 Ok. St has.

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:55 pm

Thanks, Furman. Your front page headliner, “Tech beats Bama 7-6″ with the cannons on the front page was your best work.

dawg 4 u

March 19th, 2010
6:55 pm

Oklahoma State 79-70!!

D.FAVORS IS A BEAST

March 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

Mark who guards james ’so called ‘ big play anderson tonight?

D.FAVORS IS A BEAST

March 19th, 2010
6:57 pm

Dawg haters mad because they are not in the tourney…tech makes all bowl games, ncaa tourney, college world series…etc…uga only a bowl game. hehehehe

Raleigh Jacket

March 19th, 2010
6:58 pm

Favorite chair. Check.
Favorite beverage. Check.
Remote control. Check.

Tech’s playing?

MYLANTA. Check.

All set.

(The over-under on reaching for the Mylanta is…?)

My Doctor said Mylanta

March 19th, 2010
7:02 pm

Raleigh Jacket- LOL. I couldn’t agree more… I’ve already started in on the tums and plan to chase it with some mylanta by half time. Maybe we can miraculously play to our potential tonight and throughout the tournament. Hope springs eternal here in Alpharetta.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
7:04 pm

Not sure who’ll start on Anderson.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

And the Aggies of Stew Morrill did me no favors, bracket-wise.

Technophobia

March 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

Mark, Louisville overwhelmed a lot of teams that year. I think a key will be avoiding getting burned by double teaming too much and leaving an open shooter.
Clemson came through for you? lol

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:11 pm

soooo… we get Noles v Zags?

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
7:12 pm

Oklahoma State took the floor very late. Perhaps someone locked the door of the locker room.

Technophobia

March 19th, 2010
7:12 pm

BTW, I’m told that if CBS breaks away/doesn’t cover the game, you can watch it in its entirety on cbssports.com. Just go there and click on the NCAA March Madness on Demand link. You’ll find that link after you click on the “video” link.

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:13 pm

maybe they’ll switch i see the tip is 7 15… i was about to get a bit pissy..

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:14 pm

ok… they said they will get us to the games shortly…

Raleigh Jacket

March 19th, 2010
7:15 pm

Oh no no no

WRAL is inflicting FSU-Gonzaga on us here in Raleigh?!?

Don’t they know Research Triangle Park is a haven of Tech grads?

NCAA.com webcast here I come…

Hang on, boys, I’ll be there in a minute!!

buzz29

March 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

Sitting in a cracker barrel in chattanooga. Damn anniversery.

Limit turnovers, conserve timeouts, no foul trouble for 31 and 14 and the Jackets should be fine despite our coach.

Go Jackets!

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

feed hi the ball when he presents the target!!! sheeesh!

kool aide consumer

March 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

Delbert D. I have never been grasped by Pelosi or any other member of Congress. Nor tickled. In the interest of equal time. I have never encountered a wide stance in an airport bathroom either.
Tech will go to the final four or I change my name.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

Iman Shumpert starts against James Anderson, who misses his first shot.

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

all day long!

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

Six-nothing already. Three inside baskets for the Jackets. OSU calls time.

bigdave

March 19th, 2010
7:19 pm

let the BIGS EAT!!! they will take us to NAP TOWN!

Raleigh Jacket

March 19th, 2010
7:19 pm

Made it!
4-0 already
Make that 6-0

Kay

March 19th, 2010
7:19 pm

Just keep your compsure, men.

Kay

March 19th, 2010
7:20 pm

COMPOSURE….correct spelling!

WordofMouth

March 19th, 2010
7:21 pm

that is the way to start a game!!

Raleigh Jacket

March 19th, 2010
7:21 pm

We gotta carry the ACC banner.
Can’t figure out why Clemson is such a train wreck in tournaments…

Technophobia

March 19th, 2010
7:21 pm

Nice start for the Jackets.