Live from Tech-Ohio State: Guess who’s getting a feeling?

The Georgia Tech players ready for the task. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Sunday, 12:27 p.m. CDT: The Georgia Tech players ready for the task. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Milwaukee – It’s eerie. In 2004 Georgia Tech entered as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, only to see second-seeded Gonzaga lose to Nevada (Mark Fox was a Wolfpack assistant coach) on Saturday of the first weekend and then No. 1 Kentucky lose to UAB a hour after Tech had dispatched Boston College on Sunday in the Bradley Center.

Here we are, six springs later, and seeds Nos. 1 and 3 in the Midwest are gone, and the Jackets can unhorse the second seed themselves. Should they get past Ohio State, they’d head to St. Louis with as good a chance to reach the Final Four as any opponent they’d find. Tennessee is nothing special. For all the stunning work it has done this season, Northern Iowa isn’t apt to win four times in this event. The final qualifier will be either Maryland or Michigan State, and Tech just beat one of those.

If you’re asking, “Are you having one of those Bradley Feelings?”, the answer is, “You bet.” Tech is playing well at the right time, and the bracket, which looked so daunting in theory, is breaking the Jackets’ way.

That’s provided the Jackets can upset the Buckeyes, which will be difficult. It will not be impossible. Tech is deeper and stronger. Tech has a defender it can run at Evan Turner, the Big Ten player of the year. (The Jackets have grown accustomed to the faces of POYs — Greivis Vasquez and Jon Scheyer, each of whom Tech saw in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, ran 1-2 in ACC voting, and James Anderson, whom Iman Shumpert defused Friday, was the Big 12’s player of the year.)

I didn’t pick Tech to win today, if that matters. (And it should not, seeing as how I’m the genius who picked Kansas to win the NCAA crown.) But I like the way the Jackets are defending, and I see in them a self-assurance that wasn’t there 15 days ago. Speaking of which …

Remember how galling those losses to Clemson and Virginia Tech in the last week of the regular season seemed? Well, Clemson was one-and-done in the Big Dance — when isn’t Clemson one-and-done in the Big Dance? — and Virginia Tech didn’t qualify. And that’s why, even after the Jackets flopped against V-Tech at home, I wasn’t ready to write them off even though every shred of empirical evidence suggested I should.

See, I’ve seen a few NCAA tournaments. (This is the 30th I’ve covered.) Weird things happen herein. Who saw Villanova coming in 1985? Who saw Kansas in 1988? Who saw N.C. State in 1983?

Speaking of which … Georgia Tech has lost 12 games. Should the Jackets win the NCAA championship, that would set a record for most defeats by a titlist. (Kansas had 11, N.C. State and Villanova 10.) File that away.

And with that, our latest live chat is up and running. Please join me. This could be a significant day for the Jackets.

1,063 comments Add your comment

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

Tron5000

March 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

Dammit, Yellow Fuzz.

KG

March 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

Mark, be nice to Paul while your up there! Give em’ hell Jackets!

Tron5000

March 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

Hey, with all the other craziness that has taken place, nothing would shock me. I am, however, watching the game at home. My penchant for swearing at Hewitt and throwing things precludes me from viewing the game in public.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

I hope you are feeling better today Mark.

Mark Bradley

March 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

I am feeling better, POAD. Thanks for asking.

BillMurrayGT14

March 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

Let’s get it done, Jackets.

Doug

March 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

There’s MB! Finally. We were getting worried. :)

Mark Bradley

March 21st, 2010
1:38 pm

Kudos to Yellow Fuzz. Consolation to Tron5000.

bigdave

March 21st, 2010
1:38 pm

LETS GET IT!!!!

Tank

March 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

Hey Mark
Has a region ever had the 1,2 and 3 seeds all gone after the first week? I don’t think so. I don’t like the odds with that.

Alphare

March 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

I picked St Mary and Washington for the upset yesterday and I got both right. But I have to admit I was way off with Kansas and North Iowa. If North Iowa is my hometown, I would be 3 for 3 upsets.

Today I pick Tech, my hometown team.

Mark Bradley

March 21st, 2010
1:41 pm

I’m sure that has happened before, Tank. Let me look it up.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

Sombody did stick an IV full of Bud Lite in Mark and he is really feeling IT today. AHHAHA.

GT woman

March 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

Go Jackets!
And Mark thanks for all the great articles and blogs on Tech.
Hope Hewitt blows you another kiss today!

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

Sorry to make you feel like uga for a split second there Tron5000.

Technophobia

March 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

I almost picked N. Iowa but didn’t. Guess I should trust the intuition more. I think this is another nail biter with Tech willing themselves to victory but I don’t know much about OSU so we’ll see.

Technophobia

March 21st, 2010
1:44 pm

Go Jackets! Sting Em!

Tank

March 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

Where do you go look? Do you have a book or do you look on the internet? I don’t think it’s ever happened.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

Shup just has to stay out of foul trouble, get the ball inside, and play tough D.

Tron5000

March 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

Yellow Fuzz, I’m still a somewhat reasonable and intelligent individual, so in know way have I ever felt like UGA.

Tron5000

March 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

…in “no” way I mean.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

Is Syracuse no longer called the Orangemen and just the Orange?

big ten sux

March 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

Guess who is getting a feeling? who AKON?

Mark Bradley

March 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

It happened in 2000: Stanford, Cincinnati and Ohio State lost in the first two rounds of the South. I’m not certain if it had happened prior to that, Tank.

Puke on DUKE

March 21st, 2010
1:51 pm

If the team is going to peak, now’s the time, it’s now or never, I sure hope they shoot lights out in free throws again

Mark Bradley

March 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Just the Orange now, POAD.

GTman:

March 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Let’s go JACKETS! Take care of the ball, control the boards and keep Evan Turner in check and the JACKETS win and advance to play the Vols. I like our chances of beating OSU today, as they aren’t as deep as we are and somewhat struggled against UCSB. GO TECH!

Bumble Bees Yay

March 21st, 2010
1:53 pm

As much as i hate the d-bags that are tech fans, I hope that Tech beats the life out of that college in Ohio. Guess I can’t stand how overrated they usually are and how they are the media darlings. Also gotta root for the state of GA

Tank

March 21st, 2010
1:53 pm

Thanks for looking it up. Glad it’s happened before actually. Makes me feel better about tech’s chances.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:53 pm

Is it late enough to pop the seal on my Jack?

Todd in Chapel Hill

March 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

UNC is playing better now too. Good luck Tech

GT woman

March 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Mark, do we have many Tech fans in attendance today?

mountain_jim

March 21st, 2010
1:56 pm

I am still waiting to see if CBS Spartanburg is going to show the game. Guide says TBA. Friday they stayed with Duke up 27 with the scrubs in until 1:06 left in game. Terrible CBS production. With Hughes.net rural internet I can’t stream the game. Sports Bars an hour away. Go Tech!

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:56 pm

Thanks MB, but that makes no sense. Politacally crap has gone too far. Were the Orangemen fighters from the Civil War days?

Puke on DUKE

March 21st, 2010
1:56 pm

They need to have a top 10 go to the big dance in football..the 11th thru 25th ranking can take the bowl games. Why can’t NCAA understand that?

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

MT. Jim that SUX, but you got to love not having a neighbor up your butt and Traffic.

watch GT on CBS.com

March 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

the game will be shown on CBS.com regardless of who your cable has on..

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Puke too many games and too long of a season. Just make 12 teams and a Championship game then a few top Bowls and a Plus ONE GAME.

jacketlover4ever

March 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Mark—let me play today!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

NCAA.COM where you can pick any game too.

Gen Neyland

March 21st, 2010
2:02 pm

Dadgumit. I knew signing up for the Peachtree was going to be a chore but it’s turned into a galldang impossibility…Kinda like GT’s chances to win it all…Go Vols and get the PRR site up people. Getting to the moon was easier than getting in the Peachtree 2010

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
2:04 pm

Does anybody think Duke is going to win today against Cal? What do any of you think about the VOLS. I don’t know how to take them. I didn’t think they were that good, but they are playing pretty good.

Technophobia

March 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

Since OSU doesn’t go deep at all, any foul trouble we can get them in could have a major impact on the outcome. Go Jackets! Sting Em!

Brock

March 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

Yellow Fuzz

March 21st, 2010
1:43 pm
Sorry to make you feel like uga for a split second there Tron5000.

That made me laugh.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

Gen Neyland can you really that far without the cops chasing you? HAHAHA no that is just UT players.

mountain_jim

March 21st, 2010
2:07 pm

watch GT on CBS.com – As I made clear in my post, Hughes.net satellite internet is not capable of streaming the game, at least not for long, before the Fair Access bandwidth limitations shut you down.

Brock

March 21st, 2010
2:07 pm

I think Cal can beat Duke. Especially if they can guard the three. Vols are a good team but they are beatable. I’ve seen them a couple of times this year and they didn’t stink.

Daniel

March 21st, 2010
2:08 pm

Mark, so NOW do you swear of Kansas forever?

Brock

March 21st, 2010
2:09 pm

I think I picked Cal to beat Duke, however I ripped ny bracket up last night thanks to KU