Live from UGA-Washington: It’s late night at the Big Dance!

Mark Fox at Thursday's practice at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer)

Mark Fox coaches free throws at Thursday's practice. (Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte – To borrow from the Kenny Loggins song that served as NBC’s theme for the 1980 NCAA tournament — yep, NBC once had the Big Dance — this is it. Georgia and Washington are about to meet, and ’round midnight we’ll know if the Bulldogs will be halfway toward the Sweet 16. And now you ask: Who in his/her right mind would pick Georgia to make the Sweet 16?

Er, me.

I haven’t had a very good tournament, forecast-wise — and we’re only in (Full) Day 2! — but I have made a bit of a comeback from yesterday’s misdoings. I had Arizona over Memphis, George Mason over Villanova, Florida State over Texas A&M. (I also had Tennessee over Michigan and came within 31 points of being right.)

As we speak, I’m seated courtside at Time Warner Cable Arena, and you will be shocked to know there are about 12,000 folks wearing powder blue in the joint. (North Carolina play Long Island in the early game.) But before we begin our live-blog thing, I must pass along a snippet of news both good and bad.

Owing to the late start of UGA-UDub, no print edition of Saturday’s AJC will include an MB column reflecting the outcome of the game. This is my 31st NCAA tournament, and it’s the first time I’ve never had a print deadline to meet. But what that does mean is that I won’t have to switch from the live-chatting to write an actual column. I can offer the usual wit and insight — “Yeah, right,” you’re saying — until the final buzzer, if and when it arrives.

With that, we’ll tip off the digital festivities, and I hope you’ll join me in saying: Thank goodness for AJC.com. And, once again, away we go.

By Mark Bradley

877 comments Add your comment

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:34 pm

Mark,
There may be 12,000 people wearing baby blue in TW Arena now cheering for UNC , but would you believe that on Sunday afternoon there will be 12,000 baby blue-wearing Michigan fans?

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:35 pm

Yes I would, Paul.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:37 pm

Kansas leads BU by four after 20 minutes.

Here it’s Heels by nine after 7 1/2 minutes.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:38 pm

If you caught the Duke game earlier, Irving looked to be around 60%

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:41 pm

It will be interesting to see how fast Irving gets close to full strength. Carlos Boozer played himself back into shape during the 2001 tournament. Scott May did not in 1975.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:44 pm

Irving will be better next week (assuming Duke beats UM) but I think he’s a couple of weeks away.
And Sean May (not Scott) is still trying to get back in shape

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:46 pm

Another few plays like that and Roy’s head will explode

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:47 pm

UNC looks sloppy.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:48 pm

I wonder what Larry Drew, Jr is doing about now

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:48 pm

Aggregate margin of victory in the afternoon games here — 72 points.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

Henson should have made 1st team all-ACC ahead of Singler

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:53 pm

Henson with 16 points, 5 rebounds. In 12 minutes, 13 secs.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

LIU needs to zone up and force UNC to shoot from the outside. With Bullock out, Barnes is the only threat from outside

Kentavious Caldwell

March 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

Mark, wondering if you have seen Kentavious play, and your opinion of him. Since Louis Williams never enrolled, how far back do you have to go to find a player rated as high as he is?

william cranman

March 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

Mark, I think you meant to say in your post above that UNC is playing Long Island, not Hampton.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:58 pm

I have not seen Kenatvious play in person.

Carolina lead down to five. And LIU has been playing a zone defense.

Down to two.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:59 pm

I think I did, william.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
7:59 pm

LIU ties it.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:00 pm

Barnes wouldn’t have done that back in January

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:03 pm

Barnes isn’t showing much tonight.

Brandon from Warner Robins

March 18th, 2011
8:04 pm

Kyrie is fine. Duke is fine. Blue Devils Repeat.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:04 pm

No – but back in January he would have dumped it off to Drew instead of driving

wdm

March 18th, 2011
8:07 pm

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:09 pm

Henson with 20 points.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:11 pm

Barnes starting to show something.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:13 pm

Heels by 11 at the half. Barnes threw the ball away and LIU nailed a three-pointer at the horn.

MarkDawg33

March 18th, 2011
8:13 pm

Posted up and ready….Notice that Ga is the only team out of the 4 in our “bracket”(LIU,NC,Wash, us) that doesn’t run, run, run, run

GT Baby !

March 18th, 2011
8:24 pm

I’m pulling for UGA tonight . Love Coach Fox and have been watching dawgs this year because I couldn’t stand Hewitt. Fox has made me a dawg BB fan too.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:26 pm

Uh oh – I just put the chicken on and remembered today is Friday

GT Baby !

March 18th, 2011
8:28 pm

Go Dawgs..Pulling for you & Fox to kick a@@.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:28 pm

Looks like Bill Self brought a couple of Big XII refs with him to Tulsa

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:34 pm

The Bulldogs have entered the building and are sitting in the end zone.

The Carolina-LIU second half is about to commence.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:37 pm

UNC by 18. That took no time.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:37 pm

UNC-LIU is close to getting out of hand.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:38 pm

I’d say it’s out of hand.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:39 pm

Mark,
What’s the record for aggregate margin of victory at an NCAA location? It’s 90 in Charlotte and increasing rapidly.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:41 pm

I don’t know. This has got to be close, I’d think.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:42 pm

John Henson: 26 points

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:45 pm

UGA players have watched enough. They’re heading to the dressing room

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:47 pm

A 1 over 16 blow out or 2 over 15 isn’t a big surprise, but an 8 (UM) beating a 9 by 30 is a shocker.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:49 pm

Biggest margin ever in an 8 vs 9 game.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:50 pm

Hamilton is a heck of a motivational speaker

UW Dawgs by 20!

March 18th, 2011
8:51 pm

Looking for an entertaining game tonight. Good luck UGA, you’re going to need it!

WesrOfAthens

March 18th, 2011
8:51 pm

Bring on the Huskies, after these past two days, i am ready to root for the Dawgs instead of my bracket!

Finish this swiftly Carolina! As if anybody had a doubt whom would win?

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:53 pm

LIU within a dozen.

chem

March 18th, 2011
8:55 pm

UGA vaults Bradley into contention in the Bracket Fiasco?

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:56 pm

I’m out of contention. Just like Coach Pearl.

Cmill

March 18th, 2011
8:56 pm

man this LIU team is fun to watch… their run n gun style reminds me of some high school ball. These long TV timeouts are killing any advantage they may have had though.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
8:57 pm

I get the impression that UNCs lack of depth could catch up with them in the NCAA Tourney. They would be really thin if Knox hadn’t transferred in from Alabama.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2011
8:58 pm

I was thinking the LIU Blackbirds must be really fun to watch in their league.