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Bracket Challenge 2019

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Basketball' started by Peacone36, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. orientalnc

    orientalnc Helluva Engineer

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    As a fan, this is what you always hope for. Both teams playing well and the game on the line at the end. OT is even better.
     
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  2. YlJacket

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    IMHO the fingernail on the ball wasn't the reason to institute replay. That call was legit and should have stood.
    After that TT fell apart - they had a shot to get back in the game so I don't put everything on that call.
     
  3. orientalnc

    orientalnc Helluva Engineer

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    In the last 2 minutes, OB calls can be challenged and reviewed. I think UVA challenged the call almost immediately.
     
  4. Texwood

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    I'm financially disappointed in the outcome, but this story has the makings of a great 30 for 30 documentary.
     
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  5. RyanS12

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    Bet light tonite because I literally had no feel for this one. CC7FFE1F-AA0C-49EA-A7A6-923058A208C1.jpeg
     
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  6. orientalnc

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    It will be interesting to see if Guy, Hunter, and Jerome declare for the draft. This is a relatively weak draft and they are not likely to repeat as champions, This was a tough six games for them. I think I heard the announcers say UVA is the first champion to go through March Madness and not have to play a single 1 or 2 seed.
     
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  7. YlJacket

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    to my knowledge it is not a challenge system - the refs simply go when they think they need to. I expect UVA was yelling at them but they don't have a formal right to "challenge" that I know of. The refs normally go look at the monitor when anything is even sort of close. I just think they shouldn't be looking for fingernails - rather blatant woops reversals.
     
  8. AUFC

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    Happy for Tony Bennett and UVA. I don't know if he cheats but it seems like he's pretty clean and he's a class act for sure from what I've always seen. If an ACC team needs to win the title, UVA are surely towards one of the early picks for that.
     
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  9. jeffgt14

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    Hunter finally decided to show up for the tournament at the right time. The stat sheet is fairly unimpressive somehow but Diakite has put in an incredibly impressive performance throughout this entire tournament. I have no idea how his official rebound numbers aren't hire but he was everywhere, keeping possessions alive on offense, seeings screens, and disrupting every shot in the paint. I can't for the life of me understand why they took him out the last 2 minutes of the 2nd half. Pretty much have TTU easy points in the paint.
     
  10. RamblinRed

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    UVA was first since UNLV in 1990 not to face a 2 seed.

    Also, FWIW, UVA winning kept another fairly large streak alive. Since the McD All-American game was established in 1978 only 2 teams have won a National Championship without a McD AA on their roster. The first was Maryland in 2001. The second was UConn in 2014. Now both had quite a few Top 100 players, just not a McD AA. GT would have been the 2nd team in 2004 if they had won the NC game.
    The player on UVA's roster that was a burger boy - Kyle Guy. One of the few 4* McD AA.
     
  11. RamblinRed

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    FWIW, that was a very good game last night.
    The first 10 min it looked like it was going to be first to 40 wins, but after that both teams really settled in and played pretty well.
    Once again UVA was unable to hold a late lead but made plays in the final minute (it's last 3 games against Purdue, Aub and TT were all down to the last few seconds or overtime).

    Happy for Bennett. Good coach. Runs a clean program.
     
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    Glad none of the cheating programs made it.
     
  13. RyanS12

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    Vegas, for as dominant as they were, got some breaks match up wise. The only scare they got besides us in the final 4 was 12 seed Ball St in the Sweet 16, which upset 4 seed Louisville in the 2nd rd. Then LMU in the Elite 8, which was probably way under seeded. Even Duke was a 3 that year.

    To me, that was one of the best eras ever for college basketball.
     
  14. GT_EE78

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    I'd love to say goodbye to all 3. Hunter is a no-brainer (top ten) Jerome is a late first rounder in most mocks (might be smart for him to take advantage of the limelight) Guy is rated #70 by nbadraft,net doubtful that he would try. Salt is a senior. would be nice if someone besides UVA/Duke/UNC can compete.
     
  15. RamblinRed

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    I don't think UVA is going anywhere. He's got a good program going. He recruits good players ( he calls them 'sneaky good'), he'll redshirt alot of them - all of their FR but Clark were redshirted this year, and most of the guys in their rotation were redshirted at one time or another.
    So as older guys phase out of the program they have new guys that are largely not FR taking their place.
    Of the 8 players on the court for them last night, 5 of them had been redshirted - only Guy, Jerome and Clark had not.

    I believe Clark was the only player that played for them that was under 21 years old.
     
  16. YlJacket

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    They may well take a step back when Hunter, Jerome and maybe Guy leave this year. Natural they would.
    They do have more talent on the bench than folks realize. Supposedly the Italian guy Badocchi is a stud waiting his turn. 2 more legit 4 star players going into the pipeline next year as well.
    New roles and some guys need to step up a bit but they will stay top third of the ACC.
     
  17. RamblinRed

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    It's also interesting to see how the FF teams built their rosters. Will start with the starters and also show top reserves
    Let's start with UVA. Bennett recruits good players and gives them time to develop
    Jerome - Jr - 4*, Top 50
    Guy - Jr - 4*, Top 50, McD AA
    Hunter - R-So, 4*, Top 80
    Diakite - R-Jr, 4*, Top 100
    Clark - Fr, 3*
    Key - Jr, 4*, Top 75 - Transferred from AL
    Salt - R-Sr, NR - recruited from Australia
    Huff - R-So, 4*, Top 100

    Texas Tech
    Beard went everywhere and anywhere to get kids
    Mooney - Gr, 2* - started at Air Force, transferred to South Dakota, grad transferred to TT
    Owens - Gr, 3*, - started at TN, transferred to St. John's, grad transferred to TT
    Odiase - R-Sr, 2*
    Culver - So, 3*
    Moretti - So, NR - recruited from Italy
    Francis - R-Sr, 4*, Top 50, transferred from FL
    Corprew - R-So, 4*, Top 100, went JUCO from HS as a non-qualifier
    Edwards - Fr, 3*

    Mich St
    Izzo tends to recruit alot of strong 4-star types
    McQuaid - Sr, 4*, Top 75
    Goins - R-Sr, NR - former walk-on
    Winston - Jr, 4*, Top 30 - just missed being a five star
    Tillman - So, 4*, Top 75
    Henry - Fr, 4*, Top 120 - started getting more playing time after injuries to starters
    Ward - Jr, 4*, Top 50
    Brown - Fr, 4*, Top 100

    They had 2 former starters injured
    Langford - Jr, 5*, Top 20, McD AA
    Ahrens - R-Jr, 3*

    Auburn
    Pearl has made a killing recruiting GA, also recruits JUCO's
    Brown - Sr, 3*
    Dunbar - Sr, 3* - went to JUCO out of HS
    Harper - Jr, 4*, Top 100
    Purifoy - Jr, 4*, Top 75
    McLemore - Jr, 3*
    Doughty - R-Jr, 3* - signed with St. Johns, matriculated to VCU, transferred to Auburn
    Wiley - Jr, 5*, Top 25
    McCormick - Jr, - former JUCO
    Spencer - Jr, 4*, Top 75

    injured starter
    Okeke, So, 4*, Top 40

    Also note all the experience on these teams.
    UVA - 4 of the 5 starters and 7 of the top 8 are in at least their 3rd year of college
    Texas Tech - 3 of 5 starters and 5 of top 8 are in at least their 3rd year of college
    Mich St - 3 of 5 starters and 4 of top 7 are in at least their 3rd year of college, they also have 2 injured starters that would both be at least in their 3rd year
    Auburn - all of starters and all 9 that played in the final four are in at least their 3rd year. Okeke was a So that was a starter
     
  18. RamblinRed

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    This is a nice article by Pat Forde after he ripped UVA last year.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/virginias-redemption-story-becomes-one-for-the-ages-064736995.html

    I think the most amazing fact about this run for UVA is they were trailing with 15 seconds to play in their last 3 games and won all 3. They also were down 14 to Gardner-Webb in the 1st half before winning that opening game.

    As Forde also mentions in each game they took advantage of a late little error by the opponent to win.
    Cline missed a FT for Purdue that allowed a 3 to tie it.
    Harper missed a FT that allowed Guy to win by going 3-3
    Texas Tech collapsed on a penetrator with a 3-pt lead leaving the line undefended.
     
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  19. g0lftime

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    How big was that call when Guy was fouled with a second on the clock against Auburn. Most ref's swallow their whistle that late in a game on a call that can affect the outcome. Also that play shows how important free throws are in tight games. Without that late call UVA is not national champs.
     
  20. tsrich

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    The Jackets have this part down, so we're almost there!
     

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