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Georgia Tech-George Mason audio

I’ve inserted audio from post-game interviews with Mason coach Jim Larranaga, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and Yellow Jacket forwards Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors. I’m new to this digital recorder thing (yeah, I know, thanks for joining the 21st century in 2009) so feel free to complain if there are any issues with the links.

Jim Larranaga audio

Paul Hewitt audio

Gani Lawal audio

Derrick Favors audio


Tech Wins 70-62…

…but it really shouldn’t have been that close. There was never really a point in this game where George Mason looked like it stood a chance. Georgia Tech’s length was way too much for them, and the inside combination of Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal was as good as advertised. Lawal had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Favors had 18 points on 6-for-6 shooting with most of those buckets being dunks. Mason coach Jim Larranaga said he doesn’t know if his team has ever given up as many dunks as it did in this one.

Mason had absolutely no answers for Tech’s 2-3 zone. Ryan Pearson, the Patriots’ 6-6 power forward and go-to inside scorer, couldn’t do anything against the length of Favors and Lawal. Junior guard Cam Long, the team’s star perimeter player, went 2-for-10 from the field, including 1-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Tech allowed Mason to stay within striking distance, in large part because the Yellow Jackets shot 21-for-37 from the free throw line.


Knight and another Hall of Fame

A press release that came out this morning:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the return of legendary coach Bob Knight to Indiana.

Knight will be the featured speaker at a December fundraiser dinner in Indianapolis benefiting the organization.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame will welcome Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight to the event held Thursday, December 17 at Primo Banquet and Conference Center located at 2615 E National Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis.  Doors will open at 5:00 PM for a social hour, a buffet dinner will be served at 6:00, followed by Knight’s address to the crowd.

Seats, priced at $50 for adults and $30 for children 12-and-under, are available immediately for Hall of Fame annual members, associate directors, and directors.  Tables of eight are also available for $400.

Reservations will be available to the public beginning on Monday, November 30.

For information or reservations, contact the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame via phone at (765) 529-1891 or email at [email protected].

Knight was the recipient of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 1982 Silver Medal Award, given for contributions to Indiana high school basketball other than as an Indiana high school coach or player.

Founded in 1962, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, located in New Castle, is the only statewide high school basketball hall of fame and museum in the nation.


Tech leads 27-19 at half

First half hasn’t been pretty at all. Both teams are playing zone, which is mostly keeping it slow. Neither teams are shooting well from beyond the 3-point arc (4-for-15 combined). Mason, actually, is shooting a horrid 7-for-30 (23.3 percent) from the field. They’re trying to work the ball inside, which isn’t working because their forwards can’t even get a look against Tech’s big men.

Both teams are turning it over. Tech has 10 giveaways and Mason has nine. Gani Lawal is just 2-for-6 from the field, but he still has a game-high eight points and seven rebounds.


Mason, Georgia Tech battle for the right to play IU

Indiana gets either Georgia Tech or George Mason on Sunday, depending on who wins and who loses the games today. They’ll tip at either 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

As I type this, the game is tied at 8, and it’s evident that both of these teams could give Indiana problems. Both teams are mostly young. Mason has 11 players in the freshman and sophomore classes and Tech has 10. But both have some size in the middle. Tech boasts the highest rated center in the freshman class in Derrick Favors as well as 6-9 junior forward Gani Lawal, who averaged 15.1 points per game and 9.5 rebounds last season. Indiana simply doesn’t have an answer there. Mason doesn’t have quite the same amount of size, but they do have an excellent shot blocker in 6-9 forward Mike Morrison and an undersized but strong power forward in Ryan Pearson (6-6, 230). They’re also strong enough on the perimeter to give even a guard-based team like Villanova problems. The Wildcats needed a late rally and an insanely clutch 3-pointer by forward Isaiah Armwood to avoid what would have been the upset of the tournament yesterday.

Now that I’ve finished typing, Mason is up 14-9.


A brief, sort-of preview

A one-day turnaround doesn’t allow for much of a preview, so here’s some background info on the Terriers. They’re admittedly the underdog in this tournament, a mid-to-low major team from the America East Conference, which is sort of out of its class compared to even George Mason of the CAA. They are, however, an experienced group with six seniors — there are eight on the roster, though one is injured and another didn’t make the trip because he’s an engineering major and couldn’t afford to miss the class. They return three players who averaged double-digits last season, led by 6-5 junior forward John Holland, who scored 18.1 points a game and grabbed 5.5 rebounds. They also return 6-2 senior guard Corey Low (17.1 ppg) and 6-8 sophomore forward Jake OBrien (12.5) ppg.

Boston is in the midst of a coaching transition. Patrick Chambers, a 39-year-old, Newton Square, Pa. native is in his first year after working for Villanova for the last five years. He takes over for Dennis Wolff, who was at Boston for 15 years, but was strangely let go after a 17-13 season. He had the best career record in school history at 247-197.

Chambers spoke highly of the discipline Wolff installed in his team, but said there is still a significant transition because Wolff’s offense includes a lot of sets and Chambers’ does not. He wants his team to be more free-wheeling and make decisions on the run, which is contrary to what they’re used to.


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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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