Berry Tramel: Georgia Tech will put up a fight

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 24, 2009 at 9:59 am •  Published: March 24, 2009
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seed, either. The Yellowjackets, who lead the NCAA in steals, had 10 more against Iowa.

Coale said not to read too much into one game, that Iowa might win a series against Georgia Tech. But the ’Jackets looked like a team woefully underseeded by a committee that might have read too much into the loss of Alex Montgomery, Tech’s leading scorer and rebounder.

Montgomery is Tech’s best outside shooter — she had more than half of Tech’s 3-pointers this season — which means the Sooners won’t give up many points tonight if they rebound. Which they usually do.

But OU doesn’t always take care of the ball. In three games against A&M, including two losses, the Sooners committed 68 turnovers. That’s 23 a game. Do that tonight, and the Paris Era is over.

The Sooners clearly are the better team. They are 28-4, with two losses to a No. 2 NCAA seed (A&M), one loss to a No. 3 (North Carolina) and one loss to a No. 1 (Connecticut). Tech, 22-9, has played its share of heavyweights, too. Five of its defeats are to top-three seeds in the NCAA: UConn, Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Florida State. But the ’Jackets, even with Montgomery, have four other losses.

I disagree with Coale. This is a bad matchup for OU. There won’t be anything easy about reaching the Sweet 16.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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