Georgetown vs. Vanderbilt Live Blog: 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Posted by Mike on March 23, 2007
Tonight #6 seed Vanderbilt plays #2 seed Georgetown in game 1 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals. Georgetown will rely on a halfcourt offense and their frontcourt of Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. Vanderbilt will look to get big contributions from their backcourt of Derrick Byars, Dan Cage, and Shan Foster. Whether or not Vandy can shoot lights out from the outside will likely determine whether or not they can win this game against the heavily favored Hoyas.
7:28 pm: 2-0, G’Town. The Hoyas draw first blood as they force a turnover, and Green makes a great pass to DaJuan Summers, who slams it in. Green hits a jumper on the next possession to make it 4-0.
7:29 pm: 4-2, G’Town. I wonder if John Thompson II, announcing on Westwood One radio, will say during tonight’s broadcast “THAT’S MY BABY!” about his son and current Hoyas coach, JT III.
7:32 pm: 5-4, G’Town. Foster gets a great pass from Cage in transition and makes an easy layup.
7:33 pm: 9-5, Vandy. The Commodores are doing a good job of keeping Hibbert out of the paint. He now needs to defend the perimeter, and Cage is having a field day with it. He hits two straight shots, the last a three, to give Vandy the lead.
7:34 pm: 12-5, Vandy. Alex Gordon hits another three for Vandy, and they are now very much in control of this game.
Official timeout, as Hibbert commits an offensive foul.
7:37 pm: Vanderbilt’s lack of size has actually given them an advantage. The Hoyas have had to adjust with a smaller lineup.
7:39 pm: 15-6, Vandy. Byars finally gets on the board with a three.
Either Vanderbilt fans are well represented, or all of the Tar Heel fans have learned the cheers and are rooting for the Commodores. I’m guessing the latter.
7:40 pm: 18-6, Vandy. Georgetown’s smaller lineup has given them a new problem. Vanderbilt has been able to get offensive rebounds on the Hoyas, the latest leading to a three by Cage to give Vandy a double digit lead seven minutes into the game.
7:45 pm: 18-13, Vandy. After JT3’s timeout, Georgetown has scored three straight baskets, the latest by Patrick Ewing (?!?!?), to cut the lead to five before the official timeout.
7:50 pm: 20-13, Vandy. As we reach the midway point of the first half, Foster hits a tough turnaround baseline jumper.
7:51 pm: 23-13, Vandy. Byars has only hit one shot, but that doesn’t mean he’s a non-factor. He drives inside and makes a great pass to Foster, who hits a wide open three from the right wing to bring the lead back to double digits.
Nine minutes left, first half.
7:54 pm: 25-13, Vandy. The Hoyas are going deep into their bench, as the team is now in foul trouble.
8:00 pm: 27-14, Vandy. Foster has an unbelievable turnaround jumper.
8:01 pm: 27-18, Vandy. Summers gets a putback inside, the Hoyas’ first basket in quite a while. Hibbert’s first basket of the game bring the difference back to single digits.
8:04 pm: 27-19, Vandy. The Commodores’ outside shooting has suddenly gone cold, and the Hoyas are finally attacking the inside. G’Town seems to be playing the game they’re more comfortable with now.
8:09 pm: 27-24, Vandy. Now that the Hoyas are attacking the inside Vandy will be in foul trouble very soon. Now that their outside shots aren’t falling, Georgetown will have more possessions (and more importantly, possessions on their terms).
8:12 pm: 32-24, Vandy. Just as it looks like G’Town has all the momentum, Cage hits a three, Vadny gets the steal on defense, and Byars is able to score on a putback.
A great stat: Vanderbilt has 12 field goals on eleven assist. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Commodores have done a great job of passing.
8:15 pm: Alex Gordon is unable to get a good shot before the buzzer, but Vanderbilt leads 32-24 at halftime. Vanderbilt has done a good job of keeping the game in the perimeter rather than in the paint. For the Commodores to hang on in the second half, they will need to continue dictating the style of the game and keeping Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert neutralized.
8:19 pm: Florida leads 35-29 at halftime. The Gators have scored the last 14–
Whoa. Clark Kellogg has a scary stare into the camera. I think I now know why he normally keeps looking away from it. I think he just hypnotized thousands of grannies across America to rise up and watch “How I Met Your Mother” with that stare.
8:37 pm: The second half begins.
8:38 pm: 32-28, Vandy. That’s what happens when you allow Hibbert inside position. He hits two straight baskets that were way too easy.
8:40 pm: 33-31, Vandy. Hibbert kicks the ball out to Summers, who drains the three and makes it a one possession game.
8:41 pm: 36-33, Vandy. Byars hits his first three of the game, but Hibbert continues to dominate the offensive glass. The Commodores need to keep him out of position.
8:42 pm: 36-36. Summers ties the game with another three. If Vandy can’t keep Hibbert out of the paint, this game will get away from them.
8:47 pm: 38-36, Vandy. Backup center Ted Skuchas drives inside for layup to give the lead back to Vanderbilt. Let’s see if he can stop Hibbert.
8:50 pm: 38-37, Vandy. Skuchas gets two quick fouls in one minute. He has to return to the bench with four.
8:51 pm: 41-38, G’town. Green drives inside and gets the layup to give Georgetown the lead. Hibbert dunks a putback on the next possession.
Vanderbilt is really struggling in their shooting in the second half. They’ve only scored 2 FGs in over 7 minutes.
8:54 pm: 43-40, G’Town. This is a near replica of the BC game: They keep a lead at halftime because they’re ale to contain Hibbert and keep him from getting the ball, but in the second half he takes over the game.
8:55 pm: 43-42, G’Town. Official Timeout.
8:59 pm: 44-43, Vandy. Beal makes a great alley-oop pass to Foster, whose dunk rattles in as Vandy takes the lead back.
9:00 pm: 46-44, G’town. Summers hits a three on the next possession, and Georgetown gets the lead again.
9:01 pm: 48-46, G’town. Beal’s midrange jumper rattles in to tie the game, but Green strikes back.
9:02 pm: 51-49, G’town. The two teams are now exchanging outside shots. Byars finally hits a three in the second half, but Summers is on fire for the Hoyas tonight. Which is odd, because he’s their lowest scoring starter from the regular season.
9:06 pm: 51-51. Ross Neltner catches the Hoyas frontcourt out of position, and he ties the game with an easy layup.
Vanderbilt commits their first turnover in over 23 minutes. Their ball control is amazing.
7:27 left in the game.
9:11 pm: What the hell? CBS put us in Butler-Florida! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nail biter, but I want to see the Georgetown game!
So let me get this straight, James Brown: Does Butler have a 4.0 basketball IQ?
9:12 pm: 54-53, G’town. …and we’re back. Hibbert commits his fourth foul.
9:13 pm: 56-54, Vandy. Foster hits a three, and Vandy has the lead back! He drives inside in Hibbert’s absence and gets an easy layup.
58-54, Vandy, 4:30 left.
9:15 pm: 58-57, Vandy. Georgetown hits a three, but are dealt a huge blow as Hibbert fouls out with four minutes left. Vanderbilt should now be able to dictate the pace of this game. Jeff Green, Big East POY, must step up now for the Hoyas.
9:20 pm: 60-60. Jeff Green gets the amazing tip in, and the foul to tie the game. 3:30 left.
9:21 pm: Byars has an open three, but he hurries his shot to beat the shot clock, and it falls short.
UPDATE: Florida wins over Butler, 65-57.
9:23 pm: 62-60, G’town. Sapp makes an unbelievable drive to get the tough basket in the lane.
9:27 pm: 64-61, G’town, 1:00 left. An great play by Johnathan Wallace, driving like he’s going inside, but then pulling up for the open midrange jumper.
9:30 pm: 65-64, Vandy, :17.9 left. Vanderbilt is getting theor points a t the free throw line, and with a one point lead, Ewing commits a push foul. Dan Cage hits his free throws to give the Commodores the lead.
Teams like Tennesse and Virginia Tech have been punished so far in this tournament for not shooting well from the free throw line. The shot’s importance has certainly magnified in the last few weeks.
9:33 pm: With 2.5 seconds left, Jeff Green hits a tough shot, from the baseline, double teamed, off the glass to give them the lead. Vanderbilt can;t get a good shot off, and Georgetown wins, 66-65. What a heartbreaker for the Commodores, but Georgetown previals in spite of many obstacles: Vandy’s perimeter shooting, their free throws, Hibbert fouling out, and Green not playing well until the end. Georgetown will go to the Elite 8, as many had expected. However, the path has been much tougher than anticipated.
I will now go to Tar Heel Mania to live blog UNC vs. USC.