In the Midwest Region in a 10-7 matchup which should be one of the best games in the 1st Round of this years NCAA Tournament the committee paired up Georgia Tech who had a stellar run through the ACC tournament only losing to Duke by 4 point in the ACC Championship Game and Oklahoma State who has a win over the tournaments #1 seed Kansas this season.
Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State fans may be some of the few who have memories of a forgotten Final Four classic played in April of 2004. For Georgia Tech fans it brings happy memories as Georgia Tech made it's farthest run through the NCAA tournament in their schools history losing to UConn in the National Championship Game that season. For Oklahoma State fans they see this a shot at revenge after dropping that National Semifinal game to Georgia Tech.
These teams haven't met since the 2004 Final Four in that semifinal game where Georgia Tech won 67-65 on that day. That game was a classic which many seem to forget in which Oklahoma State trailed by 12 and tied the game on a John Lucas III tied the game up on a 3 in the last minute before Georgia Tech's Will Bynum delivered on one of the greatest plays in NCAA Tournament history as he got the ball with about 12 seconds left than drove the bucket scoring on the game winning layup with 1.1 seconds left on the clock.
1st Round matchup with alot less at stake but could still be just as good a game this time around. This matchup has alot of talented players with Iman Shumpert playing Guard plus Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors downlow with a FG defense that allows 37% for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Oklahoma State features Big 12 player of the year James Anderson who may be the best SG in the nation, plus versatile foward Obi Muonelo. Georgia Tech's head coach Paul Hewitt is the only remaining peice that will be within 10 feet of the court from the last time they squared off.
This is a game that will take place in Milwaukee, ironically the same place Georgia Tech played it's 1st and 2nd Round games in 2004 to start their run to the Final Four that season, and also a place in 1992 where they upset USC on a James Forrestor 3 pointer at the buzzer.
This is a rematch of a forgotten Final Four classic from 2004 which could potentially be equally as good a game this time around. As a Georgia Tech supporter I'm hoping Milwaukee provides the same magic for Georgia Tech and they can hold off Cowboys fans hope for revenge a little bit longer. This is a matchup bringing back great memories for Georgia Tech fans and one Oklahoma State fans had long hoped to get their revenge.