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.