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Tales from the Bench: Georgia Tech 2004
The latest installment of “Tales from the Bench” on the 19nine podcast features David Nelson, a senior walk-on who was a part of Georgia Tech’s memorable run to the 2004 NCAA Championship game against UConn.
Alongside The Chucker, 19nine’s resident historian, Nelson discusses his journey to becoming a three-year member of the Tech program, his first impressions of big-time college basketball and Chris Bosh, how losing prompts winning, Jarret Jack’s artistry, Will Bynum’s supreme confidence, and just how bright the lights are on college basketball’s biggest stage.
- Nelson’s journey to becoming a walk-on at Tech (3:00)
- His initial impressions of big-time college basketball and first year with the Tech program (7:00)
- Nelson’s “Whoa!” moment with Chris Bosh (14:00)
- Why Tech’s 16-15 season in 2002-2003 with Bosh wasn’t a disappointment (17:00)
- Expectations heading into the 2003-2004, one that would end in the Final Four (21:00)
- Thumping #1 UConn at Madison Square Garden in an early-season matchup (24:00)
- Nelson’s role as a senior walk-on (25:00)
- Why an ACC Tournament loss to Duke felt different (27:00)
- Tech’s run into March Madness and Jarret Jack’s coming-out party against Kansas in the Elite Eight (29:00)
- Tech’s tangle with Oklahoma State in the Final Four and Will Bynum’s green light (33:00)
- Why Nelson and his teammates were disappointed to see UConn beat Duke on the other side of the Final Four bracket (40:00)
- The bright lights of the national championship game and losing to UConn (42:00)
- What Nelson took away from his experience as a three-year walk-on at Tech (46:00)
- Who Nelson considers the wildest fans in the ACC (50:00)
- The Duke mystique: fact or fiction? (51:00)
- Why Carmelo Anthony was the sickest player he ever saw up close (54:00)
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