Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dawgs Head to Tampa

Scout did a nice article on the game, as did the AJC.

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Hope for Underdogs

It sounds like the guys are thinking positively.

As I said earlier in the year, Georgia had serious weaknesses at the point guard position, which would make winning games very difficult. I had hoped for the best, but with the steep learning curve for Swansey and Ware, things broke down during the year, and Georgia ended up in last place in the SEC East.

Now that Dustin Ware has come on, playing much better in the final weeks, UGA is poised to be at least competitive in the Tournament. In order for the team to have a chance, he will have to play his best basketball.

Focusing on today's game against Mississippi State (tipping off at 3:15 today), Georgia will have its hands full. State plays a four-guard line-up, and they have Jarvis Varnado, the big man who blocks a good number of shots and intimidates a whole bunch more.

Besides Ware playing well, Corey Butler has to defend and knock down the spot-up three, and Woodbury will have to get hot from mid-range and deep. Coach Herrmann must figure out a way to create match-up issues for them, maybe using Barnes to try to get Varnado in foul trouble.

And then, somebody else will have to step up (McPhee, Jackson, Thompkins, Swansey). Come to think of it, a lot has to go well. Last year, it did.

Let the games begin.

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