We probably would have lost by 40 points if California hadn't liberally substituted in the second half. Even against Cal's bench-riders, UGA looked awful.
As it stood, we lost by 24 points on a neutral court on national t.v. They shot over 50 percent from the floor, over 50 percent from behind the arc and shot almost 80 percent from the line. Georgia shot 33 percent from the floor, did terribly from long-range and shot 57 percent from the free-throw line.
Cal didn't even have a dominant front-line. Their post players were by and large non-athletic. They were fundamentally sound, but there wasn't a big body in the midst. No high-flyers either, for that matter. This was a team against which we should have been able to battle to the finish.
I don't understand our recruitment philosophy. Other than Gerald Robinson, our guards don't seem to be able to drive the ball. And our post players do not look skilled with the ball at all. We really needed a dominant post for 2011 and we didn't get one. Here's hoping we get a surprise like Tony Parker for 2012, but things look really dim.
Have no explanation for why we start our offense so high up. It makes sense if you're creating space for Trey Thompkins or Travis Leslie, but if we don't have those kinds of guys, we need to adjust our execution. We're still hoisting up way too many three-pointers. Over a third of our shots tonight were from behind the arc, and when you're shooting only 20 percent from deep, you ought to run the offense.
As I indicated previously, we're going to struggle this year. I wanted to rationalize it and say that we just had a bad night, but I had to be honest with myself. I wouldn't mind it so much if I saw an apparent way to turn things around (Nick Marshall will help if we can get him on the court after football season is over, but he won't help us in the post). As far as I can tell, we'll probably struggle next year, too. Oh well.