Saturday, January 15, 2011


Best Georgia basketball game ever.

I've been around the program a long time, and although we've had bigger victories, more thrilling comebacks, more improbable wins, I don't remember ever having seen a better played game.

Defensively, we hounded their top scorer into a 3 for 12 shooting night. We had 7 blocked shots and 5 steals. I thought about it some, and I don't remember them scoring on a fast break bucket.

On offense, we sizzled right from the start. We out-shot and out-maneuvered their zone. We were on target from long-range.

When they went to the man-to-man, we ran the offense, several guys touching the ball, and fed the post from good angles. We scored on easy baskets.

We shot 50 percent from behind the arc, 63 percent from the field, and 96 percent from the line.

Eleven guys played, eight of them scored, and seven of those eight shot at least 66 percent from the field. All of our starters scored in double figures.

We had 26 assists on 33 field goals. We had just 7 turnovers. We broke their press. We had more rebounds, blocked shots and assists than Ole Miss. We had fewer turnovers and fewer personal fouls.

Our bench players combined for 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, and just 1 turnover.

We outplayed them at their place. The game was on t.v. The Dawgs were clearly the superior team.

Mark Fox got his first SEC road win, and we couldn't have played better basketball.

Congrats to Coach Fox and the team.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Yada to Raptors

Toronto might be the place for Gaines. They need some help at point guard, and he can help them out.

Sunny D in not so sunny Canada

Still would love to see him giving some defensive lift to the Hawks' second unit...

Festus Ezeli, Exhibit A for Projects

Ezeli's performance against Georgia is both good news and bad news for the Dawgs.

It's bad news because Festus is a player. He has rounded into a key contributor for Vandy, and they don't need any help. Their court is help enough. Add to that the fact that they apparently got all the foul calls, then their home court advantage should win them two or three extra games this year.

Ezeli is a physical post player. He'll get rebounds and block shots. Now he has some decent moves around the bucket, too.

The good news is that Georgia is apparently bringing in two Festus Ezeli-type players this year. Tim Dixon is a lanky player that needs to build muscle. He has some shot-blocking skill already. John Florveus is a 7-footer that might just end up anchoring the middle for the Dawgs in future years.

Big men develop slowly. Hopefully, UGA will have enough success in recruiting to allow our incoming post players to bulk up physically and develop their talent.

Swansey works his magic

Hits the game-winning three-pointer in a triple overtime game.

Zac finished the outing with a double-double of 19 points, 11 assists, and 5 steals. Sounds like Swansey has his stroke back. He went 7 of 14 from the field, 2 of 2 from behind the arc, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.