Saturday, November 16, 2013

Auburn pulls one out

Incredible game.  I stopped watching at some point because Georgia seemed so out of sync.  I almost never get away from the television when the Dawgs are playing because anything can happen.  And it did.  After a couple of minutes I came back in time to see Georgia right the ship.

Gutsy performance by Aaron Murray.  Took big hits and hung in there.  I think on that play to Rantavious Wooten he could have hit Artie Lynch about 15 yards deeper.

I don't even blame Grantham.  The defense got stops to put us back into the game.  The last play by Auburn was a fluke.  We had the right defense called, guys in position, and they got the luck of the bounce.

Proud of the Dawgs.  We're the walking wounded and we went into Auburn and almost pulled it off.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Boy, was that ugly

Can't believe we have lost to Tech three in a row.  They've beaten us twice straight at home.  How does that happen?

Daniel Miller keeps rubbing Fox's face in it.  No doubt in my mind that Fox came in and told Miller he wasn't wanted.  I knew it was a bad decision then.  Certainly is one now.  Miller scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 13 boards.

Even if Fox tried to keep Miller, he didn't try hard enough.  We sure could use him.  We looked totally over-matched out there.  Things won't get any better next year, either.  We struck out on every big man recruit for 2014/2015.

Don't see why Fox keeps on removing a player from the floor after they make a good play.  If the guy is hot, leave him in there!  Why doesn't Fox use a 1-3-1 to get a few steals, or go to the press when we need a bucket?  Why didn't he call a time-out?

Fox is struggling, folks.

I hate losing to Tech.

Dawgs Whip Tech

Sure it's a bold prediction, but with the exception of the most recent history, we always beat Tech at the Steg.

This game sets up well for us.

1)  It's at home.

Hopefully we'll have a good, noisy crowd.

2)  It's early in the season

On paper, Tech has the better team.  However, their talent might not gel as well during the first half of November as it will next month, when we usually play them.  If an upset is to happen, better to catch the superior team early, rather than late.

3)  Guards' Game

The new emphasis on hand-checking makes college basketball even more of a guards' game.  That should neutralize some of Tech's size in the post, and play to the advantage of UGA's physical guards, Mann & Gaines.

4)  Morris vs. Bolden

UGA has apparently suspended Brandon Morris.  He won't play tonight.  Bad news for Georgia, but the loss of Brandon and his 4 points and 2 boards is offset by Tech's loss of Chris Bolden and Bolden's 7 points and 2 boards.

Dawgs win 72 to 61.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

UAB Lands William Lee (Chris Cokley, too)

Somebody on their staff knows how to recruit.

UAB got commitments from three of the top ten players in Alabama.

Didn't foresee a day when UAB would out-recruit us.  But that's exactly what happened.  UAB not only successfully pulled in Lee, the player from Alabama that the Dawgs wanted, they also grabbed Chris Cokley,  a 6' 8" 220-lb power forward who is a first-team all-stater from Georgia.  Cokley was the top available big man from the state of Georgia, and was reportedly #2 on our list, in case we couldn't get Lee.  Cokley has cancelled his visit to Athens.

Nice Haul

I predicted we wouldn't get Lee or Jakeenan Gant.  Not sure what it is with Fox, but elite big men ain't buying what he's selling.

I wished we had offered Cokley early.  I remember him two years ago almost leading his squad to an upset over Milton High in the state championship game.

Oh yeah.  To make matters even more insulting to Georgia fans, remember that this is the second year in a row that UAB got the big man Fox was after.  UAB netted Tosin Mehinti, a 6' 9" post last year.  Mehinti was a three-star player, and not the highest skilled player, but that's exactly the point.  The highly ranked big men are going to Tech or out of state.  We can't even bring in our back-up plans.

I guess we're back to hoping for next year.