Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dawgs Lose in Overtime

Vanderbilt beat us 96 to 94. We missed some free throws that we needed to hit, but there was no quit in us.

Wish the game had been on t.v. I don't get ESPNU, and I was disappointed that on a night in which there were few games on, we couldn't get the game on broadcast television or some other station.

Maybe some of you others can give a recap of what happened and why we lost. The most obvious stat to me was that they hit 35 free throws and we only hit 18. When the other team gets the calls and doubles up on us from the line, it's almost impossible to win. Still, we had our chances.

Travis Leslie and Howard Thompkins played well. Thompkins didn't get a call late. Travis had a double-double. Dustin Ware scored 16 points, hit 4 of 7 from behind the arc, and had 8 assists against 0 turnovers. I think he missed a couple of free throws in regulation, but he'll win some games for us before his college career is over.

We're 12 and 14 on the year, 4 and 9 in the SEC.

Rod Rucker Recruitment

I am posting the link to the AJC, not so much because of the video of the dunk, but because of the comments of the high school coaches.

Sounds like Rucker is a fantastic player, but questions come to mind:

1. Would you take a chance on Rucker if you were Coach Fox?

2. How does Rucker compare with the other guys that might be on our wish list?

3. What class should Rucker be in? Is he a guy who will be a 2010 recruit, or a juco?

4. Do you recruit him now, and bring him in when Georgia has more scholarships to give out? What happens if he qualifies for 2010 after all?

Georgia at Vanderbilt Tonight

Don't feel good about this game. I really don't.

It's not just that the Dawgs are going on the road to play, it's that they're going on the road to play at Vandy.

Vanderbilt reminds me of the Utah Jazz. They use that motion offense and are nearly impossible to beat at home. The way their gym is set up, the sight lines are all messed up, and it's tough to get your eyes adjusted to the depth perception around the goal. Our inside guys might be okay, but I wonder how Ricky McPhee will fare.

Vanderbilt will be looking for revenge. If Ogilvy plays to potential and Jenkins hits his shots this time around, they might give us a tough outing.

Thinking the game will likely be Vandy 70, UGA 62. Hope I'm wrong. We could use a victory right along in here.

Steve Thomas Tenure in Venezuela Ends

Steve Thomas reported to the La Guira Bucaneros just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, his stay there did not turn out the way that he probably hoped.

As readers of the Blog may remember, Thomas has played in the CBA, the Phillipines and Korea, among other stops. For more information on Thomas, click on his name in hypertext at the end of this article.

La Guira (alternatively spelled, "La Guaira") is the principal port of Venezuela, located just about an hour away from the capital of Caracas. Although baseball and soccer have the largest following in Venezuela, basketball has gained some in popularity. Los Bucaneros got their basketball franchise two years ago and they are looking to move up in the Liga Professional de Baloncesto (LPB), the Venezuelan professional basketball league.

It appeared at first that Thomas might have a long tenure with the Bucaneros, since the team was looking for a physical center to patrol the paint. However, the coach of the Bucaneros decided to let Steve Thomas go earlier this month. According to some sources, the team felt that Thomas had a hidden injury and didn't have the explosiveness that was expected.

If Thomas is injured, here's hoping it's a temporary set-back and that he can use his time back in the States to recover. We'll see what Steve decides to do with his basketball career.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dwayne Polee Has Major Hops

There are tons of YouTube clips out there on Polee, but this picture from MaxPreps says it all in one frame.


What are the chances that Polee chooses the Dawgs?

Jeremy Jacob Playing Well, Gets Press

Good picture of Jeremy. He has really started to come into his own out in Oregon, even though the Ducks are not winning. The PAC-10 is not very competitive this year, but unfortunately, Oregon has seen their starting center, Michael Dunigan, go down with an injury.

The fact that Dunigan is not playing has meant more opportunity for Jacob, and he is making the most of it.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jazz Fans like Gaines

Here's an example of what one fan thinks of Sundiata Gaines:

Should be getting more minutes

I enjoyed seeing Sundiata play against the Hawks. If you ask me, Gaines has broken into the League and he's going to stay for a long time.