Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dawgs Big Over Auburn (Prediction)

I think the Dawgs win by double digits, assuming we don't get into a "small ball" game with them. If we successfully play to our strengths in the post, it should be a fairly easy victory.

I should note that we'd better get these guys while they're down. Auburn has some talented big guys coming in next year. If you put their new post players with the developing players on the outside, then Auburn could have something.

But as for now, I hope that this game gives us the opportunity to get the bench more minutes. Thornton seems to be rounding into shape with his rebounding and blocked shots. If he gets his "ups" back, then he can definitely help later in the year.

Vincent Williams has looked better. He'll never be 6' 5", but even with his small stature he can give us quality minutes if Dustin Ware or Gerald Robinson get into foul trouble. Vincent's jump-shot looks to be true. He needs the confidence built from extended playing time for him to consistently hit the pick and pop shots and the floaters toward the rim.

I'd like to see Travis Leslie get his swagger back today. Maybe we can break from the triangle offense some and try to isolate him on the block.

One of the keys for Travis is to not jump with the ball until he is near the basket. It seems that with all of his leaping ability he has picked up the habit of taking a couple of dribbles, jumping and then deciding what to do with the ball. It's leading to him shooting the ball on the way down, which negates most of his athletic advantage. And when he confronts a player tall enough to contest his shot, then he tries to make a pass before he hits the ground, and opposing players keep their hands up and steal the pass.

If we pick up the W expected from playing the last place team in the league at the Steg, then Georgia may be able to build some momentum going into the rest of the SEC schedule. Either Florida or Kentucky will have an additional L stemming from their contest tonight, and maybe Alabama can knock off Tennessee, which would put Georgia back into the thick of things in the SEC East.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dawgs Squeak One Out (Arkansas Recap)

I guess it was our time to win a close one. We started out as if we were still stuck outside in the snow.

A few huge threes-- one each by Travis, Dustin and Trey, and we were able to get out of Arkansas with the W.

I thought that Jeremy Price was very important in the game. He didn't have his best shooting night, but he hit a few key baskets and led the team with 7 rebounds.

Gerald Robinson had just 1 assist with 4 turnovers. He did, however, contribute in other ways. He played solid defense on Rotnei Clarke and held him to just 3 buckets. Gerald also shot 7 of 13 from the floor.

Dustin Ware had 9 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and no turnovers.

Don't know what's up with Travis. He did okay, but he seems to be very tentative these days. Went 3 of 9 tonight.

It's a win and I'll take it, especially considering that it was an away game.

Arkansas Over Georgia (Predictions)

Well, I predicted Georgia would win against Florida and at Kentucky, and the team did neither. Maybe I'll use reverse psychology this time.

In all seriousness, I'm believing that the convoluted travel arrangements and the cold temps will impact the Dawgs. We will start off poorly and fall behind while Arkansas builds and maintains a lead.

Hate to do it, but my best guess is Hogs over Dawgs.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Zac "Mr. Clutch" Swansey

As Georgia missed big shot after big shot, fairly open threes, but with the game on the line, I thought it appropriate to post one of the articles about Zac Swansey.

Seems the guy has a knack for hitting the late game-winner. Instead of Big Shot Bob, as Robert Horry used to be called, maybe the nickname that one newspaper used, Mr. Clutch, is appropriate for Zac.

Still remember the key shot against UK in the SEC Tournament. We probably could have used his help today.