Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dawgs Robbed in Mississippi

Best game of the year, by far.  UGA loses by 10 to Ole Miss in overtime.

Would have liked to see Kenny Gaines start the second half.  I think he earned it.  Gaines was on a roll at the end of the first half and had scored 8 points on 3 of 4 shooting.

Since Marshall Henderson had three fouls and he wasn't quick enough to guard Gaines, I would have gone right after Henderson by isolating Gaines in the post or on the wing.

Fox has to recognize that you have to go with the hot hand.  Yanking Gaines out after good plays and letting him sit until the second half is half over won't get it done.  Gaines went in somewhere around the 10:00 mark and hit two quick buckets.  He could have done that earlier had he started after intermission.

The story of the game was that Georgia set up an alley-oop play at the end of regulation.  Djurisic threw the ball in and Donte Williams caught it and laid it off the glass.  He was undercut by an Ole Miss player who also fouled Williams up top.  The referees didn't call it.  That play was just the most egregious biased call of the night.  There were plenty of others.  They shot 36 free throws and we only got 19.

Hard to fault the Dawgs on this one, though.  We had 8 players shoot at least 50 percent from the floor.   Gaines finished the night with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting, and 2 rebounds in just 18 minutes.  Sherrard Brantley missed two three-pointers and went 0 for 2 from the field.  KCP shot 7 for 19.  Not his best shooting night, but he still finished the contest with 19 points and 12 boards.

Other than the substitution patterns, Mark Fox seemed to call a good game.  We'll have a tough finish to the season since we have away games at Alabama, Vandy and Arkansas, and we still have to play Kentucky.

We're now 6 and 6 in the SEC and 12 and 13 overall. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dawgs Lose to Tide

Well, we lost by 7.  I'm okay with that, though.  Not happy about it, but just okay. 

Earlier in the year I had high expectations.  I figured that if Thornton came back healthy and Fox put Gaines, Morris and KCP on the floor at the same time, we might do some damage.

We were terrible at the beginning of the season and then I wasn't sure if we would beat anybody.  Wonder of wonders we got to the middle of the season and won 5 straight.  I knew we were playing the SEC's worst teams, but I thought we might develop some confidence and manage a break-even season.

Welll, Georgia is at 6 and 5 in the SEC and we're at .500 on the season overall.  We may still make it into the NIT.  Right now we're in the top half of the SEC.  Sure, it's a down year for the conference, but we were in last place not too long ago.  Sadly to say that after being a homer for so long, I am now a disappointed realist. 

At any rate I didn't expect us to beat Alabama.  I hoped that we would since they beat us in football.  But the fact remains that the Bama hoops squad is a notch better than South Carolina and Texas A&M. 

At some point we'll have to break through against Anthony Grant's team.  He beat us this year at home, last year at home (2011/2012) and twice the year before (2010/2011).  The issue is that he's a good recruiter and he is developing a better record than Fox as the two coaches go head to head and make the pitch to Atlanta-area recruits.

My main beef with the loss last night is that I don't understand why Kenny Gaines cannot get more minutes.  He got 8 tonight.  We are an offense-challenged team and he played well during our winning streak.  Was he hurt? 

Watch.  After KCP leaves next year, Gaines is going to get major minutes and display his talent.  Some people are going to praise Fox for "developing Gaines."  The truth is that Kenny can play now.  A good coach adjusts his system to his talent.  Fox is doing just the opposite.  The end result is that we can't score the basketball.

Maybe I missed something since I couldn't watch the game on t.v.

KCP had another great game.  The ESPN box score had him initially with a double-double, 22 points and 10 boards, but I later saw that the official numbers had him with 8 rebounds total.  Hopefully, the team will somehow ride his coattails and finish the season with a flourish.