Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kentucky Blown Out by Vandy?


There went attendance for the balance of the SEC Tournament.

Strange universe, the SEC this year.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Maybe it's a good thing

we didn't pull that game out yesterday.  Florida is absolutely killing LSU.

Who knows?  Maybe Houston Kessler will turn out to be a talented "stretch 4" like Erik Murphy.  Murphy is shooting lights out. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Great Effort, Guys!

No need to hang your heads after this one.  We started off way too slow.  We didn't give up, though, and we made it a game at the end.  LSU wins, 68 to 63.

We needed a few baskets from our big guys.  If we go 3 of 20 from the field for our 3's, 4's, and 5's, we're not going to win.

Great game, though, by KCP.  Career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds.  I think he improved his draft stock, so it's really, really doubtful that he comes back.

Charles Mann had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  He's going to be a good one, folks.  Kenny Gaines had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.

We end the season 15 and 17.

If KCP comes back, I think the team should be competitive.  We still wouldn't have quality bigs, unless someone makes a huge step forward in the off-season.  Didn't happen this year, so it's kind of discouraging, but you never know what another year of strength and conditioning could do.

In any case, put KCP out there with Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines, and Brandon Morris, then see what Parker, Frazier and Kessler can do in a support role. 

Although I think Kentavious will not be back in Athens, my sense is that Mark Fox will.  His record over 4 seasons is not good.  He is now 65 and 63 overall, which is 50 percent.  He's just 43 percent in SEC competition, and has managed a losing record in 3 out of 4 years.  I've said it before, but if a coach is judged on wins and losses, Fox is doing about the same job that Felton did before he was dismissed.

Ultimately, I think McGarity likes Fox and wants to give him at least another year to see what he can do.

Extremely disappointed with this season, especially Fox and his substitution patterns.  LSU coach Johnny Jones decided to go small with his line-up, and they were tearing us up.  Wish Mark Fox had done the same.  Water under the bridge, at any rate. 

Let's support the Dawgs and see if we can come back better next year.

Yes, Fox, Gaines and KCP

in the game at the same time.  It's not impossible. 

Teaming them with Charles Mann gives the Dawgs a line-up that can drive the ball, get fouled, stop the clock and score points.

Now, please slide Brandon Morris to the four spot.  We need a quicker guy on Coleman.  Do it. 

Not Dixon!  Morris!  This is our last chance for 2013.  Please.

KCP Trying to Bring Us Back

He's the real deal.

Might be his last game for the Dawgs.  Can someone else help him out?

Why take out Brandon Morris?

Anybody noticed what happened when Fox pulled him?  We sent in Brantley, but with all due respect, Brantley does not drive the ball.  Morris looked great on the release on his free throws and I thought that if he gets open next time, he will be in rhythm.  Not to be.

We're down 20 at half-time, 39 to 19.  Please put in Gaines, Morris, Williams, KCP and Mann and let's see if we can get back into this thing.

Leslie's Mom Receives First Call

No surprise there.  Still a nice story about an NBA player and his mother.

Beyond Happy

I liked the big smile on Leslie and the quote that his Mom was beyond happy, screaming and very excited about the news that Travis was going to get another shot at the NBA.  It's also great that Leslie got called up by the Utah Jazz, a team with other players from Georgia and the franchise that gave Sundiata Gaines his first NBA opportunity.

Good luck, Travis!

Dawgs vs. LSU

Call me crazy, but I think the Dawgs win 2 or 3 games this SEC Tourney.  Doesn't mean we go to the post-season, of course, but if we win the first one and somehow get by Florida, we would have a great shot to get to the SEC Tournament championship.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me focus on today's game.

We start against LSU today at 1:00.  We match up pretty well with them, winning by 9 points over the Tigers back on January 19. 

The key today is that we have to hold down Johnny O'Bryant.  He had 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting and 14 rebounds against us.  Just a powerful guy in the paint.  6' 9", 262 lbs.  Donte Williams held his own last time out, almost matching O'Bryant's point production with 14 of his own. 

Kentavious was a 50 percent shooter, going 7 of 14 from the floor against LSU.  He always gives maximum effort, but he has started to wear down some, in my opinion, as the year has come to a close.  He was clicking on all cylinders middle of the season, but he went 27 for 80, right at 33 percent, the last 5 games.  Hope he is rested and ready to go today.

I think our guys step up.  We keep their short point guard Andre Stringer out of the paint, limit their second chance points, no easy baskets by O'Bryant, and our guys do enough to help KCP.  Dawgs by 8 today.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Still a Dawgs Fan

Proud of the team for beating Kentucky.  That almost never happens.

UK's team is no slouch, either.  They have some good athletes and have won 21 games on the year.  Calipari's team will make it to the tournament, especially since they rebounded from the loss to us and went out and beat Florida.

At the end of the day, however, Kentucky - Nerlens Noel = beatable team.  Since losing Noel to his knee injury, Kentucky has gone 4 and 4.  They'll go to the NCAA's, but I doubt they do much.

The silver lining for Calipari is that there isn't a sure-fire one and done guy on his roster.  He may actually have talented sophomores next year.  Bring a healthy Noel back, add in their all-world recruiting class and--   let's just say I'm just glad we beat them this year.

After the victory over Kentucky, we lost the close one to Alabama.  I've said it before.  I don't like losing to Anthony Grant.  He's beaten us 5 times straight, I think.  Somehow, someway, he seems to have our number. 

We're having our third losing season out of four.  Not doing much on the court or on the recruiting trail.  Meanwhile, Grant just notched his third-straight 20-win season.  He has momentum and he's going to be around for a long time.  He's also our main competition for some of the blue-chip recruits we're targeting for 2014.

Bad enough that Grant out-athletes us.  Now he outlucks us to boot. 

Shouldn't have gotten down to luck or a last-second heave.  We needed to jump on them early, establish a lead and put pressure on them to score.  We had to have a good-shooting game from KCP and didn't get one.  We needed a good game from our bigs.  Didn't get that either. 

Alabama's Nick Jacobs is an Atlanta kid I hoped Fox could bring in.  He had 11 points on 3 of 5 shooting, 5 of 5 from the line.  He's just a sophomore and if he stays healthy, he could really blossom over the next couple of years.  Meanwhile, Dixon, Florveus, Donte and Cannon were a combined 2 of 5 in 51 minutes.  I really want those guys to step up.  They have enough talent, in my way of thinking, but for some reason, aren't quite playing to their potential.

Although Charles Mann had the late turnover, I am confident he will be a good player for Georgia.  Nemi had a solid outing and Brandon Morris showed that he can score the ball, shooting 4 of 5 from the floor and 2 of 2 from behind the arc.  If Morris can add an on-target outside shot to his driving ability, the sky's the limit for him.

Georgia ended its regular season at 15 and 16.  I wanted us to at least do better than .500.  Having a winning season would have been a morale boost after we started so poorly.  The good news is that we can still get into the NCAA's by winning the SEC tourney.  If KCP regains his form, Brandon Morris shoots well and we have scoring from one other guy, like Nemi or Kenny Gaines, it could happen.

A dose of good luck wouldn't hurt, either.  Here's rooting for a tornado!