It has taken Georgia 9 years to get back to the NCAA Tournament based on their body of work from the regular season. The Dawgs looked brilliant at times this season, but the troubles that plagued them in the second half of the season cost them the game tonight against the Washington Huskies. Periods of sloppy passes and bad shots, combined with an inability to handle full court pressure and hold onto a lead killed the Dawgs tonight. Georgia may well become a great basketball program, but we are not there yet.
Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie have blossomed into great players but it appears as though their Georgia careers will end with a year of eligibility left. If Thompkins had been healthy this season, Georgia may have had a better record and more confidence heading into the game tonight. As it was, they were the underdogs and they played like it. With absolutely no scoring from the bench, the Dawgs just could not keep up with the fast paced Huskies. Too bad there was not about two more minutes, or the Dawgs may have won it.
Coach Fox certainly has the team headed in the right direction. While we may lose Thompkins and Leslie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope comes to campus next fall as the only 5 star player we have had since I started at Georgia in 2000. Football signee Nick Marshall will also play basketball (and maybe even Jay Rome). A bright future for the Georgia program is beginning to come on the horizon.
Congratulations to Coach Fox and the Georgia program on a great 2010-2011 season.
We now return to your regularly scheduled football blog. Thanks for watching!