Saturday, March 19, 2011

Not There Yet

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!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dance with the Dawgs - BnE Bracket Challenge

Submit your brackets! As a reminder, BnE is hosting a college basketball bracket challenge, with the winner receiving prizes (more on that below), glory and the associated fame.

Congrats again to the Dawgs making the Big Dance! Expect a strong turnout in Charlotte on Friday in support of the Dawgs... begin to expect a lot of sick days at work (or school) this week.

Entering the Bracket:
We will be using CBS Sports' scoring system and default point scores. To enter, here is the link to the official BnE Bracket Challenge, and the password is 'lewis' (no quotes).

The big winner of the bracket, beyond the fame, fortune, accolades and women will receive one copy of Lewis Grizzard's If I Ever Get Back To Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet To The Ground as well as one copy of AUMaverick's favorite Grizzard book, Shoot Low, Boys--They're Ridin' Shetland Ponies. And if McGarrity or Mark Fox will agree to it, they'll throw in the 2008 SEC Basketball Championship Trophy as a lovely paperweight.

Enter today! The deadline for submitting your bracket, per CBS, is Thursday at Noon (which is ignoring Tuesday's play-ins).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Dawgs are Dancing as a 10

Screw the experts! Georgia made the tournament with eases, securing a #10 seed in the East regional. And while getting a 10 seed is great, the Dawgs do have to take on a Washington team that just won the Pac-10 conference tournament.

I would love the see the Dawgs pick up a win Friday and take on the North Carolina Tar Heels for a shot at the sweet 16. Either way, getting the Dawgs back to the tournament in only his second season was quite an accomplishment for Coach Fox. I congratulate the team and wish them the best of luck in Charlotte on Friday.