Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dawgs vs Tigers, War Eagles and Plainsmen

Georgia (10-11, 2-6) vs. Auburn (11-12, 2-6)
Date / Time Wednesday, February 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Location Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum | Auburn, Ala.
Television Live regional coverage on CSS (Dave Baker and Daymeon Fishback)
Radio Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network (Atlanta: 750AM, Athens: 100.1 FM & 960 AM)
Internet Live audio on GXtra (subscription required), ESPN360.com

The Dawgs are still seeking their first road win and the team down 85 seems just like the team to provide us that win. Downside is the Dawgs are coming off the huge win of Vandy. Which by the way makes us 2-0 versus the state of Tennessee. But I believe the team is on the verge of crossing that line, one that all the SEC coaches are worried about. The one that gives the Dawgs to confidence to win on the road and how to hold a lead.

So what can the Dawgs expect as they take on AU:

  • Home Court advantage

Games in Athens: UGA leads 58-22
Games in Auburn: AU leads 55-22
Neutral-Court Games: AU leads 9-7

  • Auburn is planning an orange out. Guess they are pulling out all the stops
  • 6 Common opponents this each. Each beat AU, we have wins over Vandy and TN
  • AU is getting 70 points per in SEC play
  • 4 players averaging more that 12 points per in SEC play
  • Not much off the Bench
  • AU is getting 62% from Free Throws (SEC Play)
  • AU is grabbing 35 boards a gome

So the Dawgs need to crash the boards, use their fouls wisely and play within themselves. This is a common theme this year, so the same still applies.

Vote for Travis

The SEC Sports office has a poll on its main page about “Who is the best dunker in the SEC.” Well the easy choice is Travis Leslie, but apparently folks think it is Wall out of Kentucky. Below are the current standings. So get out there and vote for the Highlight Film #2. (‘Nique was #1 for those out of the know)

Go to http://www.secsports.com/default.aspx to vote



If you have forgotten what it looks like, here are a few reminders

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dawgs vs Dores

Georgia (9-11, 1-6) vs. Vanderbilt (17-4, 6-1)
Date / TimeSaturday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. EST
LocationStegeman Coliseum | Athens, Ga.
TelevisionLive regional coverage on FSN South (Dave Neal and Larry Conley)
RadioGeorgia Bulldogs Radio Network (Atlanta: 750AM, Athens: 100.1 FM & 960 AM)
InternetLive audio on GXtra (subscription required)

Time for a rebound to the Tennessee curse. Since beating the Vols at home the Dawgs have failed to secure a victory at home or on the road. Tonight they take on #18 Vandy. So get out of the cold and watch the dawgs take to the court. If you can't make it, just open a cold one.
Some notes from georgiadogs.com
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: UGA leads 32-26
Games in Nashville: VU leads 49-13
Neutral-Court Games: VU leads 5-3
A couple other notes about Leslie: of the top 20 rebounders in the SEC, he is the shortest at 6’4” and the only one listed as a guard. Leslie has attempted just nine 3-point shots in 46 collegiate games and has made four. Two of his makes came Wednesday night in the Arkansas game.
The Bulldogs’ per-game scoring average through six SEC games (72.4 ppg) is actually 4.4 points higher than their overall average. That’s a rarity indeed; not since 2001 has a Georgia team’s final SEC-games average been higher than its final overall scoring average.

The Commodores, who are 3-1 on the road in SEC play this year, are looking to match a Stallings-era best (since 1999-00) for most road wins in a season at Georgia on Saturday. Vanderbilt won four road games in the 2005-06 campaign, and last started 4-1 on the road in league play in 1966-67.
In Vanderbilt's last 12 games, the Commodores are 11-1 in those games and are averaging 82.2 points per game is shooting 52.0% in that span. A.J. Ogilvy and Jermaine Beal have led the team in scoring in those games with 14.8 points per contest apiece. The team also has 190 assists against only 165 turnovers, and is knocking down 42.6% of its shots from beyond-the-arc in their last 12 games. FreshmanJohn Jenkins has led the way from three, converting on 57.9% of his three-point attempts (33-for-57).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dawgs vs Hawgs

Georgia (9-10, 1-5) vs. Arkansas (10-11, 3-3)
Date / Time Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Location Stegeman Coliseum | Athens, Ga.
Television Live regional coverage on CSS (Dave Baker and Litterial Green)
Radio Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network (Atlanta: 750AM, Athens: 100.1 FM & 960 AM)
Internet Live audio on GXtra (subscription required)

Now that the buzz over at the Dogma Hall is calming down after signing day, it’s time to look at the sport at Georgia that is up and coming. The band wagon is getting full and tonight looks to be a great night for a win.

The Razorbacks come in one game under .500 and even in the conference, but have one of the most improved scorers in the league in Rotnei Clarke.

For the Dawgs, it will be nice to return home. This would be the first home game since the HUGE victory on the Vols and then falling to the Gators by 16 and the Gamecocks by 1. So we are still struggling on the road, but have been in nearly every game. So that first win away from the Steg will come.

So the key tonight will be to maintain our stats where we are already leading. Free Throw and Offensive Rebounding. We need to step up on defensive tonight and make sure we use our inside guys and their fouls correctly. The Hawgs are getting over 78 points a game in SEC and today the Dawgs can’t run that high. We just don’t have the supporting bench to play in game near 80.

So if you are in town for signing day, stop by the Steg for a good game.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Plan ahead and stay awhile

With National Signing Day just around the corner on February 3rd, there will be plenty of Dawg fans in town to scope out the signing wall. Of Note, I won’t be one of those folks for more than one reason. But that is another post for another day.

For those that are in town, be sure to land yourself a ticket to watch the Dawgs take on the Hogs. What better reason is there to spend the entire day in the Classic City.

So swing by the georgiadogs.com site and grab your tickets.

Goooooooo Dawgs

Into the land of Gators and Jean Shorts.

Dawgs (9-8, 1-3) vs Gators (14-5, 3-2)
After the thrashing the Dawgs laid on the Vols this past weekend, they head into Gainesville to battle the Gators. This is the worst possible scenario for the Dawgs. The O’Connell Center will be loud and with the Dawgs coming off the big win, they may be in for a let down.
Now these are not the same Gators from years past. Teams are pushing the Gators, teams like South Carolina and South Alabama. Although the Gators are recovering from starting 0-2 in conference play. This is not to say the Gators are really down, they are just where they used to be. Now given that we pushed Kentucky in Lexington, I do think we could pull an upset in Gainesville. But, and this is a big but, we have to have a game like the Tennessee game.
Looking back at the Tennessee game, I still see some HUGE issues. The first and foremost being the bench. We are basically getting no scoring from the bench. Against the Vols, we managed to get 9 from Jeremy and 7 from Ebuka. This was a bonus. So far this season we are lucky to get 10 points from the bench. So far the bench only supplies some rest for the starters. And as the starters go, so goes the team.
We know that Trey and Travis have to have 15 plus points a game, That the other starters need to get around 20 points or so. We have to outrebound and we have to have less than 20 turnovers. I know easier said than done. It is nice to see Ricky getting near 10 points a game.
So on Wednesday the Dawgs need to get 68 points and play great defense. So here is the basic stat line we need to see:
Rebound Margin
Free Throw %
FT Attempts

Give me those lines and I would feel good about our chances against then Gators.

@ Florida
Wednesday, January 27
7:00 p.m.
Due to coverage of the Presidents State of the Union, radio play will be switching from WSB to the River in the Atlanta Market. Luckily the Dawgs will be on CSS, so that coverage should be OK.
I’ll leaving you with some quotes from the Gatorzone.com
Billy Donovan on Georgia
We had a pretty emotional week as a team with a late game on Thursday at Arkansas and then having to turn around and play on South Carolina on Saturday. We have two days to prepare for what I consider to be a very good Georgia team. I’ve seen this situation before when there’s been a coaching change and there are some new players and then some returners who are adjusting to a new coach. Mark (Fox) has done a great job with this Georgia team. I definitely don’t think their record is indicative of how they’ve played since the SEC season started. They’ve had some good non-conference wins – they beat Georgia Tech and Illinois. They probably played Kentucky on the road as well as any team in our league, then obviously had a great win over Tennessee over this past weekend. They rebound the ball exceptionally well and they have tremendous size in their frontcourt with (Chris) Barnes, (Albert) Jackson, (Trey) Thompkins and (Jeremy) Price. (Travis) Leslie on the perimeter has evolved from his freshman to sophomore year. He’s a very athletic player, they have great perimeter shooting and (Dustin) Ware is great. They have very good pieces and they’re efficient on offense. This will be a great challenge for our team on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dawgs vs Vols Times 2

Call it what you will, but this week is a battle of the Dawgs vs the Vols. This just adds to the earlier events of the Vols inking Derek Dooley (Yes the son of Vince) to be the new head coach. I won’t go into Vince and whom he may pull for but I say it’s his son, he can do as he pleases. But this is about basketball this week

To start the Lady Dawgs #8 (17-1,4-1) take on The Lady Vols #3 (16-1,4-0) Thursday in the Steg. Game time is 7pm. Then on Saturday the Dawgs (8-8,0-3) take on the Vols #8 (14-2,2-0) at 5pm in the Steg.

While the gals look to continue it’s new streak of wins, the guys are looking at a nice week between games. This is a perfect time to regroup and refocus on the tasks at hand. Also playing well into the guys hands is the fact that the Vols have to play at Alabama tonight, so Roll Tide.

Of Note, Tennessee has reinstated the suspended players, and just in time for the heart of their SEC run and their battle with the Dawgs. Also the Ole Miss team that Georgia gave a run took the Vols to OT before losing 71-69 in Knoxville. So I feel that if the Dawgs can continue to play above themselves and not let the game get away from them, they stand a good chance of knocking of the Vols. Maybe Coach Fox and the team can get it’s signature win against the Vols, much like Coach Richt did in 2001.

The guys have been on the edge of winning, sometimes even handing the victory over after blowing leads. This is something that I hope they can look at and learn from. As a team can’t win until it learns how to win. A huge catch-22.

Sadly I won’t be able to attend the guys game on Saturday, so no live tweets unless I get a chance to have the TV or radio on. And yes my tickets have already been spoken for. Although there is a chance in the future that I might put another game up for grabs.

So here’s hoping for a great week for the Dawgs and that we can give them the Hopnailed Boot one more time.

Goooo Dawgs