Sunday, January 07, 2007
Dogs Drop Fourth Straight on the Hardwood
Ugh. We could all kind of see this one coming. Dennis Felton called the last four games possibly the toughest stretch in the program's history. I'm not much of a Georgia basketball historian, but he's probably right. Here are my thoughts... Florida is flat out the better team, but the refs didn't help us out any in this one. As Jeff Dantzler would say, "It's hard to win on the road in the SEC." How many moving screens were called on us? How many traveling calls were there on our big men that would not have been called on Noah? Lincoln Financial's low budget showed yesterday. Right off the bat, they missed the opening tipoff. I've come to expect the bad camera work, but during yesterday's game some of the commentary was ludicrous. The game announcers were David Steele and Joe Dean Jr. I'm not sure who said this, but one of them said something to effect of this (paraphrased): Takais Brown is not a very athletic guy. He's not much of a leaper. He's just one of those big bodies that you put inside the paint. In response to this the Deaner said, "From what I've seen, Takais appears to be a pretty athletic young man." Thankfully Takais proved them wrong (10 points, 7 boards, 3 blocks), and they were singing his praises as a difference maker by the end of the game. Levi Stukes and Mike Mercer flat out need to be scoring more points for this team to win. They had 8 and 6 points respectively in yesterday's game. Also, the game was lost when Levi's breakaway layup was blocked by Corey Brewer (I was thinking the block was goal tending, but you couldn't really tell due to LF's horrible camera angle. Thanks again Lincoln Financial.) They both need to come out of their funk and quick.
This shot was not blocked by Corey Brewer. Image from OnlineAthens.com.
In the end, playing at Florida is not a very winnable game for Georgia. There is no need to press the panic button yet, but the South Carolina game on Wednesday is a must win.