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:
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Give me those lines and I would feel good about our chances against then Gators.
Wednesday, January 27
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.