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Wednesday
Nov172010

Hoop Dawgs provide Cardio Workout

The Hoop Dawgs win again, now 2-0 in the early season. In the win over the Colorado Buffalos (83-74), we are left with a single phrase.

 

FREE THROWS

 

Last year, we made great strides and won games because of our free throw shooting improvements. This time the dawgs won despite free throws. Shooting 62% will not win you many games, period. 

So in two games, we have had issues with REBOUNDS and now FREE THROWS. At least we are having these in different games. I know Coach Fox will fix these or the players will feel the pain.

On a different note, Watch out for Connor Nolte, Gerald Robinson and Jeremy Price. Connor isn't the best player, but wow he is all over the place. Last night he led the team in Minutes. Gerald will be just fun to watch. He made some great passes and moves, something we haven't seen in a while. Finally JP, well he is slowly becoming a leader on the floor. He will have to maintain his control, which I could see him losing last night. 

Finally a word on Trey. What the TV won't show and many miss, is how much he is coaching during the games. He was doing one on ones during timeouts and when the game had stops. This was more of the on the court players going over to him than him calling out. He is going to be great when he gets back. My take is, he should not come back until late December. 

I think we can beat Tech and some others without Trey and no need to take a chance on his injury. Lets just save him for SEC play with a warm up with the late December games.

GOOOOOO Dawgs. 

Friday
Nov122010

Hoop Dawgs Win, Barely

One word sums up the entire game against Mississippi Valley State University. 

 

REBOUND

 

No way should the dawgs have been out rebounded by 10. This alone nearly cost us the game. 

One other area jumps out at me, at that was the man to man defense. At times the dawgs struggled to get back and then there was some confusion on who had who. Both the rebounding and defensive missteps are fixable. So I'm writing this one off as first game nerves. 

So Dawgs win 72-70. 

Shout out to Jeremy Price who down the stretch showed some great senior leadership and brought the dawgs back. He will be a great asset as the season continues. 

And like the football team, we missed our star in Trey. He was dressed and without a boot, so this is encouraging, but would rather him sit as long as needed. We need him at 100% come SEC play.

Monday
Nov082010

The Hounds in Year Two

We are now entering year two of the Mark Fox Era at Georgia and the Bandwagon is filling up quickly. This past week I attended the now annual Meet the Team event and it had almost triple the number of persons and season ticket orders are up 30%. 

ESPN and the like are getting on the bandwagon. Georgia is now getting listed by the media as missing on players. Hell, two years ago we weren't even on the list. So everyone, sit back, enjoy, but also keep things in perspective. 

We are in year two of the building of Georgia Basketball. Yes we have had teams in the past. Some that were pretty good, but we have had far more that were just bad. Either at the coaching level or the talent level. To show you how far the excitement in Georgia Basketball has come, we had more people at an exhibition game than we had at some of the early games last year and a lot more than we had during some of the Felton Years. 

So what did I hear and see at the Meet the Team and Exhibition Game

 

  • Jeremy Price is looking fit having lost a good deal of weight or at least turning it into muscle. So look for big minutes and production here. Oh I wish he would have been under Coach Fox for four years. He could have been a great player.
  • Trey Thompkins, is well Trey. He was out with a bum ankle and we are not sure when he will return, but when he does, expect lower minutes until SEC play. 
  • We actually have a bench this year. With Connor Nolte, Gerald Robinson, Marcus and the crew, we may be able to have a second team come in and play and score.
  • In the exhibition game, we turned the ball over way too much and didn't have enough assists or rebounds to make me happy. Hoping this improves with some actual game play. 
  • Defense is a big factor this year and Coach Fox has made it a priority. The problem he says is the number of fouls coming out of the Man Defense. So don't be surprised by some early man followed by zone when the foul count goes up. 
  • The Stegeman renovations are looking great. This place will be fabulous when completed. Arthur Johnson says by the 18th of November all the graphics will be in place. 

 

I expect some nice things from the hoop dawgs this year, but I ask each of you to keep a level head. Yes we have two players that could go pro. But remember, before Fox, I don't think either would have gone pro unless it was in the D-League. We are still learning as a team. So yes, I think we will make the NCAA tourney this year. I would even go as far as sayign we might win the first game. 

Do I think we are a Sweet Sixteen team, doubtful. But not ruling this out. But I do think we are a First round win team. Now if we made a run and made the Sweet Sixteen, would I be shocked, no. But remember, this team didn't win a road game last year, and then only one a game on a neutral court. As the saying goes, it can take some time to turn a ship around. And I think we are about half way there. 

So come out if you can and support the hoop dawgs. I know I'll be there for each home game. 

You can find some of my Meet the team pics here on flickr

Wednesday
Oct202010

Hoops Ticket Special

Okay Hoops Fans. I got an alumni email for some discounts on hoops tickets. See below.

This pre-sale will last from October 20 to October 31. Just follow the link below and enter the promo code ALUMNI

Single game tickets to all home games: $15 each.

Highlights – Colorado, UAB, Xavier, 8 SEC matchups and 5 weekend dates

 

Flex Plan- Choose any 5 home games you want to attend for only $60 (get 1 game free).

All packages also receive a $10 gift card to Raising Cane’s.

 

Holiday Hoops Package- Get a ticket for all 4 home games over the holidays for only $30 (saves $30 – half price).

All packages also receive a $10 gift card to Boswell Oil and a ticket to the Lady Dogs game vs. High Point on 12/21.

 

See : http://www.alumni.uga.edu/evites/evites/1286554000.html

Saturday
Oct022010

Wow, just Wow

Dawgs are 1-4 after getting beat by the Buffs. I had a post but fumbled it away before posting. And will not post anything else about the state the the Dawgs.

Nothing else to say.

I'm a Dawg, I love my Dawgs. But my Dawgs are crushing me this year.

Thursday
Sep302010

Just Some Dawg Numbers

I'm a firm believer that some coaches are coaches and some coaches are recruiters. So you may have talented players (Goff Era) that just don't show the results. Other times we have lesser talent that gets coached up into great players (Early Richt Era). You hear it all the time that he won with the other guys players. And this is inevitable these days. I'm not saying RIcht is a good or bad coach or a good or bad talent evaluator, you can make your own judgement. So I went through the wins and losses and decided to add my opinions on this. So lets look at the Richt Era.

Now this is not, I repeat NOT a fire Richt post. 

The Wins and Losses over the Richt Era.

Year Win Loss SEC Win SEC Loss
2001 8 4 5 3
2002 13 1 8 1
2003 11 3 6 2
2004 10 2 6 2
2005 10 3 6 2
2006 9 4 4 4
2007 11 2 6 2
2008 10 3 6 2
2009 8 5 4 4
2010* 1 3 0 3

 *in Progress

So what do you see, any patterns. Well try this. Break it down by Eras. You can't compare 2004's 10-2 to 2008's 10-3. Why, Coaches change, players change, times change. You have to look at it from this perspective. Look at the teams that have the same story. Like the 2001-2004 (maybe 2005) teams. Why Because that is really the time when Georgia had the last of the Donnan players. It was also the time of Brian VanGorder, David Greene and David Pollack. So here's the break down

2001-2004 Keys

  • David Greene
  • David Pollack
  • Billy Bennett
  • Brian VanGorder as the DC
  • Donnan's last recruits and signees
  • 1 SEC Championships (should have been more)

2005

  • DJ Shockley
  • 1 SEC Championship

2006-2008

  • Matthew Stafford
  • Mohamed Massaquoi
  • Brandon Coutu
  • Willie Martinez as DC
  • Mike Bobo as OC
  • All Richt PLayers

2009

  • Joe Cox
  • AJ Green
  • Blair Walsh
  • Willie Martinez as DC
  • Mike Bobo as OC

2010

  • To Be Determined

So now that's it's broken down, do you see a pattern. I see a 4 year run, a one year question, a 3 year run, then last year. So what does this mean. Well the way I see it, this could be like the 8-4 year in 2001. I know we aren't playing as well as 2001. But we could still turn it around and end with a decent year. Much like the 8-4 year. 

So 2011 will be the key. Do we perform like 2009 and 2001 or do we perform like our 10 win years. IF we rebound and start another run, then everyone will settle down. If not, well you know what happens. 

I don't believe college football allows coaches to stay in place for to ride out the bad years. Every coach has a bad year and if he has some history of winning, he will usually get a mulligan or two. For Richt, he got 2 rings, so two mulligans. 

So what years are his mulligans. I see it like this : 2002 covered for the 2006 year and the 2005 ring covers the 2009 year. You can stretch this to have the 2002 year cover this year. But anyway you look at it, Richt is about to run out of mulligans. 

So you can see how the 2011 year is going to be the make or break year for Richt and his staff. Now I think we should let him stay. I do believe he has been good for the players and the school. BUT and this is a big BUT, things have been amiss lately both on and off the field. And if Richt is shown the door, it will be because of the off the field troubles. Because ultimately those impact the on field performance. 

Saturday
Sep252010

No Words for the Dawgs

Now that the Dawgs have started 0-3 in the SEC after falling to MSU in Starkville, 24-12, with our lone overall win against the ULL, I have no words to describe what is happening.

But here are just a few.

  • Penalties 
  • Big Plays against 
  • Red Zone Meltdowns 
  • Confusion 
  • Run Stopping Failures 
  • Off-Season stupidity 

 I don't want to write what I'm thinking, so I'll just say this.

I'm a Dawg, will always be a Dawg, and will always pull for the Dawgs.

But I have not felt like this since some of the Goff years. And now it's time to do some soul searching.