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A Senior Sweep

As the Dawgs prepare to battle the Wildcats tonight, we are experiencing two special occasions. The first is Senior Night. We will pay tribute to those players that are completing their time playing for the dawgs. The Second is only accomplished with a victory. That would be a sweep of the SEC East Teams at Home. Yes, I know that is not that big a deal, but compared to where we have been, this would be a great step forward. 

First the Seniors. 

I have watched each of these players as either walk-ons, transfers or enter as freshman. I have watched with joy, excitement and heartbreak as these players made their mark on the program. Some played more than others, but each gave it their all to help better the program. To them I say Thanks.


  • Albert Jackson - A force inside with a fun attitude. He will be missed both on and off the court. He provide leadership during the coaching change and has proved to be a valuable member of the team. 
  • Ricky McPhee - The transfer that once dropped 21 on UNC in his first game with Garner-Webb. He is deadly from the 3 and provides a pretty good defensive stand. 
  • Tyler Whatley - A local from my area who started his career at Wofford, then saw the light and came to the Dawgs. His playing time has not been great, but his efforts in practice I'm sure have helped the dawgs become better on the floor.


So give a clap for these Damn Good Dawgs and give them thanks for their time with the dawgs.

The next part of tonight will be a bit harder to complete. The dawgs take on the Wildcats that are coming in pissed off after a loss to the Vols this past weekend. This Wildcat team is better than the one we played in Lexington to start SEC play, but the Dawgs are better too. The final score of the first meeting, 76-68, does not show how close it really was. Here was my take back then

Now that you are caught up, we can not have 26 turnovers and commit 25 fouls again. If we do, I do not expect a good outcome. If we stay sharp and focused, I do see a victory and a home sweep against the SEC East. The home crowd will be a factor and sadly this game usually brings in a large number of Kentucky fans. Hopefully as time marches forward, those seats will not be available to the Wildcat fans. 

So if you are at the game or watching at home, I want you to scream and yell and jump up and down for these dawgs. We need them and more importantly, they need us, as fans, to do what we do best. We need to be the 6th man. We need to show the support that has been building all year. Coach Fox has done his part, now it is time for the fans to do theirs. 


Georgia Bulldogs (13-14, 5-9) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (27-2, 12-2)
Date / Time Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Location Stegeman Coliseum | Athens, Ga.
Television Live regional coverage on the SEC Network (Dave Neal and Joe Dean, Jr.)
Radio Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network (Atlanta: 750AM, Athens: 100.1 FM & 960 AM)
Internet Live audio on GXtra (subscription required), Live video on
Satellite The majority of Georgia basketball games in 2009-10 can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Tonight’s game is available on XM Channel 201. Full Schedule

Dawgs vs Jacksonville State - Basketball Preview

Dawgs vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks - Friday, November 27 7:00 p.m at Stegeman

Now that we are all stuffed with Turkey, its time to settle down for a little roundball before the dawgs take on the Jackets at the Joke by Coke on Saturday. 

The Post game review will be a bit different. Going to use more pics to sum up the game. 

So what do we know about the Gamecocks, other than their name brings the memory of those pesky birds to our east. 

The Gamecocks enter our game at 2-2. They also lost to UAB 87-62. In looking at their stats a couple of names jump out at me. 

  • Trenton Marshall - 6-5, junior. This season he is averaging 18 points with 4 boards. He is also a good free throw shooter at 94% (15-16). 
  • Nick Murphy - 6-3 junior. He lead the team in rebounds the last two games and is averaging  just under 12 points a game.
  • Jay-r Strowbridge - 6-0 junior. The teams second leading scorer behind Marshall with 14 points a game. 
  • Stephen Hall - 6-5 Sophomore. He is grabbing over 8 boards and game with 10 points.

As a team, they have four players averaging in double figures. They also grab nearly 40 boards a game. I think the key here is their three point shooting. They like to shoot the three ball and hit 35%. So this will give the dawgs a chance for some long rebounds. 

If this becomes a shooting match, I'm not sure we are at the point where we can win those games. So we will need to stay in our game plan and not try to shoot it out with them. 

So our keys to the game will be


  • Will Ricky still hit the three
  • Can we crash the boards. The Gamecocks don't look overly tall.
  • Will we handle the turnovers. Have to limit these to only non-key moments although the Gamecocks look to steal based on the numbers.
  • Will Albert Jackson get some more playing time. I think this is key down the road.


So come out and support the Dawgs.


Dawgs Dispose of Another Dawg

Dawgs Win 79-58 over UNC-Asheville Bulldogs
Tip-OffWell, as I said yesterday, I thought this was a good chance to to righting the boat and even our record at 2-2. The team did not disappoint. We got the win. But what else did the outcome show us.

  • Ricky McPhee hasn't forgot how to make baskets. Now the issue here is not if he will score from beyond the arch, but how he does it. It was pointed out that if he is not set, his shot is usually not going in. Last night he was able to set and shoot. He went 8-9 from the field and 4-5 from three. Hopefully this will get him going.
  • Our offensive rebounding and rebounding overall still needs help. We only grabbed 9 offensive boards against a team that we should have out rebounded. UNC-Asheville grabbed 15 offensive boards and 31 overall. The 31 rebounds matched Georgia's total. This trend can not continue. This may actually be changing now that Albert Jackson is starting to play more after a pre-season injury.
  • Speaking of Albert Jackson, he got some good playing time (13-minutes) and grabbed 6 boards (3 offensive) and went 5-6 from the field with two blocks. I'll see if this continues Friday against Jacksonville State.
  • We actually made our free throws going 10-11. Now I'm not reading much into this, because there was no pressure and the legs were not heavy since the game was in hand by the half.
  • Another player that is playing well is Travis Leslie. He finished with 17 points on 7-10 shooting in 17 minutes

As for the progression of the team, I saw what looked like a pull back from the original game plan of Coach Fox. From my seats, I can watch the expression of the coach and others have pointed this out as well, but I see him holding his head at times. This is not because the team is running the offensive incorrectly, but the failure in the fundamentals of the game. From what I can tell, we need work with ball handling and turnovers. We had 19 for the game, but it seemed more like 30.


VISITORS: UNC Asheville 0-4
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Dickey, Matt........ *  4-15   1-6    0-0    2  3  5   2   9  4  2  0  2  29
03 Primm, J.P.......... *  2-9    1-4    2-2    4  3  7   2   7  3  3  0  2  38
15 Smith, Sean......... *  4-13   3-10   1-2    0  2  2   1  12  0  4  0  1  27
23 Williams, John...... *  7-11   0-0    0-2    4  3  7   2  14  0  3  2  0  23
42 Stubbs, Eric........ *  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  2  0  1  11
04 Stephenson, Chris...    4-9    0-3    2-4    2  1  3   0  10  1  4  0  1  25
24 Turner, Terrence....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   6
33 Cunningham, D.J.....    2-5    0-0    0-0    3  1  4   3   4  0  0  2  0  23
35 Jackson, Quinard....    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   1   2  1  2  0  2  18
   TEAM................                         2  2  4
   Totals..............   24-65   5-23   5-10  17 18 35  11  58  9 21  4  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-26 34.6%   2nd Half: 15-39 38.5%   Game: 36.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  2-13 15.4%   Game: 21.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 50.0%    4

HOME TEAM: Georgia 2-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Leslie, Travis...... *  7-10   0-1    3-3    1  2  3   2  17  2  4  0  1  17
03 Ware, Dustin........ *  0-4    0-3    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  4  1  0  2  21
04 Barnes, Chris....... *  1-2    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   1   2  1  1  0  2  15
10 McPhee, Ricky....... *  8-9    4-5    0-0    1  2  3   0  20  4  2  0  4  23
33 Thompkins, Trey..... *  6-9    1-1    3-3    2  3  5   1  16  2  1  1  2  25
02 Mayfield, Demario...    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0  14
05 Anyaorah, Ebuka.....    1-5    0-2    3-4    0  1  1   0   5  0  1  1  0  12
11 Williams, Vincent...    0-3    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   3   0  3  3  0  0  20
12 Bucklin, Matt.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   3
25 Whatley, Tyler......    1-3    0-0    1-1    0  0  0   2   3  0  0  0  0   5
34 Jackson, Albert.....    5-6    0-0    0-0    3  3  6   1  10  0  4  2  1  13
41 Zlovaric, Drazen....    3-8    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   1   6  2  1  0  1  18
50 Price, Jeremy.......    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  5  5   2   0  0  0  0  0  14
   TEAM................                         3  3  6
   Totals..............   32-62   5-14  10-11  12 25 37  13  79 19 19  4 13 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-29 55.2%   2nd Half: 16-33 48.5%   Game: 51.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 35.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half:  7-8  87.5%   Game: 90.9%    1

Next Home Game is Friday vs Jacksonville State.


A New Era - The Year of the Fox

Basketball season is just around the corner and I had a chance to attend practice and dinner with the team this Friday. I'm not going to go into detail about what I saw, but I will share some of my thoughts based on what I saw and heard from the team and the coaches.

The evening started with a chance to see the team run drills for about an hour. During this time they were running the new offense that Coach Fox is putting in. For those who are not aware, Coach Mark Fox is the new basketball coach at Georgia replacing Coach Dennis Felton.

The new offense is one that Coach Fox ran at Nevada, so nothing to hide there. It is a variation of the Triangle offense that is run by the Lakers and the Bulls in the past. One of the things about this offense, that if run correctly, it is hard to defend.

I don't expect our team to "get it" off the bat, but the players I talked to said that come SEC play that they are confident that their running of the offense will give other teams issues. This was good to hear from the guys actually performing on the court.

After practice, the coaches had a little treat for the donors in attendance. We got a Q&A session followed by a Free Throw contest.

The Q&A was very informational, we learned a lot about the coaches and some insight as to how the team is progressing. In the end the coaches are confident the guys are picking up the reads within the offense and as time goes forward, more will be added to the play options. Remember the team has only been running this offense for a week. They have been able to study film, but on the court practice couldn't start until last week.

One of the questions that came up a few time during the evening was the great views the team got from Sanford Stadium. For those who had not seen the story, Coach Fox was upset with the team for some "issues" around tutors and the like. Well he fixed that by having the entire team touch every steps in Sanford Stadium. You can read the story on the AJC here.

The Free Throw contest was rather fun and showed how many of us were out of practice. We got to shoot around for a bit, which was a blast in and of itself, because it has been years since I got to take shots at the coliseum. When it came time for the contest it was line up shoot and make you move on, miss and your done. Well I was able to make the first, then I missed the second one. But between the first and second rounds it cleared everyone but 2 guys out. One was a person in late 20's the other was a 10 kid. The kid gave the guy a run for the money, but eventually missed. The winner from the guys and girls teams each got a specially signed poster of the team, from what I could tell.

The dinner afterwards was a nice setup in the Georgia Room. This is in the new addition to Stegeman that was added a few years ago. It was hosted by Outback Steakhouse and was a very nice spread. The seating was set so that one player was assigned a table. I'll start with the players and save some Coach Fox comments for the end.

I sat at the table of Connor Nolte, who I have chatted with on twitter. He'll be sitting out this year since he is transferring from Furman. Part of the dinner was player introduction done by each table. So we learned a few things about some of the players. Connor is a pretty good bowler, scoring a high of 266. He also had to fix a contact in the woman's bathroom during a high school game.

We learned some neat things about the players, we have singers and snake lovers and snake haters. We have one that likes chick flicks (Matt Bucklin) and one that travelled 2 hours to soccer practice in his native land. It was a nice way to meet and connect with the players throughout the evening.

After the introductions and dinner, I had a chance to talk to some of the guys. Here is where I got a feeling that we may have a pretty good product to put out there. At least they are confident in what they are doing. Not many expect we would battle for the SEC championship this year and I have seen where we are picked last in the SEC east. Based on what I saw today and in talking to the players, I feel that 3rd or 4th in the East is a possibility.

While meeting the players, all were very nice, polite and I had some nice conversations with many of them. Amazing how open they are and some (Albert Jackson) has what looks like a nice sense of humor. As you know, Albert hurt his wrist and has been playing with a cast. This should be coming off soon and back to full strength as the season approaches. But I asked Albert if he had clocked anyone yet in practice with the cast. He laugh and said "not yet, but I hope to get a lick in before it comes off. He did say it would not be a big hit, just a bump on the back of the head that no one can see. " Not verbatim but you get what he was going after.

Just before the player introductions, Coach Fox spoke with the group. He has said this before and I believe it is his true intent. But he wants the players to be winners on and off the court. Not all coaches feel this way. So I think we have a good one here. Not to spill any inside secrets, but he told a funny story about meeting Lou Holtz in an Airport.

He saw Coach Holtz and stopped him to ask him a question. I really wish I had recorded this, because it was so good, but Coach Fox stopped Coach and asked him how was he able to win at Arkansas, Notre Dame and South Carolina. Holtz's response was find one or two guys that you can coach. Coach them up and cuss the rest. The others will fall into place.

While he was telling this story, I could hear Coach Holtz saying this. It brought a good laugh to the crowd.

A question was asked, What does Coach Fox see from this team. His response was basically, Good Students in the classroom, Good citizens in the community, and Winners on the court. Notice that the actual athletic part of that statement is last. So he is focusing on making the players better persons as well.

I was able to talk one on one with Coach Fox and I asked him about motion in the offense. I explained that for years our offense seemed to last about 10 seconds and then we would get lead feet. I told him from what I saw, we actually continue to move and want to ball well into the play clock. His response was, "so you are actually seeing basketball being played." Great line if I do say so myself. I went on to wish him a great season and that I believe he can turn the corner on this program.

Overall a great evening was had. I was able to grab a few pics, which are below.