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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

Tuesday
May112010

Yata makes the most of it

Even in a loss to the Lakers, Sundiata makes the most of it. In 2 minutes he goes 3-3 from the field and 1-1 from 3. Only downside was 2 missed free throws and a season that comes to an end.

Can't wait to see how next year plays out for him.

Goooooo Dawgs.

Saturday
Apr172010

Pope a Deacon

Normally when you hear of an assistant coach or team personnel leaving a program, it's normally not for the good. It's usually because of a bad season and the head coach has to make a change or he'll be gone. Well this time, it's because of the right things. At least that is how I see it. 

Word has it, Mark Pope is moving up to Wake Forest to become an assistant coach. Coach Pope, left medical school at Columbia to come work with Coach Fox and because of NCAA rules on the number of coaches, he became the Operations Coordinator, but he got to work with Coach Fox and learn how it's done from the bench. 

This is a good thing in the overall scope of things. It goes to show that Coach Fox is doing it right and that other have confidence in hiring persons that worked with him. You can see how much our team learned from Coach within the NCAA guidelines, so imagine how much each of the coaches improved during this time. 

I want to wish Mark Pope the best of luck and if the Dawgs ever play the Deacons, I don't wish him any luck. Well some luck, just not enough to beat us. 

Now the other coaches and schools, STAY AWAY. But I wish all of our coaches the best when they leave under their terms. 

Thursday
Apr152010

Thompkins Says No

WashingtonPost/APWell Trey Thompkins said no and this is the one no we were all hoping for. Trey has decided to return to UGA next year. Now granted he has until May 8th to change his mind, but I think he is set, based on his comments. 

I believe this is in his best interest to return to school and get another year in the Coach Fox program. He grew so much as a player in one year, I can't wait to see what next year brings. 

And with Trey and Travis returning next year and our current group of new players, we may actually have a bench to call on. This would be a big step in the right direction for this team. 

So this is how I see our starting line-up, just based on what we all know to date : (In the basic setting and this will most likely change as the season goes on)

PG - Dustin Ware

SG - Sherrard Brantley or Gerald Robinson

SF - Travis Leslie

PF - Trey Thompkins

C - Jeremy Price

Our bench now looks pretty good. Now the new players we'll have to see how fast they pick up the offense, defense and the school work, but today I see some depth compared to last year. This is even with DeMario and Drazen leaving the team. So hows it stack up :

Sherrard/Gerald, Vincent Williams, Chris Barnes, Connor Nolte, Donte Williams and Cady Lalanne all with possible minutes and like last year, we will have to develop the numbers, but this lot is a lot easier to look at and not wonder how we can survive with the starters on the bench. Last year for the most part, it was about killing minutes. We did have some big nights from the bench, but overall, nothing to write home about. Now we should be able to have fresher legs later in the season. We should also be able to get those 15 points or more from our bench. 

I know we have to get through the grueling baseball season and then the new look Dawgs on the Gridiron, but I'm excited to see what Coach Fox and the team can do next year.