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Tuesday
May112010

Dawgs off twitter?

Saw an interesting tweet come across and the first thing that came to mind was the NCAA and the Athletic Department has started the clamp down on using twitter. I hope this is not the case, but like many we, as fans, learned a lot about the guys and gals we cheer for. They didn't really say anything that was already known. They were out there tweeting about the upcoming games and talking to the fans. Nothing wrong with that.

But with the NCAA, common sense does not apply, as we have all seen in the past. 

So I'll leave it up to you and your comments to pass judgement on what this tweet by Trey Thompkins' really means. 

 

Now that this has been said, here is my take. 

I think it was a few tweets that came out recently about hanging with an NBA guy and a possible recruit, but I'm not an insider nor do I have contacts with insiders.

 

But if you want to still follow a few of the guys, just out this link - Dawg Tweets

 

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.

Monday
Mar152010

Basketball Rebirth

bg As we enter March Madness without the Dawgs (14-17), it draws us to the end of year one of the Mark Fox era. When the year started many didn’t know what to expect, including myself. When he was hired, I searched around for some video of his offense and how his teams at Nevada played. Now the issue was, none of our players had played in such a system. So we didn’t know how they would adapt to the system or to the new staff. As it turns out, after a little encouragement the team did seem to get it. I got my first glimpse of the team at the preseason practice/meet and greet.  Here I saw a team that was buying into the system and believing in the coach and staff. I didn’t get to see the defensive practice, but in the offensive runs, I saw some hope. In past years, we would run a play and then stop. We would stand around for 20 seconds doing nothing. That night I saw a team moving for the entire shot clock. Also, and I didn’t get it at the time, but the team shot free throws having to make their 10 before they could leave. I understood that we were practicing free throws, but didn’t realize the impact it would make in the end. Through these efforts we raised our percentage made from year to year by 8%. (63 to 71%). At one point this year, we were near 80% made. We even won a few games from the line and finished second in the league to Vandy. The little things do matter. As the year went on we all noticed that we were competitive against the big boys and not just the New Orleans’ of the world. Now we ended up losing a few of these games we should have won (Wofford), but even though we may have lost, we improved. This will be the last year that this is allowed. Yes you can learn from losing, but we need to learn after winning, which comes right after learning how to win. And there, we made great strides having won a few games that many thought we would not win. We also need to learn to win away from home. But that will come. When it comes to the players, I saw true grit showing up as the season went along. I saw the attitudes change. This was what we needed to see happen. This was not the year to win the conference, this was a year to win the players and the fans. This I believe was done. So what did I see in some of our players.

  • Jeremy Price – After a bust out freshman year, JP put on weight and played well under what he was capable of in his sophomore year. So going in, you could tell he was going to require a lot of riding by the staff and the team in his 3rd year. This started even at the preseason meet and greet. Coach was riding him about his weight and during the season, you could see the fire that was being lit under JP. Well it paid off. He dropped a lot of weight, his output increased and he stopped dragging up and down the floor. There were times last year and some this year, where I thought he would just leave. His attitude looked terrible. But if you look at the last 5 games or so, you saw the player that should have a great Senior year.
  • Travis Leslie – After some academic issues his freshman year and sitting out the end of the season, Travis came on strong in year 2. He became a nightly highlight on ESPN and moved his way up as the most improved sophomore scorer going from 6.3 to 14.8 points again. He also saw a greatly increase role in the offense and defense. I expect the same next year as he moves more into the guard role from the forward role. This should help him make the move to the next level. I also look for more games like his last, where he went for 34 points and 6 boards.
  • Trey Thompkins – His play was more expected, Was the second leading scorer in the conference and made a 5 point increase in scoring from year to year. We are now in a waiting period to see if he turns pro, but I think he would best be served by one more year under coach Fox. The improvements in his game in one year were outstanding, so one more could move him up the draft boards. So what would he need to improve on, Foul Trouble, Inside work against bigger guys, he can get bumped around more than we would like. If he goes, I wish him the best, but hope he stays.
  • Connor Nolte – For someone that never saw playing time while sitting out a transfer year, he was like a on man PR machine for the Dawgs. I’m betting he was the one that got more Dawgs on Twitter (which is great PR for the team, I know I got to interact with many members). Connor also had his website Passer’s Remorse. On his site he started a “Gameday trick Shot” and got players, coaches and even Charles Barkley to participate. They even ended up on ESPN, so from a PR perspective, this was great. He spread the word on Georgia and the Dawgs. So now maybe a kid will remember this when it comes time to start looking at schools. Can’t wait to see what Connor brings to the hardwood next year, as he will help build out our scoring threats.
I would also like to say once more thanks to our seniors, Ricky, Tyler and Albert. Thanks for the minutes, the sweat and the desired that you showed as your time as Dawgs. So where do we go next year. That’s a tough call. We know what we will have, but we are only now getting some of the players Coach Fox and the staff have gone after. Even then, it maybe the next year before we get those kids that his true recruits. To me, if we win the games we should win and a couple that we shouldn’t then we will be heading in the right directions. Because as we move forward, we will have more and more games that fall into the “Should Win” category. So looking at our schedule from this past year, if I apply just some what if’s based on more experience and a slightly deeper bench, this is what we could see next year. I can see us winning 18 or 19 games and on the bubble. But would probably end up in the NIT. This is assuming we don’t have a sophomore slump. You may look at 18-19 wins as a lot, but look at this past year at the games we blew because we didn’t know how to win. We were really not in but a few games and I imagine next year we will run into a team or two that we just don’t match up with and it will not even be close. But liek I have said, those types of games will slowly drop from the schedule as we improve. I hate that the season is over when we were really starting to get things going even when we weren’t winning. So I can’t wait until the next season and I may have some blog surprises by then. So I will have a busy off-season as well. Also, follow the Dawgs on Twitter. I’ll update my lists as players signup. So enjoy your March Madness, as I hope this is the last without the Dawgs.

Tuesday
Jan262010

Into the land of Gators and Jean Shorts.

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:

Points 68
Rebounds 39
Rebound Margin 10
Assists 14
Turnovers 16
Free Throw % 77
FT Attempts 30

 

Give me those lines and I would feel good about our chances against then Gators.

@ Florida

Wednesday, January 27
7:00 p.m.

 

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.

Thursday
Jan142010

Basketball is almost there

After having played 3 ranked teams in a row and coming out of that with only a single win, some might think that is a bad sign. I’m on the other side. I was courtside for the win and a loss and saw the other one on TV. I can see that we are right there with the big boys of the SEC. Do I think we are better, no. Do I think we can take one or two from the top SEC teams this year, yes. I say yes, but it depends on a few factors.

  • This team needs to mature and mature quickly. Note: The team even admits this in the post game interviews
  • This team needs confidence that it can win the big games like the Illinois and Tech games.
  • Need to play within ourselves and not let the other team dictate what we do.
  • Fans need to get in the seats, even for the unpopular games. Luckily in the SEC, those are few and far between.
  • Continue to do what we do well (shoot free throws) and improve on the other areas
  • Find some bench points.
  • Need to find a new scoring threat. Travis and Trey lead the way. McPhee and Ware get their share, but we need someone to step up and find their shot.

I don’t think we need all those listed and I’m sure I left some out, but this is a new start. We are young and will have issues, but I see promise in the losses. Coach Fox posted the tweet below after the game this morning. So as long as we continue to strive forward, we have a chance. I couldn’t agree more.

FoxTweet0114

Here’s my little note to fans:

Like many in the Dawg Nation, we knew nothing about Coach Fox when he came in, all we saw was his record. It was impressive. But to see is work in action, gives me hope that we may have a team that can challenge and win today and in the years to come. This will bring in more talent.

One thing I would like to say to all of the Dawg Nation. Just because we have a new coach, and we seem to be playing well and above what many perceive as our under talented squad, I want to you understand that this road is a long one. Yes many are jumping on the basketball band wagon, the same happened under Felton and then even with some nice wins, the support dropped, fans stopped coming to the games and basically the team fell under the radar except for when it made the police blotter. Now with the team we have now, I don’t see many of the issues that led to the failures of the past. We have players that appear that they want to be here. The players seem to be buying into the new system. So as fans, we MUST continue to support the team not only this year but in the years to come.

To close out here are some numbers from the Ole Miss Game

  • Dawgs shot 67.6% (23-34) from the line, about 15 points lower than our average. If we hit our average, game would have been tied. Also we dropped from 75% in 1st half to 61% in 2nd half
  • Dawgs Bench 10 Points even though the bench had more minutes than against Kentucky
  • Ole Miss hit 8-18 three’s (Only 1-7 in 2nd Half), 1 below their average, but I knew going in they would put it up a lot.
  • Had a Kentucky hangover as Coach Fox feared.
  • Game was tied 7 times and had 11 lead changes, the Dawgs played most of the second half playing catch up after quick start to the second half by Ole Miss.
  • Dawgs had 17 second chance points. Not bad, but would like to see more.
  • Out rebounded the Rebels 41-34
  • Dawgs had 14 assists to 13 turnovers. Not too bad in the scope of things

To End, Gooooooooo Dawgs. Stay Strong.

Wednesday
Jan062010

Dawgs Continue Streak Over Nerds

Dawgs win 73-66

With a pretty good game against the jackets from the trade school, the dawgs now will travel to face our first SEC team of the year in the number 3 team in the country. More on this later this week. But for now lets look at how the dawgs played against the jackets.

First up the big win over the Jackets. Lets look at what I said yesterday and see if we handled it. My comments are in red.

So for the Dawgs to continue the home winning streak against the Jackets, we need to do the following

  • Continue to shoot free throws well (Dawgs led the Conf in FT percentage made the last three weeks). We held true shooting nearly 83% with a few big ones by Dustin Ware at the end.
  • Stay out of foul trouble. This didn’t happen. We didn’t have anyone foul out, but had 2 with 4, including Travis with. You could see how this limited his aggressiveness on defense in the second half. But with a few minutes left in the game, he did get a bit more active when the refs decided to let the teams play.
  • Rebound, rebound, rebound. This was an issue against the Tigers in the last game. Better but we were still out rebounded 37-33. Lots of long rebounds missed. And our Offensive rebounds were low as well.
  • Travis and Trey both need to get hot. Would like at least 15 points each. Almost. Trey had 20, Travis with 12. But Ricky and Dustin came in with 16 and 13.
  • Watch the turnovers. Again this was bad against the Tigers. Still an issue, especially when pressed. We also had our share of mental lapses that caused quite a few of these turnovers. Fixing this issue is between the ears. We ended with 18 turnovers, which was better, but not great.

One item I did not bring up yesterday only because we are not three point happy, was our three point shooting. Since we don’t have a lot of shooters, this has dropped off. But against the Jackets, for the most part, made good decisions on when to shoot the three. We ended with 50% and nearly 44% from the field.

As far as Paul Hewitt goes, I think his days may be numbered at Tech. He didn’t make the needed adjustments, with what many think have NBA quality players. Coach Fox, saw issues and adjusted, Hewitt did not. Coach Fox made personnel changes that left some of us scratching our heads, but it worked. Hewitt was still playing catchup. Coach Fox has our guys playing like winners, Hewitt barely has his playing.

Having seen Tech in person and in looking at their schedule to date and then the ACC schedule, I see Tech standing a good chance of getting run out of the ACC.

Overall a good game, not great. It was a great game, but anytime we beat the Jackets is a great game.

Side note : Great Day to be a Bulldawg, not so much to be a techie after getting run out of the Orange Bowl by Iowa.

I shot a few vids from the came, so enjoy

Empty during warmups

Battle Hymn

Quick Change at Halftime

 

UPDATE : Found a pic of me from the game on the ABH. Click the link to see the entire gallery.

Credit ABH, I'm texting an update

Tuesday
Nov172009

UGA vs Wofford - Dawgs Basketball

Game Time 7pm, Stegeman

As the season is now ramping up, we enter our second matchup of the young season. After a win over New Orleans and a career high from Trey Thompkins with 25 points, we face a team that Connor Nolte is familiar with since they are in the same conference as Furman. According to his tweet today, he remembers them playing Smart, hard and shooting 3s. 

One note about Wofford, they gave Pittsburgh a run in their first game, before falling 63-60. The Terriers had a ten point lead with ten minutes left. So the dawgs will have their work cut out for them. 

The Dawgs will have to watch out for Noah Dahlman who had 20 points and 13 rebounds against Pittsburgh and Brad Loesing who had 13 points. So the Dawgs will need to play some good defense and keep them off the line. They went 9-9 from the free throw line against Pitt. It looks like they were a bit off on their 3s only shooting 7-19, so hopefully they will remain in that range. Looking at the box score, it looks like Pitt upped the defense on the three pointer as their percentage dropped in the second half. 

For the Dawgs, we need to keep up the good defense and continue to rebound. I would like to see a few more steals and block shots as well. And we all know these can lead to easy fast breaks on offense. 

One area that we really need to focus on is free throw shooting. We only shot 67.9% (19-28) with Chris Barnes needing the most work. With that, Chris did a great job on the boards with 11 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. 

On offense, we need to start getting better looks from behind the three point line. We shot only 25 percent with Ricky going 1 for 5. Granted his one was a big one late in the game. It was point out to me that the one Ricky made was because he was set, the others he was still on the move.

I'll be at the game tonight and will be looking for improvement in a few key areas. 

Free Throw Shooting

Three Point Shooting

Offensive Rebounding

 

So lets get out there and support our Dawgs.