Sunday, February 22, 2015

UGA wins Ugly, 66-65.

As ugly as this game was, I actually thought we played with good effort and at a decent pace.  It was ugly for different reasons, primarily because both teams seemed to commit a lot of unforced turnovers and neither team could put the ball in the basket.

While I have some minor issues with Coach Grant's decisions regarding timeouts in this game, this loss isn't on him.  We were atrocious at the free throw line, and that is where the game was lost.

Retin stepped up and made a couple of huge pull up contested 3s down the stretch.  He had his usual moments of being out of control, but I thought he played well overall.  If nothing else, he was at least aggressive, which we were missing from Levi and Coop.  I thought Shannon Hale also regressed in this game.  He scored 8 points, but had some bad turnovers and was a liability on defense.  Conversely, Riley Norris had one of his best games of the season with 14 points and 5 rebounds.  I wish we would have run him through some screens to try to get him more open shots later in the game.

Mark Fox did us a huge favor by grabbing the official to argue for a foul after Retin blocked a shot late in the game.  That technical foul led to a 4 point play giving us a 2 point lead with 2 minutes to go.  Unfortunately, we just could not close out the game at the free throw line.

Give credit to UGA for making a great shot to take the lead on their last possession.  I question why we didn't call timeout when Retin dropped his head and it was obvious that he was going to charge full speed to the basket despite being 1 on 3.  We could have stopped the clock with 3 or 4 seconds left and had more options.  There's no excuse for pump faking with 1 second remaining, especially for a senior coming out of a timeout.

There was a surprisingly decent crowd on hand; I would estimate about 7,500, with UGA bringing about 400 or so of their own fans.  The crowd was into the game and loud at key times.  It was also good to see Senario Hillman in attendance.

Up next, we look for revenge against the South Carolina Gamecocks, as they come to Tuscaloosa for a 6 pm tipoff Tuesday night.  It's "Star Wars Night."  I'm not sure who we are paying in the marketing department to come up with these things, but they are stealing money.  The game will be televised on SEC Network.  May the force be with you.


14 comments:

CTider said...

"It's Star Wars Night"


A new low.

Msmilie said...

Outside of attracting kids and their parents (and why would want to attract kids and their parents on a Tuesday night?), I'm at a loss regarding the Star Wars night. The Star Wars geeks I know hate sports so I don't think the university can count on a strong contingent of adults dressed as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers lending support to the team. Is Disney on the verge of buying the University of Alabama? A very strange promotion, to say the least.

Drifter said...

Since there's no area to post general basketball comments, I'll stick this here:


Here's a guy I'm keeping my eye on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Padgett

Msmilie said...

Based on what? One season as a head coach at Samford where he currently has a losing record?

Drifter said...

lol First off, this has nothing to do with Alabama. As I said in my preface, there seems to be no open forum on this site to discuss general basketball thoughts and opinions, so I posted my item here. I would welcome such an open forum.
The answer to your question is his pedigree. Played and coached at Kentucky. Played in the NBA.
I don't like him or not like him.
I'm watching him.
Btw, I don't ever judge a coach by their first season, do you?

Drifter said...

He's also 6'9". Might be able to coach the bigs.

bobbyjack said...

I'd have to build another website for a forum to start threads. Don't have that ability to do that here. I'll look around to see if I can find one.

Ronald Steele said...

What is the chance that we make the ncaa tourney?

Ronald Steele said...

What's the chance we make the ncaa tourney?

CTider said...

Unfortunately Ron, we'd have to win the SEC tournament at this point.

RichTide said...

zero unless we win the SEC tourney

Msmilie said...

Not good, Ron. They don't have a lot of "bad" losses, but they don't have a sizable amount of good wins either. They're just 2-7 currently against the RPI top 50, 4-9 against the top 100. 9 of their 16 wins have come against teams with an RPI of 150+, and another victory over a Division II team.

At this point, they would have to win all four of their remaining games (Ole Miss and A&M are currently in the RPI top 50 and would be considered "good" wins), and reach the championship game of the SEC Tournament to have a realistic shot. Unfortunately, they just haven't shown the consistency necessary to believe they can go on a serious run down the stretch.

Assuming they are unable to put together that kind of run, the next best scenario for them is to at least reach .500 in league play, hopefully finish in the 6th or 7th spot in the standings in order to avoid Kentucky in the quarter and semifinals in the league tournament, and win a game or more there in an effort to bolster an NIT bid.

It's an uphill climb, and even more painful when you remember that 5 of their 11 losses have been by one possession.

DJC said...

http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/85/51/8551658563e64238c5ca566ee74e3e56.jpg?itok=rUaX9A6b

Drifter said...

Ron, you still in Italy?