Sunday, January 12, 2014
UGAly loss to Dogs, 66-58
The Tide remains winless away from Tuscaloosa after a bad loss at Georgia. It was pretty much the same thing we've seen all year, no half court offense, no rebounding, no free throw shooting results in close loss. At the time of this writing, the folks at rolltide.com are apparently still in denial, as they list this game as a win.
I was surprised Georgia played as much man to man defense as they did. I suppose coach Fox figured we have seen so much zone, and since we actually had a little bit of success against Vandy's zone, he would give us a different look. It proved to be a good move, as for much of the game we seemed content to settle for jump shots from the perimeter instead of attacking the basket.
I think we get too conservative on defense away from home. We didn't press until about midway through the 2nd half. We ran a lot of the half-court trap which was mostly effective, but UGA did a nice job of moving the ball and finding Kenny Gaines open on the perimeter. He and Charles Mann torched us for 22 points each.
Shannon Hale kept us in the game in the first half. He ended up with 14 points, but he was the only one making shots and playing aggressively on offense in the first half. Releford did not even score until the final minute of the first half. We trailed 34-23 at halftime, and the Dogs would stretch the lead to 13 before we started to chip away. Releford started driving to the basket and was much more productive in the second half, finishing with 17 points before fouling out. We cut the lead to 3 but couldn't get any closer, despite Georgia making only 4 FGs in the second half.
I did not like the way the game was officiated. It seemed like Bruce Benedict would call every foul on the defense when the offensive player created the slightest amount of contact. Georgia seemed to realize this much sooner than we did, and took advantage by getting to the line against our press, while we settled for jump shots for much of the game before finally starting to drive the lane in the final 8 minutes or so.
Cooper played fairly well in the second half. I thought he played well defensively and his aggressiveness on offense helped us get back into the game. Unfortunately, he couldn't get the shots to fall when we needed them late. Cooper, Hale, and Relly all had good looks from the perimeter in the final 3 minutes that could have changed the outcome of the game.
Once again, we were out-rebounded. Our bigs brought absolutely nothing to the table. Carl played for 12 minutes and didn't score but had a couple of turnovers. I don't understand how someone who played HANDball his entirely life can have such awful hands. The slow and seemingly disinterested version of Nick Jacobs showed up again, and managed to get one whole rebound in 11 minutes of playing time. Jimmie Taylor blocked a couple of shots but didn't get any rebounds or points. At this point, even though all 3 are bad right now, I would give Jimmie Taylor the bulk of the playing time. While he's not any better, he at least has more upside, and it's time to start playing for next year.
Retin had one of his worst games of the season, fouling out with only 4 points. This team just can't seem to get all on the same page, and you never know what you are going to get from any individual player from game to game.
I've criticized the UGA fans in the past for being almost auburn-ish in their "football only" mentality, but I'll give credit to the Dog fans for coming out and supporting their team coming off their upset win at Mizzou. Stegeman Coliseum only seats about 10,000, but I would guess there was around 7,500 there. It was a good atmosphere as they give students some good seats along the sideline as well as behind one of the goals. One thing I really liked is that they show live updates from other basketball games (and the NFL football games) on the TV screen during timeouts. It was nice to see several hundred Bama fans in the house, though obviously we didn't have much to cheer about for most of the game. It was a pleasure watching the game with our fearless leader (Bobbyjack) and his son.
Up next, the hated mi$$i$$ippi $tate bulldogs will visit Coleman Coliseum for a 7pm tipoff Wednesday night. The game will be televised on the SEC network. This isn't the $tate program of old, but they are coming off a win over rival Ole Miss. This is a must win for our NIT bid aspirations.