We’re LIVE and Thompkins says, ‘We want to win it all’

Trey Thompkins led Georgia in game one against Arkansas with 23 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

Trey Thompkins led Georgia in game one against Arkansas with 23 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. (AP photo)

NASHVILLE — OK. Let’s play this thing already. This 9:45 p.m. stuff is getting kind of old.

Georgia knows if it can follow up Thursday’s win over Arkansas with an upset of Vanderbilt, it will play in Saturday’s semifinals against Mississippi State during non-vampire hours (3:15 p.m. EST).

Most wouldn’t fault the Bulldogs if they lost to the Commodores, who are 23-7 and a lock for the NCAA tournament. They got their one SEC tournament win, which is one more than most expected. But there is no sense of satisfaction in their locker room.

From Trey Thompkins: “We want to win it all. We didn’t come here to win one game. We plan on moving forward.”

Before the Georgia-Arkansas game, Vanderbilt players were quoted as saying they preferred to play the Razorbacks in game two, given the Bulldogs defeated them in Athens and nearly pulled off an upset in Nashville (Vandy won in overtime). Said Thompkins, “They know we’re going to fight them to the end. They understand that and we understand that.”

Vandy hasn’t matched up well with the Dogs on the front line. Georgia held an 83-63 rebounding advantage in the two games and outscored the Commodores, 70-52, in the paint and 27-19 on second-chance points.

A.J. Oglivy, the Commodores’ 6-11 center, was held to six points in Georgia’s win in Athens. He scored 17 in Vandy’s overtime win in Nashville, but 11 of those came on free throws. In the two games, he was 5-for-18 from the floor. Travis Leslie (39 points, 18 rebounds) and Thompkins (38, 14) led Georgia in the two meetings.

OK, time to declare. What happens tonight?

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Trey Thompkins will be an early NBA draft pick (but likely in 2011)

Bruce Pearl heaps praise on Dogs, Fox (and then quickly stops)

About Arkansas, and did Calipari get jobbed for SEC coach of the year?

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246 comments Add your comment

Ted Striker

March 12th, 2010
7:52 pm

Did ya sleep in this morning?

Bob Horner had no range at 3rd base

March 12th, 2010
7:53 pm

I think the dawgs win tonite….but I’m mentally prepared for a loss….at this pont any win is gravy…go dawgs..!!!!!!

Ted Striker

March 12th, 2010
7:53 pm

Nate

March 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

I’m a Tech fan, but I have to say good luck to the Dawgs. You guys clearly have a great coach doing so much with so little.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
8:02 pm

Ted — Not long enough.

Bob Horner had no range at 3rd base

March 12th, 2010
8:04 pm

Jeff Schultz in cowboy boots…….??? you can’t pull that off Jeff…let’s be real…

BBall Dawg

March 12th, 2010
8:04 pm

Dawgs win by 10… win a close one tomorrow… blown out by UK on Sunday. Good run but run out of gas. It will be nice to follow fottball in 2010 w/ some bball excitement.

BBall Dawg

March 12th, 2010
8:07 pm

Ooops, meant “football”… pretty hard to type one-handed (too lazy to sit down the beer)

Musically Challenged

March 12th, 2010
8:10 pm

Georgia makes it to the championship game but loses to Big Blue.

Nerd Furgeson

March 12th, 2010
8:18 pm

Which Georgia team will show up tonight? Please let the good one show.

45ACP

March 12th, 2010
8:33 pm

I believe that Coach Fox has the basketball Dawgs going in the right direction.
Just hope some other school does not give him a better offer.

Dr. Ken

March 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

Schultz, do you just go by Eastern Time whatever time zone you are in? You’ve referenced 9:45 twice now, but it’s 9:45 EASTERN, 8:45 CENTRAL in Nashville.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:05 pm

Jeff, you ain’t kiddin. this is way past bedtime.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:06 pm

dr ken, there is no time but eastern time.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:11 pm

Bob Horner — I wore me some boots backs in the day. Never know. Those days could come back again. You can’t put Jeffy in the corner.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:12 pm

Dr. Ken — yes, we live in Eastern, readers in Eastern, most of all my deadline is Eastern. So it’s Eastern.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:13 pm

Jeffrey, the question is are you wearing the black stockings underneath the boots.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:14 pm

Jeffrey, most important: deadline is eastern.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:15 pm

Todd Grantham — fishnets.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:19 pm

take it easy. i’m getting aroused.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:21 pm

Jeff, is this game EVER gonna start?

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:24 pm

Schultz blogging and Scott Howard describing. it gets no better than that.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:28 pm

No. I personally believe the Georgia game will tip off at 1:10 a.m. It’s a plot to drive the final nail into the newspaper industry.

PDawg

March 12th, 2010
9:33 pm

Vandy 70, UGA 62

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:34 pm

That’s it. Mississippi State beats Florida 75-69 and will face the winner of Georgia-Vanderbilt.

bigguy

March 12th, 2010
9:36 pm

Vandy’s basketball against Georgia has looked like Georgia’s football team usually does against a weaker opponent. Do the minimum and hope you hang on.

Cuz

March 12th, 2010
9:36 pm

I am getting way long in the tooth for these late night games.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:37 pm

the timing is pretty stupid.

heywood jablomey

March 12th, 2010
9:38 pm

you all will be happy to know i can get the game on the tube tonite.
if the dawgs win maybe we can get a limmerick from todd grantham

Ted Striker

March 12th, 2010
9:39 pm

BBall Dawg — Tell us why you’re REALLY typing with one hand.

Ted Striker

March 12th, 2010
9:41 pm

Heywood — I’d rather get a “limerick” from Ashley Judd.

Cuz

March 12th, 2010
9:41 pm

Striker, too much information.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:41 pm

Starting lineups:
Georgia: Leslie-Thompkins-Price-McPhee-Ware
Vanderbilt: Jermaine Beal-A.J. Ogilvy-John Jenkins-Andre Walker-Jeffery Taylor.

Dale

March 12th, 2010
9:44 pm

Come on Jeff, no way Florida deserves the NCAAs. Without the 75 foot chuck at the buzzer to beat NC State they’re 20-13 and even with it they’re still losers of 4 of their last 5.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

still waiting on the tipoff……………….

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
9:54 pm

Dale — I would tend to agree but I don’t think a lot of teams deserve an NCAA berth this year but they’ll get it because it’s a down year overall. Only way I see Gators getting knocked out is if a non-tournament team like Georgia or Miss. St. win here. I think SEC will get 4 teams.

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:57 pm

still waiting………..

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
9:57 pm

Jeff, do they have to play the National Anthem before every game?

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
10:00 pm

if we can avoid fouling them we have a chance to win.

Cuz

March 12th, 2010
10:02 pm

grantham, are you some kinda pinko?

Boise Dawg

March 12th, 2010
10:03 pm

Is this game on national TV? I miss Scott Howard and Jeff Dantzler!!

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
10:04 pm

way to go Ricky

todd grantham

March 12th, 2010
10:04 pm

no cuz, why do you ask?

Cuz

March 12th, 2010
10:06 pm

doing my Archie Bunker imitation after your National Anthem comment,

heywood jablomey

March 12th, 2010
10:09 pm

no way georgia can win this game. it’s a home game for vandy.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
10:10 pm

Fast pace .. first whistle comes 5:37 before a whistle. …

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
10:11 pm

Obviously a lot more Vandy fans than Georgia fans here but it’s really not overwhelming. Arena still decidedly blue.

Innocent Bystander

March 12th, 2010
10:12 pm

Any hometown ‘Dores fans there Jeff?

Cuz

March 12th, 2010
10:16 pm

Jeff is Dora the Explorer really the Vandy mascot?

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
10:17 pm

Unofficial estimate: a few thousand Vanderbilt fans.