Georgia basketball stunner in Lexington

How ’bout them Dogs?!

That’s about all you can say after Georgia’s stunning 90-85 upset of Kentucky on Wednesday night. It was just the fifth win over the Wildcats in 60 games in Lexington. That it came from what had been a two-SEC-win Bulldogs team that has already fired its coach against Kentucky on Senior Night in Rupp Arena made it all the more amazing.

“It was a real team win,” interim coach Pete Herrmann said. “I felt we were aggressive offensively. We wanted to make sure we constantly put pressure on their defense because they are very good in the passing lanes. I told our guys to play with purpose and maintain their poise. It was a great win.”

It definitely was a team deal. Senior Terrance Woodbury led four Georgia players scored in double-figures with 30 points. Freshman Trey Thompkins added 19 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth career double-double, Dustin Ware had 18 points and Corey Butler added 13.

The Georgia victory avenged a 68-45 loss the Wildcats handed the Bulldogs in Athens on Jan. 18. The Dogs hadn’t won in Lexington since 2004.

I hate that we weren’t at the game to chronicle the action live but our newspaper, like all the others that cover Georgia sports, made the business decision not to travel with the basketball back at the first of the year. That made for an interesting scene in the press box over at Foley Field Wednesday night.

I was there covering the Diamond Dogs’ history-making ninth win in a row to start the season (13-6 over Wofford). The TV in the press box didn’t pick up Fox Sports South. We heard that Georgia was leading the Cats by 10 in the second half. So after I filed my story I logged onto ESPN.com’s gametracker and started to follow the action. By then Georgia was only up four or five points. That morphed into me giving an impromptu play-by-play for my colleagues in the press box. It was actually quite exciting, especially given the uneven manner in which information is delivered in that format.

“Kentucky missed a free throw so Georgia has the ball,” I’d relay. “Wait a minute, Thompkins turned it over and Meeks hit a 3 to get within two. Hold it, Ware’s shooting free throws. He made them both. Georgia up four with 53 seconds to go!”

Anyway, congrats to the Dogs because I know those players have continued to work hard despite a largely hopeless situation. With this win and the Florida victory they made some lifetime memories this season And you can bet South Carolina, which is coming into Athens on Georgia’s Senior Day Saturday, sat up and took notice.

Some links:

Here’s the Lexington Herald-Leader’s take on the game. Spoiler alert: Big Blue ain’t happy. . . .

My cohort Tim Tucker whipped up some Georgia football notes from Wednesday’s teleconference with Mark Richt. He also wrote about the Dogs waiving admission for the G-Day Game so the seats will be filled for ESPN’s national broadcast. Anybody inspired to make it to the game just for that reason? . . .

Here’s my story on the Diamond Dogs’ historic start. Hard to believe none of Georgia’s teams had won more to start a season. This one ought to be 14-0 by the time it opens the SEC season at Bama March 13-15. . . .

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt did finally hire a defensive coordinator. After Georgia’s John Jancek turned him down he went to Joe Tresey, who was fired last month as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator. Interesting to learn that Tresey will make $190,000 with the Bulls. That’s $20,000 less than the previous D-coordinator but $27,000 more than Jancek is currently making with the Dogs. Richt won’t say but I believe Jancek will probably have another raise forthcoming.

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Gen Neyland

March 5th, 2009
8:59 am

Congrats. From a selfish standpoint, whack South Carolina.

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gdawginkalamazoo

March 5th, 2009
9:42 am

Congrats to the basketball team.

DawgGirl32

March 5th, 2009
9:49 am

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Don

March 5th, 2009
10:08 am

I thought Raycom was supposed to show the game last night? Couldn’t find it on the TV in Charleston. Had too watch ESPN Game Tracker. Would have been just as fun to watch as the win over Florida. Another gutsy performance by Woodberry. I watched him play Florida and Arkansas and you can just tell he is playing in a lot of pain but he is in there every night for 35 -40 minutes. Where are they now? All of the other players that should have been seniors. Way to hang in there Woodberry. Enough good things can’t be said about Butler either. Former walk-on has a lot of heart. What is amazing is that they won this game with 19 turn overs. As good as they shot the ball last night if they were heaving bricks at the basket they probably would have went it. Hermann seems to be finding the right buttons to push. Looking forward to them pulling off a couple upsets in the SEC Tournament. Go Dawgs!

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Butch

March 5th, 2009
10:22 am

How bout that awful coverage! And bad writing!

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
11:02 am

I listened on radio and it was fun to listen to Scott Howard all fired up in the final minutes. Way to go team. Thanks also to Woodbury, way to show what it means to be a Dawg. Good luck to you in the future.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 5th, 2009
11:19 am

I’ll bet Herrman told them at halftime “If you can’t live your dream then “F” somebody else’s up.”

AltamahaDawg

March 5th, 2009
11:32 am

BK, simple, they are all feeling pretty BLUE now.

GW

March 5th, 2009
11:34 am

If the UGA basketball team were playing Kentucky in Lexington with the SEC East #1 seed on the line would the AJC still not cover it? It was a convenient “before the season” decision wasn’t it.

Pago Flyer

March 5th, 2009
12:00 pm

Just proves my point, in college round ball, you just need to listen/watch the last 2 mins.

PTC DAWG

March 5th, 2009
12:04 pm

Game was on SportsSouth on my Comcast system…

Chip Towers

March 5th, 2009
12:20 pm

Butch: Like I said, I wish we could’ve been there to cover it. But “bad writing?” Come on, man, that hurts. . . .

GW: Good question whether we would’ve gone with a No. 1 seed on the line. I’d like to think we would but I guess we’ll never know. . . .

Georgia offensive coordinator held a teleconference call with reporters this morning about the upcoming spring practice session (March 17-April 11). There was some good stuff on there you’ll be able to read about here later. I was intrigued by his comments on Caleb King the most. Sounds like he really expects the sophomore to take the tailback position by the throat this spring. Like I said, I’ll share some details when I can get around to transcribing some tape later.

Stay tuned!

M Field

March 5th, 2009
12:21 pm

Chip – Thanks for covering the Diamond Dawgs hot start. There are 4 college baseball polls. UGA is ranked #2 by both Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and National Collegiate Baseball Writers, #3 by USA Today/ESPN and #10 by Baseball America. How does the AJC choose which poll it uses in its’ coverage of college baseball?

lawzoo

March 5th, 2009
12:21 pm

Everyone should thank Ron Jirsa for paving the way. Wasn’t much of an x’s and o’s guy, couldn’t recruit, wasn’t a motivator but man could that guy coach!!!

thomas johnson

March 5th, 2009
12:24 pm

AltamahaDawg

March 5th, 2009
12:57 pm

talk about a tease!

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
1:22 pm

Well skip lawn work. Guess I will stayed glued to my computer so I can find out what Mr. OC said about Caleb. Hurry Chip, hurry.

Hey Chip, another subject I know, but I find gametrax works best with Nascar where it is called racetrax. The only way me and my toothless trailer park brethren will watch the race.

Gen Neyland

March 5th, 2009
1:52 pm

On the heels of our good friend and colleague from the overlook along the banks of the Savannah River, I’m here to put in my support to block any future attempt to rename The Fulmer Cup. Good luck to all in the upcoming 2009 off-season follies and may only the best of the best be in the running for the 2009 Fulmer Cup…

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
1:56 pm

General, I believe that would be the worst of the worst. I concour in keeping the name, otherwise we may have to change it every year depending on who gets fired or looks for greener gridirons.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 5th, 2009
2:06 pm

Yeah, Phil worked hard to have that named after him. You have my vote General.

Chip Towers

March 5th, 2009
2:11 pm

M. Field: Because that’s the one UGA uses I guess. It was the ranking cited in the pregame notes. I didn’t research it. I’ve always said there are too many baseball polls.

Dawd Tired

March 5th, 2009
2:17 pm

Just how bad is UK? I mean it is fairly obvious that we are terrible. To lose to us in Lexington surely puts Coach Gillespie on the hot seat.

Jeremy

March 5th, 2009
2:24 pm

Chip: Will you be at the SEC Tournament? With newspapers going under everyday the AJC should start charging for an online subscription and for those that have a print subscription the online subscription could be free.

AfroDawg

March 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

Is it becoming clearer that Felton’s interim is a lot better coach than the one Tubby Smith saddled the Dawgs with? I say Damon Evans should give Herrmann two years, we might be surprised.

M Field

March 5th, 2009
3:44 pm

Thanks for the reply Chip. You’re right about there being too many polls.

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

March 5th, 2009
4:07 pm

90-85 a fluke.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 5th, 2009
4:20 pm

ACCFootball 90-85 is a W.

so is 45/42, Zoo

March 5th, 2009
4:30 pm

wreckmaniac

March 5th, 2009
4:45 pm

Pete deserves more attention than Richt. Took a rag tag bunch into Ky and game out with an impressive win. I was more interested in the post-game interview with Pete last night than in any bball game that UGA has ever played. I’m happy for him. He took the toughest job possible and has great enthusiasm. Thats what the college game is about.

Jimmy

March 5th, 2009
5:09 pm

Some dude earlier brought up a point i’d like your opinion on Chip. With all of these newspapers hurting, what are the chances that we would have to start to pay for this access online??? I’m barely making it pay check to pay check. I doubt i’d subscribe to any online sports site, as big a fanatic as I am. It looks like we’re heading down that road w/ newspaper websites though, I fear.

No Ax(e) To Grind

March 5th, 2009
5:18 pm

To BugKiller: For the purpose of historical accuracy, the name is spelled “Adolf”. I assume you are referring to the German dictator from 1933-1945.

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Jeremy

March 5th, 2009
5:45 pm

Jimmy I brought it up. Newspapers are going under everyday. The blogs or news websites that are not newspapers get their news from newspapers and either write stories based on the accounts they get from newspapers or simply post links to them. Most of the readers of newspapers used to either subscribe or buy daily. The company you work for I would guess would not be in business if they paid you for the work you do that puts out a good product if they then turned around and gave it away for free. I like free things just like everybody else but I have been reading the ajc and especially the sports section since I was a kid. If they do not start charging for this service they are going to go out of business. I can’t imagine not reading the ajc everyday like I have for most of my life. I know times are tough and if you can’t afford it right now. When the economy turns around maybe you could subscribe then. I just don’t won’t the ajc going out of business or the coverage suffering and if the beat writer for any sport is following the game on the internet instead of being there to see it the coverage suffers. I would also be interested to know how many of you that read the ajc everyday on the internet for free do not subscribe to the print edition anymore.

buckheadbill

March 5th, 2009
5:46 pm

Chip, Chip, Chip. You always ask what’s wrong with GA basketball. You were in Athens watching the baseball team beat mighty Wofford and really missed a basketabll story. Oh well. I guess maybe you got a tip that a FOOTBALL recruit was going to attend the baseball game.

AltamahaDawg

March 5th, 2009
5:51 pm

Jeremy, scan around this page and see if you can figure out how the AJC generates revenue from this page.

Jimmy

March 5th, 2009
5:54 pm

Jeremy,

You are correct. Companies who give their product away for free won’t be in business for very long, which is why i’m surprised free online access has lasted this long. I moved to Gainesville about 5 years ago, from Houston, Tx. I’ve never subscribed to the AJC-have always read it online for free-mainly at my work(don’t tell my supervisor).

When I was a kid, my parents subscribed to the Houston Chronicle-and I read the sports section every day, before or after school.

Now that i’m an adult w/ three kids, I just don’t have the time to read (or financial means) to subscrible to the print version.

I realize that sooner or later we will all be paying to blog. It’s just business, I know.

Stan

March 5th, 2009
6:14 pm

Anyone who pays for this bunk is insane

AltamahaDawg

March 5th, 2009
6:24 pm

gentlemen, you dont pay to listen to the radio either…..think about it.

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
6:26 pm

Hey bill guess you did not read where Chip said that the AJC decided not to send reporters to away bball games this year. Chip has answered this question but thanks for your sarcastic ignorant comment.

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
6:28 pm

Alt, I bet the AJC gives away those two ads on this page out of the kindness of their hearts. God bless em.

Cuz

March 5th, 2009
6:30 pm

Oops, I missed one.

Chip Towers

March 5th, 2009
6:43 pm

Jeremy: Yes, I’ll be at the SEC Tournament.

KJ

March 5th, 2009
7:55 pm

“Pete deserves more attention than Richt.”

Right, because one fluke win is more impressive than year after year of Top 10 seasons. I guess that’s why you and your fellow gnat retards so proudly troll our blog with “45-42 LOLZ” over and over again.

Billy

March 5th, 2009
8:58 pm

Anyone else notice the coaching candidates on the other article today? The candidates listed are ridiculous: Mike Anderson just got to Missouri, and is coaching a top 10 team; Jeff Capel is at OU with a team that has been top 5 (almost #1) for a large portion of the season; Dino Gaudio just took over at Wake and has a top 10 team (was #1 at one point); and the other 2 candidates at Butler and Dayton, to be honest, those are MUCH better jobs than UGA. Lets get real here, we aren’t a top tier team, we aren’t getting a top flight coach, lets quit dreaming and start looking at some reasonable candidates.

Jeremy

March 5th, 2009
8:59 pm

AltamahaDawg I am aware that they have some ads on this page to offset some of the cost. Since you seem not to know how newspaper revenue is generated I will try to explain it to you. You also must not know how the radio industry works or you would have been embarrassed to even post that comment. Talk about ignorant. I will also try not to use big words so you can understand. Hey you were a smarta** I couldn’t resist. Newspapers generate revenue by selling subscriptions, daily sales, ads, and alot of classifieds. Since the internet has taken off subscriptions and daily sales are way down. Classifieds generated alot more revenue than people realize and have plumetted because of internet job sites. Print ad revenue is also down because readership is down and the ajc cannot charge as much or sell as many ads. I am talking about charging for the newspaper. I would be fine with them charging for the newspaper and taking all of the blogs down. I wouldn’t pay for the blogs either.

Jeremy

March 5th, 2009
9:02 pm

BTW. If the ads newspapers were selling online were generating sufficient revenue they would not be going belly up.

Dawgpoo

March 5th, 2009
9:05 pm

Too bad the spring game is the same weekend as the Masters again. If they charge $0.00 or $5.00 it won’t make a difference, no more than 30-35k will make it.