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An artist's rendering of a renovated Stegeman Coliseum with wider concourse and massive glass exterior wall

ATHENS — Hello. Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day.

I’m in Stegeman Coliseum, where Georgia and Alabama are about to tip off.

Speaking of Stegeman: Thanks to all who shared their thoughts on the blog yesterday about the building and its upcoming renovation.  Several of you asked to see artist renderings of what the building will look like, post-renovation. I posted one above, showing the wider interior concourse and the massive glass exterior wall. I’ll try to get an exterior view and post it later. Here’s a link to the Stegeman story in today’s paper. I particularly liked the description of Stegeman by Georgia fan Jim Veal of Tucker, who in a recent blog fondly described the look as that of “a massive, white flying saucer that seems to have landed gracefully in the middle of campus.”

OK, to today’s game. . . .

Couple of pregame notes:  Georgia will be trying for its first win of the season against an SEC Western Division opponent. The Dogs are 0-4 vs. West teams. . . .  Interesting day for  Georgia assistant coach Philip Pearson, who spent 16 of the past 20 years in the Alabama program as a player, assistant coach and, for the final 13 games of last season, interim head coach. . . . This, of course, is Georgia’s first game against Alabama under Mark Fox and Alabama’s first game against Georgia under Anthony Grant. You’ll recall that Grant was linked to the Georgia job in rumors — although apparently only in rumors — before he was hired at Bama.

Feel free to discuss the game (it’s on SEC Network; Peachtree TV in Atlanta) . . .

59 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

February 20th, 2010
4:14 pm

It should be a good game.

supsalemgr

February 20th, 2010
4:23 pm

The location is great and if it can be modernized again, go for it. I was a student when it opened and saw the Dawgs upset Carolina with Billy Cunningham in its first year.

Only those who remember Woodruff Hall where the BB team played can appreciate what an upgrade Stegeman was when it opened. Woodruff was the only facility in the country where a basketball game could be postponed because of rain.

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
4:32 pm

I mentioned above that the Dogs are 0-4 vs. SEC West teams this season. They are 0-11 vs. the West dating back to last season.

Grovetown Dawg

February 20th, 2010
4:47 pm

Dawgs up by one at half…..Go Dawgs! too sloppy with the turnovers today….that has to stop for UGA to maintain that lead.

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
4:49 pm

Georgia up 30-29 at halftime. McPhee has 9 points on 3 threes. Thompkins and Leslie 6 points apiece. Pretty good crowd.

Grovetown Dawg

February 20th, 2010
4:49 pm

on a sidenote…..if UGA can renovate Stegeman and make it better, it’s wiser to renovate than build a new one, especially during these economic times.

Grovetown Dawg

February 20th, 2010
4:50 pm

When does UGA start spring practice?

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 20th, 2010
4:54 pm

Just get the cow poop smell out of the Heating and Cooling vents. Need to bring the Diving Mules Act back to Stegeman to generate revenue. Then tear the antiquated heap down or do away with UGA Basketball altogether

Billy Jack could fight

February 20th, 2010
4:56 pm

these teams are so evenly matched….I like Georgia’s chances…we need some points from Jackson and Barnes in the paint….

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
4:58 pm

Grovetown Dawg: March 4

Brian in Athens

February 20th, 2010
4:59 pm

It’s sad that no one will go to the games even after the renovations. I noticed the artists rendering has 5 people milling around in the concourse. Not a sell out in that future, huh?

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 20th, 2010
5:00 pm

Brian…. would you want to mill around smelling cow stench ?

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:00 pm

tim, so far so good in this game.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:01 pm

i only wonder which team will show up now: the one that beat tennessee or lost to south carolina.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 20th, 2010
5:03 pm

I bet it will be the 0-4 team against the SEC west teams to make it 0 – 5 !

Billy Jack could fight

February 20th, 2010
5:04 pm

todd..how about the one that beat South Carolina with a solid 2nd half last Saturday..???

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:08 pm

i was thinking about the group that folded in columbia. point well taken.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 20th, 2010
5:10 pm

Why dont they just make Stegeman Mark Richts indoor practice facility. I mean it stinks and so does the football team! Should be a great fit huh ?

Mark Fox

February 20th, 2010
5:20 pm

Where are all the fans????

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:21 pm

Alabama up 45-36.

Grovetown Dawg

February 20th, 2010
5:22 pm

bama pulling away…come on dawgs!

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

we cant hit a free throw

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:41 pm

Georgia, which leads SEC in free-throw shooting, is 2-9 on free throws today.

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:42 pm

Make that 2-10.

You are an Idiot-Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 20th, 2010
5:43 pm

Another case of someone who has no idea what they are talking about. I doubt you have ever been in stegman.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:45 pm

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:47 pm

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:48 pm

Thompkins puts Georgia within a basket at 60-58

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:48 pm

come on trey. free throws

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

UGA within a point, 60-59, after trailing by 13.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

why doesnt bama call time out?

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:51 pm

Tim Tucker

February 20th, 2010
5:51 pm

Thompkins gives Georgia the lead, four minutes to play.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:51 pm

3:51 to go. come on dogs

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:55 pm

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:56 pm

come on trey with the free throws

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:56 pm

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:57 pm

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

Tim, i surely hope UGA wins, but this sure is a fun game.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

65-63 Georgia

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:01 pm

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:02 pm

70=63 Georgia

F1Gator

February 20th, 2010
6:02 pm

Could be a preview of the 2010 football SEC match-up and outcome: UGA & Bama, UGA wins!

Louie

February 20th, 2010
6:03 pm

Well, where do I start.

Do the num-mutts play basketball?
I thought the home of college bball was Alexander Mem. Coliseum .

jackhammer, your comments are awaiting.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:03 pm

72-65 Georgia

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:04 pm

Dawgman566

February 20th, 2010
6:06 pm

Good win for the Dawgs today. If they ever learn to be more consistant from whistle to whistle then they may have something.

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:06 pm

9 seconds, Georgia 76-68

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:07 pm

Way to go DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 76-70