Some notes and numbers this morning:
– Georgia’s recent road record in men’s basketball might be even worse than you think. Yes, Saturday’s loss at LSU dropped the Dogs to 0-11 in opponents’ arenas for this season. But that merely continues a mind-boggling seven-year stretch of futility on the road. The Dogs are now 2-28 on the road over the past three seasons and a mind-boggling 8-63 over the past seven seasons. In five of the seven seasons, Georgia has won one road game or none. Horrific.
– Fascinating quote in a story by David Hale the other day on Georgia’s Caleb King-Washaun Ealey tailback tandem: “We’ve talked about it,” King said, “and we’re both pushing for 1,000 [yards rushing] apiece. I think we can do it.” That sent me to the record book. Georgia has never had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season, of course, and has had only 10 seasons with one 1,000-yard rusher -– half of those seasons accounted for by Herschel Walker (1980-81-82) and Knowshon Moreno (2007-2008). But Hale pointed out that if Ealey and King maintain last season’s averages per carry (5.7 and 5.2 yards, respectively) and get an average of 15 carries per game for 13 games, they’d finish the season with 1,014 yards (King) and 1,111 yards (Ealey). Hey, that’s more fun to ponder than the road basketball record, isn’t it?
– Speaking of numbers, you’ve probably already noticed that the tailback tandem now wears consecutive numbers -– Ealey switching to No. 3 and King remaining No. 4.
– Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft has former UGA defensive tackle Jeff Owens going in the first round — No. 31 to Indianapolis. That’s higher than other projections I’ve seen.
– For a team with a bottom seed, Georgia’s position is actually pretty good in this week’s SEC basketball tournament in Nashville. The Dogs’ opener is against a team on a five-game losing streak. (Arkansas.) And if Georgia gets past that game, its next opponent will be a team the Dogs beat in Athens and led by five points with 33 seconds left in regulation on the road before losing in overtime. (Vanderbilt).
– If you missed it, a teammate “definitely” thinks Trey Thompkins will be back at UGA next season.
– More from Nashville later today.