A few notes to start the week:
South Carolina 4-6
Each has been a struggle, but Georgia has won three consecutive SEC games — at Arkansas on a last-second free throw, at home over Auburn in overtime and at South Carolina in that inexplicable game Saturday in which Georgia allowed nine points in the first half and 47 in the second half and saw a 23-point lead dwindle to two in the course of 10 minutes before winning by four.
The Bulldogs, though, are 0-3 against the next three teams on their schedule –- Vanderbilt in Athens on Wednesday night, then Tennessee on the road Saturday and Florida on the road Feb. 24.
The Vanderbilt game will be a battle for sole possession of second place in the East. The Commodores are coming off a home victory over Kentucky and are No. 15 in the RPI.
Then the Tennessee and Florida games will be road rematches of Stegeman Coliseum games that Georgia lost on a buzzer-beating put-back (Tennessee) and in double overtime (Florida).
Should be an interesting couple of weeks. . . .
The Yellow Jackets broke the Bulldogs’ 24-match winning streak in the series with a 4-3 victory at Tech’s Bill Moore Tennis Center. It was Tech’s first win over Georgia in men’s tennis since 1988, the season before Diaz became head coach.
Tech coach Kenny Thorne, by the way, was a senior on the Tech team for that ‘88 victory over the Bulldogs.
Georgia opens at Stetson on Friday. The home opener is Feb. 23 vs. Furman at Foley Field.
Georgia’s 28-game home schedule includes non-conference games against Baylor (Feb. 25-27), Florida State (March 4-6), Georgia Tech (March 22) and Clemson (April 20). The first SEC home series is March 25-27 vs. LSU. The complete schedule is here.
– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog