From the notebook: a move up in the East … and a coach’s first loss to Tech

A few notes to start the week:

  • The SEC East men’s basketball standings are worth a glance today. Among the teams behind Georgia in the division: Kentucky and Tennessee.

Florida 9-2

Georgia 6-4

Vanderbilt 6-4

Kentucky 5-5

Tennessee 5-5

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. . . .

  • Manny Diaz went 22 years as head coach of the Georgia men’s tennis team without experiencing a loss to rival Georgia Tech — until Saturday.

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.

  • Nice words to type: It’s almost baseball season.

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

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Jwall

February 14th, 2011
11:15 am

Last place no more. So all the haters can shut up!!

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Who Cares

February 14th, 2011
11:52 am

This basketball team is going nowhere. They will beat LSU, but look for them to lose to Bama, Tenn, and Florida on the road, and to Vandy at home. Only team they have beaten at home was Kentucky, and Kentucky is worse than UGA on the road in the SEC. This team lacks leadership, and Trey and Leslie are to worried about getting drafted to provide any leadership or any maturity that this team needs to be successful. You would think that with 2 potential draft picks and with 2 preseason all conference players on this team that it could play some defense, and that it could handle a press, but you would be wrong. And as for Fox, he has yet to figure out how to coach his team to play defense, or teach them how to break a press or penetrate a zone defense. This is the worst halfcourt offense i have seen in a long time, and throw a zone at them, and they panic and launch 25ft jump shows, especially Trey&Leslie. I guess UGA fans can dream about their b.b team just like they can dream about their football team. The Gymastics team is even awful this year, guess the fans can dream about them too now!!

Eisendawg

February 14th, 2011
11:58 am

Well Jwall, obviously you did not get through with your message. And “Who Cares”, you are one miserable human being.

Jwall

February 14th, 2011
12:03 pm

You Must Care. You’re the one writing about UGA and not even a fan. Your team must be the one no one cares about!

Jwall

February 14th, 2011
12:07 pm

my point was last week when the article was about us being in last place everyone came on here saying we will always be a last place team. after we beat vandy on wed. we will be in 2nd alone!

bill_in_atl

February 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

If by “worst half-court offense I’ve seen in a long time” the poster above means “best I’ve seen since Harrick” then I’d agree.

They are struggling shooting from outside and this allows teams to pack it inside. They’re still getting a lot of looks at layups… that they are inexplicably missing too often. If they don’t miss layups and/or hit threes at a decent percentage then they are a tough team to beat.

Trey is lost on double teams. This is true…and is hard to comprehend.

This team could go 9-7 in the league and sneak into the NCAAs… and maybe even wind up in the sweet 16. They could also end up 7-9 and in lose in the first round of the NIT just as easily. (In fairness, this could be said about a lot of teams.)

NewnanDawg

February 14th, 2011
12:15 pm

Well, let’s see; the hoops team has 3 more total victories than all of last year, and 1 more SEC victory than all of last year with a lot of games left to be played. I do care, and they are vastly improved. This team has handled the press just fine most of the season, and if anyone saw them try to do it under Felton, that is saying something. The biggest thing this team needs to learn is how to mentally stay in it for 40 minutes. They built on their lead early in the second half, then just sort of checked out for 10 minutes. I will give credit though, to a bunch of very young SC players that came in and played very well, never seeming to care what the score was. I’m with Coach Fox and this team , and very pleased with the progression in year 2.
Go Dawgs!

Mr. Dawg

February 14th, 2011
12:17 pm

The Men’s basketball team could easily be either 8-2 or 4-6. So they are probably right where they should be. Hopefully Trey will be at his best down the stretch. Otherwise the close wins will be losses and the close losses will be not so close.

D A DoubleU G

February 14th, 2011
12:29 pm

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not Tennis!!!!!!!!

Dirty Harry

February 14th, 2011
12:51 pm

Tennis lost to Tech is no problem. Tech can’t win at anything now so we have to let them win at something or they will just lay down and not play like the basketball team is doing!!

this is who cares

February 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

anybody that takes the time to post on this blog cares !
how is techs season going so far ?

AltamahaDawg

February 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

RTR

February 14th, 2011
1:08 pm

Hey D A DoubleU G!!!! Remember me? Who cares about UGA basketball…. honestly they blow as does their football team!

DawginLex

February 14th, 2011
1:36 pm

UGA basketball on the upswing.

Do we really want college baseball to start?

Is Perno going to survive?

VININGSDAWG

February 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

Oh Mercy! Baseball is starting, how embarrassing will it be this year?

Coach Grohbo

February 14th, 2011
2:00 pm

All of UGA’s sports programs this year have been a disgrace.

Even stalwarts like gymnastics, tennis, and equestrian are embarrassments.

But the biggest embarrassment is yet to come. Watch David Perno try to learn how to be a pitching coach.

If you thought last year was bad, this is going to be hilarious.

Meanwhile, the UGA athletic board is sitting on over $65 million of your money and not putting it back into the athletic programs.

You Georgia fans are being taken for fools.

Did you get your contributions in for 2011?

suwaneedawg

February 14th, 2011
2:10 pm

Who Cares, who cares what you think? That’s what I thought, no one. NEXT?!

Ron O

February 14th, 2011
2:17 pm

I have been somewhat disappointed in the play of this team. They tend to lapse into playground mode like they did in the second half of SC game. I find it telling that Thompkins said recently he could “pick up his game” !! WTF, he should be playing at the highest level he can every game. Who Cares good be right but I think they beat Vandy, LSU and Bama.

nerds! nerds! nerds!

February 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

RIP Kudzu Crazies

Hector

February 14th, 2011
2:59 pm

I CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tennis and gymnastics

February 14th, 2011
3:08 pm

Tennis and gymnastics are an embarrassment? You really are putting UGA sports on a pedestal if you set the bar that high. Quite a compliment to the Dogs athletic program. Glad you are recognizing that at UGA, we are not a one trick pony: 130 plus SEC titles, 30 plus NCAA titles in 8 different sports.

Gymnastics- ranked 4th in the nation
Men’s tennis- will be in the top ten when all is said and done
Women’s tennis- will make a run at the NCAA title this year.

Hector

February 14th, 2011
3:20 pm

Why is this team so hot and cold?? Lite a fire, Coach Fox!!!

AFDawg

February 14th, 2011
4:11 pm

Coach Grohbo, Just because you say it doesn’t mean it is true. Equestrian is # 1 in the nation and just beat # 2 Auburn. Gymnastics is # 4 in the nation with a squad full of freshmen and a lot of injuries — they’ll make a run for the SEC Championship if they get a few gymnasts back to full health. Both men’s and women’s tennis are nationally ranked (like they always are) and will make a run for the SEC and National Championships. Oh, and you forgot to mention our # 4 in the nation softball team. Me thinks you know not what you talk about.

Coach Grohbo

February 14th, 2011
4:14 pm

Your gymnastics team just got smoked by Florida. You are not #4 anymore.

Your men’s tennis team just got smoked by Ohio State 6-1.

Your women’s tennis team, oh yes, a loss to North Carolina.

ugab

February 14th, 2011
7:43 pm

Need some outside shooters. Learn to keep a lead. Can’t go to the post every play,

AR Dawg

February 14th, 2011
9:06 pm

UGA a 10 seed in the SE region in the latest espn bracket… a fairly easy bracket too… just win baby!

JC

February 14th, 2011
10:45 pm

I have watched us miss too many medium range jump shots this year to think something will suddenly change when (IF) we make the tourney…we are missing the key ingredient of successful NCAA teams, an above average med/long range shooter. If we had that ingredient, this team would be dangerous…but without it, we are easy to defend. We are so athletic, but that can only take you so far.

Upstate Dawg

February 14th, 2011
11:22 pm

The Dawgs are well on their way to a 20-win season. A finish in the upper half of the SEC East and a ticket to the Big Dance are likely. Three cheers to Coach Fox and the team for not listening to the doubters and just keep moving forward. Bring on Vandy.

BornADawg

February 15th, 2011
9:03 am

Many of these posters here wouldn’t know a BB from a pumpkin. Some posters here stating opinions and not facts about home wins, breaking presses, rebounding …If you don’t know what you are talking about, and many of you don’t, STFU! Your rants and delusional opinions carry no weight with true, knowlegable fans when you can’t even get your facts straight,,,And you know who you are! You’re the one making up all the BS as you go!

Good Dawg

February 15th, 2011
9:38 am

N.GA.DAWG

February 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

All I know is we are better than we were last year and we got a lot of upside. Trey’s not playing well right now and someone pointed out not hitting the mid range jumpers. I dont think we have to many on the team that can exept for Thomkins. Ware does not shoot enough in my opinion and he is a guy that can be a huge diff. later on. I might add that Robinson Jr. has not had a great week either. Win the home games we have left and we are in. Steal a couple on the road and we will be 7th seed or better. Right about now is when you want you team to start the peak mode and hope they do it for the next month or so.

Flynn

February 16th, 2011
5:37 am

Who cares. It’s UGA, the Cesspool of the South.

3rd Gen Bulldog

February 16th, 2011
10:40 am

Flynn, it’s funny; but over the years, I’ve only seen that “cesspool” term used by Tech “fans.” Perhaps you think if you keep saying (or writing) it, then eventually it will become true. It must be hard not to be bitter when you’ve spent your entire life (not to mention the entire previous generation) laying prostrate looking up at your archrival with their foot on your throat… metaphorically speaking, of course.

michael

February 17th, 2011
6:13 am

Believe it or not, I think the Dawgs play better without Trey Thompkins in the line up. It was clearly evident again last night against Vandy!