Thompkins questionable for Dogs’ regular-season finale

(Georgia 73, LSU 53: Click here for game story.)

ATHENS — Amid the good news for Georgia’s basketball team Wednesday night –- a 20th win, a move into a second-place tie in the SEC East and fitting farewells to Stegeman Coliseum for two senior players — there was a bit of bad news:

Trey Thompkins is questionable for the regular-season finale at Alabama on Saturday.

Thompkins has been bothered this week by an injured toe and, according to coach Mark Fox, had part of a toenail removed on Tuesday. The tender toe obviously was bothering Thompkins in Wednesday’s game, limiting him to 22 minutes –- just six in the second half.

Afterward, Fox suggested Thompkins might not play in Tuscaloosa, where the Crimson Tide is unbeaten this season (15-0).

“I’m not sure, to be honest with you, if he’ll make it to the weekend,” Fox said. “We’ve got to get him healthy. The poor kid has been hurt the entire year.”

Thompkins, Georgia’s leading scorer (15.8 points per game) and rebounder (7.5 per game), had a severe ankle sprain at the start of the season and later had an injured shin.

With or without him, Georgia could benefit considerably from a win at Alabama if two other games break the Bulldogs’ way this weekend.

Wednesday’s 73-53 victory over a young LSU team put Georgia in a three-way tie with Kentucky and Vanderbilt for second place in the SEC East heading into the final weekend of the regular season. If Georgia remains tied with either or both of those teams, the Bulldogs would lose the tiebreaker for the No. 2 East seed and first-round bye in the SEC tournament. But if Georgia wins at Alabama, Vanderbilt loses at home to Florida and Kentucky loses at Tennessee, the Bulldogs would finish alone in second place and get the bye.

LSU coach Trent Johnson said after Wednesday’s game that as far as he is concerned, Georgia is an NCAA tournament lock. “I don’t know what everyone is worrying about,” said Johnson, a close friend of Fox’s. “There’s no question to me.” Fox wants to continue building the portfolio by winning at Alabama and in the SEC tournament, but he also feels strongly that the Bulldogs have proven their worthiness.

“Nine wins with a chance of 10 in this league, OK? Twenty wins in the regular season. A good nonconference resume,” Fox said. “I wouldn’t sit here and tell you that we’re in the NCAA tournament, that we can be satisfied with where we sit. Now, if I were sitting here with the selection committee, with some other coaches, I’d argue all day for our team. You’re darn right I’d argue all day for our team. I think we’ve put ourselves in great position, but we still have games to play, and we can’t be satisfied.”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

46 comments Add your comment

bluffton

March 3rd, 2011
5:58 am

First, I’d like to congratulate Coach Fox (today) on his season and tenure at UGA. He’d be first to say that some games slipped away this season, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida – but he coaches a great bunch of players. Coach Fox, ATTABOY!!!!!

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Beast from the East

March 3rd, 2011
6:23 am

Tough break w/ Thompkins. Hopefully, he can go on Saturday. My Gators could use another loss by Bama to clinch the regular season title outright. UGA needs a win by UF to try and get the 2 seed. We’ll be pulling for you guys over in Tuscaloosa.

tc

March 3rd, 2011
6:53 am

It is nice to have a basketball team at UGA. I was sitting on the couch watching the second half of the game when my middle school daughter came in the room and sat down and watched it with me and commented how good they were and that she did not know they had a team. It is great that we have a team. Thanks Coach Fox!

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Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
7:44 am

Get well Howard ( before I was Trey). Need your for the conference tourney and beyond. Stay in school!

Asheville Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
7:51 am

UGA relevant in basketball is priceless. We should make the NCAA, but would ensure the bubble process meaningless with a win over Bama.

YardDawg

March 3rd, 2011
7:56 am

Congratulations to Coach Fox and his Dawgs. Impressive turnaround from where the BB program was 2 years ago.

gt

March 3rd, 2011
7:56 am

Thompkins should be a poster child of what is good in Georgia both state and university athletics and the proof of Fox as a coach. So many times with Georgia in football and Tech in basketball the farmer ,being the high school system, dishes up the best produce and the cook spoils the dinner. Here is a case where talent is meeting potential. Not to be missed in this is the character of Thompkins. No high school cheating him by cheating on his grades or test scores, no prime time attitude, no confusion on the Fox part on how to coach this talent. Check the talent and resumes on the Georgia coaching bench. No gym bums punching out his kids because he can’t communicate in the king’s English what he is trying to say. Last year Georgia had a medical doctor practically coaching for free as an assistant. Fox like the coach at Duke or North Carolina gets it. Thompkins gets it. When we look at all that is wrong in our two school’s athletic programs here is something right, we should study it and repeat it and put more attention to it so those that follow have a better idea what real success is.

Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
8:05 am

gt,

I credit his parents – both of them( together) we’re present for vitually every high school game.

I credit Wesleyan School that provided him with an academic challenge, a christian-based nurturing environment and a competitive basketball program. He would have made a helluva tight end ( right, Coach Richt?) but didn’t play football. He was just another kid although he stood a foot above everyone else at school even though he was a “celebrity” if you want to call it that.

I credit his faith.

Howard (before I was Trey) is a good young man. I’m critical at times with his performance and attitude on the court. Off the court, he’s as good as they get. I hop that does not change.

Stick around Howard. Get your degree and hit the wieghts. The NBA is no going anywhere.

RaleighDawg

March 3rd, 2011
8:13 am

Gosh, I hope it’s not his pinkie toe !! Chipper had this a couple of years ago and was on the DL for 15 games !

Too Easy

March 3rd, 2011
8:18 am

Don’t even get me started about UGA’s latest Rhodes Scholar.

blazerdawg

March 3rd, 2011
8:21 am

Congrats to the UGA Bball Seniors. Price kissing the court at the end of the game was very cool. True Bulldog!

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2011
8:22 am

Congratulations to Coach Fox and thank you for doing things the right way!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, it feels good to type that after what we have put up with over the years.

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March 3rd, 2011
8:44 am

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Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
8:45 am

Regarding Davies dismissal from BYU. If true, unbelievable but I guess that’s what you sign up for….

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Michael

March 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

My Dad and I drove up from Augusta last night to see the game. This was my first time in the renovated Stegosaurus – it’s very nice (although the selections at the concession stands still are not all that great). IMHO, we are a good team but by no means are we a great team. I like Coach Fox a lot, but our team still has he tendency to fall into bad habits for three to five minute streches at a time, especially during the second half. We get very sloppy with our ball handling and with our passing. There were many trips down the floor last night 9especially in the awful first half) where our offense settled for poor three point attempts instead of hustling to the basket, and we also had no one around the rim to rebound when we would put up the long range jumpers. On the other hand, Gerald had his best game last night in a while. It was very cool to see JP kiss the G on the floor at the end of the game. We will miss JP and Chris – two good kids who have endured a lot in their four years in Athens.

Dawglasville

March 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

Buckeye That was a very nice gesture on your part.

Proud of Coach Fox, his staff, and especially the players. Those guys, especially all of the seniors, have been through hell and hopefully they will make the tournament. It is great to have meaningful basketball back in Athens. Thanks Dawgs.

Bawbie

March 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

Yes I agree a good team but not a great team. I see Fox getting about three or 4 more wins out of this team fin this season. Dawgs are a couple of years away of being a real good team though.

Dawglasville

March 3rd, 2011
9:15 am

gt Very nice as well. Now we have to sit on the edge of our seats and wait to see if Fox remains with UGA. The local media will have a lot to write about when basketball ends.

ga gator

March 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

Fox has done a great job this year. Should have won the game in Athens against the Gators except for a 30 footer in the first OT. IMO UGA fans should be patient with him as I believe he will be as successful as Billy has in Gainesville if given the time. The only thing that separated the 2 teams this year was UF’s superior depth.

Bawbie

March 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Furman 3 Dawgs 0…….. Fire Dave Perno !

Dirty Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

To listen to the announcers in last night’s game, you’d think that Trey was ’sittin’ the bench’ because of an ‘attitude’ issue – slumped shoulders, etc. – now we know that the kid’s been playing, still, hurt. Now I’ll admit that I think he can improve his skills further by given Georgia another year, but it his ‘head’ seems to be screwed on pretty darn straight.

At least once last night I saw Leslie drive to the foul-line and take an easy 13-15 foot jump shot that should be his bread and butter. Even the announcer said as much. If he would look for that shot instead of constantly driving into trouble under the basket, he’d average 25 a game…oh yeah, and learn to use his left hand.

I wouldnt make it at BYU

March 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

The guy at BYU was kicked off of the team for having sex with his girlfriend! I know it’s a Mormon school but still, are you kidding me? What, did the F police have a secret camera?

Lets see at BYU you cant drink, smoke, catch a buzz or have sex. Sounds like a swingin’ place..but not to worry..after you get married, then you can have 3 wives. Wow..Sounds like the plan would be to get married as a freshman to the first three hotties you met. Until that becomes a new school rule, they should just rename the school BYM.

DAWG ONE

March 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Coach Fox is a winner in every respect, as are these players! They have worked hard and as someone said, the seniors have endured a lot. A fitting reward would be for them to make the tourney.

McGarity and Adams would not dare let Coach Fox get away. Pay him well, gentlemen, and a new multi year contract as well. We’ve got the money, so not to worry folks.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

Even against a weaker LSU team, a win without much of the services of Thompkins is very good, showing their potential and growing maturity.

hop

March 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

Finally… We have a very good basketball coach at UGA. The big question is
will Georgia be able to keep him.

It is time to lock him up to a big time long term contract.
When we finally get a very good coach, another school
makes the big play and steals him away for more money!

Let’s hope the powers to be in Athens would have
learned their lesson.

PTC DAWG

March 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

Great job by all. Beat Bama…

Thompson, without a doubt...

March 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

…is the most overrated player in D1 – and he may be the softest, too…a total wuss…no way he should even THINK about going to the NBA for next year…

UGASlobberknocker

March 3rd, 2011
11:05 am

What are the chances both of these guys will come back next year?. Would either of them still go out if they knew they were NOT a lottery pick? I’m not sure how the NBA money works, is there enough money to be made in the lower half of the 1st round for them to come out?

IMO Leslie is a low 1st rounder and Tompkins is as well, having played himself out of being a lottery selection this yr .Both could put themselves in a lottery draft position next yr with another good yr at UGA. but that’s just me hoping..They may need the cash.. like a lot of people. ,,if so, go for it and good luck.

Coacher

March 3rd, 2011
11:12 am

I was glad to see us defend the on ball screen last night. It has been something that has gotten us in trouble a lot this year. It is obviously something the coaching staff has been working. Great job guys.

Hoops Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
12:02 pm

Classy post earlier Buckeye. I almost always enjoy your posts and I think that you have every right to tout the accomplishments of your Buckeyes just as we Dawg fans would be doing if we were ranked #1. Ga gator, Fox will be as successful as coach D (whom I really like by the way) if he can recruit like coach D. That is still an unknown at this point. It was great that he got Kentavious for next year and it hurts that he didn’t get Royal. But if he can get Tony Parker and a good point guard in 2012, I expect we will be well on our way to being respectable on a yearly basis.

mcdawg

March 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

we can beat bama with or without trey but it willhave to be a slugfest

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March 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

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BYRDDAWG

March 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

I’m so pumped that I bought SEC Tournament tix for the first time since Tubby!! GO DAWGS!!!!

Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Hoops, Dawless

Appreciate the kind words.

ga gator

March 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Hoops Dawg, if Fox could just keep half the top players in the ATL Metro area, he will be successful.

Dawg in Malta

March 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Congrats to Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes as seniors to finally help UGA get to the big dance once again?? I just watched the game from last night and got chills as Price left the court and kissed the “G” at midcourt!!! It reminded me of sitting in the old gator bowl and watching Buck Belue, Hershel & “run Lindsay run” with Munson and his memorable calls!! Thanks Coach Fox and all the guys…now let’s win Saturday and make a run in both the SEC & NCAA tournaments!!
Go Dawgs!!!

Wolfman

March 3rd, 2011
1:11 pm

UGA is a powerhouse… They beat the mighty Tech team by something like 1….

BYRDDAWG

March 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Wolfman that was @ Tech’s place where the home teams have pretty much owned this series as of late!& they actually beat North Carolina there!!!! Just sayin

Teriyaki Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
8:56 pm

I wonder if that girl in the BYU incident was hot? Scale of 1-10 how hot? Please respond. How did they get caught?

funny...

March 4th, 2011
9:58 am

Thompkins is so soft.

Hoops Dawg

March 4th, 2011
10:47 am

Ga gator,
I completely agree.

long time dawg fan

March 5th, 2011
4:39 pm

I give up on our bb program…truthfully, how many of y ou thought they would go to Alabama and win….ho, hum…same old same old…..wilt under pressure…can’t shoot free throws, can;t stop the other team from shooting the lights outl….why should the U OF G get a bid to the NC2A….guess they could go to the NIT, i.e., the Independence Bowl of BB, and maybe, only maybe, beat South Florida in a rematch….best they can look forward to is one more loss to Alabama in the tournament….

Student

March 7th, 2011
11:58 am

Well maybe he shouldnt be downtown all night after a loss…

Jborodawg

March 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

Long time…you’re obviously a Miss St “dawg fan” (or maybe some HS team that go by “dawgs”). You only have negative comments in the UGA blogs. With your constant negativity I can’t imagine you being a Georgia Bulldogs fan. Guess what else? We didn’t play South Florida this year…DA.