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Dawgs Rout Rebel Black Bears 98-76

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The Georgia Bulldogs (13-3; 2-1) put on an offensive clinic in Oxford on Saturday night, whipping Ole Miss on their home court 98-76 and getting Coach Mark Fox his first (hopefully of many) SEC road win.

I cannot remember a more efficient offensive performance by a Georgia team in the past decade (if anyone can please comment and add a link).  The Dawgs shot 63.5% from the field as a team, had five players score in double-figures and only had one player (Donte Williams) shoot under 50% from the field.

Georgia set the tone early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead on a Dustin Ware three-pointer and a bucket and some free throws from Jeremy Price.  The Rebels were able to close the gap to 9-5 with 17:03 left in the first half, but that was as close as it would get.  The Ole Miss crowd was taken out of this game before it even started.  It was so quiet you could hear Houston Nutt’s (in attendance) thumbs fervently crunching text messages on his Blackberry.

Georgia shot a sizzling 67% from the field in the first half, with Gerald Robinson, Jr., Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie scoring 13, 11 and 10, respectively.

I’m trying not to gush over the Dawgs’ offense too much, but it was unbelievable how successful they were against Ole Miss.  Mark Fox’s Bulldogs dished out a season-high 26 assists, while limiting themselves to only 7 turnovers.

And can someone please tell me where the Georgia Bulldog team that shot just 60.1% from the line before SEC play went?  The Dawgs were nearly perfect from the line on Saturday, burying 26-27 from the charity stripe and making all 17 of their second-half free throw attempts.  Through the first three SEC games, Georgia is now shooting 88.2% from the free throw line, which is by far tops in the conference.

Gerald Robinson put in another superb effort, and he is starting to look like one of the better guards in the conference.  GR2 led the Dawgs on Saturday with 22 points and 5 assists, and he looked real smooth doing it.  Robinson shot it well again from the perimeter, sinking all three of his three-point attempts – he’s hitting 60% of his shots from beyond the arc in conference play.  GR2 could become totally unstoppable with an outside shot, since he can blow by most defenders off the dribble.

As if GR2’s offensive output wasn’t enough, he also locked-down Ole Miss’ leading scorer, Chris Warren.  Warren came into the game netting nearly 19 points per game, yet on Saturday he mustered just 9 points on 3 of 12 shooting from the floor, his lowest scoring tally of the season.  Robinson frustrated Warren early and often, and he didn’t even hit a field goal until nearly 10 minutes had elapsed in the first half.  GR2 has now shut down two of the SEC’s best point guards – Kentucky’s Brandon Knight and Ole Miss’ Chris Warren…pretty impressive stuff.

Trey Thompkins really peppered the stat sheet on Saturday, scoring 21 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.  Offensively, Trey looked like an NBA lottery pick, canning shot after shot.

After the Vanderbilt game, there seemed to be a sense of frustration among the Georgia fan base with regards to the play of  Jeremy Price and Dustin Ware.  Bulldog fans wanted more from this team’s veteran role players, and on Saturday they got it.  Dustin Ware stepped up and poured in 15 points to go along with a team-leading 9 assists.  Ware looked confident and ready to shoot on offense, hitting 2 of his 3 three-point attempts.  Price rebounded (no pun intended) well from the Vandy game as well, finishing with 12 points and leading Georgia with 6 boards.

All and all, it was truly just a great team effort.  Georgia appeared poised from the beginning, and they looked like a team deserving of a national ranking.  And most importantly, the Dawgs (and Coach Fox) finally got the monkey off their back and won an SEC road game for the first time in over a year.

The Dawgs now sit at 2-1 in league play, and they will head home for a three-game home stand against Tennessee, Mississippi State and Florida.  Getting this road win at Ole Miss was huge, and it gives Georgia a great opportunity to build up a solid conference record.

P.S.  The Colorado Buffaloes beat Oklahoma State on Saturday 75-71, making them now 3-0 in the Big 12 and 14-4 overall.  Georgia beat the Buffs 82-74 back in November without the services of Trey Thompkins.  This win is beginning to look like a “quality win” (especially if analysts note that it was without Trey), and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Colorado end up in the NCAA Tournament in March.

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Written by hoopdawg

January 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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  1. This game was never in question. Just fantastic to watch. It’s beginning to look like if we get good guard play we will be nearly impossible to beat. It was also great to see some solid play off the bench from Marcus Thornton. He’s been playing great D and if he can develop some sort of offensive presence he’ll be a terrific option off the bench.

    Justin

    January 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

  2. Great write-up as usual, hoopdawg. You’ve got a typo on: And can someone please tell me where the Georgia Bulldog team that shot just 60.1% from the field…you meant the line. I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps, the Dawgs just mentally weren’t at the top of their games during the “pre-season.”

    Between the increased FT efficiency, more focus on the boards and fewer turnovers, the team definitely is now a force. With the homestand coming up, I’m hoping Dawg fans will come out of the woodwork to have Stegeman at a fever pitch. Three quality teams are coming to town but we are capable of winning all three. I can hardly wait ’til Tuesday. GO DAWGS

    Upstate Dawg

    January 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  3. Let’s beat the Pearl-less Vols!

    History Dawg

    January 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  4. I’ve been a die hard bulldog hoops fan since attending my first game as a freshman in the Fall of ’80. I can’t remember the last time that I was this excited about the team!!!

    misterF

    January 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

  5. You’re right on the money about Dustin Ware. In the first minute of play he caught the ball ready to shoot and continued to play a fantastic all-around game. GR2 already looks like the best point guard we’ve had since Vern Fleming (with apologies to Rashad Wright and Sundiata Gaines). Go Dawgs!

    sansho1

    January 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  6. Great job yesterday, anybody know why Barnes didn’t play, not complaining just wondering. Easy on Rashad Wright, he was the best point guard in the last 20 years we have had. -GR2 is good, but Rashad was an absolute floor general.

    macdaddy

    January 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  7. Great write-up Hoop. This was our best all around game of the year, and that is saying something after the Ky game. Don’t know how many of y’all noticed, but South Carolina took down Florida at the O-center on Saturday. Ellington looks like the real deal for them (another defensive assignment for GR2??) There are no weak teams this year in the SEC-East!

    Hoops Dawg

    January 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    • I saw that score too and was very surprised…SC has now beaten Vandy and Florida. Who would have predicted that after losing Devan Downey from last year’s team, Carolina would actually get better???

      hoopdawg

      January 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

  8. This was a fantastic game to watch. The offense was running like clockwork. So many assists.

    I can only think of one game that may compare for an offensive explosion in the past few years: the game where we beat Florida with Herman as the coach finishing out for Felton. I think we scored about 100 in that one.

    Decatur Dawg

    January 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

  9. I have been following Georgia hoops since 1980. Starting following BB the year after Jerry West graudated at WVU 1961 when I was 11 and that team I think finished 5th. with all american, Rod Thorn. Also had a guard of Rhetton (father of Mary Lou Rhetton). I had season tickets the year UGA went to the final four. The best asset of this year team is that they play TEAM basketball. For the most part they play for the best shot (when they play their best you see high # of assists and high shooting %). There weakness is lack of defense against the block, blocking out,parimeter defense (its improving)and lack of a great consistent shooter. Foul shooting appears what coach Fox says they shoot in practice near 80%). We must keep coach Fox if this program is going to the next level. Recruiting will jump to the next level.

    Fox's Dawgs

    January 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

  10. [...] at home in the cozy confines of Stegeman Coliseum.  The Dawgs are coming off arguably their best offensive output of the season, and they have won 10 of their last 11 games [...]

  11. I thought this game was a great example of how good Fox’s coaching is compared to the Felton years. He’s obviously addressed some of the issues that were haunting the Dawgs earlier this season. Not only the improved foul shooting, but the Dawgs also showed they knew how to attack the zone, which was a problem in previous games. I’m not hating on Felton, but his teams just never seemed to adapt that well.

    MarkS

    January 18, 2011 at 9:37 am


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