Archive for January 31st, 2012
The Georgia Bulldogs (10-10; 1-5) are currently locked in a tie with South Carolina for last place in the SEC basketball division-less standings. The Dawgs, who are 0-2 in conference road games this season, have an opportunity to grab hold of the SEC ladder and climb out of the cellar with a win in Auburn Arena on Wednesday night (coupled with a South Carolina loss at #11 Florida).
Georgia is looking up at Auburn in the standings where the Tigers sit at 2-5, both wins this season coming at home.
If these two teams can combine for more than 100 points on Wednesday I think that they should celebrate together afterwards, regardless of the outcome of the game.
The Dawgs and the Tigers aren’t just at the bottom of the conference standings; they are both producing basement-level offensive SEC statistics in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, etc.
The point is that neither team can score and the fact that both of them are shooting below 37% from the floor in SEC play is probably a major contributing factor.
Auburn’s leading scorer is junior point guard Frankie Sullivan who is the only Tiger scoring in double-digits in conference games at 11.7 points per contest. To be fair, Georgia’s Kentavious-Caldwell Pope (15 ppg) and Gerald Robinson, Jr. (12.5 ppg) are the only Bulldogs netting more than 10 per game as well.
Auburn’s one strength – I’m not kidding, they only have one – is that they rebound the ball pretty well as a team. The Tigers are 3rd in the SEC in both total rebounds (36.3) and offensive rebounds (13.3), giving them a huge advantage on the glass against a Georgia team that sports the second-worst rebounding margin in the league at -8.2.
Another piece of information that is of note is that Auburn beat Ole Miss – a team the Dawgs lost to in Athens – in double-overtime 69-68 back on January 14th.
Georgia’s season has officially gone sour after back-to-back home losses to Mississippi and Kentucky, leaving the Dawgs record at an even .500 on the year.
Another road loss (especially to Auburn) could change the adjective to describe the season from “sour” to “dismal” pretty quick.
I might go so far as to proclaim that a Tiger win would mean that Georgia’s campaign had totally derailed.
Let’s hope that the week off has given Coach Mark Fox a chance to figure out a way to put another “W” in the win column.
Any other thoughts?