We all know that the University of Georgia is a football school, and will always be a football school. However, UGA also participates in a number of other collegiate athletics and this blog is going to be dedicated to one of them – Men’s Basketball.
I know, I know…why would anyone (even a UGA grad or fan) give two thoughts to the UGA Men’s basketball team? Besides a miraculous SEC Tournament Championship two years ago (which can be mostly attributed to the tornado that ripped through Atlanta, GA and rendered the Georgia Dome unsuitable for the remainder of the tournament – the final 2 rounds of the tournament were played in Georgia Tech’s gym with only family & friends present), the state of affairs of the basketball team has been in meddling in mediocrity since the Jim Harrick meltdown.
I am a University of Georgia graduate (2001) and a HUGE sports fan. I love UGA football (by “love” I mean I wake up on Gameday Saturdays with the same nerves that I remember having before high school basketball games), but I am also part of a rare breed of Dawgs fans that actually cares/follows the basketball team as well. That is why I started this blog – hopefully I can help build interest and support (or the “brand” as UGA Athletics Director Damon Evans likes to say) amongst my fellow Dawgs fans for the UGA basketball team.
With this blog I hope to try to talk about the team, analyze some aspects of the games and the opponents and maybe make a few more people turn on Comcast Channel number 7 every now and then to watch the Hoop Dawgs on Peachtree TV. I was a decent high school basketball player (good shooter, bad dribbler) that only gained minimal interest from a handful of D-II & D-III schools, so I am by no means the Jay Bilas of the basketball media…but I do think that I understood the game pretty well when I played, and that I still understand most of it now – except for the shift away from the black ankle socks made popular by Michigan’s Fab Five…I loved those!
Here is a link to the Dawgs schedule this year – I suggest you memorize it (or at least print it out?).
Here are some things I like about this years team:
- Mark Fox – the Dawgs desperately needed a breath of fresh air at coach and I think Fox will be just that. In five years at Nevada, he took his team to the NCAA tournament three times. He is used to succeeding without too much depth, which is exactly what he has inherited in this year’s team
- Trey Thompkins – great shooter that now has an inside game after a summer of hitting the weights and bulking up…look for him to be one of the premier forwards in the SEC.
- Chris Barnes – this guy is going to be one of the bigger bruisers in the conference. I anticipate that Barnes averages 8 rebounds a game and maybe even 8 or 9 points as well.
There is a game Tuesday night in Athens, GA at “The Steg” against the Saint Louis Billikens…check back tomorrow for the unveiling of the definition of the word “Billiken”.