Post Tennessee Notes

Georgia native Kenny Hall thoroughly enjoying a Thompkins jam

After last night’s win, CBS Sportsline has the Dawgs RPI at 73 (almost on the coveted first page!) and their Strength of Schedule is 6th hardest in the country.

On Feb 14,2004, the Dawgs beat Kentucky 74-68 in Athens…this was the last time Georgia beat an opponent ranked in the Top 10 (and they’ve had 9 tries).

As my friends and I were walking into the game, we heard people negotiating ticket prices in excess of $75 dollars apiece.  Coach Fox definitely is generating some interest in UGA basketball around the Bulldawg Nation.

Bruce Pearl played both Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins against Georgia on Saturday.  This was the first game that these two players saw action in since the “incident”.  That means that not only did the Dawgs end the Vols’ 5-game post-Tyler Smith win streak (something the Kansas Jayhawks couldn’t do), they did it against a stronger Tennessee lineup (with 8 scholarship players).

Calling out Mark Bradley – after the Georgia Bulldogs upset the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Athens earlier this season, Mark Bradley of the AJC made the bold statement that the Bulldogs had merely one player (Trey Thompkins) who would make Tech’s 10-man rotation.

First off, I would take Trey Thompkins over any player on the Yellow Jacket roster – he is averaging more points than anyone on Tech and he beat them in a head-to-head matchup.  Gani Lawal is a great forward that plays very hard, but he doesn’t have the outside game or ball-handling skills that Thompkins possesses.

What about Travis Leslie?  Does Bradley really believe that Paul Hewitt wouldn’t prefer to have Leslie (13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 ESPN Highlights) instead of D’Andre Bell, Iman Shumpert, Brian Oliver, Glen Rice, Jr., etc?  I won’t even list these players statistics because they are not comparable – click here if you like numbers.

6 thoughts on “Post Tennessee Notes

  1. I really love newspapers, and I hate what is happening to them, but maybe it will be a good thing when the AJC inevitably collapses so that Mark Bradley can never slam our school again.


  2. Leslie is absolutely the most improved player on the Georgia roster in my opinion. Isn’t it amazing that the previous coaching staff sould not find a way to coach (and thus, use) this guy. I finally came to the realization that a coaching change was necessary by the mismanagement of Leslie land Jeremy Price–two players that could have been ruined by the way they were handled. All it takes to turn things around is a coach!!!


    1. I totally agree with you…Leslie has got to be one of the most improved players in the nation.

      He and Price played together at Columbia High School in Decatur, GA, and they won a state championship.

      I played basketball for Lakeside High School in Atlanta, GA, and we used to play Columbia twice a year since they were in our region.

      They still have the same head coach, Dr. Phillip McCrary. Once their season ends, I am going to try to get some time to sit down with him (hopefully he still remembers me) and interview him about Leslie and Price for a blog entry.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.