Georgia‘s (3-1) rebounding and shooting woes continued on Tuesday night in Kansas City, as the Bulldogs were blown out 70-46 by a superior California Bear team.
Believe it or not, the Dawgs actually held a 25-22 lead over Cal with 5:16 remaining in the half following a lay-in by Nemanja Djurisic. However, Georgia proceeded to miss their last six shots before the break, allowing the Bears to open up a 36-25 lead after a 14-0 Cal run.
As if that weren’t enough, the Bears continued to throttle the Dawgs by pushing their lead up to 53-29 with only 10 minutes left in the game. That’s right folks – Cal went on a 31-4 run over 14 minutes to bury the Bulldogs quickly in the second half.
Georgia’s Donte Williams and Gerald Robinson sat out most of the first half due to foul trouble, which is upsetting considering that Williams is definitely establishing himself as the Dawgs’ only inside presence. For what its worth, Williams did have 6 points and 3 rebounds in limited time, and he’s really starting to improve in the paint.
The Dawgs’ shooting so far this season has been nothing short of horrific, and Tuesday night was no different. Georgia shot just 33.3% from the floor and connected on only 4 of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc. This game marked the second time this year that the Bulldogs have made less than 40% of their field goals, a trend that will surely result in an awful season for this team if it continues.
Cal out-rebounded UGA by a tally of 35-25, another trend that is slowly becoming a trademark of this Bulldog team.
Gerald Robinson looked out of control from the start, picking up two quick fouls and finishing the game with just 9 points before fouling out. He struggled to stay in front of Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez defensively, allowing the senior to finish the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
It’s hard to take away anything positive from a 24-point drubbing, but for the game’s first 15 minutes Georgia looked like a real basketball team. The Dawgs were trading buckets with the Bears, and they didn’t appear to be intimidated by going up against a more experienced, ranked opponent. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started off the game red-hot, canning two threes en route to a quick six points. Unfortunately, he immediately cooled off, finishing the game with 10 points to lead the Dawgs in scoring.
In the end however, Cal looked like a team that deserved its ranking, and this team will most likely be accepting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament come March.
Georgia, on the other hand, looked more like Wofford, Bowling Green or South Dakota State – take your pick.