Clippers send Travis Leslie to D-League

As if the 79-49 whipping that the Georgia men’s basketball team received last night at the hands of Kentucky wasn’t damaging enough to the psyche of the UGA players and fans, today the Bulldog program took another shot on the chin as its NBA representation was slashed by 25% with the Los Angeles Clippers’ demotion of Travis Leslie.

Leslie, a three-year player for the Dawgs and a key member of last season’s NCAA Tournament team, was designated today – according to ESPN LA – to the Bakersfield Jam of the Developmental League.  He appeared in only 8 of the Clippers first 33 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1 rebound per game.

Travis Leslie’s latest tweet revealed some frustrations the young man obviously has with his team’s decision:

“How can u prove something when u don’t get a chance”

Leslie’s decision to forgo his senior season at Georgia raised a few eyebrows as many observers and fans thought that he might benefit from one more year of college basketball so that he could enhance his shooting and dribbling skills.

I do not know Travis Leslie’s family situation and what role that played in his choosing to leave early, but I am almost positive that some hot-shot agent filled his head with a lot of lofty promises that most likely nudged him towards turning pro.

I hope that Leslie makes the most of his opportunity in Bakersfield so that he will enjoy a speedy return to the NBA.

Kentucky buries Georgia 79-49 in Rupp

The Georgia Bulldogs (13-16; 4-11) have slowly progressed over the season, improving ever so slightly, game by game.

Kentucky, however, has gotten A LOT better since the last time these two teams met in Athens.

The game seemed over from the start, with Kentucky opening up a 7-0 advantage prior to Coach Mark Fox’s first timeout 17:25 into the first half.

Before Georgia knew what had hit them the Wildcats had built up a 37-19 lead, due largely in part to the fact that Kentucky knocked down 6 three-pointers before the break.  It didn’t help matters that in the first half the Dawgs were an icy 8 for 27 from the floor.

Things only got worse for the Bulldogs after the intermission as the Cats sank 9 more shots from beyond the arc, where they finished the game above 55%.  At one point in the second half, Kentucky connected on 7 consecutive three-pointers which put them up 72-31 with 9:41 left to play.

This perimeter onslaught from the Wildcats was unbearable to watch, and after the smoke had finally cleared Coach Calipari’s team had cruised out of Rupp Arena with a 79-49 victory.

Once again, Georgia was lit up by senior guard Darius Miller, who led all Wildcat scorers with 17 points.

Sophomore Donte Williams was the one and only bright spot for UGA, leading his team with 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds.  Williams was relentless on the offensive glass, throwing down a multitude of put-back dunks off of his teammates’ misses.

The Dawgs obviously did not match-up well on paper with this #1 Kentucky team heading into the game, and shooting 33% from the floor and just 3 for 19 from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help.

Georgia was carted into Rupp arena on a serving platter as huge underdogs, and they definitely played their part in the blowout loss in Lexington on Thursday.

Hopefully Coach Fox’s team can regroup quickly so that they will be prepared to take on South Carolina in Athens this Saturday, a game that UGA must win if they hope to stay out of the SEC cellar.