Georgia hosts Alabama on Tuesday night

The Georgia Bulldogs (12-11, 6-4) may feel as though they are looking in the mirror on Tuesday night when they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (15-8, 7-4) in Athens.

Both of these teams have been winning conference games with their defensive efforts, where they are ranked second (Alabama) and fourth (Georgia) in team defense in league play. The Tide, especially, have been suffocating SEC foes, limiting opponents to under 57 points a night.

Another major similarity between these two squads is that each team relies heavily on its backcourt to provide offensive. The Tide’s offense runs through junior point guard Trever Releford, who is netting 14 points and nearly 2 steals a night in SEC games this season.

A final manner in which these two squads are comparable is in their struggles to score baskets – Bama gets 58.7 points per conference game to Georgia’s 58.4. If the crew at ESPNU is anticipating offensive fireworks, they might be let down with what unfolds on the court inside Stegeman.

Alabama’s leading scorer in the paint is sophomore Nick Jacobs – an Atlanta native – who is averaging 6.7 points per game this year. Interestingly, the Tide are 6-1 in games in which Jacobs scores 8 points or more, so hopefully the Dawgs can limit his touches inside on Tuesday night.

For the most part though, Bama plays a four-guard line-up. so Georgia should look to take advantage inside with their superior size.

While it was refreshing to see the Dawgs win without a field goal from leading-scorer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Saturday, hopefully the game against Texas A & M was more of an anomaly than anything else.

A win on Tuesday evening and Georgia could catapult themselves into a tie for third place in the league.

As a fan of this Bulldog team, I have been finding myself scratching my head in amazement over the past day or so when I think about Georgia’s recent five-game run. The thought of UGA adding another win to this run is almost surreal.

However, a victory on Tuesday night might do more than shoot Georgia further up the league standings. Another successful effort by the Dawgs could garner some national media attention, and dare I say, put Georgia on the NCAA “Bubble”.

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5 thoughts on “Georgia hosts Alabama on Tuesday night

  1. I think that the dawgs have to go 5-3 or 6-2 for the rest of the season AND win a couple in the SEC tournament to have a chance at the dance. Even then, it may be tough because the team RPI can’t be very high and is hard to raise playing this year’s SEC teams. The NIT is far more likely (if we can get to 18 wins, of course).

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  2. I think if they finish with 10 conference wins and win a game or two in the SEC tourney, they at least put themselves in the conversation for one of those new first round games.

    Not to reflect on the past too much, but had Georgia taken care of Youngstown State and Iona they would be 14-9 and most likely already on the bubble.

    I am enjoying this ride right now though.

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    1. Yeah, I often think about those two losses and especially the one to Missy State all the time. Fact is, however, they were not ready to take care of business when they failed to do so.

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