Dawgs fall to Vanderbilt 63-62 in Nashville

Three quick takeaways from last night’s game between Georgia and Vanderbilt:

1. Yes, if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope doesn’t dribble the ball off of his foot and out of bounds with 19 seconds remaining, Vanderbilt would have had to foul him, giving UGA a chance to extend its 62-61 lead. This scenario may have eliminated the ‘Dores’ chances of making a fade-way shot to win or tie the game. However, without KCP the Dawgs would have never even been in the position that they were in, so it’s difficult to assign too much blame on the young man, who finished the night with 20 points and 14 rebounds, including two monster three-pointers in the last two minutes to tie the game.

2. Vandy’s 16-0 second-half run that put them up 52-47 with just 5:35 left to play definitely played a major factor the team’s victory last night. However, once again, Georgia has failed to capitalize on an opponent’s early offensive struggles.

In last night’s game, Vanderbilt had just 5 points after nearly 13 minutes of first-half play, yet the Georgia lead was just 17-5 due to the Dawgs’ offensive ineptitude.

Similarly, in the South Carolina game last Saturday, UGA limited the Cocks to only 2 points for the first 10 minutes of the game – however, Georgia’s advantage was just 5 points (with a 7-2 lead).

And in the game against Alabama, the Dawgs held the tied to merely 6 points through the game’s initial 10 minutes, but Georgia was only able to muster a 13-6 lead.

While UGA’s defense continues to be strong, especially out of the gates, their inability to score early and put teams aways is beginning to become a major liability.

3. Georgia is not out of the woods yet when it comes to avoiding playing in the opening Wednesday round of this year’s SEC tournament. Last night’s loss to Vanderbilt put’s UGA’s SEC record at 7-8, just one game ahead of the Dores.

Georgia’s remaining schedule: Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama

Vandy’s remaining schedule: Auburn, Florida, South Carolina

Realistically, both teams could finish 8-10 in conference with Vandy holding the head-to-head advantage.