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.

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8 thoughts on “Dawgs fall to Vanderbilt 63-62 in Nashville

  1. Another tough loss-a game we should have won. Giving up a 17 point lead is hard to defend. KCP is entitled to a mistake. The pattern seems to be the same. The big guys can’t catch and when they do, can’t score. Forcing the ball inside or throwing the pass out of bounds is a killer move. And by the way, the guy that can catch ans score sat on the bench the entire game. Georgia is a very good road team, just don,t have the talent in the game when it comes down to crunch time.
    Also, Fox was asked about the lack of playing time for Gaines. His answer “poor defense”. Huh?

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  2. I would love to hear thoughts on CMF. We have won more SEC games than I could have expected. However his style is not clear to me and I am unable to tell if the wins are because of his system or because of other factors like the SEC having an off year.

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  3. Announcers last night said Gaines had an injured heel. My Lord, if he was healthy why in the world wasn’t he in there! I’ve been thinking that Gaines’s defense has improved a ton over the past several weeks. I missed most of the second half (until the last 3 minutes). Did Cannon ever get in the game? I’m so sick of Dixon’s ineptitude and Florveous’s inability to catch the ball that I’m ready to scream. If we had a couple of decent bigs, this team could be tough!

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