Due to some holiday traveling complications, I only managed to catch the last 4 minutes of the third overtime in Georgia’s win over Mercer last night. At that time, UGA held a 75-72 lead over the Bears before getting three-pointers from Kenny Gaines and Neme Djurisic, which basically sealed the game for the Dawgs, giving them a 86-77 victory.
I did happen to catch Coach Fox’s post game press conference in which he gave Mercer “a lot of credit”, but he also lamented his own team’s mental preparation heading into this game. Apparently, Fox was concerned that his players’ heads were still stuck in the clouds, enjoying the recent wins over Seton Hall and Colorado. So concerned was he about their mentality that during the team’s morning shoot around yesterday Fox stopped practice and placed a garbage can in the middle of the court, demanding that his guys metaphorically “throw away the last two games”. Considering that it took three overtimes to get by Mercer, I’m not sure that this strategy can be considered a complete success; although, it’s certainly entertaining to hear about.
Georgia wraps up the 2014 with a tough road assignment at Kansas State this Wednesday, the place where Fox claims to have acquired the bulk of his basketball knowledge.
If anyone has any further insights or feedback on yesterday’s game your comments would be most appreciated below.