The Georgia Bulldogs certainly did not display any of the same sluggishness today that plagued them at home against Auburn and South Carolina. The Dawgs came out of the gates firing, knocking down 5 of 9 three-pointers in the first half, which enabled Mark Fox’s team to take a 41-23 advantage into the break.
Missouri’s offense, or lack there of, was another contributor to the large halftime margin. The Tigers’ backcourt was undisciplined, content with taking quick, off-balanced shots from the outside. Mizzu appeared to have zero purpose offensively, which led to a 25% shooting performance from the floor heading into the intermission.
Georgia cooled off after the break, making only 2 of 13 from beyond the arc, but the Tigers remained cold as well. The Dawgs boosted their lead to 53-27 with 13:47 remaining after an athletic tip-in by Cameron Forte, but the game sort of stalled after that play. Both teams combined for only 10 points over the next 7 minutes, and UGA coasted to a 68-44 home win.
While Georgia only shot 39% from the floor in this one, the Dawgs did move the ball quite well on offense, dishing out a season-high 18 team assists.
Neme Djurisic, who has turned into a source of instant offense over the past two games, led all scorers with 14 points. The only other Bulldogs to finish in double-figures were Cameron Forte and J.J. Frazier, who scored 10 points apiece.
While this game may have lacked some of the dramatic flair of the past two wins at Bama and Ole Miss, it was refreshing to see Mark Fox’s team absolutely dominate a lesser opponent, taking them out of the game before it could even really start.
With LSU’s home win over Ole Miss this afternoon, UGA finds itself in a three-way tie at 10-6 for 4th place in the SEC; though, LSU would get the 4th seed in the conference tournament if the season ended today since the Tigers own tie-breakers over both the Dawgs and Rebels.
Today’s victory over Missouri marks Georgia’s third straight win, and it sets the Dawgs up for what has to be the biggest home game in ages as undefeated (for now) #1 Kentucky rolls into Athens on Tuesday night.
An upset of the Cats would give UGA a realistic change of earning a double-bye in the SEC tourney, while a loss most likely assures them of the 5th or 6th seed.