Three quick takeaways from the UGA-UK game

The game tonight in Stegeman was definitely the best atmosphere for a UGA home game that I can remember.  Charles Barkley, Bill Belicheck and anyone other celebrity in attendance had to be impressed with the turnout from the Georgia faithful.

Here are my thoughts on the game:

Kentucky looked like a team that knew how to win

Coach Calipari’s team did not wither when J.J. Frazier hit a three-pointer from just inside Milledge Avenue to send the Dawgs up 50-43, blowing the roof off of Stegeman Coliseum.  Instead, they hung around, keeping the game within reaching distance.  After Marcus Thornton buried a pair of free throws with 5:36 remaining, his team held a slim 62-56 lead.  However, the Cats took over at that point, scoring 14 unanswered points.  Karl-Anthony Towns, who was unstoppable tonight, netted 7 of his game-high 19 during that critical stretch.  When the dust finally settled, UGA’s upset bid had come short, and Kentucky left the Steg with a 72-64 victory, its 30th of the season.

Georgia’s frontcourt carried them

Neme Djurisic played fantastic in his final game in Athens, driving the ball fearlessly at the multitude of Kentucky 7-footers.  On Senior Night, Djurisic scored 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds, and his offense enabled the Dawgs to stay tight with the Cats all night.  His partner down low, Marcus Thornton, chipped in 14 points in addition to his 7 boards.  With the Georgia guards struggling to find offense – Kenny Gaines and J.J. Frazier shot a combined 2 for 9 from beyond the arc – the bigs kept Mark Fox’s team in the game.

UGA passes the eye test

With ESPN and Jay Bilas in attendance, the Dawgs played Kentucky neck-n-neck for nearly 35 minutes.  Any doubts that outsiders may have had regarding this team were surely put to rest after tonight’s gutty performance by this group of Bulldogs.  Georgia has the look of an NCAA tournament team, and its team and its fans should certainly be excited about what lies ahead in March.

6 thoughts on “Three quick takeaways from the UGA-UK game

  1. Very good performance but not quite enough. A few more free throws, a few less turnovers, or a couple of three’s and we’re right there with them.


  2. I thought the game plan by Coach Fox was outstanding on both ends of the court. Our interior passing and scoring was very good, just wish we would’ve made a few more 3’s. The zone defense was really good, just couldn’t keep Towns from scoring.

    Overall, I was pleased with the team’s performance and ecstatic with the crowd’s energy. I hope they can use this as a stepping stone to gain some momentum heading into the postseason. We need to beat Auburn, then make a good run in the SEC. A 5 seed isn’t out of the question.


  3. Proud of the effort given and the fans making it an incredible atmosphere. If CMF keeps putting this type of product on the court, I think we’ll see more of the 8-9K crowds even for the USC/AU/MIZZ caliber opponents. The old Stegasaurus isn’t the prettiest girl in town but she can get wild on occasion when folks show up.


  4. There is nothing wrong with the Stegesaurus now! Since the upgrade ,we have nothing to be ashamed of! With some attention to a few details Steg can be very nice! One was covered tonight, the 10,523 people in the seats made it look and sound just great! All of the Big 10 arenas are 15,000 seat monstrosities that were built just after world War II. There is only 1 Dean Dome and its in Chapel Hill. UGA has to have help from its crowds to spur the BB team onto action! Currently the crowd waits for a big play from the team to grt the crowd juiced We have to help the team by adding to the game atmosphere, much as it is in football! The crowd needs to make the atmosphere in BB! Enough winning will educate the Dog fans! Good job dogs!


    1. You are spot on. When I was in school in the 80’s, we fired up the team. Now, the crowd waits to be entertained (think Hawks or Braves). Cameron Indoor Stadium is a DUMP. It is a great home court because of the crowd.


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