The Georgia Bulldogs continued to struggle mightily on this basketball season, dropping last night's game 62-54 to Georgia Tech. It was more of the same, no continuity on offense, defensive lapses, and being out of timeouts with at least two minutes remaining in a game.(ok that one is just more of a pet peeve I have) Again, the leading scorer for the Dawgs was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, with 16 points but required 18 shots to do so. It isn't necessarily his fault because he just cannot get much help scoring, and then feels forced to put up poor shots. This is a recurring theme of the offense, poor shot selection is killing this team.
One play that succinctly, describes how the Georgia offense makes things even harder than it already is to score. Big man, John Cannon would post up on the low to mid block of the lane. Cannon then proceeds to pivot on his right foot-away from the basket and toward the free throw line, setting up a one handed shot attempt-sort of a hook shot that he likes. The next move in continued motion is to take off of one foot, again away from the basket thus moving his position from about 12-14 feet from the basket to about 18-19 feet from the basket-all on his own doing. He wasn't being pushed or forced out at all. To note, he did follow his miss and grab the rebound to score a basket, but its the lack of original execution that is making offense much tougher on the players than it needs to be. It is crazy how many awkward angles and movements these guys take when down on the low post.
The first half was unspectacular in all ways, defense would sag off the Tech perimeter shooters, and the Jackets would make Georgia pay with six three point baskets in the first half. Despite these things, Georgia would cut the lead to five with just around 1:30 left, but the defense would allow Udofia to drive, fairly comfortably, until he got a bump from Donte Williams to score the basket, Udofia would miss the free throw, but that was pretty much the ball game.
One bright note from the game is true freshman, Brandon Morris. Morris has been impressive so far, especially how he constantly hustles and plays the game hard. Let's hope he continues his hard work and that it rubs off on the rest of his teammates, and not lose his intensity with what looks to be a long season on the hardwood for the Dawgs. The unfortunate thing for this Georgia team is that it is not a lack of effort, please don't read that into my last sentence, but it is a lack of talent from top to bottom on the roster, along with a lack of what is supposed to be a strong suite for Coach Fox and that is player development. The offense just has constantly looked as though players are hesitant to make passes, players bunch up on one side of the court, and then can't finish when they actually are able to get shots near the basket.
This team has a long way to go, and we all just have to hope that the light bulb goes off for the whole team from coaching staff down to the last player on the bench. They just have to come together as a team to learn how to win games.