Monday, January 17, 2011

Hoops Recap: Dawgs Trounce Rebs in Oxford

I can confidently say that I can't remember a more complete offensive effort for the Dawgs. Couple that with a very lackluster defensive performance from the Rebels, and you have what we saw Saturday- Dawgs winning by 22 on another SEC school's home court. The good guys didn't waste any time jumping out to a 7-0 lead and then stretching it out to 20 before the half. The lead went up to 27 before the horn and, had Fox not let off the gas, would've been stretched out to at least 30. Like I said, it was a pretty complete effort on the offensive end for the Dawgs.

If you're bored by stats, don't bother reading this paragraph. If you'd like to see some really inspiring metrics, look no further. Georgia tied an NCAA high this season in free throw percentage, a mark also set by Belmont, going 26-27 from the charity stripe. The Dawgs assisted 27 of their 33 field goals, and only had 7 turnovers. If you turn the ball over that sparingly and shoot as well as we did Saturday (64%, which is a league high in any game this season), you won't lose many games.

Contributing to this spectacular effort was Jr. PG Dustin Ware, who had 15 points and 9 assists, with ZERO turnovers. While Robinson certainly got the game ball for WOW! factor (points), Ware was this game's MVP. I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been on the DW bandwagon at times in his tenure in Athens, but the kid has taken over this team. He's a great leader and is #9 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. While he isn't a great threat from outside, he's certainly gotten that "clutch rating" up there this season (Those of you who don't know what NBA Jam T.E. is won't understand this term) as well. Great game DW.

All of the five starters were in double figures with Robinson leading with 22, Trey had 21, Price with 12, Leslie 17, and finally Ware throwing in 15. I don't know, but I wouldn't think many other teams could say that all five of their starters have scored in double digits this season. For those of you with some time on your hands, see if you can round up some insight on that stat for me.

Watching a performance like this gives me some hope for our NCAA chances this season. After the debacle in Nashville on Wednesday night, I was a bit bearish on where we might end up at season's end. Just like I've said before, if we get to 10 wins in the league, I think we'll be shoe-ins come March. Looking over the schedule, if the Dawgs win the games they'll be favored in the rest of the year, the selection committee will certainly look favorably our direction. It also doesn't hurt that some of our early wins (Colorado and UAB) continue to look better as the season progresses.

Remember, we've got a big mid-weeker with Tennessee coming in tomorrow. Let's get the Steg rocking again like last year. Nothing sucks like a BIG ORANGE!

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