Mark Fox and his Bulldogs, who are sitting a 6-8 after a four-game winning streak heading into SEC play, need to turn the season around right now. But in order to do that the team will have to play significantly better than they did tonight. Nothing that happened Wednesday night gave any support or indication that Georgia is capable of turning this season around.
Consider these facts from this contest:
Georgia scored only 44 points – the least amount of points scored this season. The Bulldogs are a low-scoring team to begin with. They have only scored more than 60 points five times in 14 games. That is a recipe for disaster.
Florida scored 27 points off turnovers. The Gators nearly outscored Georgia in the first half with points off turnovers (14) vs. the amount Georgia actually scored (15).
Georgia had only four assists. That translates to nearly eight less assists than the Bulldogs regularly average. The ball still isn't moving enough or to the right spot on the offensive side of the ball consistently enough.
Florida, like so many of Georgia's foes this year, got a massive head start in the game. The Gators ran out to an 11-0 lead before Georgia scored.
Mark Fox's career road record at Georgia (the Bulldogs have yet to win a contest away from Stegeman Coliseum this season) is now 16-36.
Georgia's loss to Florida was its worst in the series since 1967, when Lyndon Baines Johnson was gracing the White House.
Many of these facts are no longer patterns. Instead, they are reality. This Georgia program, at this time, is not equipped to deal with playing at a high level on the road in the SEC. The trip to Gainesville underscored that.
It's hard to find the path where Georgia digs itself out of the rut it is in. What's unacceptable, however, is a 33-point loss to any SEC team – no matter the location of the contest.
Florida, ranked #11 in the country, is quite clearly skilled and talented. There is no reason Georgia can't be the same, but its not the same… and its not the same in any sense of the word "same".
This is the time of year where many of Georgia's rabid fan base focuses on recruiting, but a loss like this one – particularly at the hands of Florida - will grab the attention of the normal Georgia fan, who will then ask: "What is going on with basketball that Georgia is losing by 33?"
That's a good question, and someone needs to answer it.