Unusual Situation For Georgia Game

College coaches being fired during a season is a relatively new and still somewhat rare occurrence. Therefore, a situation in which teams with interim head coaches play one another is unusual, possibly unique.



Earlier this week Alabama made Philip Pearson interim head coach of the Crimson Tide after securing the resignation of Mark Gottfried. Later in the week, Georgia fired Dennis Felton and elevated Pete Herrmann to lead the Bulldogs.

Today Alabama hosts Georgia at 6 p.m. CST in Coleman Coliseum with television coverage by Fox.

There is no reason to expect a well-played game, because neither team has been at all impressive this year. But it could be a competitive game. Alabama is 12-8 overall and 2-4 in Southeastern Conference play, Georgia 9-11 overall and 0-5 in SEC games.

Alabama is coming off an 89-80 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville on Thursday. On Wednesday, Georgia suffered its seventh consecutive loss, losing at Florida, 83-57. The Bulldogs are 0-4 in road games. Bama is 10-3 in Coleman Coliseum.

It's not realistic to expect Pearson to make wholesale changes in how Alabama plays. Pearson's resume is almost entirely as Gottfried's right hand man. Nevertheless, there were indications of emphasis on an offense that attempts to get the ball inside. Freshman post player JaMychal Green had a career-high 24 points at Arkansas. Inside player Justin Knox, who had gone from starter to very little playing time in the final games of the Gottfried era, had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots against the Razorbacks. Pearson also added Demetrius Jemison, a starter in much of 2008 and bench-warmer this year, to the inside rotation.

There's a good reason for trying to get the ball inside. Alabama is a terrible outside shooting team, hitting below 30 per cent on three-point shots.

Alabama is led by Alonzo Gee, who averages 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The big question for Alabama is having someone step up and play defense. Almost every opponent of the Crimson Tide seems to have a player have his career-best scoring game.

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