3 Takeaways: Tech Tops Georgia

Dean Legge's three takeaways from Georgia's 62-54 loss to Georgia Tech.

1. Road woes continue – The trip to Brooklyn seemed like a step forward at the time, which it likely was, but Georgia's last two road games have been very, very similar – almost to the amount of points scored by both teams. Instead of moving forward the team seems to have gone back some.

Friday night, when the Bulldog world was wondering "what if" about its prospects in the next day's SEC Championship Game, basketball lost 64-53 on the road at South Florida. The Bulldogs struggled to score, and, once more, they lost on the road.

Georgia is now 0-4 away from Stegeman Coliseum this season. Mark Fox's road record at Georgia is rough – in games not played in Athens, Fox's Bulldogs are a combined 16 wins and 35 losses {2009-10; 15 Games away from Athens (3 wins, 12 losses), 2010-11; 17 Games away from Athens (9 wins, 8 losses), 2011-12; 15 Games away from Athens (4 wins, 11 losses)}.

2. Perimeter play needs to improve – If Georgia, sitting at 2-6 heading into exams, is going to turn its season around the guards are going to have to guard the three-point shot better. In Georgia's last three games the opponent has shot better from three-point land than their season average – against Tech it was significantly higher.

There are times when teams get hot – that is going to happen. But a three-game trend is a problem. Georgia defended well in Brooklyn, and it showed in the statistics – Indiana, who is pouring in 3s at a 40% clip for the season, shot only 31% from threeland against the Dawgs. Georgia cut UCLA's three-point prowess nearly by half from 33% to 18%.

But when the team hasn't performed as well as supporters would have liked, against Southern Miss, Georgia Tech and South Florida, the other team shot well from downtown.

On top of that Georgia struggles to figure out what it is doing offensively. This was the eighth game of the season – Georgia has only scored more than 60 points twice. That is a major, major problem. As has been regurgitated by me many times over: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope cannot win games for this team all season long. It will not happen. Other players are going to have to step up to give this team a chance to win from here on out.

Georgia's defense, which is doing just fine allowing only 60 points a contest, is good enough to keep the Dawgs in tight, low-scoring games. But the offense is going to have to figure out how to pick up the pace in a big way.

Georgia was ranked 323rd in scoring in Division I heading into the game with Tech – only 345 schools are in Division I basketball.

3. Any win is a good win – At 2-6 nothing is guaranteed any longer. Iona, which beat Wake Forest earlier this season, is the next game for Georgia. That will not be an easy test for the Bulldogs. Mercer, who just toppled Florida State, won't be easy, either.

At this point in the season Georgia needs to win as many games as possible. It is hard to think the team will be playing in the post season – not after a 2-6 start to the year – but the only way to get there is by winding up 7-6 before a trip to Gainesville to take on the Gators. Getting to that point will be challenging, but not impossible.

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