Georgia needed a path back to respectability, and it found that Saturday night. A path to a winning record in SEC play seems too difficult at this juncture, but respectability is certainly possible with the win over the Tigers.
Now the schedule turns slightly more manageable for Georgia. A home date with Florida on Wednesday night precedes a trip to College Station. Then winnable games with Auburn, at South Carolina and at Tennessee come before the Aggies make their first trip to Athens in SEC play.
Georgia needs to turn it on now. Considering the way this team has played the bulk of the season, it seems that may be too much to ask – but that's what I am asking.
2. Pressing issue – Georgia better figure out how to deal with the press… soon. Florida is likely to play full court the entire night on the Gators' visit to Athens. That might get ugly.
If I were coaching against the Bulldogs I would find it hard to come out of a press the entire night. Often Georgia would barley escape a ten-second violation trying to get the ball across half court. Even when they did, the offense struggled to figure things out before the 17-second mark in the set.
Georgia has got to figure out how to deal with the press. At some point during the rest of the season the Bulldogs are going to be in a win-or-go-home situation, and when that happens the other team is going to press.
This needs to get figured out. There is no need to panic against the press. You need to have your plan and execute it. Having a skilled point guard helps, too, but Georgia isn't blessed with that right now.
3. KCP– This guy is unreal. His dunk in the second half pushed Georgia into the lead during a back-and-forth contest. There's been little doubt about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's ability to score, but he's making some serious strides in production – even for him.
Caldwell-Pope scored more than 20 points for the seventh time in his career. He also had three rebounds, five assists with four turnovers. He needs some help. Donte' Williams tried to do so tonight with 14 points and five boards, but KCP needs others to step up production.