Three things I learned: UGA v. Vandy

Georgia gets fifth-straight win, beating Vandy at home 70-62

Free throws done won the game

Charles Mann missed two free throws against Vanderbilt. But out of Georgia’s 25 shots from the line, those were the Bulldogs’ only two to miss.

For a team that so often struggles with free throws, averaging less than 70 percent before Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs’ ability to hit so many from the line gives a little confidence in what they could do moving forward.

And if they are going to keep this win streak alive—in the past two months, they have only lost two (very close) games—this is where they could win games.

“We weren’t good at free throw shooting in the beginning of the season and it’s won a lot of games lately for us,” senior Nemanja Djurisic said.

Even Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings complimented the Bulldogs’ shots on the night.

“They hit threes and free throws. That’s a recipe for disaster,” Stallings said.

The House that Nemi built

“Built” might be the wrong word, but tonight, he can at least claim it.

With the first 1250 students getting a free No. 42 t-shirt, it was like the UGA marketing department knew Djurisic was going to lead the team in points (15) and rebounds (9) against the Commodores.

At the half, Djurisic, who averages 10.9 points per game, was the only Bulldog in double-digit points. Given he had taken twice as many shots as anyone else at that point, he made up a third of the teams first-half points.

Though this is not a role anyone should expect Djurisic to step into, it’s nice to see the starting seniors share the spotlight.

Whatcha say Mark Fox?

The matchup with the No.1 Wildcats in Kentucky is just around the corner. If the Bulldogs want to pick up a win in Lexington, they are going to have to play a full game of good basketball—something that Fox did not feel like happened Tuesday night.

Though the Bulldogs fought through and picked up a W at the final buzzer, Fox made it very clear that he was not impressed with the team’s first half performance.

After being outplayed in the first half while Georgia was “playing cute, falling in love with the three,” according to Fox, the team came together in the second half.

But Fox gave credit where credit is due. Though Vanderbilt is a one-win team in the SEC, the Commodores have played them close twice, and he feels their record doesn’t prove their talent and ability.

“I’m glad that we don’t have to play Vandy again in the regular season,” Fox said. “They’re hard to play against and extremely well-coached.”

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