Three things I learned: UGA v. South Carolina

Bulldogs drop second SEC game in a row, falling 64-58 to the Gamecocks

The early bird gets the win

After a horrendous first half, it would’ve taken the Bulldogs double their best effort coming out of the locker room to pick up the W.

The Bulldogs took the exact same number of shots as South Carolina in the first half, yet they walked away with nearly half the points.

“They had a much greater determination to do the dirty work to start the game,” coach Mark Fox said. “We dug ourselves in an immense hole, we let frustration get the best of us, and we played uphill all night.”

Playing a close game, which seemed to be Georgia’s specialty for a large part of conference play, is difficult enough. But getting down that far in the first half is almost always a recipe for disaster.

Nine minutes into the game, Georgia had the same number of points that it did fouls—a whopping four. That was just the start of that hole, and the Bulldogs could quite climb out.

Cue Queen’s “Under Pressure”

This is not the time for Georgia to hit a losing streak.

Just as attendance was rising and NCAA hopes were full of life, two bad losses set the team back just enough to put a question mark for the rest of the season.

Georgia didn’t have to win at Kentucky, but they did have to win against beatable teams in Stegeman. At for two games in a row, they just didn’t.

Tourney dreams are not dead, but they sure aren’t as vivid as they were a few weeks back. But the Bulldogs need to figure out how to score—read: hit free throws—to give themselves a chance.

In need of some BIG help

Fox said it: Marcus Thornton hasn’t been the same since his concussion.

After watching him lead Georgia scoring in many of the games this season, that role has fallen back to the Charles Mann & Kenny Gaines duo.

As long as someone picks up slack on scoring, it might be okay that Thornton has been throwing down double-digit scoring. But— and this is a big but— Georgia needs a big man to bring his A game.

Yante Maten is good for minutes off the bench, but he is still young and needs a bit of polishing. Nemanja Djurisic is good and will pull off a great game occasionally.

But for the majority, the team looks to its men in the perimeter a little too much. For this team to find it’s full potential, it can’t rely solely on guard play.

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