Today’s big question was how the Dawgs would respond to their coach getting ejected and most pundits writing their postseason chances off.
After the game got under way with a Turtle Jackson fast break dunk, it looked like Georgia would be ready to take care of a Texas team that Vegas declared five-point underdogs.
Texas settled in and took control of the half after Georgia missed their next seven shots. It was an ugly first half for Georgia as they shot 29-percent from the field and 0-6 from behind the arch. The offense continued to be flustered at times – passing inefficiently and going on scoreless streaks that hands the momentum of the game over to the opponent contributed to the nine-point deficit.
Fans were most entertained when Dominique Wilkins was honored at half, and his highlight tape on the jumbotron was the best basketball they had seen in Stegeman in quite awhile. In addition to the Human Highlight Factory returning, the crowd had another opportunity to get on their feet when the early enrollee members of the “Savage17” class were brought on the court.
The Hoop Dawgs seized on some of the football-related buzz in the building to get back in the game and take the lead. Recovering from their 29-percent field percentage in the first, the Dawgs shot 52-percent in the second in addition to a perfect 8-8 at the line and 2-6 from behind the arch.
"Hard fought game, I felt like we were getting good shots at the basket, we just weren't finishing them. Our guys at the half were telling each other 'if we keep taking good shots they're gonna drop' and certainly in the second half we shot a much better percentage and were able to win the game." - Coach Fox
Better shot making and capitalizing on and-one opportunities made the difference in the second half, while Texas cooled off sginificantly from behind the arch.
As far as this game affecting UGA’s tournament resume - a two-point win against the 122nd RPI ranked Texas team will probably hold Georgia down more than it does any good.
Their win against Georgia Tech looks even better with big Yellow Jacket wins recently and bolsters the resume some, but their last two losses will probably keep Georgia out of tournament consideration unless they can upset Kentucky on the road in Brent Musburger’s last play-by-play call.
A win against Kentucky in Rupp Arena will certainly be a win that the Dawgs can hang their hat on, but it will need to be followed up with a win either against South Carolina or Florida in addition to a strong showing at the SEC tournament.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Need to have at least one win against Florida, Kentucky and/or South Carolina. One at least. <a href="https://t.co/tqWr6LhH2R">https://t.co/tqWr6LhH2R</a></p>— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNAndyKatz/status/820328725371817984">January 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>