Dawgs travel north for Vols

A few days after beating previously #3 ranked Georgia Tech, Dennis Felton and his band of four seniors head north to Knoxville for their SEC season opener.

The win over Tech got a lot of positive attention focused back on the Georgia basketball program after what has been a difficult 9 months. Georgia received an anticipated letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Monday. The Dawgs got only two days to celebrate the Tech win before the news shifted back to the investigation.

"It was a great win (for Georgia) against Georgia Tech, and I'm sure they're coming to us with a lot of confidence," said Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson.

But Felton explained Tuesday that the Dawgs' upset is only one piece of a very large program-building puzzle.

"I don't think it says as much about our program as it does about the progress our team is making. It's going to be a process that takes several years. There's so much to put in place to establish ourselves as the standard that we want to be," said Felton.

Georgia received only one vote in this week's Associated Press poll as a result of the upset win. Felton wants Georgia to become a staple in the weekly rankings.

Tennessee is not ranked but by no means will they be a cake walk for the Dawgs. Georgia has struggled against some unranked teams already this season. They had trouble knocking off South Alabama at home; needed a strong finish to beat Clemson in Atlanta; and lost to Winthrop in Athens.

Beating unranked teams could get easier for Georgia, however. According to Felton the team is using hard work to improve during the season.

"We've been a team that has really worked hard to show some consistent improvement as the year has gone along. I've been pleased with the effort our team is putting into figuring out what we have to do," said Felton.

Georgia has figured out that it will likely be confronted with a full court press every game and that being in foul trouble is not an option for any post player (or any starter for that matter.

Expect Peterson to use some sort of press on the Dawgs. Georgia's number one weakness is ball possession when Rashad Wright is not in the game. Its something that they will be forced to deal with all season long.


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