Dawgs could struggle with Carolina big men

ATHENS – Georgia let a very good chance to win an SEC game slip away in the final minutes of their game with Tennessee Wednesday night. Wins will come no easier from this point forward as the Bulldogs go on the road for two games before playing Kentucky.

Georgia's next challenge, South Carolina, took Kentucky to the limit Wednesday night before falling just short. Carolina, like the rest of the SEC, will have a distinct height advantage over the Dawgs. The Gamecocks use a three-forward offense that allows them to get Brandon Wallace, Carlos Powell, and Tarence Kinsley on the floor at the same time.

It will be a matchup nightmare for the Bulldogs.

Their only hope is to get Powell into foul trouble early by getting Dave Bliss the ball in the paint. Bliss is an effective scorer when he gets going, but all too often he is slowed by foul problems. He didn't get into foul trouble early against Tennessee, but never got the ball rolling offensively, either.

Because of the Bulldogs' problems in the paint, Georgia's guards must step up their play in conference games. Levi Stukes shot the ball well against the Vols, but it was Sundiata Gaines that had the career high against them. Gaines had a nearly flawless effort, but he and fellow freshman Channing Toney were not able to penetrate the Tennessee defense while driving the ball. The most difficult part for Dennis Felton to stomach must be that both can drive the ball so well, and yet they chose not to at critical times or were not able to.

Driving the ball or not, Gaines is being noticed.

"I thought he was a heady defender and a timely scorer. I think he is very much like the player we have, Tre Kelley. He is going to have a great career at Georgia," said South Carolina head Coach Dave Odum. Kelly scored 19 against the Wildcats with three assists in 33 minutes.

The ‘quintessential New Yorker', as Felton calls him, Gaines will be depended upon heavily by the Dawgs as they go into one of the most difficult places for them to win – Columbia.

Even good Georgia teams have struggled or lost badly in Columbia. Gaines, and the rest of his teammates must be ready for a hostile environment on Saturday night – it will be their first trip outside of Georgia this season.


Georgia 62
South Carolina 78

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