Bama drills Dawgs

A one-day lay over in Atlanta did not stop the inevitable.

Alabama sunk Georgia 74-47 to move to 6-1 in the SEC and 17-3 overall. The Bulldogs fell to 1-6 in the conference and are now 7-10 overall. The game was delayed a night because Georgia was not able to get out of Atlanta due to the winter weather system that pounded the city.

The Tide pulverized Georgia nearly 24 hours later: outscoring them (by 28), out rebounding them (by 16), and out shooting them (by 18%). Georgia has now lost seven of their last eight games. That's the worst stretch in the program's history since Jim Harrick's first team lost ten of 11 games.

It's hard to know where the Bulldogs and their coach go from here. It seems apparent that Georgia will only compete on the road against the weakest of SEC teams. They lost a close game at Ole Miss at the start of the month ruing one of their best chances to win since the New Year.

Georgia might compete with Vanderbilt and Tennessee in their gyms, but those games are in nearly a month. A road game in Greenville against Clemson could be Georgia's best chance to win a remaining road game – and technically that game is at a neutral site.

The Bulldogs must concentrate their efforts on winning games in Athens. The slate is a difficult one considering the inconsistency and talent of the team, but a few wins are still possible. LSU, Georgia's next game, is playing better than expected, has not won on the road this season. South Carolina, a team that humbled the Bulldogs in Columbia by 20, has not won on the road this season. Auburn, possibly the competing with Georgia to escape the cellar of the SEC, is likely the Bulldogs' best chance to win at home or anywhere the rest of 2005.

Winning at least two more games in 2005 before the SEC Tournament is not too much to ask, but it will be a might struggle.


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