What Georgia can learn from tournament failures

Georgia has not won a game in the NCAA tournament in seven seasons. Likewise, Georgia has not won an SEC tournament game since 1998. So how can Georgia learn from its tournament mistakes in the past to help ensure success in the future?

 Georgia has not won a game in the NCAA tournament in seven seasons. Likewise, Georgia has not won an SEC tournament game since 1998. So how can Georgia learn from its tournament mistakes in the past to help ensure success in the future?

1. Don't allow teams to get out to big leads at the start the game

In 1997 Chattanooga got a big lead early in the game and even though Georgia tightened the game up in the second half, the Dawgs were not able to battle back from a 15-point halftime deficit.

2. Get key players started early in the game

Ezra Williams had an outstanding game against LSU, scoring 27 points in 36 minuets of play. But everyone knows that Steve Thomas is the key to this season's team. Thomas played 34 minutes but had only four points.

3. Shoot free throws well

That was not the case for Georgia in 1997 when Chattanooga upset them in Charlotte. Georgia shot a pathetic 60 percent from the free throw line. In four other NCAA losses, Georgia shot under or just above 60% from the free throw line.

4. Score at the end of the game to secure the win

Against LSU, Georgia's final possession lasted 1:34 but Georgia was not able to score and it cost the Dawgs the game. In that possession Georgia shot the ball six times, secured five offensive rebounds, and even took a time out. Nothing lead to Georgia points.

5. Don't allow one person to beat you

In nine NCAA losses Georgia has allowed a player on the other team to score over twenty points seven times. Even worse than that, on three different occasions Georgia allowed a player on another team to score 30 points or more (35, 44, and 30 points).

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com


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