Sweep! Georgia pounds Tech: O&O

ATHENS – Dean Legge's opinions and observations from Georgia's basketball game with Georgia Tech.

Thoughts: Because of the telecast of tonight's game on Fox Sports Net, many folks around the South and the country are now aware of how improved the Bulldogs are. That talent was made evident by the end of the first half when the Bulldogs had a 13-point lead. They would have had a huge halftime lead had they not gone 7 for 14 from the free throw line in the first half. As is was, however, Tech never could recover from Georgia's solid first half.

Steve Newman played much better tonight than I remember him playing all of last season. He's still a bit tentative at times, but not nearly like he once was. If Newman is a scoring threat Georgia has a much better chance to win night in and night out. He scored eight points, but was in foul trouble immediately. Newman made the most of his playing time.

Tech wanted to press the Bulldogs, and then force one shot per possession. That worked for a small time, but Georgia's offense became more selective with their shots – it calmed the Bulldogs down.

Also, the Bulldogs now have big men, and that matters. No – not dominating big men – but big men nonetheless. Dave Bliss is not as robotic as last season; Kendrick Johnson can provide quality minutes; and Rashaad Singleton is a defensive presence. Singleton completed the game with four blocks.

Trends: Since 1976 Georgia has not lost to Georgia Tech in Athens. That trend continued with Wednesday night's win over the Jackets.

What won the game: Sundiata Gaines' bucket with 12:10 to go in the game, and Billy Humphrey's subsequent circus shot soon stopped a ten-point Georgia Tech run. Georgia Tech pressed, trapped and pressured their way to within striking distance several times. But each time the Jackets' deficit hovered around ten points they faded.

Player of the game: Sundiata Gaines made the big plays when Georgia was starving for offensive effort. He broke Tech's pressure and looked to score – which is more than you could say for some of the rest of the Dawgs.

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