Felton still fuming over call

ATHENS – Dennis Felton hopes his team forgets about Saturday, but it's clear he won't anytime soon.

Felton still is stewing about what he feels are nearly two dozen bad calls in Georgia's 78-76 loss to No. 10 Alabama. He sent SEC coordinator of officials Gerald Boudreaux a DVD containing 23 plays that he claimed weren't "close calls" that went against his Bulldogs.

In a game in which his team blew an 18-point halftime lead, Felton seems most upset about two calls at the end of the game, an inadvertent whistle on a shot clock violation and a no-call on Ronald Steele's game-winning shot.

Boudreaux said Tuesday he won't make a final assessment of the game until after he sees Felton's recoring, but Boudreaux attended the game, has reviewed a tape and is comfortable it was called properly, he said.

If Boudreaux changes his mind, he could reprimand or even suspend the officials involved, but none of that will help Georgia. The Bulldogs are 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the SEC heading into tonight's 7 p.m. game against Kentucky, and if they keep crying about the officiating it could negatively affect a week that includes home games against the Wildcats (15-4, 4-1) and No. 21 LSU.

"You control your own destiny if you take care of your business, but if there is a controversial play, it sticks with you a little longer," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith acknowledged.

Kentucky also has a bad memory to beat back heading into today's game. The Wildcats had an 11-game winning streak snapped when Vanderbilt scored 10 straight points in the final 2:12 to win 72-67 in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

"There are two ways you can handle" potentially side-tracking losses, Smith said. "Most teams reflect their coaches, and certainly, in Dennis Felton's situation, I'm sure he's going to use it to their advantage."

Felton described his team this week as "infuriated," but the Bulldog players say they don't expect a hangover from either the blown lead or the controversial end.

"But it's definitely very upsetting," guard Billy Humphrey said. "We were up 19 points and we just started playing not to lose rather than playing to win. We got exposed for it in the last second of the game."

Senior Steve Newman also is worried more about the Bulldogs' role in the loss than the officiating.

"We really shouldn't have been in a position to lose with the lead we had, so the calls shouldn't have affected the game," he said. "I think we need to (forget about it) as soon as possible because we have two big games this week. You have to put it behind you and try to getback in the winning column. We can see if there are any effects after (today's) game."

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