Georgia is trying to sharpen its defensive efforts going into the stretch run of the season. Its defense over the next few weeks will determine its SEC tournament seed, its NCAA seed, and how far the Dawgs will get in both tournaments.
No doubt, Georgia can score with the best of them. Between Jarvis Hayes and Ezra Williams constant assault on the scoreboard, the Dawgs are rarely low on points. But this season Georgia has been struggling with stopping other teams. But according to Jarvis Hayes, Georgia's defensive struggles may be coming to an end.
"We want to hunker down on defense," said Hayes.
Jim Harrick was pleased with his team's defensive effort Saturday against Vanderbilt. Earlier in the season, Vanderbilt lit up Georgia for 94 points in Nashville, winning 94-91. In the rematch, Georgia focused on defense and it worked.
"I thought that our defense held them," said Harrick. "It was something that we worked on all last week."
Georgia players and coaches insist that the type of defenses that they play are not the problem. Instead the way that the Dawgs have been play is the trouble. "Its not what you play, its how you play it," said Harrick. "If you play defense good, intense, really hard, and solid then that's all you want to do."
Hayes said that they win over Vanderbilt was as a result of the Dawgs playing more passionate on defense.
"It's not what we played against Vanderbilt; our defensive intensity was a lot different (Saturday) than in the last couple of games. We were on the ball, using our hands, and being more aggressive on defense. Coach told us to get in their jocks and play hard defensively," Hayes said.
Georgia will try to use momentum from Saturday's win to get a rare SEC road victory over a struggling Alabama team Tuesday night. The Tide has averaged 64 points per game in their last 6 games.