Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In today’s edition, we take a trip down memory lane to remember a game you probably want to forget and Gary Patterson sweating up a storm. Plus, we talk some Lady Dogs basketball after a win on Monday night. It’s going to be a looooong month until the Liberty Bowl. From the headline you probably thought I was going to play that terrible Counting Crows song. Nah. New Run The Jewels.
Lady Dawgs rally to top Furman
The Georgia Lady Dogs received a scare from Furman on Monday night at Stegeman but managed to escape with a 67-62 win to move to 6-3 on the season. Caliya Robinson was undoubtedly Georgia’s player of the game. She recorded her seventh career double-double with 20 points, 12 in the second half, and 10 boards. Furman pulled within a few points down the stretch, but Pachis Roberts finally gave Georgia a 6-point lead off a 3 with a little more than a minute left.
✅ 50% from the field
✅ 10 rebounds
✅ 20 points
✅ 7th career double-double
✅ 40 minutes
Tonight's Player of the Game:
Caliya Robinson! pic.twitter.com/QW6N0lPnac
— Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) December 6, 2016
Georgia deserves some credit for grinding out the win. But, in the wake of a 20-point drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma a few days ago, a close game with an outmatched team such as Furman is not what you want to see. The Lady Dogs were out-rebounded by Furman and only snagged 6 boards off the offensive glass. Losing the rebound battle also happened in losses to Oklahoma State and USF. Someone other than Robinson and Roberts, who had 7 boards, has to start picking up the garbage or it will mean more close games than necessary.
The big positive to take from this game, and the entire season so far, in truth, is the burgeoning tandem of Robinson and Roberts. Robinson is a bonafide star for the Lady Dawgs, and she’s only going to improve as she receives more and more reps at a high level over the next few years. Roberts, a redshirt senior, is different. She kind of emerged from nowhere to give Georgia some double-digit performances at the end of last season. Now, she’s picking up where she left off and becoming one of Georgia’s most important players.
It’s a strange pairing for your two best players, but one I think works. As I said before, the problem comes with the surrounding players. It’s the same problem with the men’s basketball team. Where the women have Robinson and Roberts, the men have Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier, but neither team has an established third player who can be depended on to provide some yeoman’s work: grabbing 6 or 7 rebounds while scoring in the double-digits. Mackenzie Engram has the ability to provide that. She scored 11 points versus Furman, but only managed 2 rebounds, not something you want to see from one of your forwards.
So, while all that may sound like doom and gloom, in truth, Georgia isn’t far off from being a really good team. Someone, anyone, just has to step up and provide support for the stars.
At least it isn’t this bad
Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In that spirit, let’s all take our medicine and remember the 2010 Liberty Bowl, which Georgia lost 10-6 (gross) to Central Florida.
[An earlier version of this article misidentified Shreveport, La. as the former location of the Liberty Bowl. The Independence Bowl is played in Shreveport.]
That was bad! Two positives, though: 1) That loss moved UGA to 6-7 in 2010, capping off the worst season during Mark Richt’s time in Athens. The worst this season can be is 7-6. So, you know, woo. 2) You don’t have to go to Shreveport.
TCU beat Oregon, 47-41, in an overtime thriller in the Alamo Bowl last season It was a thrilling game, no doubt one of the best of the bowl season. It was made all the better by Gary Patterson sweating like a madman while his team trailed 31-0 in the first half, forcing him to change shirts at halftime.
He came back out wearing all purple and looking like Grimace, but TCU outscored Oregon 47-10 the rest of the way to win.
Gary Patterson changed into a purple polo at halftime in hopes change the energy of TCU's game. pic.twitter.com/zGFeFm0zt5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2016
So, did Patterson switch shirts because he sweats more on the sidelines than the players in the game or because he’s superstitious and wanted to tweak with TCU’s mojo? Either way, he seems like a crazy person. I love Patterson.
- Liberty Bowl seems a fitting end to Dawgs’ 2016 season (Bill King, Dawg Nation)
- By the numbers: TCU looks like tough matchup for UGA (Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation)
- Kirby Smart gets some extra spending money for making Liberty Bowl (Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation)
- Familiarities exist between Georgia, Smart and TCU (Jordan D. Hill, Macon Telegraph)
- PFF grades Roquan Smith second-best inside linebacker in SEC for 2016 (Jake Rowe, Dawgs 247)
- Priority 6-foot-5 receiver Nico Collins gives UGA a premium official visit slot (Jeff Sentell, Dawg Nation)
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