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I was looking for a video that showcased the end of UGA’s win at Saint Louis, but I can’t find anything. However, I can direct you to a first hand recap of the game from Bulldog in Exile who was in attendance. Apparently, Georgia got off to a lackluster start from an intensity standpoint, but snapped out of it before it was too late.
My top two concerns for this season are:
- 1. Developing the mental toughness to win on the road. This is a skill set that needs to be developed totally from scratch as UGA was 1-19 away from Athens over the prior two seasons. In fact, Georgia hasn’t won more than two SEC regular season road games in a single season since the 2002-2003 season…Jim Harrick’s last in Athens. That group went 4-4 on the road in SEC play. That’s why Saturday’s win was so huge from a momentum standpoint.
2. Staying healthy. We’re already struggling here with Trey’s ankle injury and now Connor Nolte’s broken nose. It looks like Trey won’t play this weekend in Orlando and Connor will need nose surgery when the team returns from Orlando.
Speaking of Orlando:
The bracket for the Old Spice Tournament can be found here. The TV Schedule is:
- Game 1 vs. Notre Dame: Thanksgiving Night 7:00 pm ESPN2
If we win Game 1:
Game 2 vs. Cal or Temple: Friday at 5:00 pm on ESPN2
If we lose Game 1:
Game 2 vs. Cal or Temple: Friday at 7:30 on ESPNU
Game 3 on Sunday depends on what happens in the earlier games with two of the three scenarios televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Three of ESPN.com’s top basketball analysts/writers have Georgia winning this tourney even without Trey Thompkins. In fact, Fran Fraschilla goes as far as to say don’t be surprised “if Georgia’s Gerald Robinson Jr. is the MVP of this tournament. The Tennessee State transfer has given Mark Fox another scoring option this season, and he could have a breakout performance here.” (See bottom of page)