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February 14, 2010

Call It A Comeback

Following the discouraging, 19-point loss to Auburn Wednesday night, the Bulldogs bounced back to defeat a very good South Carolina squad yesterday.  The 'Cocks, who were arguably the fifth-best team in the SEC, held a 10-point lead with just over nine minutes remaining until the Dawgs finally decided to make a late-game comeback.

In a season marred by having double-digit leads only to lose them and eventually the games by a few points, Georgia overcame its own double-digit deficit and prevailed, 66-61.  Trey Thompkins (Photo: GeorgiaDogs.com) led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds.  He also had four assists.

The Bulldogs, the conference's best free-throw shooting team, were 20 of 23 from the charity stripe, including 9 of 9 the last 2:09.  

Georgia must face Tennessee on the road this Wednesday in an attempt to win three of four regular-season conference games for the first time since February 2007.  The Bulldogs are 0-8 in away games this season.

These Dawgs will hunt at home, however, as they improved to 10-3 on the year at the Stegosaurus (and 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 at home, might I add).

Following the victory, Georgia's honorable efforts for the season evoked Whit Watson, a co-host on the SEC TV post-game show, to declare Georgia was "maybe the best 3-7 team in any conference in America!"

Um, Whit, I think you're attempting to be complimentary; however, of the major college basketball conferences in America, as you say, Georgia is one of just four 3-7 teams and, against one of those few teams (Auburn), the Bulldogs were actually defeated the other night.  Thanks for trying, though. 

Whit's not the only one singing Georgia's praises as Coach Fox and his basketball Bulldogs are slowly but surely appealing to the masses with seemingly each passing game, especially when that game is fortunately a home contest. 

Who would've thunk it back in October? 

Fox is beginning to make chicken salad after it appeared the previous regime handed him chicken you-know-what

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