Post Game Brain Dump
I’ll spare you the game write-up becuase let’s be honest, this game was over as soon as Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie hit back-to-back threes. The rest of the game was basket trading.
Instead let’s talk about some of the big themes from this victory and how it relates to tomorrow’s re-match against Alabama.
His name is Howard, but he goes by Trey.
Trey Thompkins most likely played his finest game this season, and quite possibly the best game of his career at Georgia.
His line: 22 points on 8-15 shooting, including 3-5 from three; 10 rebounds (8 defensive), and one block. All in 31 minutes.
Thompkins said yesterday that his foot was “100%” and today it sure looked like it.
“Trey, he’s a very good offensive player. When he is scoring, it really helps us a lot. He can really pull up some points,” said forward Chris Barnes. “With him scoring inside, it really opens it up for our guards, like Dustin and Travis and Gerald to really hit that outside shot.”
Indeed, one of the biggest beneficiares of Thompkins play was easily Leslie who also registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. However, the play of Thompkins actually helped Leslie more on the inside game. Auburn attempted to double-team Trey regularly and were sometimes successful forcing some misses. Instead of collecting the rebound though, Auburn would fail to contain Leslie who had seven offensive boards. Five of his points came from the line where he often ended up after attempting to put Thompkins’ and other players’ misses in.
Like Barnes said, Thompkins play elevated everyone on the floor, but that does much more than open up the outside game.
As for his “best” game? Coach Fox was unsurprisingly reticent to crown it, but he admitted it was certainly up there.
“It’s his best game in a long time. I think he had 25 against Kentucky, maybe. But he really played well. It’s the best he’s played in a long time,” said Fox. ”Whether or not it’s his best game of the year, I don’t know. But he did play very well.”
For Thompkins, it was another day at the office. One with high expectations all around.
“I hold myself to a higher standard because my teammates do, my coaches do. My coaches and my teammates expect a lot out of me and I expect a lot out of myself,” said Thompkins.
I’ll say this much. It’s very difficult to beat Georgia when Thompkins plays like this.
NCAA Tournament Mumbo Jumbo
Of course, the press conference was alive and well with questions concerning UGA’s NCAA tournament hopes. I haven’t seen Joe Lunardi’s sixteenth incarnation of his bracket of the day, but I’m assuming Georgia is now in his “Last Four In”. However, it’s pretty obvious Georgia has no interest in talking about bubbles and bids.
Chris Barnes on whether or not the team keeps up with the latest “Bracketolgy”, fighting laughter: “We don’t. We try not to look at that. We just try to take it one game at a time. Every game is critical. We got to come out and play every game the same, no matter who the opponent is. And that’s how we go into every game. We just got to come out and just play hard. A lot of people been saying stuff about the NCAA, but us as team, are notlooking at that right now. We’re just looking forward to the next game.”
Fox added: “Today was a chance to play in the SEC tournament and a day to try and advance. And that’s all we have talked about all week. And I haven’t allowedthem to talk about anything else.” Later adding, after being asked if he thought the game against Alabama was an elimination game or not: “No, we have played the entire season to create a tournament resume in which the committee will evaluate. And we have tried to do what the committee’s asked us to do. Play a schedule that’s arranged in the top 40 in the country, win enough games with their RPI’s in the top 40, win more games than we lose in our league, have a winning record on road. We tried to do the things that the NCAA committee has traditionally asked for. So that body of work hopefully will be evaluated as it always has been. Alabama’s probably tried to do the same thing.”
Georgia is an NCAA tournament team and today proved that. Win or lose tomorrow, I think they’re in. A win certainly wouldn’t hurt things though. I’m such an idiot.
I’ll have a little bit later tonight previewing tomorrow.
Final 69-51 UGA Post-game write-up to follow soon.
3:01 65-45 UGA
UGA contnues to cruise and Gerald Robinson has been a big contributor as Thompkins begins to cool off. Ten points in the half and could add 1 to that as he goes to the free-throw line after a foul and a basket.
11:13 50-35 UGA
Getting a little sloppy here in the Dome. UGA sustaining lead as Thompkins takes a rest. Still leads scorers with 20. Probably his best game of the season.
14:50 45-29 UGA
As expected, Auburn came out with a zone and challenged Georgia to shoot. And Trey Thompkins happily obliged. Along with one from Travis Leslie, Thompkins hit two three which have sent Georgia ahead big.
Halftime 34-23 UGA
Pretty solid half from Georgia, a big part of that has to do with the Dogs just cleaning up on the glass, especially on the offensive end. UGA is outrebonding Auburn 24-14 (13-6 on offense). Neither team is hitting much jump shots, but Georgia is the only team trying to get the ball after a miss.
Trey Thomkins is you leader with 14 points while Leslie has 9. Both are tied with seven rebounds. Price has been a bit limited with 2 personal fouls, so Barnes and Thompkins have been doing most of the dirty work defensively inside.
Like I mentioned both teams are struggling with their shots (UGA 11-29, AUB 11-28) so look for both teams to continue to throw that 2-3 zone. If the things continue like they are, UGA will probably coast because their showing no signs of letting up on the glass.
3:43 26-17 UGA
Not much has happened since the last post, which, is the reason this is the second post of half. Both teams are struggling from the floor, so both go for a 2-3 zone. Might as well since both teams’ shots are not falling in.
11:25 16-11 UGA
UGA looking pretty stout defensively so far, limiting Auburn to a lot of jumpers and scooping up rebounds if it’s off. Pretty balanced on the offensive end, but pretty obvious Georgia trying to take advantage of size early.
Good afternoon folks, Mac Little here in the Georgia Dome providing live blog coverage of today’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers.
Took a second or two for me to find my seat and to be honest, I’m not even sure this is where I’m supposed to sit. I figure as long as I look busy feverishly typing, I should be fine.
-The Last Time: This game of course is the second match-up between the Tigers and the Bulldogs. The last game was nearly five weeks ago at Stegman in overtime. The Bulldogs prevailed 81-72, thanks large in part to a career game from Jeremy Price who either set or matched career highs in points (22), rebounds (14), and blocks (4). Price will be just as important in this game as well.
-Dogs Must Go Hard in the Paint: When it comes to big guys, Georgia is pretty hood rich. Price and, of course, Trey Thompkins are a pretty dangerous front court and having the benefit of Chris Barnes coming off the bench is a nice benefit. All three have been playing well as of late with Thompkins providing his consistent scoring, Price avoiding situations that put him in foul trouble, and Barnes embracing his role as a rebounding threat coming off the bench. Auburn’s pretty small up front, so look for Georgia to send it inside early and often. And another reason I think the Dogs will go inside is…
-This is the Dome. Having spent a majority of my 2009 Spring Break here for the ACC Tournament, I can tell you hosting a basketball tournament in the Georgia Dome causes a bit of a headache for a spectator. I can only imagine what it is like as a player. Dustin Ware claims he got comfortable with the atmosphere yesterday during shoot around, but with Thomkins apparently “100%” it would behoof them not to use that threat.
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