Been away from the computer all weekend, but I'm back for a little lunch time posting. So...about that game on Saturday. I really felt like the Vols were a bad match-up for Georgia. Their full court pressure, their length and athleticism combined with their intensity just made me uncomfortable with the match-up. Boy was I wrong.
The Dogs totally demolished the Vols in every aspect of the game. After it was over, Coach Fox said (paraphrase):
"This is what college basketball is supposed to be. It's supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be a big home crowd going nuts supporting you as you topple a very good, highly ranked team. This is fun. And we've got more of this in our future.I also liked that he continues to say that we can play better. The fact that he's not even remotely close to being satisfied is incredibly encouraging.
(Video Above: Leslie makes SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays again. What is that...his 5th or 6th appearance? In Felton's 6 years, we may have made the Top 10 Plays five times...and 3 of those were following the tornado at the Georgia Dome)
The reaction locally, regionally and nationally to the win...especially on the heels of the close losses to open the season...has been incredibly positive. My favorite comments came from Bruce Pearl (ABH-Ching):
"We didn't get beat because we came in overconfident. We got beat because we got beat," Pearl said. "They're a good team and they showed it tonight. It's only an upset because we came in ranked higher, but (Georgia) is a really good team.Here are some of the headlines of interest from the weekend:
"I was saying before the game that there were five teams that could make the tournament, but I think there may be six. I told my team that Georgia will definitely not finish last in the SEC."
- Like a Fox - ESPN/Mark Schlabach
- Georgia's Success not Good for Vols - Knoxville News
- Mark Fox's Process just went into High Gear - AJC
- Electricity Returns to Stegeman - ABH
- Dogs Crush Vols - ABH
- Bulldogs Dominate Vols - Macon Telegraph
- Georgia Smacks UT in front of capacity crowd - Red and Black
- Bulldogs Overwhelm Vols - UT Student Paper
- Roundball wrap-up - DawgSports.com
- Georgia is the conference sleeper - Lexington Herald