Make no mistake about it. They are more than 12 points more talented than the difference in last night's score or the 10 point average difference in the two contests. To me, that means we're squeezing near the maximum out of what we do have.
Couple of Thoughts about the Game:
- Coach Fox's Tirade - I loved seeing Fox lose his mind against the refs last night. That was the single biggest butt chewing of an official that I've witnessed that didn't involve a technical foul. If I were a recruit, I'd love having a guy on my side that had my back like that.
- Trey Thompkins - In front of a pack of NBA scouts who are following the Wall, Cousins, Patterson, etc. show Trey really underwhelmed. Some of that was attributable to the foul situation, but some of it was he's just not ready to face an NBA front court...yet.
- The Crowd - Best environment for a UGA game since at least Felton's first year against UK and UF. It may have been better than either of those two games and you may have to go back to that religious experience game against Florida days after the Cole / Harrick story broke the prior year. Regardless, it's been a long six or seven years. It was good to have butts in seats going ballistic for this team.
- Charles Barkley - If memory serves, Barkley was on the selection committee that eventually named Jeff Lebo. Barkley presented the committee with three names of candidates who he knew were extremely interested in the job including Indiana's Mike Davis, UAB's Mike Anderson and VCU's Jeff Capel. All three had been to the NCAA Tourney, two of them had advanced to the Sweet 16 and beyond, and all three were black. None of them were seriously considered in favor of hiring Jeff Lebo...the only candidate who hadn't been to the dance...and was white. Barkley stepped down from the committee prior to the Lebo announcement in anger. His appearance in Athens was the final thumb in the eye to Lebo and Auburn. On the night Beard-Eaves closed its doors, Charles should've been there. Even though he was right about Lebo, he still should've been there. That's one dude you don't want on your bad side. BTW -- He's got to be pushing 350 lbs. He's HUGE.