With Kentucky coming to town tomorrow, we are faced with the same problem that every other team in the conference not named Florida or Tennessee faces: How many of the open seats will be bought up by the Big Blue Nation? I don't begrudge UK fans the right to buy those seats. I don't begrudge them showing up by the thousands.
I begrudge our fans for letting it happen. While fan apathy is a windmill to tilt at another day, let me say this: the only place a UK fan can't buy a ticket is in the student section. While we've had a couple of strong student showings this season, what happened with Tennessee was not good. On top of only having 500 or so students there, when a group got any noise making started, the rest just kind of idly sat by texting or snap chatting or updating instagram.
It was embarrassing.
Our alumni don't support basketball enough. That is an institutional problem that the AD has to address by means at his disposal. We won't have a 5th cavalry of alumni and other fans showing up to keep Stegeman from being infiltrated by clowns wearing blue sweatshirts tomorrow. We do have 30K students who can get into the game for $2 that live within 5 miles of Stegeman. I have full faith that a packed student section, along with the other Georgia fans that bother to show up, can mostly drown out the 4K+ Kentucky fans that will show up.
The only role Georgia has right now is playing spoiler to other SEC teams' NCAA hopes. We have nearly singlehandedly popped Tennessee's bubble. Beating Kentucky may well do the same to the Wildcats. With Noel out, the match up is far more favorable. Getting behind the Dawgs and turning Stegeman into a true home court for them helps make it even more so.
Tip is 7pm.