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November 6, 2014

Hoops update

First off, Dawgs kick off the season with their only exhibition game of the year tonight at 7pm against Georgia Southwestern. Admission is free.

Second, it looks like our history of not having a starter in the lineup for the first month will hold, as Kenny Gaines is sidelined with an undisclosed illness. Fox didn't say what it was, but he isn't expected back until at least the season opening game at Georgia Tech a week from Friday. It sounds like something will take some recover time from, though he was around the first couple of weeks of practice.

The rest of the starting lineup is going to be some combo of Cameron Forte/Kenny Paul Geno battle at small forward. I would have expected Forte to be the prohibitive starter their after the streaks of play we saw out of him, but apparently Geno is stepping up. Maten, Thornton, and Nemi will get the majority of minutes on the two low positions. Mann is the man at the other guard postion.

With the expected weakness of the SEC again, these early season OOC games are huge for improving our chances of making the NCAA tourney. Even if Tech isn't good, a loss to a projected RPI mid90's team is just a big hole to dig out of. A win on the road against them, and we get some bump due to the extra juice from road wins.



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