The Georgia Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team gave fans something they never want again: Another epic collapse. They need to win at home tonight against Arkansas to continue a post-season drive.
For the love of all that is sports holy. Is it really impossible for a team from the State of Georgia to hold a friggin’ lead? At this point folks muttering about curses and openly cursing don’t seem crazy. Of course, I’m referring to the Georgia Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team and the 14 point loss they suffered Saturday to Auburn. They led by 14 at halftime. Tonight, though, they are at home against Arkansas, and it is one of those “must win” games you hear and read about.
To be specific and succinct, no, this game isn’t technically a “must win” game. It just feels that way. Especially, if you’ve followed the 11 year tenure of Coach Mark Fox in Athens. This game screams win or lose the next few.
Reality is the UGA (12-6, 3-4 SEC) and Arky (13-6, 3-4 SEC) are pretty similar. Well, they are in a similar position. Arkansas actually has the higher RPI, so UGA could help their cause for an NCAA bid later down the road with a home win tonight.
Yante Maten continues to be one of the best players in Georgia Basketball history, and one of the best players in the SEC this year. The problem for UGA has been erratic and sporadic contribution from the other members of the team. That is not supposed to happen with a team tagged as “Fox’s most talented team in Athens”.
Mark Fox is a good basketball coach. But the folks in Dawg Nation are getting restless. In fact, any coach in or near the Atlanta, GA area who coaches a team, and who blows a lead in important games, better be ready to get an inordinate amount of grief and static. Folks and fans around this area are over it.
Tonight may not be “must win” for UGA, but it sure feels like they will fall and flail, if they don’t.
A win, though, and what is already a decent resume for post-season play will be buttressed. It’s the kind of game, at home, that you have to win. Tip is at 6:30.