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Georgia vs. Alabama basketball: Live updates and analysis

sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

Greetings from Stegeman Coliseum. I'm here to cover a game that Georgia needs to win. Check here for regular updates and occasional analysis. Normally I've tweeted, but now with the message board I'll put most everything here. If you care to follow along, please do!

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  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Since officiating has loomed large lately, and in general: Antonio Petty, Jeffrey Anderson and John Higgins are the crew for tonight's game. What does that mean? Petty and Higgins are well known and in fact Higgins was the subject of this story:

    http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2016/01/28/ncaa-basketballs-most-recognized-referee-well-traveled-john-higgins

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Georgia with the same starting lineup as its had throughout SEC play: Freshman Jordan Harris in there along with Frazier, Parker, Maten and Ogbeide.

    Also, the Dance Dawgs are performing to "Hit Me Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. Apparently that song is okay now?

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is here tonight. That makes for a semi-interesting dynamic after Mark Fox was fairly public about his concern over what happened at Texas A&M ... and Florida.

    Fox and Sankey just shook hands and said a brief hello.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    As one would expect, a half-filled crowd, if that, here at the Steg for a 9 p.m. mid-week start. But students are out here in pretty much full force.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Mark Fox suit jacket-off point: The start of the game. For some reason he's just not wearing one tonight.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    He said on his show Monday night he was not going to wear one for the rest of the season. Looks like the Dawgs are having a cold shooting night.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    First media timeout: Alabama 6, Georgia 2.

    Georgia has missed five of its first six shots, including two 3 attempts from Frazier. The shots aren't coming easy down low either against Alabama's length. Jordan Harris also has played a bit sloppy.

    Georgia's defense has been okay so far, forcing a couple turnovers. It's all about the shots needing to go down now.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @ugaboss said:
    He said on his show Monday night he was not going to wear one for the rest of the season. Looks like the Dawgs are having a cold shooting night.

    Thanks, did not know that.

  • SavageDawg17SavageDawg17 Posts: 1,534 mod

    Tide, led by Key, seem to be dominating the paint early in this game.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Second media timeout: Alabama 13, Georgia 6.

    Still cold shooting from Georgia, which is getting open shots outside but just can't hit them. And it's still a struggle inside. Alabama, meanwhile, has 10 of its 13 points inside, so that's the story right now: Points in the paint.

    The only thing going right for Georgia is fouls. It's only been called for one, while Alabama already has six. The most predictable thing, given the circumstances.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Looks like they are about to even up the foul count

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Alabama 17, Georgia 15, at the 6:56 mark.

    Georgia's rebounding problems are a big issue right now, as it just allowed three offensive rebounds and another out-of-bounce save on the same possession. And yet a Maten steal still made it a scoreless possession.

    Turtle Jackson is the current hero: He nailed a 3 to begin the run, when Georgia was down 13-6. And he just had a nifty running bank shot to make it a two-point game. But J.J. Frazier isn't playing well, is scoreless and had the ball knocked away from behind on a fast break.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Alabama 28, Georgia 22, with 3:51 left.

    It was a 9-point deficit for one possession, but Juwan Parker just nailed a 3 - while an Alabama player down low was being called for a block-out call. So three points plus the ball after the timeout. Alabama has an astounding 16-7 rebounding edge, and Maten has been dominated defensively.

    Still, a very worrisome situation for Georgia, which doesn't have an answer for Alabama's low-post offense. And J.J. Frazier remains scoreless.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    This is pathetic

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Well there's some excitement: Mark Fox gets ejected after two quick technicals. He left the floor to a standing ovation, but his team was trailing by eight with 1:59 left. And after three free throws - Alabama got four shots for two technicals - it's now an 11-point deficit.

    Fox went ballistic after a carrying call was made on Jordan Harris. He went out on the court to protest, and didn't let up after official Jeffrey Anderson gave him the first technical.

    All this, by the way, with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on hand.

    Former Alabama head coach Phillip Pearson takes over as the coach for the rest of this game.

  • SavageDawg17SavageDawg17 Posts: 1,534 mod

    @sethemerson - Did Fox use some naughty words to get rung up so quickly on that second technical? :o

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Surely UGA can find a better coach.

  • DawgsauceDawgsauce Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Hypnotized students acting like bulldogs. Strange night.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Halftime: Alabama 41, Georgia 27.

    The story of the first half is Mark Fox's ejection, which happened when it was an eight-point game. Obviously it didn't inspire his team enough right away. We'll see how the second half goes.

    But I think it's fair to say this was less about this game than a culmination of the past couple weeks.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Alabama has now extended it to a 17-point lead early in the second half. Maybe Mark Fox was looking to inspire his team with his action. If so, it hasn't worked.

    But I really think that was all about frustration. If this game continues this way, I'll be very curious what Fox says after the game.

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