It’s the late game again for the Rebels. Georgia isn’t playing on its home court, but it will be going with an Atlanta-heavy lineup.
This from the Athens Banner-Herald.
The game will start at approximately 8:30 CT.
The Rebels lost 61-60 at Georgia on Feb. 15. They had numerous chances to win the game. Andy Kennedy has spoken many times about the inefficiency of his bigs around the rim. It was worse than I saw it any point during the year at Georgia. I wish I had kept count of how many shots the Rebels missed right at the time. Any one of those goes in, and they win.
Here are my Day After Observations from the first meeting.
Here’s Kennedy talking Georgia from the postgame after MSU. Seems like not that long ago. The question was about the similarities between last year’s Ole Miss team and this year’s Georgia team, which turned in a surprising 12-6 SEC record but much like last year’s Ole Miss team, has to do some work in the SEC tourney to get into the NCAA’s:
“There’s only one Marshall Henderson. The guy shoots 19 3s in a game, C’mon. I’m not sure they’ll shoot 19 in this tournament. It’s a little different. We had big rugged post guys in Holloway and Buckner. That’s really where they’ve changed their identity. They’ve gotten really physical and really strong on their front line.
“Charles Mann’s had an all-league type year and Gaines has developed into a guy who’s a dependable scorer.”
Mann, the Bulldogs’ point guard, got Dwight Coleby off his feet and drew the foul, then hit one free throw with less than 2 seconds to play. That was the final margin in Athens.
Gaines played very little in the first half, only seven minutes if memory serves me correctly, and sometimes it doesn’t.
I do remember, however, the Georgia writers sitting next to me saying, ‘That’s big’ when Gaines went to the bench for the remainder of the first half after picking up his second personal.
Indeed it was. He came back in the second and stared knocking down 3s and finished 5-for-8 from the arc for the game.
The Georgia game was also Henderson’s best 3-point shooting game of the final month of the season. He was 5-for-11 from the arc.
“It’s going to be a rugged game. Mark Fox has done a great job of righting that ship and making the necessary adjustments. His team has figured out who they are, and they’ve embraced hard. That’s what I’m trying to get my group to do. You’ve got to embrace hard. It’s hard to win. I don’t care who you’re playing or where you’re playing, it’s hard to win. I think his group has embraced hard, and they’ve developed an identity.
“It was a knock-down drag-out. They were up, we get back the lead, couldn’t finish it, missed some crucial free throws, and then Charles Mann made a winning play, a shot-fake with under two seconds to play (gets to the FT line) and wins the game by one.
“We know it will be a battle. They’re back on their home turf. They’ve earned that. We were in that position last year. We’ve got to come out with the same sense of urgency that we played with in the last 10 minutes (against MSU). It’s probably the best half of basketball offensively we’ve played in a long time, when you see 56 percent from the floor, we outrebounded them, we had positive assist-to-turnover, Marshall and Jarvis made some shots, and we got positive contributions from a number of other guys.”