I did something last night a fan should never do…I looked ahead. In the first overtime, I was already drafting a post in my mind about the incredible basketball game we all watched on the WWL. I was going to title it “The Price Is Right” due to the incredible play of young Mr. Price last night.
I don’t have to rehash what happened next. My wife thought I needed an ambulance when that shot fell from some fifty feet it seemed to send us into Double OT.
Instead of reliving that pain, I want to focus briefly on the good that last night brought. Last night, our Dawgs played a game on national television. The talking heads are talking about this team, and they postponed coverage of a HUGE game to see the end of this one. Folks across America were tuned in to it and saw the product Coach Fox has put on the court.
For the first time in years, there is a buzz around UGA basketball. The Steg appeared to be rocking last night (sure wish I had been able to attend). The excitement is a good thing for UGA athletics though, especially in the wake of the mess that is UGA football. I’m pretty sure there are few happier fans than Mark Richt right now.
This is a team that I believe can make a run in March if we get just one favorable matchup. The tv guys popped an image up last night that projected UGA to be a potential Sweet 16 team. We’re still a little ways away from that, but not far. If we take care of business the rest of the regular season and have a decent showing in the SEC tourney, it could be a fun March.
The loss truly tore my heart out. I haven’t cared about an outcome of a UGA basketball game as much as I did last night since the turn of the millennium. But we lost in Double OT to a really talented team, and even though losing to the Gators is kind of like kissing your sister, at least it was a great game and they’re a nationally respected team.
The game itself was a true joy to watch. Nothing beats a great game, especially when it’s your team playing. I foresee a few more of those this year. There is talent on this team we haven’t seen in a while, and Fox really knows what he’s doing.
For the first time in years, I can’t wait for March Madness. This team can not only get there, but make a splash when they do.