We go down there to Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center and BEAT Florida in Basketball today making Georgia Bulldogs now one win away from 20-win season. We’re # 15 in RPI # 21 in the AP Poll # 20 in the Coaches’ Poll and in the top 16 Committee Rankings # 16. We beat FLORIDA in Gainesville. Time we played them THERE in football too.

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-women/d1/top-16-committee-ranking

 

19-2 on the season

7-1 against SEC teams

The Lady Bulldogs have it going on.

 

We beat Florida 66-57 but the game was NOT on TV.  You had to stream it.

 

The 2 stars led the way

 

ROBINSON, Caliya had 22 points and is a Junior

ENGRAM, Mackenzie had 14 points and is a Senior.  When Andy Landers quit she did not get to play in the NCAA Tournament because she had bacteria – weird and we have not been back since.

 

CONNALLY, Gabby had ANOTHER strong outing proving she belongs in the starting line-up.

 

The Lady Bulldogs – Top 5 Women’s Basketball Program All-Time have not done shit since Andy Landers up and quit the program to be a radio TV announcer but they sure are this year.

 

As I said we would this year.

 

We just ran away with the game at the end.

 

Our next game is Thursday at LSU and then Super Sunday we play 2 p.m. against Ole Miss at the Stegesaurus.

 

 

We need a new gym.

 

If you want the men to compete you have to build us a new gym.

 

 

If you are not going to build us a new gym with all this cash we have then don’t talk to ME about the men because we have not had an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Stegesaurus since 1971 which is 47 years ago.  The kids will NOT play there.  You HEAR me yet ?

 

1-29-2018

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Georgia Coliseum designed as Cow Palace – not lined-up for basketball renamed 1996 Stegeman 53 years later now the electricity FAILED tonight as The Lady Bulldogs 14-6 smashed Auburn 13-7 by 63-30 despite multiple electricity issues.

Stegesaurus electricity failed tonight halting the Nationally televised contest for over 15 minutes.  When the electricians could get the electricity back working again to the lighting system, they still had electricity issues for the broadcast crew including electric microphones which would not work.  It was as if there was a surge through the electrical systems because they shorted-out but there was no external influence on it since it was a clear day and not cold.  It is clear what caused it.  Faulty dangerous wiring.

 

It is not very good publicity that in really rather warm weather tonight – it’s going to be 68 degrees Monday and 71 degrees Tuesday – multiple electrical failures in the electrical systems at Stegeman under no strain at the time stopped the telecast.

 

And, here we are with over $ 150 million dollars in football revenue each year.  And, Ole Miss used their SEC Revenue Sharing annuity and built a small new gym for $ 100 million.  But we might all have to evacuate our 53-year old antiquated old gym in an electrical fire.

 

We come across as poor stewards of the monies The SEC shares annually.

 

If someone is injured as a result at Stegeman, it will be negligence after last night because The University of Georgia was certainly put on notice along with our fans and teams practicing and playing there, that there is something really rotten in the electrical systems that the microphones for the broadcast crew and the lighting system both failed together and only the lighting system came back online. Then, the microphones back long after that.

 

Nationally audiences were treated to over 15 minutes of other games.

 

Then, Stegeman came back online.

 

It’s 53 years old Coach Andy Landers said as to cause of the surprise halting of the national telecast with him the analyst in the studios where the electricity was fine.

The seating is not symmetrical for a basketball court.  This is because originally there was a deep stage at the end of the court where it was designed to be a Cow Palace.

 

It was called Georgia Coliseum at the time – that 53 years ago.

 

Auburn now is 13-8 and The Lady Bulldogs improve to 15-6 in the best defense The Lady Bulldogs have played against an SEC team EVER holding Auburn to the lowest total by an SEC team all-time for us.

 

Auburn was 0 for 10 from the 3-point line.

 

The game was halted at 42-20.

 

It was a lengthy delay.  No one associated with the facility offered any update on their stop-gap measures to get the game back underway.

 

Only Andy Landers offered-up the reason.

 

Well it’s over 53 years old.

 

He would know.

 

The seating is horrible :

 

https://admin.xosn.com/pdf4/45916.pdf

 

It was designed for agricultural events :

 

http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/stegeman-coliseum-marks-50th-anniversary-season/

 

And, with the help of the disconcerting multiple electrical failures on national TV, Auburn was held to our SEC all-time low 30 points.

 

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-baskbl/stats/2015-2016/uga21.html

 

Is the sorry facility even safe any longer and what will fire inspectors say about the multiple electrical failures at Stegeman Coliseum January 28 2016 ?

 

1-29-2016

 

 

Joni Taylor begins replacement of Andy Landers as Georgia’s only women’s basketball coach Sunday at the Stegesaurus while football gets indoor practice facility.

11-14-2015

Joni Taylor begins replacement of Andy Landers as Georgia’s only women’s basketball coach Sunday at the Stegesaurus, which has held back both the men’s and the women’s Georgia program for years and years.  The kids in this state do not want to come play in this dump, which has not hosted an NCAA Tournament Game in 44 years’ time now.

 

Unless Marjorie Butler is taken off the court 2015 for her horrendous shooting, or doesn’t take a shot, the recruiting which has been poor by Joni Taylor so far, will fail The Lady Bulldogs in her inaugural season.  A highly questionable hire by Greg McGarity, Joni Taylor takes over for The # 5 team in the nation in the tenure of Andy Landers, with zero experience.

I said when she was hired that she had to prove able to recruit this state to come play at the Stegesaurus.  There are no excuses in coaching, only failures.

She has a very talented team, albeit one who can not hit the broad side of a barn with a shot from the field or the charity stripe.

 

Chelsea Newton is Joni Taylor’s assistant coach whom we played against at Rutgers.  At least she could hit her free throws.  We will see if she can teach the gals to hit theirs here.

 

There is a lot more to women’s basketball point guards than throwing up bricks.

Michigan State is the more accomplished team. Stegosaurus is holding us back in recruiting in a huge fashion for both our men’s and women’s basketball programs here at UGA and has been for many many many years.

Only 4 conferences have done better than The SEC in men’s basketball this season.  We were the 3rd best team in The SEC.

Michigan State has played 15 games against NCAA Tournament teams this season, and has beat Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana again, Maryland, and Ohio State.  6-9 vs NCAA Tournament teams this season.  That is a lot better than we’ve accomplished.

http://www.realtimerpi.com/rpi_189_Men.html

Mark Fox has played 8 games against NCAA Tournament teams this season, and has beat Ole Miss twice.  2-6 vs NCAA Tournament teams this season.  Our strength of schedule was actually very good at # 40 SoS and RPI rank of # 37.

http://www.realtimerpi.com/rpi_356_Men.html

Michigan State’s strength of schedule was outstanding at # 8 SoS and RPI rank, therefore, of # 23.

As you watch all these NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney games, remember that the last time we hosted an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was 44 years’ ago because the Stegosaurus is not top-notch.  Despite this, Mark Fox has taught his players he can recruit to such a outdated, not competitive venue, to play basketball.  Our team is not without talent.

Michigan State is supposed to win, but the game is supposed to be close – unlike the game against # 2 SEC Arkansas in the SEC semi-final game, who lost big time to 38-0 Kentucky, ranked the # 1 team in The entire nation.  Again.  Kentucky has a top gym.  Kentucky recruits top talent, therefore.  Players want to play there.

Only 4 conferences got more NCAA Tourney bids than The SEC.

The SEC finds only 4 conferences with a higher Conference RPI.

http://www.realtimerpi.com/rpi_sec_Men.html

The SEC is tough top to bottom, and is not as top heavy as some of the conferences considered a better conference in men’s basketball 2015 than The SEC.

http://www.realtimerpi.com/rpi_Men.html

The Lady Bulldogs will miss The Big Dance for only the 3rd time in the entire history.  It has been more than 2 decades since we last missed The NCAA Women’s Tournament.  We will play in the Women’s NIT.  That bracket has not been released.  The Lady Bulldogs suffer from the same venue here the men do, and it dampens our recruiting efforts just as much as the football program prospers here in recruiting because Sanford stadium is considered one of the top football venues.

http://www.womensnit.com/bracket.html

 

44 years since we hosted an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game.

 

Stegosaurus gym is a relic.

Both our men’s and our women’s basketball programs recruit from Michigan.

Dayton, Portland, Omaha, Seattle, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Syracuse, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston and Indianapolis all host the 2015 Big Dance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_NCAA_Men’s_Division_I_Basketball_Tournament

The Tournament begins tomorrow and this marks the 54th SEC season The SEC has been in The NCAA Tournament – more than any other conference.

 

We play Michigan State Friday 12:40 p.m. in Charlotte 192 miles.

 

Michigan State is making its 29th appearance and Georgia our 12th.

 

Michigan State made the Elite 8 last season, while Georgia lost in the Opening Round 2011 as our latest appearance.

 

Mark Fox is making his 4th NCAA Tournament.

 

Tom Izzo is making his 18th NCAA Tournament.

 

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-baskbl/ncaacentral/geo-ncaa-15.html

Michigan State shoots the ball better than we do, defends better than we do, rebounds better than we do, has a better turnover margin than we do, is more selfless with the basketball than we are, while we hold a comfortable margin over Michigan State at the charity stripe and we hold slim margins over them in blocks and steals.

 

We have a horrible loss to Georgie tek, who probably is firing their coach today.

 

We have a team who has been here with Mark Fox.

 

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2014-2015/teamstat.html

 

Players on this team, who seemingly could not play a hoot 6 years’ ago, now look polished on the court for us.  This speaks well to Mark Fox teaching his players to play the game, and we do not suffer off-court bad news in men’s basketball with discipline issues.

 

Go figure.

 

These players represent Mark Fox well on and off the court.

 

Mark Fox has 11 who have started for him this season.  He gives his recruits a chance to get in the games and make their mark.  This has been a hallmark of Mark Fox here that he lets his guys get out there and prove what they can and cannot do.  I believe all the players feel that he gives them a chance.

 

Basketball is much faster-paced game than football, and you need to give your players a blow in basketball.

 

Thornton, Marcus has learned a lot here in his 6 years here now, and looks pretty good out there.  He does have a lot of fouls as does Mann, Charles.   Both are adept underneath and high post.

Gaines, Kenny is our dead-eye-dick.

Djurisic, Nemanja also has both an inside and outside game.

Frazier, J.J. is a shooter who you really have to be proud of.  All 5 of these players are capable of a double-double, and JJ Frazier and Kenny Gaines are capable of triple-doubles.  You see JJ Frazier and Kenny Gaines both at the point.  Kenny Gaines will post-up his player, driving the lane while typically unless on fast breaks, you see JJ Frazier sink the deep 3.  I mean deep.

We can get a team in foul trouble if they are not as deep as we are.

Maten, Yante will be one of the team leaders next year, and has been a source of much pride to all of us already.  He is dynamite inside, and is a fierce rebounding machine.  He also leads the team in blocked shots.  He will be a starter in a lot more games next year than the several he started for us this season.

Parker, Juwan is a key contributor off the bench and like all the others above, hits his free throws at a high clip as well.

This is really a well-coached team.  Folks like Mark Fox too.  He is very animated and into the games with high energy always.  He calls it like it is.  I respect that.

Forte, Cameron and Geno, Kenny Paul are both great basketball players. You watch them play and see they are both well-rounded.

Look for these 9 to do well Friday afternoon 12 :40 p.m. in Charlotte.

 

We will not win, but we are not supposed to.

Marcus Thornton was the 34th Scout.com Power Forward nationally.

Kenny Gaines was the 29th best Rivals Shooting Guard nationally.

Yante Maten is highly touted nationally from Michigan.

Juwan Parker was the 39th Rivals Shooting Guard nationally.

Cameron Forte is highly touted nationally.

J.J. Frazier is highly touted nationally.

Charles Mann is highly touted nationally.

Kenny Paul Geno was highly touted nationally.

 

As you can see, there is not really any huge big star on this team.  We do not have a single player who was ranked even in the top 25 in his position nationally.  This is a very good basketball team who have been taught very well how to play the game here by Mark Fox.

 

If we had just one top player in the state of Georgia who had joined this team, Mark Fox would be a God.

As it is, he is blamed for having taught these men how to play the game properly as team players on a team without a single best in the nation player.  I like these players.  This is a solid basketball team.  We just have to recruit better in-state.  That starts with a proper gym for them to be proud of wanting to play in.  It also would attract more attendance to the games here at home.

 

I have no question in my mind that we hold back both our men’s and women’s basketball programs with the Stegosaurus.

 

I am very thankful for all these very good basketball players to come here to play for us, and I am proud of the manner in which they represent Mark Fox.