Dear Georgia, I'm Sorry

Eric AdamsContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Trey Thompkins #33 of the Georgia Bulldogs shoots a free throw against the St. John's Red Storm during the SEC Big East Invitational at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2009 in New York, New York. The Red Storm defeated the Bulldogs 66-56.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

From the Associated Press game recap:

Trey Thompkins scored 20 points, Ricky McPhee hit two key baskets near the end and Georgia pulled off its first big win for new coach Mark Fox, knocking off Georgia Tech (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) 73-66 on Tuesday night.


First off, congratulations to Georgia for the major upset and taking care of an in-state rival.

Second, I won't pretend that I have any concept of how good this team is. I have never seen them play. But, I have followed their box scores and game recaps to the point of utter confusion. At first glance it would appear that Georgia is a decent, but not good SEC team. I wrote earlier how they haven't beaten anybody of note and that they are very inconsistent. Well Georgia, I'm sorry. I officially consider you a spoiler and a team that I'm not looking forward to Vanderbilt playing.

Let's take a look at the five teams that Georgia has lost to:

Virginia Tech
St. John's

Those opponents are a combined 53-17 on the season. The only truly bad loss is to 8-7 Wofford. Otherwise, the Bulldogs have not been competitive in some games, but the losses were to solid teams.

Now, we'll take a look at the eight teams the Bulldogs have beaten:

New Orleans
North Carolina-Asheville
Jacksonville State
Saint Louis
Florida Atlantic
Georgia Tech

Most of those games are nothing to write home about. But the two wins over Illinois and Georgia Tech are extremely impressive.

The problem for Georgia is that they have a horrific schedule coming up. Their next five games are against Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Florida. What would be a success there; one win, two?

Georgia will probably have a losing record in the SEC. Regardless, they have established themselves as a team that can play with anybody on a given night.