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Basketball Investments Paying Off For UGA

Since 2007, the University of Georgia has sunk plenty of money into its basketball program:

* A new practice facility has been erected
* One coach was fired and a replacement hired
* Stegeman Coliseum has been given a facelift

And now those expenditures are paying dividends for the Dawgs.  As the Tim Tucker of The AJC points out, with a win over LSU tonight, Georgia will have gone from a 20-game loser just two seasons ago to a 20-game winner.  That’s a pretty good return on investment.

“There may be an institution — but I don’t know where it is — that in the last five years has made more of a commitment to its football and basketball programs than we have,” Georgia prez Michael Adams said last week.  “We are serious about being major players in all of our 21 sports, but in football and men’s basketball, we have a special interest because that is what pays the bills.”

Fans are responding — hoops attendance in Athens is up 20% over last year — and that will indeed help to pay some bills.


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