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Home Courts Rule In The SEC: Dawgs Win In OT, Rebs Pull Upset

Another night of life on the road in the SEC.  Two home teams win, two home teams fall.  There’s nothing surprising about that.

So far this season, home teams are 17-5 in SEC action.  And of the five road-team wins to date, two were pulled off by the best team in the league (Kentucky won at Auburn and at Tennessee) and two occurred at the home gym of the league’s worst team (South Carolina lost to Florida and Vanderbilt).

If you’re looking at your team’s schedule and trying to figure out what their final record will be just count road games as losses (unless you’re a UK fan).  You’ll be close in the end.

Georgia 57, Tennessee 53 in OT

It wasn’t a pretty game to watch, but it did have an exciting finish.  In the end, Gerald Robinson scored 16 to lead the Bulldogs past the Volunteers in overtime in Athens.  You can credit good defense (or blame a lack of offensive weaponry) but UGA shot just 35% from the floor while UT hit 40% of its shots.  U-G-L-Y.

On the plus side, neither team could build more than a five-point lead throughout the nip-and-tuck battle.  The Dawgs erased Tennessee’s five-point lead in the game’s final six minutes to force overtime. 

With the win, Georgia avoided an 0-4 SEC start.

Ole Miss 75, Mississippi State 68

In Oxford, MSU came in with a five-game winning streak over their rival.  But with the exception of a brief flurry mid-first half, it was Ole Miss that controlled last night’s game.  Thanks to Reginald Buckner.

Buckner — who came in averaging 6.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game — exploded for a career-high 19 points and 15 boards to lead the Rebels.  “He was tremendous,” Andy Kennedy said afterward.  “Obviously the difference in the game.”

Renardo Sidney led the 18th-ranked Bulldogs with 17 points.  Arnett Moultrie — who transferred to Starkville from UTEP — logged his ninth double-double of the season (10 points, 12 rebounds).

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Fox Looks To Guards For Scoring At UGA

With Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie taking their talents from Athens to the LA Clippers, Georgia’s Mark Fox knows that folks will be wondering where the Dawgs’ scoring will come from in 2011-12:

“That’s the question.  We did lose a lot of scoring and I think any coach would tell you you’re always looking for who’s going to score field goals for you.  We’re all trying to build a defensive team that’s good enough to win, but you also have to score and that’s what we’re looking for right now.

Obviously (you look at) the two senior guards back in Gerald Robinson and Dustin Ware.  I think both those guys had games of over 20 last year.  They understand where to get their shots.  But I also think as seniors those guys understand how to control a team and get the other guys the ball.  Hopefully they’ll be able to make the transition easier for the other guys and help them find baskets.  But it is an area of concern for us.  When we start working out in the fall we’ll have to get an understanding of where we can get our shots and how we can best score.”

Fox quickly won over Georgia fans upon his arrival and led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament this past season.  But that was with a pair of NBA-level players inherited from Dennis Felton.  It will be interesting to see how Fox does over the next couple of seasons with his own players.

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