By the time this posting appears, my family and I will be in transit to Memphis, so it is safe to assume that this game, like the last one, will be followed by an ill-informed roundball wrapup that is far from instantaneous. Likewise, this comment thread is not intended to take the place of the week-long random open comment thread; rather, it is intended to deal with a specific subject while leaving the general discussion for the earlier thread.
Mark Fox's Georgia Bulldogs host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers this evening, marking the Red and Black's second recent date with a team from the Big South Conference. The first came in an outing against High Point that produced the only outcome of the season to be determined by double digits. The Buccaneers have fared little better in their prior clashes with the Hoop Dogs, as the Athenians previously pounded the Bucs 116-59 in 1997 and 79-59 in 2003. In sum, anything less than a blowout would be a disappointment for a program seeking just its third undefeated December in three decades. (The Bulldogs also posted an unblemished ledger in the final calendar month of the year in the fall of 1982; that campaign culminated in a Final Four appearance in the winter of 1983.)