Alll good things must come to an end.
So too must the mediocre ones.
And so it is that the University of Georgia's aggressively tepid 2017–18 campaign likely comes to a close with a fittingly gutsy, but eventually futile, effort against the Kentucky Wildcats.
After leading or staying close for much of the first half the ‘Dawgs went cold offensively in the final three minutes of the first half, allowing the Wildcats to go on a 7-0 run to enter halftime up 30-23.
Matters did not improve coming out of the locker room. Kentucky smothered AP SEC player of the year Yante Maten, limiting him to 9 points on an anemic 2 of 10 from the field. Tyree Crump on the other hand caught fire as he is wont to do, pouring in 17 points.
Crump was arguably the only Bulldog who shot the ball well. As a team the ‘Dawgs shot a paltry 28% from the field, partially owing to stifling defense by the boys from the Bluegrass. Georgia ran into a better basketball team that put together a good basketball game. That’s not a recipe for success.
The task now falls to Greg McGarity to determine the proper course for the future of his men's basketball program. To be sure, Mark Fox has brought much needed stability and improved the overall talent to Athens.
But it's also clear that this team underachieved relative to expectations and talent level this season. McGarity must ask himself whether he has seen anything over the past nine years to make him think that is an aberration, that Mark Fox really is the man to lead Georgia to a more prominent national position, to make them a consistent basketball power the likes of which the Classic City admittedly has never actually witnessed.