Georgia and Alabama will play an SEC basketball game at 6:00 p.m. this evening in Stegeman Coliseum. During and after that game you may find that the action on the court provokes in you one or more strong feelings.
Anger. Oops, already used that one.
At any rate, these two teams are each 12-10 and each in the middle of a multi-game run of bad midseason basketball. There’s a very real chance things will get ugly, but it’s anyone’s guess who’ll be the benefactor.
It’s possible that Georgia will come out and look great, winning going away at home. This will make you angry that they haven’t done that over the past week while they were busy inexplicably blowing 20+ point leads and likely any chance at the NCAA Tournament.
It’s also possible that they’ll press and play tight and never sniff a big lead. Or that they’ll just kind of go through the motions and lose fast and quiet. Either of these will, you guessed it, probably make you angry.
As you probably know, we’ve continued to track the faith Bulldog readers have in the direction of the UGA basketball program through SB Nation’s FanPulse poll. It appears many of you are losing faith.
While there’s a compelling argument to be made that this is really the first year of the Tom Crean era. That the wholesale attrition following 2018-2019 was such that this season was always going to be a building year, a season of fits and starts, and that 2020-2021 is the season when the Bulldogs’ head man can start building in earnest with a roster of his own design.
Maybe that’s true. But for now, this will be the thread for the intrepid among you willing to spend a Saturday night pinning your emotional health to the fortunes of Georgia basketball. You’ll be watching along on the SEC Network and wondering which of your tender parts the ‘Dawgs will emotionally punch next. We’re here for you. Unlike the area inside the paint for the Bulldogs, this is a safe space. Until later . . .