Yeah, I said Jeremy Price.
I will let everyone else write about Georgia’s second second-half collapse in as many games… they need to – this loss could and may cost them a NCAA berth. The loss to Vanderbilt, while not a “bad” loss is a loss nonetheless and probably puts Georgia on the outside looking in to the NCAAs. At some point Georgia is going to have to have another quality win to get in, but I digress.
When Price plays well Georgia plays well. When he doesn’t Georgia doesn’t. Usually when Price plays well Georgia wins – not all of the time (they lost to Florida when Price played well), but nearly all of the time.
So what does that mean? It’s good and bad – because, after all sometimes he plays well, and sometimes he doesn’t.
But now Georgia’s season is on the brink, and Price is going to have to be ready to fight and play well from here on out. That means he’s going to have to beat his man to the block, fight for position, move his feet, be disciplined with his hands and, more important than anything else, stay out of foul trouble. He’s hot and cold on all of those things; all he has to be is lukewarm… just not cold. If he’s cold Georgia’s chances of winning are slim.
That’s just the thing, however, it seems like you either get one or the other. Hot Price is as follows: Georgia is 10-1 when Price scores ten points or more in a game. They are 11-2 when Price has three fouls or less.
Cold Price? Just check most of Georgia’s losses – usually Price struggles. In seven of Georgia’s eight losses Price has failed to score more than seven points. In six of Georgia’s eight losses Price has at least four fouls. Georgia has not won a game where he’s fouled out, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Vanderbilt had 20 offensive rebounds – seriously… 20 offensive rebounds. That’s like someone rushing for 250 yards in football.
That’s hardly all Price’s fault alone, but he has a lot to do with rebounding the ball. Someone at Georgia has to want to rebound – and they didn’t do that this game.
This column is also not to say that Price is the reason Georgia lost; or that he is the only problem Georgia has – that’s certainly not the case.
But what Price brings to the table each night is the threat of a true post presence for the Bulldogs. And, like I pointed out, when he plays well this team doesn’t lose – at least very often.
Georgia is only going to go as far as Jeremy Price takes them. It sounds strange, but its true.