1. This team needs to believe in itself– If nothing else we’ve learned that this group can compete on a high level. They had a lead relatively late in the second half against #1 Indiana and had the lead in the second the half against #11 UCLA. This team is better than it has shown in Athens so far this season.
The trip to Brooklyn, which was very, very similar to the feel of an NCAA Tournament game, was good for the team. The Bulldogs needed the trip up north if for no other reason to reset their season. The losses to Southern Miss and Youngstown State were setbacks for the program for sure. But Mark Fox said after the overtime loss to the Eagles that this team has a lot to prove over the next few games, and an opportunity to do just that.
To me the team played tremendously better – probably no one more than Vincent Williams, who played more like a veteran than a rookie.
With all of that said, the Bulldogs need to start believing in themselves the way they seemed to in New York. If they do that they will have a season worth watching; if not…
2. Keep the energy up– It was obvious after the two games in Brooklyn that Georgia was playing with more passion than they were in Athens. The Bulldogs are going to have to keep that sort of energy up if they want to have a successful season.
The energy from the bench was noticeable right off the bat, and that had to have something to do with Georgia’s solid start to both games. The Bulldogs got out to leads against both the Hoosiers and the Bruins… that needs to continue in the future.
3. At 1-4 wins are critical now – No one expected Georgia to be 1-4 to start the season. The Opening part of the schedule was challenging to be sure, but 1-4 was not what was expected of the Bulldogs.
Now Georgia will have to start stringing together wins, but the schedule before SEC play isn’t painless, either. Trips to South Florida and Georgia Tech as well as home games with USC and George Washington are challenging. The Bulldogs should beat East Tennessee State, Iona, Mercer and Florida A&M before the SEC season starts, but there can’t be any slipups like the loss to Youngstown State.
Georgia needs to split or go 3-1 against Tech, USC South Florida and George Washington. That will show improvement from the start of the season. Georgia needs to play with the same energy as was deployed in Brooklyn. If that happens the wins will come.