Thoughts: This Georgia team is significantly better than last year’s. Steve Newman, who started all of last season, did not see any game-determining action the entire contest. Billy Humphrey, Kendrick Johnson and Mike Mercer give the Bulldogs athleticism they have not had since the 2003-04 season.
Mercer and Humphrey are the real deal – so it seems. Georgia has played only one SEC-caliber opponent (Old Dominion, who made it to the NCAAs last season), but it seems the guards would hold up to the skill of the SEC – particularly since this year’s conference seems down.
Dennis Felton told me before the season that he was interested in seeing the Bulldogs run on offense. That they did on Tuesday night. Rashad Singleton gives Georgia a shot-altering presence in the middle. We know Felton’s teams can play defense, but now it appears they have some offense to go with it.
Trends: Georgia won its fourth game in a row – the most wins in a row for the program in nearly a full year.
What won the game: Georgia’s 14-point run to end the first half put the game out of reach. Mercer and Humphrey combined for 11 of those points.
Player of the game: Levi Stukes had 20 points, but it was Billy Humphrey that impressed me the most. Humphrey scored 18, had 7 rebounds, six assists and two steals – all in 33 minutes of play. If Humphrey can keep this sort of play up Georgia can compete in the SEC East.