That’s not U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of the nation’s Most Random Colleges. It’s Georgia’s five-game winning streak. The Bulldogs, in their thirdyear under Coach Dennis Felton, haven’t lost a game since dropping the season-opener 74-65 to Old Dominion.
It’s Georgia’s longest winning streak since early last season, but the lack of pizzazz among the opponents leaves it feeling a little hollow. Today’s opponent, Georgia Tech, can change that. The Yellow Jackets, who come to Stegeman Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off, are 3-2 and unranked, but they could provide a signature win for a Georgia team still trying to distance itself from last year’s 8-20 disaster.
“We’d like to win the game for a lot of reasons," Felton said, “but the biggest reason is we’d like to win our next game to put another brick in the wall of building our program back up and getting to a point where we can generate some momentum and some enthusiasm and some interest in what we’re doing in that growth process.”
Last season, the Yellow Jackets whipped Georgia 87-49, so that adds something to the rivalry for the Bulldogs. Not that it needed much more, according to Georgia freshman Billy Humphrey.
“Everything you see around here is either Georgia or Georgia Tech,” he said. “You have to be one or the other, you can’t be both. It’s almost like the Florida-Georgia game in football. It means a lot to our school and a lot to our coaches, and me personally, it means a lot to me, just for some personal reasons.
“For one, they recruited right over my head, so I take that into account.”
Georgia Tech may be regretting looking over Humphrey, a native of Dacula. He has scored 33 points in the Bulldogs’ last two games and is the team’s leading scorer overall with 13.2 per game. Fellow freshman Mike Mercer is the second-leading scorer at 13 points per game.
The Jackets, likewise, are led by youth. Sophomore forward Ra’Sean Dickey (14 ppg) and sophomore guard Anthony Morrow (14.8) lead Tech in scoring.
“The rivalry brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm and that makes it fun. There’s no doubt about that,” said Felton, who needs one more win to notch the longest winning streak of his Georgia career. “I have a lot of respect for Georgia Tech and their program and Coach (Paul) Hewitt and with respect comes the desire to come out on top when you match up.”