5 Postseason Keys for UGA:
1. Qualify for Big Dance: With nineteen total wins, UGA is solidly on the bubble and probably must win at least one more ballgame to enter the NCAA tournament in mid-March. That win should come Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. as LSU visits the Classic City for Senior Night. The final road game at SEC West-leading Bama looks a bit more dicey, but regardless, I like this team’s chances in the SEC tourney in Atlanta this year.
2. Trey Day: Trey Thompkins must play to his vast potential in each postseason game. His Tim Duncan-like skill set is unmatched in college basketball, but Georgia may need him to play like a Kevin Durant-style scorer more often if we are to make a late run this spring.
3. The Other Bigs: Senior Jeremy Price has become more than a formidable presence, with his dunking ability and hulking size he has been a key player in Georgia’s big wins and always holds his own. Chris Barnes bulked up in the offseason and has provided a physical presence when he’s been in the game off the bench.
4. Dual Scoring Points: Both Gerald Robinson Jr. and Dustin Ware are penetrating, strong shooting scorers, and can pass the ball and play pressure defense. Both are vital to UGA’s tourney success this season.
5. Travis Leslie Goes Smaller: Coach Mark Fox said it himself on his coach’s show, and I paraphrase here: Travis is already a great small forward, he needs to become a more dominant guard at this level of his consistently continuing improvement since he’s been at UGA. The team may need him to do this while remaining to be a top-10 conference rebounder and the best dunker in college basketball.