Dawgs Survive War Eagles’ Challenge

Playing at home in front of a noisy Bulldog crowd, Georgia survived against Auburn Saturday. A prepared Auburn team pushed Mark Fox’s team to overtime before yielding to superior competition. Auburn is in last place in the SEC West, while Georgia is a competitor in the much tougher SEC East.

Senior Jeremy Price had his best game for Georgia, scoring 22 points, with 10 rebounds and many monster dunks. Price’s development inside is of the utmost importance to Georgia as the season wears on because he takes pressure off of the stellar Trey Thompkins.

Next up for Georgia is a tough home non-conference matchup against Atlantic 10 member Xavier at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. These schools last met in the NCAA Tournament, where Xavier edged then SEC Tournament Champion Georgia. That tough defeat ended Georgia’s unlikely postseason run in 2008, punctuated by winning repeatedly on Georgia Tech’s home floor after the Georgia Dome roof was badly damaged due to hostile weather. Of personal interest to me: my book editor Chuck Sambuchino (of Writer’s Digest) is an Xavier alum and huge Musketeer fan.