Coffee: Reasons to stay with hoops

Monday, February 6

Talented freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one reason you should still pay attention to this UGA basketball season. (Photo by Knoxville News-Sentinel)

With Signing Day past and spring practice more than a month off in the distance, now comes that rare time each year where Georgia's men's basketball team takes center stage.

That may not be the best thing this year for anyone.

Let's be honest. It's been pretty rough on the court for Georgia this season. Without Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie and Jeremy Price, the talent level hasn't quite lended itself to be competitive at a consistent level. Saturday night's defeat at Tennessee dropped Mark Fox's Bulldogs to 1-7 in the league (tied for last in the 12-team standings) and 10-12 overall, and it shows little sign of improvement right now.

Barring a crazy run in the SEC tournament, the NCAA tournament is not a realistic goal. The same probably goes for the NIT or any of the other random postseason event that has popped up in the sport lately.

So with the stakes now so few, what's left to watch for?

In response to that, here are three reasons to keep watching Georgia's basketball team as it plays out the string in a rebuilding year ...

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Despite this season's dip, Georgia does have a rookie capable of challenging for a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team and a player to build on for the future. KCP has played a lot of minutes and could wear down in the final stages of the season, but he's also a talent who probably won't stay four years in Athens. So you should catch him while you still can.

Improving post players
While the interior play is not yet close to where it should be for this team to consistently compete in the SEC, it is gradually getting better. Donte' Williams and Nemanja Djurisic, in particular, are improving and becoming legit post players with the amount of playing time they are receiving this season.

Effort is still there
Georgia's issues have been scoring the ball enough to hang with teams, but the defensive effort continues to be there. If the Bulldogs manage to knock down more shots in a game, they are capable of frustrating other teams and keep the score low enough to maybe knock off someone they shouldn't. Notre Dame was a decent scalp earlier in the season in a game where UGA did shoot it pretty well. So this type of upset will happen at some point if Georgia doesn't quit on the season. And the team doesn't show any signs of doing that, so fans should not quit on them.

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ON THE AGENDA

While on the basketball topic, Fox's Dogs return home Wednesday night for an 8 p.m. game against Arkansas.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

I got a money clip but like what for...

DB Bacarri Rambo

Trying to put on church clothes but realizing my neck has gotten to big

OL Xzavier Ward

S/O to Mrs. Theus for the Peanut M&M's !

RB Keith Marshall

Yoooo it official i have been invited to the under armour all american football game for next year #Blessed

2013 WR recruit Tramel Terry

Just turned off the light in my room and my boxers glow in the dark....coolest thing ever.

OL Hunter Long

The girlfriend search with @mommamurray was unsuccessful this weekend. She might be more picky then me

QB Aaron Murray

Why am I labeled as athlete on all these recruiting sites ?

2013 RB commit Derrick Henry

When bad decisions are made don't forget man may not forgive, but God always will. There will be a opportunity to redeem just don't give up.

WR Malcolm Mitchell as retweeted by Chris Sanders

I bleed red n black. GOD is with me. #DAWGS

aye bro don't worry you know that red n black with the "G" gonna stay with me everywhere I go no matter what. I love y'all boys

Dismissed DB Chris Sanders responding to Damian Swann

About to watch "the woman in black" i hope its as scary as they say

LB Ray Drew

Red Tails= awful

QB Hutson Mason

Happy feet! Such a good movie

OT signee John Theus

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