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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Some hoops, some football recruiting

Here's my game story from Saturday's Georgia thumping of Mississippi State.

ATHENS - Perhaps it was only appropriate. Georgia’s previous game was decided on a rebound, and not in a good way. So when it came to recovering from its most stunning loss of the season, rebounding was the emphasis.

And it proved to be the difference. Along with hot shooting, good passing, bench scoring and plenty more. There was little that went wrong in Georgia’s 86-64 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

“I’m pleased with the results (Saturday),” head coach Mark Fox said, in quite an understatement.

Georgia's RPI rank is now 42, and it's strength of schedule ranking has moved up considerably, to 66, from earlier this season.

Meantime the SEC East Division is officially a jumble:

Florida .... 4-1
Georgia .... 3-2
Kentucky ... 3-2
S. Carolina. 3-2
Tennessee .. 2-2
Vanderbilt . 2-2

If you weren't following my Twitter feed during the game, Isaiah Crowell, Jonathan Jenkins and a bunch of other recruits were also at the game. The home fans did their job, doing various chants of "I...sai ... ah!!!!"

And at one point, in a moment that was actually kind of uncomfortable, about seven or eight young fans, probably students, appeared on the concourse behind the section that the recruits and football coaches were sitting. They were carrying three white signs extolling Crowell to be part of the dream team. This went on for about 30 seconds, then they moved on. I didn't see if Crowell turned around and noticed.

Crowell supposedly still plans to announce near signing day, while Jenkins, the massive nose tackle, could decide sooner, later ... who knows. Then there's the Kent Turene situation. The inside linebacker from Lauderdale, Fla., who is committed to Southern California, was also part of the recruiting weekend and there were rumblings he had committed. But he told the Orlando Sentinel that he had not. I guess we'll find out.

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