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01-04-2008, 08:58 PM
I don't know if there'll be more of them worth a read, but here's one from onlineathens.com (http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/010508/mensbb_20080105051.shtml) that contains some interesting stuff:

Bulldogs hope to relive past success

By Roger Clarkson | roger.clarkson@onlineathens.com
Story updated at 11:32 PM on Friday, January 4, 2008

One of the highlights of Georgia's 2006-07 season came when it beat nationally-ranked Gonzaga. Georgia (8-3) gets a chance to relive that success when it plays Gonzaga (10-4) at 8 p.m. today in Spokane, Wash., at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Last season, Georgia upset then-No. 16 Gonzaga 96-83 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Georgia's guard trio of Sundiata Gaines, Levi Stukes and Mike Mercer combined to score 65 of Georgia's points. Of the three, only Gaines remains on the roster. Stukes was a senior last season and Mercer was dismissed this past November.

Georgia beat Gonzaga in 2006 on the strength of some hot shooting and aggressive defense. Georgia hit 41 of 86 from the field (54 percent). Gaines hit 9 of 13 and scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Stukes hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points. Mercer scored 19 points. Georgia also forced 21 turnovers in a fast-paced game that featured two strong transition offenses.

"We have to do what we did last year and that's sustain our aggressiveness with our defense," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "They've got a high-octane offense. They like to get into transition and we need to make sure they're playing against our halfcourt defense and not fullcourt. They have very skilled shooters and passers. A big part of what they want to do is push the ball, and we have to match that kind of aggression."

Another one from onlineathens.com (http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/010508/mensbb_20080105069.shtml)

Red highlighting was added below for emphasis of interesting tidbits!

Georgia at Gonzaga
Story updated at 11:32 PM on Friday, January 4, 2008

RECORDS: Georgia is 8-3. Gonzaga is 10-4.

PROBABLE STARTERS-Georgia: F Dave Bliss (Sr., 6-10, 255, 7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg); C Jeremy Price (Fr., 6-8, 270, 9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Billy Humphrey (Jr., 6-2, 190, 12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg,); G Terrance Woodbury (Jr., 6-7, 220, 9.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg,); G Sundiata Gaines (Sr., 6-1, 210, 11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 apg). Gonzaga: F David Pendergraft, (Sr., 6-6, 233, 8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg); C Josh Heytvelt, (Jr., 6-11, 255, 11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg); G Jeremy Pargo (Jr., 6-2, 219, 12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.0 apg); G Matt Bouldin, (So., 6-5, 214, 14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Micah Downs, (Jr., 6-8, 190, 9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

SERIES: Series tied 1-1. (Record excludes a 2002 Georgia win later vacated because of NCAA sanctions).

LAST MEETING: Georgia beat then-No. 16 Gonzaga 96-83 on Dec. 16, 2006 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Gaines (21), Levi Stukes (25) and Mike Mercer (19) combined for 65 of Georgia's points.

SEASON AT A GLANCE: Georgia started its season by winning six of its first seven. But Georgia is 2-2 in its last four games, including a 1-2 showing at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.

Georgia beat Presbyterian 68-58 a week ago.

Gonzaga was ranked as high as No. 14 earlier in the season but fell out of the top 25 after a 72-68 loss to Oklahoma on Dec. 20. Gonzaga has lost two of its last three games, including an 82-72 decision against Tennessee in Seattle.

NOTES: Georgia has lost three of its four road games going. It lost 68-49 at Wisconsin and dropped two of three in the Rainbow Classic. In its last road game, Georgia beat host Hawaii at the Rainbow Classic 67-59. Georgia has not lost at home this season. Today's game is the fourth different time zone Georgia has played in - Eastern, Central, Pacific and Hawaii. Georgia has no games scheduled for the Mountain Time Zone. This is the first time this season Georgia has played a team with the nickname Bulldogs. Last season Georgia played six opponents with the nickname. Gaines passed Rod Cole for sixth place in Georgia's career assists total. Gaines had eight assists in Georgia's 68-58 win against Presbyterian to give him 386 for his career. He passed Cole (379 and is within 13 of catching Pertha Robinson for fifth place. As has been the case his whole career, Gaines has struggled at the foul line. The senior point guard has hit 21 of 40 (.525) of his free throws and is tops on the team in attempts. Gaines was a 58 percent free throw shooter going into the season. Price has averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds since starting the last three games.

01-05-2008, 04:02 AM
So, when was the other Gonzaga win? They beat us last year and in 2002, but the record shows we have a win over them?

01-05-2008, 04:35 AM
2003 At the Spokane Arena.

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01-05-2008, 11:40 AM
Here's a link to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Not sure if you have to be registered (it's free) to read this one. Tried to copy & paste and it didn't work too well,


01-05-2008, 12:04 PM
How many other Div 1 teams are Bulldogs? Did Georgia play them all last year? I though the Wildcats were the most popular mascot.

01-05-2008, 12:46 PM
How many other Div 1 teams are Bulldogs? Did Georgia play them all last year? I though the Wildcats were the most popular mascot.

from wiki ...

Because of its tenacity, the bulldog is a symbol of England and is a popular mascot of American universities, such as University of Georgia, Bowie State University, Georgetown University, Alabama A&M University, Mississippi State University, Louisiana Tech University, Fresno State University, Drake University, Ferris State University, The Citadel, Yale University, Butler University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Western Illinois University, Truman State University, North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, Bryant University, Gonzaga University, Gardner-Webb University, University_of_North_Carolina_at_Asheville, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagez, University of Redlands, as well as numerous high schools throughout the United States of America.

I see a couple of non Div-I schools in there, but a lot of east coast / probable opponents for the 'Dawgs of Georgia.