Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AROUND THE SEC; Rupp Arena No Site for 'Dogs' Sore Eyes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AROUND THE SEC; Rupp Arena No Site for 'Dogs' Sore Eyes

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

Playing Kentucky in Rupp Arena is never an enjoyable experience for SEC teams, but Georgia is definitely not looking forward to Saturday's trip to Lexington.

The Bulldogs have lost their first two SEC games by more than 20 points, the first time that has happened in school history. Kentucky could make it three in a row, a dubious distinction that would show just how much the program has been affected by what happened at the end of last season.

Georgia lost to Tennessee by 24 points, then fell to South Carolina by 21 on Saturday. The Gamecocks had lost 10-of-12 games in Athens since joining the league in 1991.

Coach Dennis Felton knows what's wrong: no bench and no defense.

The bench has been outscored 109-16 in the past four games and has only three scholarship players. Defensively, the Bulldogs are last in the SEC in scoring defense (71.5 points per game), field-goal percentage defense (45.5 percent) and 3-point defense (35 percent).

"Our guys have got to understand that we're going to be a team that scores 60 to 65 points per game," he said."

WOEFUL OLD MISS

The Rebels' 27-point loss at Auburn on Saturday left them 0-2 in the SEC. It was the 12th loss in the last 13 regular-season SEC games for Ole Miss, and it had coach Rod Barnes questioning his team.

"We're not showing any enthusiasm," he said. "We haven't shown any excitement, and we're a team that needs to play with great energy and intensity to be successful. We didn't have that going into the game at Friday's practice and we didn't have it on the court Saturday [against Auburn]."

Ole Miss was outrebounded by 20 and gave up 25 points off 17 turnovers. It was the worst loss in the 107-year series with Auburn.

ROAD WOES

After playing host to Auburn on Saturday, Alabama hits the road for four of its next six games. That's not a good stretch for the Crimson Tide. …

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