5 Big Takeaways from 2013-14 Georgia Basketball Season

Georgia Bulldogs: 5 Big Takeaways from 2013-14 College Basketball Season

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The Georgia Bulldogs finished third in an SEC that had three Sweet 16 teams and two Final Four teams. To be honest, I even picked the Bulldogs to finish last in the SEC. However, UGA proved everyone wrong, including myself. Here are five takeaways from Georgia’s 2013-14 college basketball season.

5. Life Without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Was Not That Bad

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5. Life Without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Was Not That Bad

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The biggest question surrounding Georgia coming into last season was whether or not they could survive without a star like Caldwell-Pope. They proved that they could.

4. Third Place in the SEC?

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4. Third Place in the SEC?

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Georgia proved that a team may not be an elite talent in a conference but can win games just by simply wanting it more. A third place finish in a league with three Sweet 16 teams is a big deal.

3. Good Teams Beat Good Players

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3. Good Teams Beat Good Players

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Georgia beat good college basketball teams with NBA players on them without having marquee first-round players of their own. They worked together and it led to a surprising season.

2. Future Is Bright

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2. Future Is Bright

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Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines should both return next season. Georgia will only get better as their already decent talent grows.

1. Mark Fox is a Great Coach

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1. Mark Fox is a Great Coach

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Say what you will about the teams that Georgia beat, but the Bulldogs should not have finished third in the SEC. If Florida hadn’t been as dominant as they were all year, Fox would have been coach of the year.

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