What’s wrong, what can be fixed and where things go from here – The Athletic


ATHENS, Ga. — The annual Georgia men’s basketball alumni reunion was held this past weekend. There were about 70 men of letters there, including Willie Anderson, Shandon Anderson and Marcus Thornton, who was the leading scorer on the program’s last NCAA Tournament team seven long years ago.

Amid the hugs and good memories, there was also irritation at the current state of the program, which is in the midst of its worst season in decades.

“It’s frustrating for all of us,” said a man of letters, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We sit here and watch Florida be successful, Auburn be successful, Alabama be successful, Tennessee be successful, South Carolina the hell has been in a Final Four lately. This are all schools close to us, much like us, recruiting in the same fields. If they can do it, why the hell can’t we maintain success?”

But just forget about maintaining it, having it at this point is a lofty goal: Georgia is 6-22 after losing Tuesday night, and the current winning percentage (.214) would be the worst in the program since 1956. It there are at least four more games. left — three in the regular season, then the SEC tournament — and head coach Tom Crean’s team must win three to avoid the program’s worst winning percentage since 1974.

That a coaching change is made seems inevitable at this stage. Crean’s failures have been


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