- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Springfield (Mass.) Civic Center:

TRIVIA When was the last time a Georgia team won 25 games or more?

MISSING RUBEN Even though Georgia's tallest starter is only 6-foot-8, the Bulldogs exposed what could well be the Achilles' of this season's Hoyas, outrebounding Georgetown 24-18 in the first half and routinely beating the Hoyas on the offensive glass. Georgia totaled nine offensive rebounds before intermission. Last season with Ruben Boumtje Boumtje anchoring the middle, Georgetown ranked second in the nation in rebounding margin and was outrebounded only once (by Maryland in the Sweet 16) in 33 games.

GEORGIA PINES The Bulldogs' best player won't even get on the court this season. Swingman Damien Wilkins, son of Gerald and the top prep player in the class of 1998-99, transferred from N.C. State to Georgia last summer but will have to sit out this season after switching schools. Wilkins, whose uncle Dominique is the most famed Georgia hoopster, will have two years of eligibility left in Athens.

TRIVIA ANSWER Georgia has never won 25 games. The Bulldogs have won 24 games twice in their history, once in 1982-83, when they advanced to their only Final Four, and again in 1996-97, coach Tubby Smith's last season on campus. In contrast, Georgetown has won 25 games or more eight times, including last season's 25-8 campaign.

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