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Georgia gets Winthrop at home Tuesday night

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The Georgia Bulldogs (7-5) return to the court Tuesday night to take on the Winthrop Eagles (4-8) of the Big South Conference.  The game in Athens will mark the Eagles fourth consecutive road trip, losing the last two to Clemson and Western Michigan.

Winthrop lost their top two scorers from a year ago to graduation, and this year’s team is built around a backcourt that features  seniors Andre Jones and Reggie Middleton.  Jones is the Eagles leading point-getter at 18.3 per game, while hitting nearly 40% of his three-point attempts.  Middleton, a preseason All-Big South Second Team selection, is the only other Eagle scoring in double-digits at 12.0 ppg – he also leads this team with 3.3 apg.  Similarly to Georgia, Winthrop has struggled to establish any sort of offense in the paint, with Jones and Middleton providing almost 49% of the Eagles’ offense.

The Bulldogs – unlike Winthrop – have been thriving lately, riding a three-game win streak into Tuesday night’s game in Stegeman.  Coach Mark Fox’s team has been hitting on all cylinders over the past three games, both offensively and defensively.

In the wins over Southern Cal, Mercer and Furman, the Dawgs have hit just under 47% from the floor and from beyond the arc Georgia has been on fire, making 23 of their last 42 three-point attempts.  Not only has UGA been shooting the ball well, but they have been protecting it too, dishing out 38 team assists to only 25 turnovers.

Complementing the Dawgs’ recent offensive surge has been their lock-down team defense, limiting the last three opponents to a combined 36% shooting from the field.  Georgia’s defense has been opportunistic as well, creating 20 steals during the current win streak.

A big reason for the Bulldogs’ recent successes as of late can be attributed to the much-improved play from seniors Gerald Robinson, Jr. and Dustin Ware, who are averaging 16.7 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively, over the past three games.  GR2 has played under control, racking up 11 assists to just 5 turnovers, and he’s finally starting to look a preseason All-SEC Second Team selection.

Since being benched in favor of Vincent Williams, Ware has excelled in his role off the bench, knocking down 9 of his last 12 three-point attempts.  Dustin, who is in dire need of a “heat check”, may have played his way back into Coach Fox’s starting five.

Georgia will be looking to extend their win streak to four games on Tuesday, which would be their longest of the season.

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Written by hoopdawg

December 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

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  1. Thornton goes under the knife this morning, and we all wish him the best. But the good news, or bad news – depending on you perspective – is that it will bring little change in the forecourt. Donte Williams will do his bit against shorter forwards, and Benign will bang and pick up cheap fouls and at least two turnovers. John F and Tim D will get a handful of minutes each, but will fumble away scoring chances with sloppy hands. JC will get 2 rebounds late, but offense? JR2, KCP, and DW will get the job done against a decidedly weaker team. We all hope to go home happy. But…. What we’re really looking for are hints that the Forwards are even halfway ready for the Big Boys of the SEC. Those signs are still elusive and 11 days will truly tell.

    Harlem Dog

    December 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

    • Predictive text really bites. Should have read Nemi.

      Harlem Dog

      December 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

      • Despite Thornton’s woeful offense thus far, he is the team’s leading rebounder and I believe he will be missed (hopefully he has a speedy recovery).

        At this point, I’m not expecting the forwards to do much in SEC play this season. I do think that the Dawgs’ guards are good enough to put the team on their shoulders and win them some conference games though.

        The only Georgia big that I can envision playing any sort of scoring role in the paint for the Dawgs this season is Donte Williams.

        hoopdawg

        December 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

        • Yeah Donte might score some points off his short range jumper, but that half-hook of his is truly terrible–a turnover almost every time he takes it.

          Hoops Dawg

          December 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

  2. All good points. Funny thing is that each Big man gets an opening or two, and we see the guards SEE the chance. But no dish. I can only guess that enough practice flubs have made them all wary of the inside pass. Big Hands have been slow and clumsy. I’m hoping to see a few more passes inside tonight, and see our boys handle them. We do that tonight and Friday, and I’ll feel a tad more expectant on Jan. 7.

    Harlem Dog

    December 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm


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