Mercer comes to Athens for a pre-noon tip
The Georgia Bulldogs (2-7) will look to avoid their second four-game losing streak of the season when they play host to the Mercer Bears (6-5) in Athens on Tuesday in a contest with a bizarre 11:30am tip-off. I, for one, will be working and unable to attend – hopefully we can rely on the analysis from a commentor or two that will be making the trip to Stegeman for the Brunch Time start?
Mercer’s 6-5 record is a bit misleading, considering they were playing without their star player – Langston Hall – for the team’s first six games (two of which were wins over Division III opponents Sewannee and Oglethorpe). Hughes, a junior guard from Atlanta, is regarded as the best all-around player in the conference, notching 9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals in five contests this season. When Hall was sidelined, Mercer won just 1 of its 4 games against Division I teams; since Hall’s return, the Bears are 3-2, including a 61-56 road win at Florida State on December 2nd.
Several weeks ago I presented a report on the efficiency of the UGA basketball roster, player by player. Just to recap, efficiency is a statistic that rewards players for points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, while penalizing them for missed field goals and free throws as well as turnovers. To be fair, I stretched each player’s efficiency-per-minute over a period of 40 minutes (as if they had played the entire game). Here is what the Bulldogs’ efficiency numbers look like through 9 games:
D. Williams 17.5
V. Williams 4.8
Coach Mark Fox’s “most efficient” starting five (assuming two guards, two forwards and a center), according to these numbers, should be:
PG – Charles Mann; SG – KCP; SF – Brandon Morris; PF – Donte Williams; C – John Cannon
Georgia fans can point to the Bulldogs’ success so far this year against the Atlantic Sun (Jacksonville and ETSU) for a minutia of silver lining going into this match-up.
The Dawgs have already lost to Georgia Tech this season, so Tuesday’s game gives UGA an opportunity to avoid being third-best in the state.