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Georgia and Auburn lock-up in Stegeman on Wednesday night

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The Georgia Bulldogs are part of a five-way tie that exists within the SEC for teams with 2-4 conference records. This week, the Dawgs will have the opportunity to play two of those teams that are residing in the same logjam – Auburn and South Carolina.

Considering that Georgia’s schedule strength is currently ranked 33rd by ESPN’s RPI tool, this week’s games should appear more welcoming for a Dawgs team that has played an intense SEC slate thus far.

The Dawgs and the Tigers are coming off of contrasting Saturday experiences. Georgia snuck up on Texas A & M and walked out of College Station with 59-52 road victory, while Auburn lost a 63-61 heartbreaker at home to #16 Ole Miss (declaimer – Ole Miss shot 4-17 from the free throw line). The loss to the Rebels marked Auburn’s fourth in a row after beginning SEC play with back-to-back wins. The Tigers have a road date with #17 Missouri slated for this Saturday, meaning that Georgia should be ready to deal with an Auburn team that will be playing with a sense of urgency in order to avoid its fifth-straight loss.

Auburn is led by its seniors – point guard Frankie Sullivan and 6’10” big man Roy Chubb – who are both averaging in double-figures, with Sullivan topping all Tiger scorers at over 15 points per SEC game. Chubb, a native of Peachtree City, is fifth in the league in rebounding at 9 boards a night.

The Tigers have not defended well in conference games, yielding over 72 points per contest, which is fortunate for a UGA team that has trouble putting the ball in the bucket – remember, the Dawgs are dead-last in offense in league games at 56.7 points per night.

Georgia’s scoring problem might have something to do with the fact that the team is only hoisting up just 45 field goal attempts per SEC game, which is worst in the league. The reason for the Dawgs’ low number of attempts: turnovers and a lack of presence on the offensive glass.

While Georgia only coughed the ball up 12 times against the Aggies, they are still averaging over 16 giveaways a night in league games. On top of that carelessness, when the Dawgs do manage to put up a shot, they rarely give themselves a second chance – UGA is snagging a conference-low 8.5 boards per SEC contest.

A win over Auburn would move Georgia into a tie with Tennessee for seventh place in the SEC. It would also move the Dawgs’ records – both overall and conference – one step closer to .500.

After a strong showing last Saturday against the Aggies, I am anxious to see how this UGA team handles a little bit of success.

Written by hoopdawg

January 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

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  1. Luckily, this game finds us at home, but if the weather keeps attendance down, a true homecourt advantage might not exist. You are right about scoring. We need two more players, besides KCP, to get to or near double figures if we are to have a chance. Fox mentioned that Auburn is likely to try to press us, and given that momentary “worried look” we had when Texas A&M flirted with pressing on one possesion,I’d say the boys still aren’t confident about their abilities here. I like Mann, but for every good move, he’ll cough up a few needless turnovers. If he minimizes those tonight, we can keep it tight. Really, how do you call a game like this? We’ll just pray and scream like Hell! Go Dogs!

    Harlem Bill

    January 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    • Good info on number of shots per game. Two other reasons: They pass the ball around the outside for 30+ seconds and throw up a prayer and Brantley does not take many shots for the minutes he plays. When he gets the ball, he looks around to unload it.

      Jerry

      January 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      • Good point Jerry. I forgot about UGA’s unique ability to hold the ball until the last possible second on nearly half of their possessions.

        hoopdawg

        January 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm


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