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Charles Mann continues to live at the line

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Charles Mann is undoubtedly the center point of Georgia’s offense, and he is a major factor as to why his Bulldogs are averaging 7 more points per game in conference play this year as compared to last, despite losing SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Mann is the proverbial straw that stirs the drink – look no further than his second free throw attempt – which he buried – that secured a thrilling home victory last Saturday in a crucial showdown with the Ole Miss Rebels.

It was fitting that Mann won the game from the line, since he tends to spend so much time there.

Currently, Charles is 16th in the nation in free throw attempts with 202 on the season, and he is taking nearly 9 shots a night from the charity stripe.

Mann’s ability to get to the basket and draw contact from the point guard position is a coveted skill in the world of college basketball.  His aggressiveness can put defenses on their heels.  He can also use his driving ability to get his team back into games – much like he did last week when Georgia trailed early to both Missy State and Ole Miss.  

When the Dawgs were struggling to convert baskets in the first half in each of the aforementioned games, Mann took the ball to the rack, got fouled and converted points from the line – he cut the Missy St lead to under ten, and he got his team to within three against Mississippi, all from the free throw line.

Over the past six SEC games, Mann’s free throw percentage has been slightly above 76%, which is a dramatic improvement when compared to the fact that he was converting only 60% of his attempts from the line through the first six league contests.

Mann has been so prolific in his capacity to generate free throw attempts that he is already halfway (372) to the all-time record of 744 held by former Georgia-great Laterial Green.  Considering that Charles is in the midst of just his sophomore year, I would say that he has an excellent chance of surpassing Green’s mark, should he remain at UGA for all four years.

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Written by hoopdawg

February 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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  1. There does not seem to be anyone (at least in the SEC) that can stop Mann from getting to the basket without fouling him.

    Great job by Mann staying cool and calm on the last play of the game when he drew that foul. When the big guy got switched on to him with 10 seconds left Mann had the presence of mind to pull back and wait until 2 seconds left to make his move because he knew he had the guy beat just on the matchup. Well done.

    Also showed some real poise to make the second FT after missing one and then having to wait for the second shot.

    Decatur Dawg

    February 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    • Hope he does not get hurt. He drives with abandon and takes some nasty falls to the floor. Teams are going to start hard fouling him .so he pays a price when he drives the lane. Those guys are bigger than him.

      Jerry

      February 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm


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