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In the first meeting between Arkansas and Georgia in Athens – a game which UGA won 67-61 – Michael Qualls scored just 3 points on a 1 for 10 shooting performance from the floor.
Unfortunately for the Dawgs, Qualls made amends for that game on Saturday inside Bud Walton Arena, where he scored 20 points to go along with 3 steals. Throughout much of the game, Qualls served as the catalyst in the Hogs’ full-court press, which gave Georgia fits for much of the afternoon.
Arkansas turned UGA over 16 times in Fayetteville with Brandon Morris and Charles Mann leading the way with 7 and 6, respectively. In Georgia’s press offense, Morris and Mann are usually the primary ball-handlers, so when they are coughing it up a combined 13 times to the other team things typically don’t pan out well for the Dawgs.
Despite all of the turnovers, Arkansas could not put Georgia away in the second half, seemingly leaving the door open for a UGA comeback. After shooting nearly 60% from the floor before the break, Arky went cold in the second half, making just 40% of its field goal attempts and connecting on only 1 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.
The problem, though, was that UGA shot the ball worse, hitting less than 30% of its field goals following the intermission. Aside from Kenny Gaines and Marcus Thornton, Georgia did not have much going on on the offensive end of the floor. Gaines, who connected on 6 of 9 threes, scored a game-high 25 points, and Thornton chipped in 13 points to go along with 6 boards.
Charles Mann, who had as many turnovers as points, only scored 2 points in the second half, and he sat on the bench for the final stretch of the game after Coach Fox appeared tired of watching Mann’s carelessness.
Georgia did cut the Arkansas advantage to as low as 5 points after Kenny Gaines hit a pair of free throws to make it 65-60 with just 4:43 remaining. But the Hogs responded immediately and in less than a minute the score was 70-60 after Rashad Madden connected on the team’s only three-pointer of the half.
UGA didn’t have another run in them, and the Hogs cruised to the 87-75 victory.
A disconcerting by-product of yesterday’s loss is that Georgia’s hold on third place in the SEC is now a lot less secure. Both Arkansas and Tennessee are just one game behind the Dawgs in the standings with two games remaining on the conference slate, and these two teams would win any kind of two-way or three-way tie-breakers that might exist with UGA should their conference records end up the same.
Georgia has a winnable home game against Missy State on Tuesday, but then the Dawgs have to hit the road again for a difficult regular-season finale in Baton Rouge versus the LSU Tigers.
Arkansas and Tennessee’s final two games seem less daunting than Georgia’s since each team has a much easier road game this week. The Hogs get Ole Miss at home before heading to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama (6-10). The Vols travel to Auburn (5-11) before ending the season at home against Missouri.
Obviously anything is possible and there is still week of basketball to be played, but Georgia’s chances of reaching the finals of the SEC basketball tournament seem much more favorable as the 3-seed. At the 3-seed, UGA could avoid Florida – the only team that truly seems unbeatable in this conference.
At the 3-seed, Georgia could potentially play in a winnable semifinal game against Kentucky, a team that is currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak and reeling from Saturday’s loss to SEC bottom-dweller South Carolina (4-12).
Georgia has two games left on the schedule, and the only way to ensure a 3-seed in the conference tournament is to win both of them.
(These late tip-offs make it difficult to put together a full-length post, so here are just some quick thoughts on this game)
Tonight’s win marks the first time a Georgia Bulldog Men’s basketball team has notched 10 conference wins since the 2002-2003 season.
It’s no secret that UGA’s defense was what won this game tonight. Missouri entered this contest averaging almost 74 points a night in league games, and they were third in field goal percentage (44%) and second in three-pointe percentage (37%).
The Tigers ran into a brick wall this evening in Athens, though, where the Dawgs held Mizzu to a season-low 56 points on just 32% shooting from the floor. The Tigers made only 3 of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc.
Mizzu’s big trio of scorers – Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross – came into tonight’s game netting more than 55 points per contest in SEC play. However, Georgia’s defenders held these guys to just a combined 38 points, which was a big reason why the Tigers appeared so stagnant on offense.
Nice bounce back game by Charles Mann:
Charles Mann scored a total of 12 points in his games against Tennessee and South Carolina last week. Tonight, however, Charles was in charge, dropping 19 points to go along with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Great production from the bench for Coach Fox:
UGA’s bench combined for 17 points on 46% shooting from the floor, and they hauled in 13 rebounds. Mizzu’s backups tallied a total of just 4 points. Fox got some nice minutes from Neme Djurisic, who hit two big three-pointers to give Georgia a 31-22 lead at the half. Those three’s were Neme’s only points of the game, but he did grab 6 boards.
This victory puts UGA at 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the conference. While Georgia has yet to be listed officially on any NCAA bubbles, the Dawgs continue to burst the bubble dreams of their SEC counterparts. UGA’s sweep of Mizzu this season has to have the Tigers feeling pretty uneasy about their NCAA chances.
Georgia hits the road to take on Arkansas this Saturday in another game that could be bubbly.
Apparently, South Carolina was not made aware that there would be an additional 20 minutes of play following the intermission.
Or at least, so it seemed.
After a close first half that saw the Dawgs and Gamecocks knotted up at 34-apiece, Georgia capitalized on poor shooting from Frank Martin’s team to open up a big lead coming out of the break. UGA started out the half with a 9-1 run, giving them a 43-35 advantage following a Marcus Thornton jumper with 14:40 left in the game.
Carolina did not even convert a field goal until nearly ten minutes had elapsed, when Sindarious Thornwell knocked down a shot to make it 50-37, Georgia.
The Gamecocks connected on just 5 of their 31 second half field goal attempts in an offensive display that can only be described as pitiful.
UGA rode sophomore Kenny Gaines – who scored a career high 27 points – to the 73-56 victory.
Charles Mann followed up a disappointing 5-point effort at Tennessee earlier in the week with another dud of a performance in Columbia on Saturday. Mann finished with just 7 points on 1 for 10 shooting from the floor, and his lone field goal did not come until less than 4 minutes remained in the game.
Fortunately, Mann’s teammates were more than capable of picking up the slack and shouldering some of the scoring load. In addition to Gaines’s excellent play, Coach Mark Fox got 12 points apiece from Marcus Thornton and Brandon Morris. Thornton grabbed 10 rebounds as well, giving him his third double-double of the season.
Today’s win brings Georgia a step closer to securing one of the top four spots in the conference, which would mean a bye to the third round of the SEC tournament.
UGA now has three conference road wins on the year, and this victory bolsters the Dawgs to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in the SEC.
Georgia received a little help earlier in the day from the Florida Gators as they knocked off Ole Miss, sending the Rebels to 7-7 in the conference.
The Dawgs could really benefit from more assistance from around the SEC today as any losses for LSU, Tennessee or Missouri would add more cushioning to Georgia’s third place spot.
UGA plays again on Tuesday night in Athens against Missouri in a huge game that should have SEC tournament seedings on the line.
Some nights you have it, and some nights you don’t.
Last night, the Georgia Bulldogs (14-11; 8-5) certainly did not have it in Knoxville, where they fell 67-48 to the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Dawgs – a team that came into this game leading the SEC in rebounding – could not match the Vols’ physicality on the blocks. Tennessee won the battle on the boards by a count of 37-30, and they scored over half of their points (34) in the paint.
The main culprit of all of this inside dominance was Jarnell Stokes, who abused Georgia for 20 points and 11 rebounds.
After trailing Tennessee 34-28 at the half, Georgia managed to hang around for the most part to begin the second half of play. The Dawgs cut the Vols’ lead to 45-38 following a free throw from Nemanja Djurisic with 12:18 remaining.
Tennessee responded, however, with a 12-5 run that sent their advantage to 57-43 with only 8:00 minutes left in the game. This spurt was enough to put UGA away, giving the Vols their 7th conference win of the season.
Offensively, Georgia was led by Kenny Gaines and J.J. Frazier, who finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Frazier netted 10 of his 12 in the first half, providing Coach Mark Fox a much-needed spark off the bench in a game where Charles Mann was a non-factor.
Mann, who had been averaging nearly 17 points a night in the previous six SEC contests, was held to just 5 points in this one.
The Dawgs entered last night’s game shooting almost 30 free throws a night, but against the Vols Georgia took just 11 shots from the charity stripe, converting 8 of them.
The loss snaps UGA’s four-game winning streak, but the Dawgs still have a hold on 3rd place in the conference, thanks to a road win at Ole Miss by the Kentucky Wildcats.
Georgia hits the road again this weekend to take on South Carolina, a team that has been playing better as of late. The Gamecocks have won their past 2 home games, and they have been winners of 3 or their last 4 in Columbia.
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.
Charles Mann was not named to either of the preseason All-SEC teams, but something tells me he may be listed on one of them when the season ends.
With the game knotted up at 60-60 and just 1.5 seconds left on the clock, Mann put his team and Stegeman Coliseum on his back as he stepped to the free throw line after drawing a foul on Mississippi’s Dwight Coleby.
Charles missed the first, giving the Rebels a glimmer of hope that the game might extend to overtime.
Mann made the second shot though and UGA secured the 61-60 victory after a desperation pass by Ole Miss sailed out of bounds.
Charles Mann attacked the basket relentlessly on Saturday, netting 12 of his 17 points from the free throw line. In addition to the scoring, he also grabbed 8 rebounds to go along with 4 assists.
Marshall Henderson may have owned the first half, but Kenny Gaines ruled the second.
Gaines took over at a point in the game when Georgia was struggling to find offense against the Rebel’s zone. The sophomore spent most of the first half on the bench dealing with two fouls, and he only managed 2 points going into the intermission.
After the break though, Gaines lit up Stegeman, connecting on 5 three-pointers and finishing with a team-high 21 points. He tied the game twice on clutch shots from beyond the arc in the second half before sinking a monster three from the corner while being fouled – Gaines completed the four-point play and UGA had a 41-40 lead with 11:41 left in the game.
Of all of Gaines’s threes, none may have been bigger than the one he hit from the wing with only 47 seconds on the clock that put the Dawgs up 60-57.
Credit Georgia for its effort in this game – the Dawgs trailed 26-15 with only 4:18 remaining before the intermission following a three from Derrick Millinghaus. At this point in the game UGA looked lost on offense and defense, where they had already yielded 4 three-pointers to Henderson.
Georgia came back though, and the Bulldogs actually enjoyed a brief 11-point lead of their own following a pair of free throws from Charles Mann that bolstered the Georgia advantage to 53-42 with 6:01 left.
Even when that lead evaporated and Ole Miss was on top 57-55 with less than 2 minutes remaining, Georgia never stopped fighting.
UGA owned the glass today, out-rebounding the Rebels by a count of 49-34. Georgia brought down 18 offensive boards, none of which was bigger than the one Marcus Thornton snagged before kicking the ball out to Kenny Gaines for his late lead-changing three. Thornton led all UGA players with 11 rebounds to go along with his 7 points and 3 blocks.
This win gives Georgia sole possession of third place in the SEC at 8-4, and the Dawgs are now 14-10 overall.
Coach Mark Fox’s team has now won four conference games in a row as they prepare to travel to Knoxville for a showdown with Tennessee on Tuesday night.
If the SEC tournament started today, UGA would enjoy a bye all the way to the quarterfinal round of the bracket.
That seed is Georgia’s to lose at this point.
After a little more than 10 minutes of play on Wednesday night, the Georgia Bulldogs (13-10; 7-4) looked completely lost inside The Hump in Starkville. With 9:54 remaining before the half, Mississippi State held a 22-8 lead, and Georiga had committed 5 turnovers and just 1 field goal.
Ten seconds later, Nemanja Djurisic tossed the ball out of bounds for the team’s 6th turnover, and Dawgs’ coach Mark Fox called a 30-second timeout.
Whatever Fox said to his team during that brief exchange – which appeared heated – worked.
Georgia closed out the final 9 minutes of the first half on a 20-5 run, receiving a spark from reserve freshman Kenny Paul Geno, who scored 6 of points during that stretch. The man with three first names was instrumental in the UGA comeback, and the Dawgs actually took a 28-27 lead into the break after a pair of free throws from Juwan Parker.
Georgia’s onslaught continued into the second half as UGA immediately went on a 13-4 run that put them up 41-31 with 15:19 left in the game, following a layup by Marcus Thornton.
The Dawgs’ offense was clicking on all cylinders at this point, connecting on nearly 74% of their shots from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
UGA pushed its advantage to as high as 23 points following a bucket by Brandon Morris with 1:58 left in the game. The Dawgs won the game 75-55, leaving The Hump with their second SEC road victory of the season.
Georgia’s Charles Mann led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, including a sensational performance from the free throw line, where Mann knocked down 10 of 11 attempts.
While Mann’s effort was sublime, the play of freshman Juwan Parker – who scored a career-high 16 points (14 of which came in the second half) – deserves to be mentioned as well. Parker finished in double-figures for the fourth time this season, and he continues to show flashes of the scoring potential that lies ahead in his career.
The Dawgs won another rebounding battle against the Maroon Dawgs (38-30), making UGA the number one rebounding team in the conference in SEC games this season at just under 40 a night.
Wednesday’s win was absolutely huge for Georgia as it puts them in a tie for third with the Ole Miss Rebels – a team that UGA will host in Athens this Saturday.
A victory over the Rebels would give the Dawgs sole possession of third place in the league as well as a very legitimate shot of ending the season with an above .500 conference record.
Ever since Georgia exploded for 97 points in their last conference win over South Carolina, the UGA offense has looked extremely inept, resulting in three straight losses.
While it should be noted that UGA played two of those games without Kenny Gaines – Kentucky and Vandy – they did have Gaines in the lineup yesterday against perennial SEC bottom-feeder Auburn and the Dawgs still failed to put the ball in the basket consistently.
Sophomore Charles Mann has been averaging nearly 16 points per game during the current skid, which is more than his SEC average of 14.5 ppg. The problem, however, is not Charles Mann. Rather, it’s the rest of the Bulldogs.
Opposing teams are starting to discover that if they sit in a zone they can provide more help on Mann’s drives to the basket. In addition, since UGA doesn’t have a legitimate perimeter threat, defenses can key on Mann without much fear of giving up too many open shots.
A look at Georgia’s offensive statistics in conference play is quite staggering, so brace yourself.
UGA is dead-last in the SEC in field goal percentage (37%), assists (9.4), assist-to-turnover ration (0.7) and three-pointers made (4.9).
The poor shooting has landed Georgia 11th in the league in scoring at just under 66 points per game.
Unfortunately, the Dawgs have been pretty careless with the ball as well in SEC games, committing over 14 turnovers per contests, which is second to last in the conference.
About the only thing Georgia is doing well consistently in league play is rebounding – UGA is tied with LSU for first in the league at nearly 40 boards a night.
Georgia leads the conference in offensive boards with over 15 per game; however, that’s probably just because they are getting so many opportunities with all the missed shots.
The Dawgs’ low output of assists can be directly attributed to a lack of talent. Assists were a hallmark of Mark Fox’s first two years where he saw his team lead the SEC in team assists for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.
But that kind of makes sense when you think about the players that Fox had at the time to run his offense, which relies heavily on passing and spacing – both of which work better when you have players like Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie and Gerald Robinson, Jr. Defenses had to respect those player’s abilities to score, which created passing lanes and open routes to the basket.
In the last three years, however, Georgia has found itself in the lower-half of the conference in team assists, leaving fans to wonder if Fox’s offense is feasible without two NBA players on the roster.
After a disappointing preseason, the Dawgs offered fans a glimmer of hope by starting out 2-0 in SEC play. At one point in January, it appeared as if UGA may have been locked in for at least an NIT trip this year.
However, Georgia’s ineptitude on offense has taken their conference record to 4-4, and the idea of postseason play is beginning to seem more abstract.
Neme Djurisic brought a new haircut and a hot hand to Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday night when his Georgia Bulldog team took on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Neme shot a perfect 9 for 9 from the floor (including 3 three-pointers), leading all scorers with a career-high 22 points. The junior from Montegro started fast, scoring 9 of UGA’s first 11 points.
Georgia was too much for Carolina on offense on Wednesday, making over 50% of their field goals. From beyond the arc, UGA hit 10 of 17 attempts – a season-high on made three-pointers for this team.
The Dawgs led by double-digits for much of the night, taking a 45-34 advantage into the intermission. Coming out of the half, Georgia went on a 19-8 run which helped bolster their lead to 64-42 following a Djurisic three. From that point, UGA was basically able to coast to the 97-76 victory, pushing their SEC record to 4-1 on the season.
In addition to Neme, UGA had four other players – Marcus Thornton (12), Kenny Gaines (14), Charles Mann (10) and Brandon Morris (11) – finish in double-figures in scoring.
Georgia entered this game with the 5th best rebounding margin in the conference at +5.0 per game. The Dawgs won another rebounding battle on Wednesday night, besting the Gamecocks by a tally of 35-25.
South Carolina was led offensively by Sindarious Thornwell, who topped all scorers with 23 points.
Both teams struggled to move their feet on defense tonight as they racked up a combined 59 fouls, which caused the game to take an extremely long time to wrap up.
Since losing to Florida on January 14th, Georgia has won consecutive basketball games at home to Arkansas and South Carolina.
The schedule gets a bit tougher from here though, starting out with a road trip to Lexington this Saturday where Georgia will take on the Kentucky Wildcats (who are also 4-1 in league games).
For the Georgia Bulldogs to have a chance of beating the #7 Florida Gators in Gainesville for the first time in 11 years, Coach Mark Fox needed his guys to play a flawless game on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, UGA’s performance was quite flawed.
Florida’s defensive pressure overwhelmed Georgia from the opening tip, forcing the Dawgs into 12 first-half turnovers. In addition to the carelessness, UGA couldn’t buy a basket, making just 31% of their field goals before the intermission.
The Dawgs’ leading scorers heading into this contest – Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines – were each held without a field goal in the game’s first 20 minutes – a recipe for disaster for this team. Mann and Gaines combined for only 1 point and 7 turnovers prior to the break.
Florida, conversely, was red hot, canning 50% of their shots, which allowed them to open up a 36-16 advantage after 20 minutes of play.
The Gators were in cruise control for pretty much the remainder of the game, albeit a mini-run by UGA that cut the Florida lead to 45-31 after a Marcus Thornton layup with 11:38 left in the game. UF answered quickly though, going on a 13-1 run that ran the score up to 58-32 with 5:44 remaining; Florida ended up winning 72-50, remaining unbeaten in conference games.
Georgia actually held a 6-4 lead after a Brandon Morris layup with 15:34 left in the half, but the Gators responded immediately with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes that gave them a 17-6 lead – Florida never really looked back.
The Gators were led offensively by Michael Frazier’s 21 points, which came from primarily beyond the arc, where he knocked down 5 three-pointers.
Georgia got 13 points from Juwan Parker off the bench, and Marcus Thornton chipped in another 11 points. For the most part, UGA’s offense wasn’t much to write home about, with Mann and Gaines scoring a combined 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting from the floor.
After a hot start, Georgia received some grounding on Tuesday from the Gators, who may be the best team in the SEC.
The Dawgs must rebound quickly from this loss and get ready to defend home turf against the Arkansas Razorbacks this coming Saturday.