The Georgia Bulldogs (1-4) are on the verge of doing something that has yet to occur in the Mark Fox Era of UGA basketball – lose five consecutive games.
After going 0 for 4 in the Legends Classic, the Dawgs will look to rebound against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (1-2) – another team that has gotten out to a less-than-desirable start to the 2012-2013 season.
The Buccaneers – projected to finish 4th in the Atlantic Sun – dropped their first two games of the year to Virginia Tech and UTC-Chattanooga before taking one on the road at Charleston Southern last Tuesday.
Both ETSU and Georgia have struggled to put the ball in the basket this season, ranking them 266th and 328th in the nation, respectively, in team field goal percentage.
The Buccaneers will be playing their second-straight game without their starting backcourt as senior guards Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose remain indefinitely suspended due to a violation of team rules, leaving a majority of the scoring load on the shoulders of freshman forward Lester Wilson.
Wilson’s 19.3 points per game currently lead all Atlantic Sun scorers, and he has been chipping in 6 rebounds a night as well.
Despite Georgia’s two losses in Brooklyn, I (and many commenters on this blog) praised the Dawgs’ efforts in both games. However, tonight UGA needs to get a real victory – as opposed to the moral variety – and it would be nice if it was rather convincing since they are at home playing against an undersized team that doesn’t have its starting guards.
After tonight’s game, the road gets a bit more challenging for the Dawgs, with back-to-back road contests at South Florida and Georgia Tech.
Georgia played probably its most complete game of the season in the 60-56 loss to UCLA, making a concerted effort to feed the ball inside which led to UGA scoring 24 points in the paint (only the second time this season they have eclipsed the 15-point mark in this category). The Dawgs also shot a season-low 11 three-pointers, which is a trend that will hopefully continue throughout the remainder of the year.
Georgia is not a very good shooting team, connecting on only 36.5% from the floor and barely over 30% of their shots from beyond the arc.
As a fan of this team, you would like to see them continue to take more shots that occur closer to the basket.