Georgia back at home to play host to ETSU

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.

4 thoughts on “Georgia back at home to play host to ETSU

  1. Against Indiana and UCLA, we had leads in the 2nd half. I was hoping to hold on, but knew we would not. This continues a pattern from last year of not scoring as the game gets closer. CMF says we need to learn to play for 40 minutes. I wonder if its the players he puts out there. Pulling Cannon on Tuesday and having Thornton in there was a turning point. Not to bash MT, but he has no offense. When he gets the ball the defense pulls back- they know he will not shoot or drive. On offense, it’s like 5 on 4. He does rebound, but can’t do a put back. Nemi is not a 3 point shooter, yet took that shot at the end. It seems we need to find the best 5 guys in a hurry that can play together. At the end of these games we abandon the plays that got us in the lead and start playing “hero” ball or just toss it around. INMO


  2. I might be nuts but does it seem like there are more people upset about this years’ results than in previous year? In years past hardly anyone cared about bball results. Could be a good sign for the future.


    1. Coach Fox promised us a better year. Talked about how much he liked the team, all his players, etc.I expected to lose in NY, but not the other two losses.The returning players are not better than last year(except Cannon). KCP is not ready for the NBA and seems to be the same player as last year. Maybe too early to tell, but if there is improvement, it will have to come from the freshmen. He has to replace 2 or 3 of the starting 5.


    2. I think that UGA basketball fans felt as if the program had started to turn the corner after Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie’s last two seasons, especially considering the NCAA Tournament appearance.

      However, since Georgia’s trip to the Big Dance a few years ago the program has seemed to be sliding backwards into the land of irrelevancy.

      Hopefully they can turn things around this season, because as Jerry noted, Fox did hint that this team should be improved from last year’s squad.


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