The Georgia Bulldogs (2-5) will hit the road again on Tuesday for a short trip down to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2).
After dismissing leading scorer Glen Rice, Jr. from the team last season, Brian Gregory looked as though his Jackets might be facing a rebuilding year this season as they tried to replace Rice’s offense.
While Georgia Tech hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboards at 61.5 points per game, they do feature a balanced attack with three players averaging in double-figures. The Jackets are led offensively by senior Kammeon Hosely, freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt and senior point guard Mfon Udofia, who are scoring 11.2, 11 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.
Georgia will also get their first look at Robert Carter, the versatile freshman big who chose Georgia Tech over the Dawgs earlier this year. Carter has been slowly easing himself into the flow of the college game, netting 7.8 points to go along with 5.7 boards.
The Jackets, much like Georgia, entered the season with tempered expectations following the loss of some key personnel from last year’s team. However, at this point it appears that Georgia Tech’s season is moving in a different direction than Georgia’s, especially considering the Jackets have a win over NCAA Tournament-regular Saint Mary’s under their belt.
Georgia needs someone to step up and shoulder some of the offensive load, or losing regularly is going to become the status quo of the season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is getting nearly 18 points a night, with the next closest scorer being Neme Djurisic’s 8.3 a clip.
As a dedicated fan of this UGA team I am ready to see something different Tuesday evening. Playing 40 minutes of halfcourt basketball is not working for Georgia; Coach Mark Fox simply doesn’t have the big men for the Dawgs to run such a deliberate offense. I would like to see Georgia play a little more up-tempo (maybe even press) to see if it doesn’t help them create some easier scoring opportunities.
Brian Gregory is 1-0 against UGA. Will he take his win streak to two games over the Dawgs, or will the Georgia fans (if there are any) inside the McCamish Pavilion be chanting, “Just like football!”