Georgia completes sweep of Auburn

12486347Just when it seemed like J.J. Frazier could officially do no wrong, he did.  With 12 seconds left and Georgia leading 79-78, Frazier tried to force a pass through the teeth of the Auburn defense and it was stolen.  All of a sudden, Frazier’s Senior Night fairy tale ending seemed in jeopardy.  The Tigers inbounded the ball to Jared Harper with only 7 seconds left, and he promptly tossed up a three-pointer which missed and allowed UGA to hold on for its third straight win.

Other than Frazier’s mental lapse in the final moments of this contest, the Dawgs did an excellent job of taking control of this game when it counted down the stretch.  The two teams went into the final media timeout knotted up at 73-apiece.  UGA tightened up its defense when it counted, though, and they held Auburn to just 1 of its final 6 field goal attempts.

Even though J.J.’s turnover could have been incredibly costly, the Dawgs would have never even been in a position to win without him.  Frazier, who came into this game averaging 31 a night over the past three contests, fittingly scored 31 tonight against Bruce Pearl’s team. He knocked down 5 of his 9 shots from beyond the arc, and J.J. also scored on an array of tricky drives that I will sorely miss seeing inside Stegeman next season.  South Carolina’s Sindarious Thornwell may have been the leading SEC Player of the Year candidate a week ago, but I have to imagine that Frazier is giving him a serious run for his money at this point because what J.J. has done without the help of Yante Maten has been nothing short of miraculous.

The Dawgs started out super slow in this one as they allowed the Tigers to hit 4 three-pointers en route to a 20-9 lead a little over 10 minutes into the game.  UGA also struggled to contain Auburn on the offensive glass as they let the Tigers haul in 7 of their own misses.  In addition, Georgia turned the ball over 9 times before the break, so all things considered, the Dawgs should have felt fortunate to go into the intermission trailing 37-30.

UGA had trouble defending the perimeter for most of the night as Auburn knocked down 12 of its 27 three-point attempts.  But this is a Tiger team that can get hot from beyond the arc, where Auburn is making 9 three’s a game in SEC play.  Mark Fox mixed up zones and man in an attempt to close out on the Auburn shooters, but the Tigers were still successful from the outside.  Tonight’s game marks the 6th SEC contest in which they have made 10 three-pointers or more, and the 10th time overall this season.

While Auburn got after the glass early, Georgia won the overall rebounding effort by a count of 39-36, and much of that credit goes to big man Derek Ogbeide.  Ogbeide, who does the dirty work for this team night in and night out, entered this contest 3rd in SEC games in rebounding with 8 boards a night.  This evening, Ogbeide finished with a double-double, snagging 15 rebounds to go along with 10 points as he controlled the paint for the Dawgs.

The only other UGA player to score in double-digits was Tyree Crump, who poured in 10 points in 11 minutes off the bench.  Crump knocked down 2 of his 3 shots from beyond the arc, and he’s now scored 22 points over his last 28 minutes in the past 3 games.

Georgia is now 18-12 overall and 9-8 in the conference, and they now have a legitimate opportunity to punch an at-large NCAA berth ticket this Saturday with a win at Arkansas.



10 thoughts on “Georgia completes sweep of Auburn

  1. another gutty win for the dawgs. they make it all look so easy!
    i loved watching frazier rev his team up during the time outs. as hoop says, he will be sorely missed.
    but the young guys came through tonight. harris hit a nice 3, turtle chipped in, crump hit some shots and had an awesome take. if he can hit from the arc and take it to the basket like that, he could be something next year.
    i think the dawgs can beat arkansas. why not? then…who knows.
    also, nice article, hoop. made me wish i was there.


    1. No Maten and on the road versus a top 50 opponent for Arkansas’s Senior Day – seems like a VERY tall task. We’ll need a lot more than a big game from JJ to pull that one off, but there’s a chance. Arky has lost at home to Vandy and Miss State so maybe they’ll have another game like those.

      Regardless of the outcome of our game with Arkansas, here’s hoping that UK wins at TAMU, UF wins at Vandy and SC wins at Ole Miss. That way we can get the 6 seed for the SEC tourney, allowing us to avoid facing UK or UF until the semifinals. The 3 seed, South Carolina or Arkansas, would be beatable in the quarterfinals and two wins in Nashville might be enough to get us into the Dance (even with a loss at Arkansas on Saturday). Then again, our first SEC tourney game will be no gimme without Maten and I don’t see him playing next week.


      1. For sure a tall task. But the Dawgs played UK to the wire and won 3 straight without Yante. They also launched their comeback against UT with him on the bench in foul trouble. No way saying losing Maten isn’t a factor, but the team has somehow adjusted. A lot of guys have kicked their game up and JJ has been Superman. I can see it happening.


  2. JJ for MVP! I will definitely miss his tricky dribbles and Steph Curry like pull up.

    Great game from Ogbeide with 15 rebounds (10 offensive) and 2 blocks (big one near the end).

    Pretty exciting to see Crump get more time and continue to hit shots. JJ definitely is looking for Crump to get him a 3. Also loved Crump’s drive for 2.


  3. I don’ know what I can say about JJ that hasn’t already been said. The Curry comparison has some truth to it as I was telling a good friend (and rabid Warriors fan) last year. He’s watched JJ a couple of times and agrees. It was also good to see Jorden Harris back on the court again. I think that Harris and Crump have a chance to become the best backcourt tandem in the SEC in years ahead. And why not go in and beat Arkansas? Didn’t we beat them on that floor the last time we played over there?


  4. Dawgs escape another one! I don’t have any words left to describe JJ. Undersized guard who simple gets it done. Has there been any mention of him being in running for SEC player of the year? Each game I say can he do it again! Yes, in JJ I trust. Kid is simply a winner!
    I see Harris is back, so much for a bone chip. Glad to know he’ll be back to help contribute. Derrick showed up big 10 and 15, nice. Crump did what he normally do, make the most of his minutes 10pt in 11 minutes of action. I’ll take that any day. Go Dawgs!


      1. looks like a two player race between JJ and Thornwell. Both are top 4 in scoring and steals, but JJ has a much better assist/turnover ratio. S Carolina obviously has the better record and beat Georgia twice.


  5. Hoop Dawgs are up to #50 in the RPI, and it looks like a road win over Arky could move us up to around #40. Huge game Saturday.



    Georgia [18-12 (9-8), RPI: 49, SOS: 14] Can we throw a Bubble Watch shout out to J.J. Frazier? The Bulldogs guard had 31 points in Wednesday’s 79-78 escape versus Auburn, which is impressive enough, even before you consider he was held scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, it was Frazier’s fourth straight game with at least 28 points. That Georgia has needed this kind of remarkable spurt from its senior guard just to get within striking distance of the bubble is telling in and of itself; but hey, if it keeps up, a win at Arkansas on Saturday and a victory or two in the SEC tournament might just get Frazier & Co. over the hump. Who knows?


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