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Georgia can’t overcome turnovers in loss to South Carolina

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For a brief moment the Georgia Bulldogs looked poised to claim its first lead of the second half after Yante Maten buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with only 57 seconds remaining.  Trailing South Carolina 62-61, the Dawgs were just one mere stop from wresting away the advantage from the visiting Gamecocks.  But as luck would have it, Sindarius Thornwell, who had just returned from a six-game suspension, would score on a tip-in from his own miss on the ensuing possession, putting his team back up by 3.  J.J. Frazier turned the ball over the next time down the court and then fouled Hassani Gravett immediately.  Gravett made only one of two from the line, but Frazier forced an awkward three that caromed off the rim, and UGA would go on to lose 67-61.

The final minute of this game exemplified the major issues that plagued this Georgia team throughout the night: poor defense, turnovers and inconsistent offense.  The Dawgs tried to play USC in man defense for much of this game, but I’m not sure that they had the personnel for that strategy to work.  Coach Mark Fox doesn’t have the perimeter players to deal with Thornwell or fellow guard P.J. Dozier.  Both of these guys relentlessly drove the ball to the paint, where Frank Martin’s team notched 38 of its points (to UGA’s 19).  Dozier led all scores with 24 points to go along with 7 rebounds, and Thornwell recorded a double-double, scoring 19 points and snagging 11 rebounds.

Georgia didn’t really have it together on offense tonight either.  The Dawgs made just 36% from the floor and under 31% from beyond the arc.  Coach Fox’s team played incredibly sloppy in this one, turning the ball over 16 times, which led to 18 Gamecock points. UGA began the second half with one of its infamous scoring droughts, netting just 5 points in over 7 minutes of play.  The Dawgs only trailed Carolina 36-34 at the break, but following a Chris Silva Jumper with 12:51 left they found themselves down 48-39.  The free throw line, where UGA connected on 23 of 30 attempts, was the lone bright spot for Georgia, and honestly it kept them in the game down the stretch.

The Dawgs continued to pound the ball inside to Yante Maten, and despite facing multiple double-teams, he kept getting himself to the line.  Maten made 9 of his 13 free throw attempts, though he only shot 33% from the floor.  Yante did record another double-double as he pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds, but he never really got into an offensive rhythm as he constantly found himself surrounded by Gamecock bigs whenever he touched the ball inside.  All this pressure forced Georgia’s leading scorer into 6 turnovers.

Unfortunately, Maten wasn’t the only Dawg to hand the ball over 6 times.  Frazier committed 6 as well and never really got going on offense himself.  Much like Maten, J.J. collected the majority of his points from the charity stripe, where he sunk 9 of 10 attempts.  But Frazier’s efficiency from the field was far worse as he connected on just 30% from the floor and only 1 of his 6 perimeter shots.

The only other UGA player to finish in double-figures was Juwan Parker, who netted 12 points to go along with his 6 rebounds.

This loss was a tough one for Coach Fox’s team for several reasons.   One, it totally sucks the air out of any of the mojo that the Dawgs might have been feeling after that big road win at Auburn last week.  Two, Georgia still hasn’t recorded a solid RPI win.  South Carolina’s RPI was 54 coming into the game, and it would have been UGA’s highest to date had they pulled it off.  Finally, Georgia blew a solid opportunity to begin SEC play at 3-0 with lowly Missouri coming into town this Saturday.  However, now that that’s out the window, the Dawgs will be doing their best to get back above .500 in conference play.

 

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January 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Dawgs fall flat in second half against Oakland

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Any good feelings that Georgia (8-4) might have been harboring following their first win over a significant non-conference opponent (Georgia Tech) earlier this week were certainly crushed and flushed this evening inside Oakland’s Center O’rena in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

After building up a 37-25 advantage with a little over 5 minutes remaining in the first half, the Dawgs went on to lose 86-79 to an Oakland team that entered tonight’s game ranked 216 in the NCAA’s RPI rankings.  If the word “bad loss” as it pertains to NCAA tournament resumes were actually in the dictionary, it would be accompanied by a picture of Oakland’s incredibly dark, hardwood floor with its grossly oversized grizzly in the center.

A game that was meant to be an early Christmas present for Georgia’s Yante Maten turned into a lump of coal for the Michigan native.  Maten fouled out of the game with 6:19 left and his team trailing 71-64.  He only managed to tally 6 points and 5 rebounds while committing 4 turnovers.  The Grizzlies doubled down on Maten whenever he got the ball on the block, preventing him from establishing any sort of offensive rhythm.

J.J. Frazier, who played a fabulous first half, scoring 18 points on 7 of 8 from the floor, disappeared following the intermission.  Frazier missed all 10 of his second half attempts as he forced up shots under intensified pressure from the Oakland defenders.  He did manage 4 free throws after the break, however, and led all UGA scorers with 22 points.

Oakland jumped all over Georgia to start the second half, going on an 18-4 run that erased UGA’s 45-38 halftime advantage.  Martez Walker capped off the run with a three-pointer that sent his team up 56-49 with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the game.  Walker hit 4 three’s on the evening and finished with a career-high 30 points.

The fact that Coach Mark Fox’s team allowed an Oakland player to put 30 points on them is a testament to how poorly this team played defense tonight.  Georgia looked slow to the ball, especially in the second half, and eventually the Dawgs had to get out of their man defense and switch to zone because they simply couldn’t guard the Grizzlies straight up.  After hitting under 36% from the floor in the first twenty minutes, Oakland knocked down over 53% of their attempts in the second half.  The Grizzlies also connected on 10 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc.

The only other Georgia starters to finish in double-digits were Derek Ogbeide and Juwan Parker.  Ogbeide logged a double-double, netting 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds; 11 of Derek’s points came after the break, and he scored 4 consecutive buckets during a critical stretch in the second half that helped UGA cut into Oakland’s 61-51 lead.

Parker scored 15 points, but he committed a team-high 5 turnovers.  The Dawgs gave the ball over 19 times this evening, a problem that plagued this team tonight offensively against Oakland.

The game on Tuesday against Georgia Tech was never in doubt because Georgia had the two best players on the court.  That was not the case tonight, though, as Maten played only 21 minutes before fouling out.  Still, Coach Mark Fox’s bunch shouldn’t be losing to Oakland.  Period.

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December 23, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Up next for UGA: Georgia Tech

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The annual in-state rivalry game with Georgia Tech (6-3) has not been kind to Coach Mark Fox in recent years.  Prior to last year’s win in Athens, a game in which J.J. Frazier scored 35 points, Georgia (7-3) had lost four in a row to the Jackets.  With losses already to Clemson, Kansas and Marquette, the Dawgs are running out of opportunities for solid non-conference wins, meaning that Tuesday’s contest against the Jackets is one that Fox’s team must have.

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J.J. hit 6 three-pointers when these two teams met in Athens last year.

Georgia Tech, who was projected by both SI and USA Today to finish 14th in the new 15-team ACC this year, has endured a rocky start to the season.  After needing overtime to win their exhibition game against Shorter, the Jackets won 4 of 5 to start the season.  The problem, however, was that the lone loss came at home to Ohio.  Tech has dropped road games at both Penn State and Tennessee, yet they somehow pulled off a shocker at VCU, upending the Rams 76-73 in OT.

Coach Josh Pastner did not inherit a lot to work with for his initial campaign as the Jackets’ skipper.  Tech returned just one starter this season – Quinton Stephens – and he only netted 5 points a game a year ago.  This season, though, Stephens has been getting almost 12 points and 8 rebounds a night.

The surprise of the year thus far for Pastner has to be the play of center Ben Lammers, who is leading this team in both scoring and rebounding.  After averaging just 3.6 points and 4 boards a night last year, Lammers is pouring in 15 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.  Lammers is an excellent passer, and at 6’10”, he can can see the whole floor when he has the ball at the top of the key, where Tech likes to run a lot of its offense.

The most talented guard on the Jackets roster has to be junior Tadric Jackson, who is scoring just under 13 points a contest.  The former 4-star recruit out of Tift County spurned an offer from UGA and wound up going to school in Atlanta instead.  This season, Tech is 4-1 in games in which Jackson has scored in double-figures; they are 1-2 in the games that he has failed to eclipse the 10-point mark.

This Tech team is not afraid to press full court defensively, which is something that Georgia has not see a lot of so far this season.  The Dawgs should definitely expect to see full court pressure on Tuesday, as Pastner will want to make it as difficult as possible for UGA to dump the ball down into Maten in the half court set.

While its unreasonable to demand another 35 points out of Frazier, Coach Fox must get better play from his senior guard.  J.J. has shot over 40% from the floor in only 4 of the team’s 10 games this year, and if Georgia hopes to sneak out of Midtown with a win they are going to need Frazier to shoot it well Tuesday night.

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December 19, 2016 at 6:35 am

Georgia drops Charleston Southern 84-64 in Athens

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The Georgia Bulldogs (7-3) put together what might have been their best overall effort of the season on Saturday afternoon, and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (4-6) caught the brunt of it.  The Dawgs built up a 17-5 advantage less than 7 minutes into the first half after an old-fashioned three-point play by Yante Maten, and UGA maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the afternoon.  Finally, Georgia treated an overmatched opponent like an overmatched opponent, dominating the Bucs in just about every facet of this game.  No second half single-digit leads.  No pulling away in the latter stage of the game.  UGA took it to Charleston Southern from the opening tip, and they didn’t take the foot off the gas pedal.

Offense

Georgia ran just about everything through Maten.  Yante had 8 points before the players on the Charleston Southern bench could get situated in their seats.  Maten scored 19 points before the break and 11 after it, matching his season high of 30 points on an 11 for 13 shooting effort from the floor.  Amazingly, Yante did all of this scoring in just 22 minutes of play, and had he played his typical 32 minutes, he might have gone for 40. Maten’s ability to finish in the paint is reminiscent of former Bulldog great Jumaine Jones, who much like Yante, converted a high rate of field goals when he received the ball close to the basket.  Maten has developed the uncanny ability to take the ball up from the left side as well as he does from the right (his shooting hand).  Yante also knocked down 2 of his 3 shots from beyond the arc, one of which came from the right wing.  Normally, Maten has only taken three’s when he’s been lined up dead-on from center court; if Yante can start making three’s from other places on the perimeter, he is going to be a tough player for NBADraft.net to continue to ignore.

But enough about Maten.  Once Charleston Southern realized that not helping defensively in the paint on Yante was a bad idea, they began to converge on him in the paint, which opened up Georgia’s perimeter players.  The Dawgs had six different players hit shots from beyond the arc, and UGA ended up making 8 of their 19 three-point attempts.

The only other Georgia player to finish in double-figures was J.J. Frazier, who netted 14 points on the afternoon.  However, Frazier converted only 4 of his 14 shots, bringing his field goal percentage down to 38% on the year.  Even more disappointing was J.J.’s effort from beyond the arc, where he connected on just 2 of his 9 attempts.  Frazier did dish out  5 assists, though, and he only gave the ball away once.

Defense

Coach Mark Fox’s team overwhelmed the Buccaneers right away with a tenacious man defense.  The Dawgs mixed in some zone as well, keeping the Charleston Southern offense off balance and limiting the Bucs to under 35% from the floor through the game’s first twenty minutes.  Armel Potter and Christian Keeling, Charleston Southern’s leading scorers, had just 2 and 4 points, respectively, going into the break, allowing Georgia to take a 46-30 advantage into the half.

Keeling led all Bucaneers’ scorers with 19 points, but Potter, who came into Stegeman netting almost 16 a night, ended up with only 9 on Saturday.

The Dawgs defense dominated this game.  Charleston Southern entered today’s contest hitting almost 46% of its field goals and over 37% of its three’s.  The UGA defenders held the Bucs to just 42% from the floor and under 29% from beyond the arc.

Credit the Dawgs for handling its business on the boards as well, where UGA allowed only 23 Southern rebounds, which was 16 under their season average.  Georgia’s effort on the glass permitted the Bucs to get only 8 second-chance points, compared to the Dawgs’ 18.

 

 

 

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December 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Georgia completes football-basketball sweep of UL-Lafayette with hoop dawgs win on Wednesday

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1 of Maten’s 5 blocks on the night

The only thing ragin’ inside Stegeman Coliseum tonight was the Louisiana-Lafayette coach as he watched his team toss up clunker after clunker from the floor.

Tonight’s contest between the Georgia Bulldogs (6-3) and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cagins (8-3) was definitely not the MOST exciting UGA game I have ever witnessed.  The Ragin’ C’s threatened at times, but for the most part, Coach Mark Fox’s team held a comfortable lead in this one, though it certainly wasn’t a blowout.

Early in the second half, UL-Lafayette got to within a basket after Frank Bartley knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 40-38 with a little over 17 minutes remaining.  The Dawgs woke up, however, and quickly went on an 11-3 run that was capped off by a J.J. Frazier layup that sent UGA up 51-41.

Georgia played poorly to close out the first half, and then they opened up the second playing sloppy as well.  Before the break, Coach Fox’s team watched a 38-23 advantage slip to under double-digits by halftime after Justin Miller scored 6 quick points.  Miller, who finished the game with 17 points, netted all of the Cagins final 12 points heading into the intermission.

The Dawgs started off the second half with a pair of turnovers by Frazier, which enabled Lafayette to cut the lead to 40-38.  Georgia won the game 73-60, but it wasn’t an incredibly uplifting effort.

The highlights of the night for UGA had to be Juwan Parker’s season-high 14 points and Yante Maten and Derek Ogbeide’s tenacity on defense.  Parker looked the best he has looked offensively all season, knocking down 7 of his 15 attempts from the floor.

Maten notched a double-double, netting 18 points and 15 boards to go along with 5 blocks.  Ogbeide led the block party though, swatting 6 Lafayette shots to go along with his 13 rebounds and 9 points, nearly missing a double-double himself.

The only other UGA player to eclipse double-digits in scoring was Frazier, who scored 15 points to go with his 6 assists, but he gave the ball away a team high 5 times.

The Ragin’ Cagins, who had racked up a season-high 117 points earlier in the year against Panhandle State, did not shoot it well inside Stegeman.  Lafayette connected on less than 29% from the floor, with their only saving grace being from beyond the arc, where they sunk 8 three-pointers.  The Cagins’ ability to knock down three’s kept them relatively close for much of the night.

Freshman Jordan Harris earned his first start of the season, which began well as he scored 4 quick points from the free throw line.  He committed two turnovers in his minutes that followed, and Harris didn’t see the floor at all for most of the second half.  Georgia’s other freshman, Tyree Crump, did not see the floor.

The Dawgs return to action this Saturday when they take on the mighty Charleston Southern Buccaneers.

 

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December 14, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Strong second half helps UGA beat Gardner-Webb in Athens

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After a shaky first half that was plagued by a slew of fouls for each team, the Georgia Bulldogs got it together after the break to outlast the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 77-59 in Athens on Friday night.

The opening half was not a thing of beauty for Coach Mark Fox’s team.  The Dawgs struggled to defend the perimeter well as they allowed the GW guards to consistently get into the lane and to the rim, where the Runnin’ Bulldogs buried 13 of their 17 attempts from the stripe.  On offense, UGA endured one of its patented scoring droughts, going nearly 6 minutes without a field goal following an exciting fast break dunk by Yante Maten.  By the time J.J. Frazier connected on a layup with 8:30 left in the half, his Georgia team trailed the visitors 20-18.  Georgia’s offense did pick it up a bit heading into the break, and UGA took a 40-37 advantage into the intermission.

The Dawgs played primarily zone in the second half, clamping down on the GW guards on the outside.  After shooting nearly 39% in half number one, the Runnin’ Bulldogs were held to just 25% from the floor following the break, and they managed only 22 second-half points.  UGA forced GW into 19 turnovers, which led to 28 points for Georgia, a key factor in this victory for Coach Fox’s bunch.  The only GW players to finish in double-digits were David Efianayi and LaQuincy Rideau, who scored 15 and 11, respectively.

Yante Maten led all scorers with 16 points, and he added to his stat line with 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists.  The only other UGA players to end up in double figures were Frazier and Mike Edwards, who netted 10 apiece.  J.J. played somewhat tentatively again on offense as he attempted just 6 shots; he did create 4 steals and dish out 6 assists, though.  For whatever reason, Frazier has been less assertive this season compared to last.  It’s possible that J.J. is still adjusting to being the team’s premier guard after playing alongside Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines for the first three years of his career.  But even with both Mann and Gaines gone, Frazier is averaging less field goal attempts per game so far this year, taking 10.8 per contest compared to the 12.1 he put up a year ago. At some point, Frazier must force the issue a bit on offense as this team will have trouble navigating its SEC schedule if J.J. is tied for 4th on the team in field goal attempts as he was tonight against GW.

Coach Mark Fox got excellent scoring off his bench on Friday with Mike Edwards, Pape Diatta and Jordan Harris getting 10, 9 and 7, respectively.  Edwards did a great job of making himself available in the lane when Maten faced double-teams, which occurred regularly this evening.  Diatta, who scored 7 of his 9 before the break, also hauled in 6 rebounds, making for an incredibly productive 16 minutes.

The Dawgs shot over 48% from the floor against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, and they are now hitting nearly 44% from the field on the season, compared to the 42% that UGA shot last year.

Georgia gets another tune up on Wednesday when they play host to Morehouse, then the Dawgs get another crack at a Power 5 conference opponent when they take on Marquette next Sunday in Athens.

 

 

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November 26, 2016 at 8:35 am

Kansas tops Georgia 65-54 in finals of CBE

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The turning point in the game…

After trailing Kansas 35-25 at the break, the Bulldogs made a run at the Jayhawks at the start of the second half.  Yante Maten hit a three-pointer and Derek Ogbeide got a stick back, and less than a minute in UGA had trimmed the Kansas advantage to just 5 points. The Jayhawks responded with a three and a tip-in of their own, and with 17:35 left Kansas had already restored its double-digit halftime lead and sucked the air out of any thoughts of a UGA comeback.   Instead, the Dawgs went into drought mode and allowed over 8 minutes to surpass before they would get another bucket.  By the time Maten hit a jumper with 9:36 remaining, his team was down 52-36.

Maten shines…

Yante was obviously unfazed by the gloss of playing the #5 team in the country.  The junior led all scorers and rebounders with 30 points and 13 boards, respectively.  Maten dominated the paint for much of the game, controlling the blocks and grabbing 8 offensive rebounds,which enabled him to score on a number of second chance stick backs.  Defensively, Maten and the other UGA bigs were a force as well – the Kansas posts accounted for only 5 of their team’s 64 points on the evening.

But he couldn’t do it all by himself…

While Maten certainly enjoyed a monster game in the finals of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, the rest of the Georgia team, by and large, struggled.  Yante shot 48% from the floor en route to 30 total points; everyone else in a red jersey combined for a total of 24 points and 22% from the field.  J.J. Frazier and Juwan Parker were particularly cold on Tuesday.  Frazier notched just 2 points, going 1 for 10 from the floor and o for 6 from beyond the arc.  Parker had only 5 points, hitting 2 of his 9 attempts from the field and missing all of his three-point attempts.  Freshman Jordan Harris, who had put together two consecutive decent games coming into this one, looked overwhelmed against the Kansas backcourt, committing a team-high 4 turnovers and scoring just 2 points.

The silver lining…

Georgia fans should be encouraged by the fact that the Dawgs lost by only 11 points to the #5 Jayhawks, considering that J.J., who entered the game averaging nearly 19 points a night, netted only 2 points.  Frazier had been responsible for more than a quarter of UGA’s scoring load in the first 4 games, so it seems reasonable to expect the Dawgs to struggle when he is off (like last night).  If J.J. makes half of his three-point attempts on Tuesday, this game would have been much tighter down the stretch.  Coach Mark Fox’s team definitely showed a certain toughness in hanging around with the more talented Jayhawks, despite not getting any production from its best guard.  Credit the Dawgs’ defense, which held Kansas to under 39% from the floor and basically kept them sort of in the game.

 

 

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November 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

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