The Georgia Bulldogs failed to collect a win during this year’s Charleston Classic, losing 73-65 to Nebraska in the ultimate consolation game this afternoon, marking their fourth consecutive loss of the young season.
The Dawgs entered the game with the worst team defense in the SEC, yielding over 77 points per game to opponents in four contests this year. However, Coach Mark Fox’s team was not undone by its defense today; UGA’s shortcomings against the Cornhuskers came at the free throw line, where Georgia connected on just 16 of 30 attempts.
After trading leads for much of the second half, Nebraska coach Tim Miles shifted his team into a 2-3 zone in an attempt to better defend Georgia’s Charles Mann. This zone frustrated the Dawgs offensively, and Georgia managed to make just 5 field goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Dawgs closed the Nebraska lead to 63-59 on a Nemanja Djurisic three-pointer with 3:27 remaining, but the Huskers responded with a 10-2 run that saw the lead balloon to 73-63 with only 18 ticks left on the clock.
Georgia was led offensively by Charles Man, who finished the game with 16 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Even though we are only 5 games into the season, Mann already looks extremely polished with the ball in his hands and I anticipate that he will go on to have a pretty big year.
Coach Fox also got scoring from forwards Brandon Morris and Marcus Thornton, who ended up with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Thornton looks like a completely new player so far, finishing near the basket on a fairly consistent basis.
Nebraska had four players score in double-figures with Terran Petteway leading the way with 15 points.
While Georgia did hold a team under 80 points for the first time in five games, much of that was due to the fact that Nebraska coach Tim Miles went into a zone, slowing down the tempo of the game.
At this point in time, UGA is not a very strong defensive team. Opponents routinely find cutters around the basket, and Coach Fox’s team struggles to close out around the perimeter, where team’s are making almost 36% of their shots from beyond the arc.
Georgia is scoring almost 16 points more per game through the first five games of this year compared to last season’s first five contests.
Coach Fox’s team does not seem to be missing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s offense.
They could use KCP’s defense, though.