Jan. 13, 2014
About the Game
- Georgia seeks its third SEC win in as many tries when it travels to Florida for a Tuesday night contest. The Bulldogs arrive at this game with an 8-6 overall record, 2-0 in SEC games, after defeating Alabama 66-58 in Athens on Saturday afternoon. The win boosted Georgia to 2-0 in league play for the first time since the 2002 season.
- To the victors go the subsequent spoils. Sophomore guard Charles Mann on Monday was named SEC Player of the Week. The Alpharetta, Ga., native led Georgia in scoring with 18 points as the Bulldogs won at No. 21 Missouri last Wednesday. Three days later he shared team scoring honors with Kenny Gaines (22 points) when Georgia defeated Alabama at home. Against Missouri, the last two of Mann's 18 points gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with 34 seconds left in overtime. In all, he played 80 of a possible 85 minutes through both of Georgia's wins, logging a career-high 42 at Missouri. Mann is Georgia's first SEC P-O-W since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope won the honor on Feb. 4 of last season.
- Tuesday's game will be the only meeting between Georgia and Florida during the regular season. The Gators will not play in Athens for the first time since the 1963 season. Florida owns a 108-99 lead in this series, which is the most frequent series for UGA basketball. Last season won both meetings -- 77-44 in Gainesville and 64-47 in Athens -- which were completed by the third week of January.
- Georgia is wrapping up what has turned out to be the most challenging portion of its 2014 schedule. The Bulldogs on Tuesday are playing their fourth road game in five tries. Three of those have come against Top 25 opponents, and the fourth (George Washington) was against a team receiving enough votes to rank 35th nationally last week. Further, six of Georgia's past eight opponents were RPI Top 100 teams. Combined with victories in the past two games, Georgia's own RPI rating has jumped over 100 spots in the past week.
|F||2||Marcus Thornton**||6-8||235||RJr.||Atlanta, Ga.||6.7||4.9|
|F||15||Donte' Williams***||6-9||225||Sr.||Ellenwood, Ga.||6.1||5.2|
|F||31||Brandon Morris||6-7||215||S0.||Lithonia, Ga.||9.2||3.6|
|G||4||Charles Mann*||6-5||210||So.||Alpharetta, Ga.||14.1||2.9#|
|G||12||Kenny Gaines*||6-3||195||So.||Atlanta, Ga.||12.2||2.4|
#Assists Per Game
|F||10||Dorian Finney-Smith||6-8||212||RSo.||Portsmouth, Va.||10.8||8.0|
|F||15||Will Yeguete||6-8||230||Sr.||Bordeaux, France||5.1||4.8|
|C||4||Patric Young||6-9||240||Sr.||Jacksonville, Fla.||10.9||6.1|
|G||5||Scottie Wilbekin||6-2||176||Sr.||Gainesville, Fla.||12.9||3.7a|
|G||20||Michael Frazier II||6-4||199||So.||Tampa, Fla.||11.9||3.5|
Head Coach: Billy Donovan
Record at Florida / Years: 428-168 / 18th season
Overall Record / Years: 463-188 / 20th season
Assistant Coaches: Rashon Burno, Matt McCall, John Pelphrey
Georgia vs. Florida
Wednesday's game is the 207th all-time meeting between Georgia and Florida in basketball. Florida leads the series -- which began in 1924 and has been renewed annually since 1945 -- by a 108-99 count.
Florida is the most frequent opponent in the history of basketball at UGA.
Florida has gained the advantage in the series by winning 17 of the past 20 meetings. The two teams have split games in three of the past five years, however.
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: Georgia leads 62-37
Games in Gainesville: Florida leads 62-33
Neutral-Court Games: Florida leads 9-4
- These most recent games have seen Georgia's rotation come into much sharper focus. Though the Bulldogs still don't have a single player averaging 30 minutes per game, that is likely to change as the SEC schedule transpires. Through the entire non-conference slate, Georgia had no more than two players in any game log 30-minute games. The SEC opener at Missouri produced four such players; three more in the Bama game Saturday.
- Charles Mann's knack for frequent trips to the free-throw line is no secret. As a freshman last season, he had the fifth most free-throw attempts of any SEC player (170). He is currently third in the SEC in trips to the line with 106. In the Alabama game last Saturday, he went 13 of 18 from the line, including 9-of-12 in the second half, as the Bulldogs protected their lead. His 18 tries were the most by a Georgia player in 10 years and the fourth most in UGA history.
- Much has been made of the new enforcement of existing rules, as well as new rules, this season. Thus far, as all participants adjust to these changes, the volume of called fouls rose in the beginning but has leveled off recently. There has been an average of 40 fouls called in each of Georgia's games thus far this season, compared to 36 fouls per game last season.
- The Colorado game on Dec. 28 marked Georgia's seventh time this season shooting at least 50 percent from the field. As this week began, the Bulldogs ranked 44th nationally in field-goal percentage at 46.8. Additionally, the 2014 Georgia squad is averaging nearly 12 points more than last season (71.2 to 60.8) and shooting almost seven percentage points higher (46.8 to 40.8 percent). Four regulars are currently shooting over 50 percent, including Nemi Djurisic, who also leads the Bulldogs in shooting 51 percent from 3-point range.
- Perhaps no statistic has had a greater effect on Georgia's fate this season than in rebounding. Simply stated, when the Bulldogs have outrebounded their opponent, they've won. When they haven't, they've lost. In Georgia's eight wins, the Bulldogs have compiled a +10.9 rebounding margin, most recently a pair of +9 rebounding edges in both games last week. Their rebounding margin in six losses is -4.5.
- Additional findings in the wins vs. losses:
> Georgia's scoring has remained fairly constant throughout the season. However, in its eight wins, its opponents have averaged scoring just 58.8 points. In the six losses, the opponents have averaged 81.2 points.
> Oddly, Georgia's own shooting percentages are fairly inconsistent with winning and losing. It actually has a higher FG percentage when it loses (47.0) than when it loses (46.6). Its opponents, however, offer a different story. When Georgia wins, its opponents are shooting 36.6 percent; when it loses, its opponents are shooting 44.8 percent. Georgia has shot its free throws better in its losses (65.5%) than in its wins (64.3%). Its opponents have shot 67.3% from the line when Georgia wins and a whopping 81.8 percent when UGA loses.
> Kenny Gaines is Georgia's leading scorer in its eight wins (12.1 ppg) Charles Mann, UGA's leading scorer overall, leads Georgia in its six losses (16.5 ppg) but has only the No. 2 average in its seven wins (12.0 ppg)
- Georgia began this season amidst low expectations...externally, anyway. The Bulldogs were picked by the media that cover SEC basketball to finish 11th in the 14-team league, ahead of only South Carolina, Mississippi State and Auburn. Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee were picked 1-2-3 in the same poll. Additionally, no Bulldogs were selected to the 16-player pre-season All-SEC lists.
Offense on the Uptick
One thing is apparent through the early going this season: Georgia's offense appears to be measurably more effective than last season, even without its best scorer from 2013. In 11 of 14 games thus far, the Bulldogs have scored well over their seasonal average (60.8) of last season. The team's overall shooting percentage has also risen from 40.8 of last season to its current mark of 46.8.
Already, Georgia has shot over 50 percent from the field in seven games, more than twice as often as in all of 2012-13. The Bulldogs began this week ranking 39th nationally in FG percentage.
Williams a Seasoned Veteran
With Marcus Thornton receiving a medical redshirt season from 2013, Donte' Williams became the Bulldogs' lone senior this season. He is already the most experienced Bulldog, having started 73 games in the past two+ seasons. That's more than twice the total of Thornton, who is second on the team in career starts with 36, including seven in his truncated season of 2013. Williams entered this season with 471 career points, second among all Bulldogs behind Nemi Djurisic, who has tallied 475 in two seasons.
- Four Bulldogs this season have made their first starts at the Division 1 collegiate level: Kenny Gaines, Cameron Forte, Juwan Parker and Taylor Echols.
- One effect of not having Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on this year's team: last year, 30 percent of Georgia's total field goals were scored from 3-point range. This year, just 16 percent thus far have come from beyond the arc. Perhaps another way to view this difference: last season's Georgia team averaged scoring 22 points in the paint area. This season, that number thus far has risen to 35.4 points in the paint. Most discussion involving KCP's absence has revolved around its effect on the Georgia offense. Little discussion has pertained to its effect on the Georgia defense, which this year has allowed its opponents a .402 overall field-goal percentage, .337 from 3-point range, compared to .388 and .329, respectively, with KCP in the lineup last season.
- On Dec. 28, when Colorado sank all 26 of its free-throw attempts, it marked the first time in almost 19 years a Bulldog opponent had shot 100 percent. Tennessee went 10x10 against Georgia on Feb. 11, 1995. That was 584 games ago. For Georgia, it's been 767 games since its last 100 percent shooting night...back to Jan. 14, 1989 vs. Vanderbilt (12x12).
- Georgia has now shot at least 50 percent from the field seven times this season. One more such outing and the Bulldogs will equal the number of 50 percent shooting games over the previous two seasons combined.