Jan. 22, 2013
About the Game
Georgia and Florida complete their regular-season series in a Wednesday night contest in Athens. Florida won the first matchup between these two teams two weeks ago in Gainesville by a 77-44 tally. This will be the league's first home-and-home series to be completed already this season. Tennessee and Ole Miss will also complete their series this week when they meet in Oxford on Thursday.
The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 7-10 overall record, 1-3 in SEC games. Most recently, they picked up their first league win by defeating LSU 67-58 in Athens on Saturday night. It was Georgia's third-highest scoring output in a regulation game this season. It was also the Bulldogs' fourth-highest field-goal percentage (47%) of the season and the first time this season they've shot over 45 percent in consecutive games.
Sophomores Nemi Djurisic (bloodied nose) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (cut on his knee after collision) required medical attention after the victory.
Caldwell-Pope, who scored a game-high 22 vs. LSU, remains the beacon of light for this young Georgia team. Thus far he's the only Bulldog to have started all 17 games and to be averaging over 30 minutes per game (33.5, 3rd in SEC). He has taken 27 percent of the team's 841 field-goal attempts, and 41 percent of its 3-point attempts. KCP also leads Georgia in rebounding (6.4) and steals (44, 2nd in SEC, 25th in NCAA).
Florida leads this series by a 107-99 count, having won 16 of the past 19 meetings. Georgia, however, has won three of the past four meetings in Athens, including last season, when the Bulldogs upended then-11th-ranked Florida 76-62 late in the regular season. It remains Georgia's last victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.
The Bulldogs will make the school's first-ever trip to play Texas A&M in a Saturday evening contest this weekend. It's the first of two matchups between these two schools this season.
|F||31||Brandon Morris||6-7||205||Fr.||Lithonia, Ga.||4.0||1.9|
|F||15||Donte' Williams||6-8||230||Jr.||Ellenwood, Ga.||6.0||4.9|
|F/C||32||John Florveus||6-11||240||Sr.||Miami, Fla.||2.9||3.3|
|G||4||Charles Mann||6-4||205||Fr.||Alpharetta, Ga.||5.7||2.6#|
|G||1||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||6-5||205||So.||Greenville, Ga.||17.1||6.2|
#Assists Per Game
|F||33||Erik Murphy||6-10||240||Sr.||S. Kingstown, R.I.||12.5||4.7|
|C||4||Patric Young||6-9||249||Jr.||Jacksonville, Fla.||11.4||6.5|
|G||1||Kenny Boynton||6-2||190||Sr.||Pompano Beach, Fla.||13.3||3.7|
|G||3||Mike Rosario||6-3||183||Sr.||Jersey City, N.J.||12.5||2.2|
|G||5||Scottie Wilbekin||6-2||176||Jr.||Gainesville, Fla.||8.3||4.9#|
Head Coach: Billy Donovan
Record at Florida / Years: 400-160 / 17th season
Overall Record / Years: 435-180 / 19th 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 107-99 count.
Florida is the most frequent opponent in the history of basketball at UGA.
Florida has gained the advantage in the series by winning 16 of the past 19 meetings. The two teams have split games in three of the past four years, however.
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: Georgia leads 62-36
Games in Gainesville: Florida leads 62-33
Neutral-Court Games: Florida leads 9-4
Right now, Georgia has just one player (KCP at 17.1 ppg) averaging in double-digit scoring. Not only is it the only SEC school with such a distinction, but that also makes it the only Bulldog team of the past 50 years with just a single double-figure scorer...
Four different players have led Georgia in scoring this season: KCP, Vincent Williams, Nemi Djurisic and Charles Mann. Eight different Bulldogs have taken turns being the 2nd-leading scorer. Most frequent among those is the freshman Mann, who has owned that distinction four times...
Georgia has used 11 different starting lineups this season. The one constant through all 10 lineups was, of course, has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Just three other teammates (both Williamses and Djurisic) have double-digit starts. The LSU game marked the first time since Christmas that the Bulldogs repeated a starting five...
Caldwell-Pope led Georgia in rebounding as a freshman (5.2) last season. Barring something unforeseen, he'll repeat as the team's top board man. What's more impressive about his production this season is that he's rebounding mostly from the `2' guard position, compared to 2012, when he played primarily at the `3' spot.
About the Schedule
As part of the new 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, the Bulldogs will face former Eastern Division foes Kentucky and Vanderbilt just once. It will be the first time since 1964 that Georgia has not played home-and-home series with these two longstanding foes and, for 20 years, Eastern Division rivals. In exchange for those two contests, the Bulldogs will now pick up a series with new member Texas A&M and renew a 2-game annual series with Alabama for the first time since 1992.
The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri has also added another day of competition to the post-season SEC Tournament, slated for March 13-17 in Nashville, Tenn. The Nos. 11-14 seeds in the final regular-season standings will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the tournament resuming its traditional schedule Thursday. It's conceivable that a team could capture the SEC Tournament championship by winning games on five consecutive days.
Frazier, Parker Sign with Dogs in Early Signing Period
The early national signing period began Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Georgia got signatures from a pair of high school seniors:
J.J. Frazier, Guard, 5-9, 160, Glennville, Ga. (Faith Baptist Christian Academy - Ludowici, Ga.)...Frazier is regarded as the top point guard of his class in the state of Georgia...he averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a junior at Faith Baptist Christian, which won 33 games last season...played AAU basketball for the South Georgia Kings program from Hinesville, Ga.
Juwan Parker, Guard, 6-4, 190, Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS)...Averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds as a junior at Washington, which won Oklahoma 5A state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons...Rated the nation's No. 30 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com, No. 39 by Rivals.com. Named the 2011 Player of the Year in his home state by the Tulsa World...Two-time Tulsa World All-State pick, and also twice a "Super 5" selection by The Oklahoman newspaper...Older brother Jason Parker played at Tulsa and was coached by current UGA assistant Kwanza Johnson.
KCP One of UGA's Best Ever
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns as one of the SEC's top players. Among his freshman-year highlights included:
- He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in his first season of 2012.
- KCP ranked second among all Bulldogs in scoring and led them in rebounding, minutes and steals.
- His 422 points were the fifth-highest total by a UGA freshman in school history. Just as important, his 166 rebounds (5.2/game) were the tenth-best total by a UGA rookie and the most ever by a guard.
- Caldwell-Pope last year was also Georgia's leader in 3-point shots made (65) and taken (214).
- KCP is the fourth-leading returning scorer in the SEC, behind Boynton (Fla.), Young (Ark.) and Golden (Tenn.).
- He is also the league's fifth-leading returning rebounder and its only guard among the group.
- He ranks second among all returning SEC players in minutes per game (32.1), behind only LSU guard Andre Stringer (32.2 mpg).
- True to form, Caldwell-Pope is the Bulldogs' only player thus far to average over 30 minutes per contest this season. He currently ranks 4th in the SEC in minutes at 33.5 per game. Georgia's next most active player is Nemanja Djurisic at 23.1 minutes per game.
Fox Best at Molding Talent
Blogger and hoops junkie Dan Hanner of RealGM.com penned an article in February of 2012 that anointed Georgia head coach Mark Fox as the top coach in college basketball at player development. In a blog entry, Hanner used a complex formula to rate college coaches. Among Hanner's many observations he writes, "Mark Fox has truly been fantastic at getting the most out of his players."
The top five in the Player Development category include Fox; Bo Ryan (Wisconsin); Craig Robinson (Oregon State); Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and Mike Montgomery (Cal).
Fox Also Tops at Producing Grads
Head Coach Mark Fox must also receive some degree of credit for developing high-performing students in the classroom. Since his arrival in April of 2009, no fewer than 12 Georgia basketball players have earned their undergraduate degrees, including all four seniors from 2012. Every player that has exhausted his eligibility at UGA under Fox has completed his degree.
Prominent among this group of 12 includes Damien Wilkins - nephew of UGA great Dominique Wilkins - whose last year of eligibility came in 2004 and who has played professionally in the NBA ever since.