Jan. 25, 2013
About the Game
- Georgia returns to the road this weekend when it travels for a Saturday game at Texas
A&M. The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 7-11 overall record, 1-4 in SEC games. Most
recently, they dropped a 64-47 decision at home to 8th-ranked Florida on Wednesday night. It
was their second loss to the Gators already in this young SEC season. In fact, Georgia has
completed its regular-season series with Florida before starting any of its four other home-andhome
contests of the league schedule.
As he has in 16 of 18 games, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia in scoring against Florida with 16 points. He was the team's only double-figure scorer. Freshmen starters Charles Mann and Brandon Morris chipped in nine and eight points, respectively for the Bulldogs, who led this game 27-24 at halftime. It marked just the second time this season that Florida trailed at intermission.
Caldwell-Pope, who scored a game-high 22 vs. LSU last Saturday, remains the beacon of light for this young Georgia team. Thus far he's the only Bulldog to have started all 18 games and to be averaging over 30 minutes per game (33.6, 3rd in SEC). He ranks among the SEC leaders in nine of the categories for which statistics are kept. He has taken 27 percent of the team's 880 field-goal attempts, and 41 percent of its 3-point attempts. KCP also leads Georgia in rebounding (6.2) and steals (44, 2nd in SEC, 25th in NCAA).
- Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Georgia and Texas A&M in basketball. They'll complete the regular-season series two weeks from tonight in Athens.
- The Bulldogs will return home for their next league contest, a Wednesday night matchup against Auburn. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. (EST) and will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
|F||31||Brandon Morris||6-7||205||Fr.||Lithonia, Ga.||4.2||2.1|
|F||15||Donte' Williams||6-8||230||Jr.||Ellenwood, Ga.||5.7||4.9|
|F/C||32||John Florveus||6-11||240||Sr.||Miami, Fla.||2.9||3.1|
|G||4||Charles Mann||6-4||205||Fr.||Alpharetta, Ga.||5.9||2.6#|
|G||1||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||6-5||205||So.||Greenville, Ga.||17.1||6.2|
#Assists Per Game
|TEXAS A&M AGGIES|
|F||32||Kourtney Roberson||6-9||238||So.||Arcadia, La.||6.6||6.4|
|F||42||Jarod Jahns||6-6||205||Sr.||Spring, Texas||1.6||1.8|
|G||31||Elston Turner||6-5||209||Sr.||Sacramento, Calif.||15.5||3.5|
|G||12||Fabyon Harris||5-11||173||Jr.||Chicago, Ill.||10.4||1.8|
|G||11||J'Mychal Reese||6-1||177||Fr.||Bryan, Texas||7.3||2.3a|
Head Coach: Billy Kennedy
Record at Texas A&M / Years: 26-24 / 2nd year
Overall Record / Years: 237-203 / 14th season
Assistant Coaches: Glynn Cyprien (Assoc. HC), Kyle Keller, John Reese
Georgia vs. Texas A&M
- Saturday's game is the first-ever meeting between Georgia and Texas A&M in basketball.
- The Georgia program has only a limited history with schools from the Lone Star State. Georgia has played just Texas (6-5 all-time record) and TCU (2-0 record) among any so-called "major" schools, and the 2009 season included a non-conference game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
- This Saturday's game is just the fifth time Georgia has ever played a game in Texas. The first four came against Texas, three times in Austin and once in San Antonio. The most recent of these came in a 78-77 win over the Longhorns in Austin on Nov. 29, 1998.
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 five times...
Georgia has used 11 different starting lineups this season. The one constant through all 11 lineups was, of course, has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Four other teammates (both Williamses, Morris and Djurisic) have double-digit starts. The Florida game marked the first time since early December that the Bulldogs repeated a starting five in at least three straight games...
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.
2012-13 Bulldogs a Year Older
Year Four of the Mark Fox era at Georgia features his first roster comprised solely of players chosen by Fox and his staff. The Bulldogs of 2013 have a lone 3-year letterman in guard Vincent Williams, as well as two other seniors who took the junior-college route before arriving in Athens.
Last season the Bulldogs began the year with just two players that had experience as a starter on a Division I basketball team. This year, however, that number is now up to six, including four players that were regular starters at season's end. That quartet is comprised of two sophomores and two freshmen. In all, Georgia returns players who logged over 68 percent of its total minutes played in 2012.
Thornton Out Indefinitely
Junior forward Marcus Thornton will be out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26. The native Atlantan has been plagued by injuries to both knees throughout his career in Athens. He missed five games last season because of knee surgery in December, and he underwent another surgery on his right knee immediately after the 2012 season ended, a process that kept him out of most off-season workouts.
When healthy, Thornton significantly enhances Georgia's frontcourt presence with his physical play. Before his latest setback, he had already set career highs in scoring and rebounding.