Georgia at Tennessee: Wed., 8pm on SEC Network
Feb. 5, 2013
About the Game
Georgia plays the second of consecutive road games in a Wednesday night contest at Tennessee. These two teams complete their regular-season series on Saturday, March 2 in Athens.
The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 10-11 overall record, 4-4 in the SEC, having rebounded from an 0-3 start in league play with three straight wins and four in their past five games. Most recently, Georgia won 67-56 at South Carolina on Saturday.
The win in Columbia was highlighted by the usual scoring honors from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who pumped in 19 points to lead Georgia for the 19th time this season. The Bulldogs, however, got unexpected contribution from freshman Kenny Gaines, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, as Georgia built its lead into double digits. Gaines had not previously scored more than eight points in any game. His 11 points led eight different second-half scorers for Georgia.
Caldwell-Pope's 19-point effort at Carolina capped a successful week for the sophomore guard, who was named Monday as the SEC's Player of the Week. Last Wednesday, he recorded his third double-double (20 pts., 10 rebs.) of the season, including four points and two key rebounds in the final 1:07, as Georgia defeated Auburn 57-49 in Athens. He's the only Bulldog to have started all 21 games and to be averaging over 30 minutes per game (33.5, 3rd in SEC). He ranks among the SEC leaders in nine of the categories for which individual stats are kept.
Georgia's win Saturday at South Carolina marked the program's first 3-game SEC win streak in two years. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs will shoot for their first 4-game win streak in conference play since the 2003 season. They will do so, however, at a venue that has produced just a single victory (2011) in the past 11 tries.
The Bulldogs return home for their next two SEC contests: Saturday vs. Texas A&M (which UGA defeated 59-52 on Jan. 26 in College Station) and next Tuesday vs. Alabama.
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Georgia vs. Tennessee
Wednesday's game is the 147th all-time meeting between Georgia and Tennessee in basketball. Tennessee leads the series, which began in 1913 and has been renewed annually since the 1951 season, by a 92-54 count.
Georgia has had little success against Tennessee in recent years, winning just five of the past 20 meetings. Bulldog teams under Mark Fox, however, have split six matchups against the Volunteers.
These two teams split their series last season. Georgia took a 57-53 overtime decision in Athens while UT won 73-62 in Knoxville 2 1/2 weeks later. In 2011, the visiting team won each time in the series.
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: UGA leads 35-33
Georgia shoots for its fourth straight SEC win tonight, which would be the longest for the program since the 2003 season. The longest win streak, period, of the Mark Fox era is a 9-game run in the 2010-11 season. In the 2001 season, Georgia rang off six consecutive SEC wins, equaling win streaks put together by the 1992-93 teams (spanning both seasons) and also the SEC championship team of 1990.
A month ago, Georgia began its SEC schedule with an RPI rating of 205. The Bulldogs enter tonight's game with an RPI of 130. Why the significant jump? Mostly because of Georgia's win on Jan. 25 at Texas A&M, which was the team's first win over a Top 100 RPI team, and on the road, to boot. Georgia's strength of schedule rating is currently 44th.
The South Carolina game marked the first time since the Florida A&M game on Dec. 29 that Georgia had more than two players reach double figures in scoring. That game was also Georgia's best-shooting effort (58.1%) in an SEC game since a Jan. 15, 2011 victory at Ole Miss in which the Bulldogs shot 63.5 percent.
Right now, Georgia has just one player (KCP at 17.5 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 seven times...
Georgia has used 12 different starting lineups this season. The one constant through all 12 lineups was, of course, has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Five other teammates (both Williamses, Morris, Florveus and Djurisic) now have double-digit starts.
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
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.
KCP One of UGA's Best Ever
Fox Best at Molding Talent
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
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.
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.
Thornton Out Indefinitely
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.
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