Dogs Host UK Saturday Evening At Stegeman
Feb. 17, 2017
Georgia Basketball Game Notes
The Starting Five
Georgia Entertains Kentucky On Saturday Evening At Stegeman
Georgia hosts No. 13/11 Kentucky on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in an ESPN nationally televised matchup. The Bulldogs are looking to continue to build momentum and extend a modest two-game winning streak.
On Tuesday night, Georgia scored 51 second-half points en route to a 79-72 home victory over Mississippi State. That win came three days after the Bulldogs rallied from a 14-point, second half deficit to defeat Tennessee, 76-75, in Knoxville.
Saturday's game versus UK completes Georgia's six outings against the top-three teams in the SEC standings - Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina. Six of the Bulldogs' first 14 league games are against that trio.
Georgia improved to 15-11 overall and 6-7 in SEC play with the wins over UT and MSU.
Yante Maten, one of 10 players on the final watch list of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation's top center, leads the Bulldogs and is third in the SEC in scoring at 19.4 ppg. Maten notched his 24th double-digit scoring output and 10th 20-point performance of the season against Mississippi State.
J.J. Frazier is adding 16.6 ppg, which ranks No. 6 in the SEC, and currently leads the league in playing time, both overall (34.3 mpg) and in SEC play (36.7 mpg).
Maten, a junior forward, and Frazier, a senior guard, are one of the nation's most potent inside-outside offensive tandems. Their combined average of 36.0 ppg ranks No. 9 nationally among guard-forward scoring duos with both players ranked among the nation's top-250 scorers. They are the only teammates in the top-10 from a Power 5 conference.
In statistics for conference games only, Maten and Frazier currently rank No. 3 and No. 4 in the SEC in scoring at 18.9 ppg and 18.2 ppg, respectively.
Juwan Parker has been Georgia's third-leading scorer for the majority of the season but has stepped up his production in league play. Parker averaged 8.0 ppg in non-conference play but is contributing 11.0 ppg in SEC action. That has upped his season average to 9.6 ppg.
Kentucky arrives in Athens at 21-5 overall and at 11-2 in the SEC.
Freshman Malik Monk is the SEC's leading scorer at 21.7 ppg, while three more Wildcats score at a double-digit rate. De'Aaron Fox, who missed the first matchup between UGA and UK last month due to an illness, adds 15.6 ppg, while Isaiah Briscoe and Bam Adebayo chip in 13.8 ppg and 12.7 ppg, respectively.
Head Coach: Mark Fox
Record at Georgia / Years: 141-114 / 8th season
Overall Record/Years: 264-157 / 13th season
Assistant Coaches: Philip Pearson, Jonas Hayes, Yasir Rosemond
Head Coach: John Calipari
Record at Kentucky / Years: 238-521 / 8th season
Overall Record / Years: 651-190 / 25th season
Keeping An Eye On...Entering today's game:
J.J. Frazier is...
Yante Maten is...
Series History With The Cats
Kentucky leads the all-time series between UGA and UK, 122-26, including a 41-17 advantage in games played here in Athens.
Three of the last four matchups have been very entertaining affairs.
This evening's game is a rematch of last month's overtime thriller at Rupp Arena. In last year's SEC Tournament semifinals and in Kentucky's most recent trip to Athens two seasons ago the Wildcats rallied from significant second-half deficits to victory.
On Jan. 31 in Lexington, Kentucky overcame a 14-point, first-half deficit and led by eight points on six different occasions in the second stanza. Georgia then rallied to lead much of the game's final two minutes before a Malik Monk jumper forced overtime.
J.J. Frazier tied the game at 70-70 with a layup, and Georgia grabbed a 73-71 advantage on a Harris 3-pointer with 1:46 left.
The Bulldogs were on top for much of the rest of regulation, but a Monk's jumper with eight ticks left sent the game into OT. The Wildcats started extra time with a layup and a three, which paced them in outscoring the Bulldogs 14-5 in the deciding period.
UK's last trip to Athens came during the latter stages of the 2014-15 season. The top-ranked Wildcats used 16-2 run in the final 4:48 to defeat Georgia 72-64 on March 1, 2014, in a game featuring 18 lead changes.
After a 32-32 halftime tie, the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run early in the second period to grab a 52-45 lead. Georgia extended its advantage to nine, the largest of the night, on a tip-in from Yante Maten at the 9:12 mark that put the Bulldogs up 56-47.
Georgia led 62-56 with 4:48 left before a 14-0 Kentucky run. Karl-Anthony Towns proved to be the Wildcats' go-to option in the closing minutes, scoring seven points.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats also met in the semifinals of last season's SEC Tournament, with Kentucky rallying from a halftime deficit to defeat the Bulldogs, 93-80.
Georgia led 49-44 at the intermission, the most points in a first half for Georgia and against Kentucky during the 2015-16 season.
The Bulldogs were up 55-51 with 15:57 remaining when Frazier suffered an ankle injury following a layup. Georgia expanded that margin to 62-54 with 13:00 left before the Wildcats rallied. Kentucky went up 68-67 at the 8:00 mark and extended the lead to nine during a decisive 11-3 run that made it 81-70.
Last Time Out
Yante Maten poured in 24 points to power the Georgia Bulldogs past the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs 79-72 Tuesday night.
The game was notched at 54-54 before the hometown Bulldogs scored eight unanswered points. Mississippi State responded with a 3-pointer, but Georgia fired back with a Maten layup and an alley-oop from Frazier to Mike Edwards. The sequence gave Georgia a nine-point lead, 66-57, with a little over three minutes to play.
A Challenging SEC Slate
Georgia's league schedule is no doubt the SEC's most challenging. The conference's unbalanced slate has teams facing five schools on a home-and-home basis.
Georgia, which was No. 52 in the Feb. 17 edition of the NCAA's RPI, is the only SEC school scheduled to play the three teams atop the league standings - Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina.
The average RPI of the Bulldogs' two-timing foes was 37 as of Feb. 16, with No. 9 Florida, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 27 South Carolina, No. 69 Alabama and No. 71 Auburn.
A Challenging SEC Slate...Take II
Georgia's 6-7 SEC record includes five losses top-25 opponents. In two of those - at Florida and at Kentucky - the Bulldogs led with less than 10 seconds left in regulation before losing in overtime.
UGA is 6-2 against SEC teams not included in this week's national polls.
Dogs & Cats Lead SEC
Georgia and Kentucky have been the SEC's winningest and most consistent programs of late. As Kevin Bacon stated in "A Few Good Men" - "These are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed."
Georgia and Kentucky are the only two SEC programs to reach the 20-win mark each of the past three seasons.
UGA and UK also are the only league teams to post double-digit SEC win totals during each of the past three campaigns.
In addition, the Bulldogs and the Wildcats are the only teams to advance to the semifinals of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 SEC Tournaments. No other SEC team has reached the semis more than once during that span.
Just Call Him A Basketball Player
Yante Maten was named as one of 10 players on the final watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation's top center on Feb. 3.
That news came after Maten was on the 25-player preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award as the premier power forward.
Maten was the only player in the nation who switched from one position to another on the watch lists for the national position player of the year awards administered by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Maten was asked to if he considers himself a forward or a center.
"I consider myself a basketball player, let's just put it like that," Maten stated. "Wherever they want to try to put my game in, that's really up to them. But I just play basketball how I play basketball."
Pending Milestones For Frazier
J.J. Frazier is approaching several significant statistical markers.
Frazier has 1,419 points and is No. 12 on the Bulldogs' career scoring leaders ledger. Frazier is 11 points from No. 11 James Banks and 32 from No. 10 D.A. Layne.
Frazier could become just the third Bulldog ranked among UGA's top-10 leaders in points, assists and steals, joining Vern Fleming and Sundiata Gaines. Frazier moved into the top-10s for both assists and steals at South Carolina two weeks ago.
Much of Frazier's point production has been from 3-point range. Frazier has 44 3-pointers this season. With six more, he would become the first Bulldog ever to post 50 3-pointers and 100 assists three times. Frazier and G.G. Smith are the only two Georgia players to do so multiple times among the six who have accomplished the feat as outlined below.
The Next Dr. J?
Rumors that redshirt junior Juwan Parker will receive his doctorate before he leaves the University of Georgia cannot be confirmed nor denied.
Parker was named to the College Sports Information of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America All-District team announced on Feb. 9 and is now one of 40 finalists for the national Academic All-America squad.
Parker arrived in Athens in the fall of 2013 with 24 hours of credit already on his transcript via AP exams and dual enrollment classes at the University of Tulsa, where his father is a law professor.
Parker earned his bachelor's in Management from UGA's Terry College of Business in December 2015 and began working on his master's last January. He is on pace to receive his master's this summer, with a full season of eligibility remaining at Georgia.
Ogbeide is Top Boarding Bulldog
Ogbeide has been dominating on the glass of late. He has five double-digit rebounding tallies in the Bulldogs' last seven games. That has helped push his season average to 7.3 rpg, slightly better than Maten's 7.2 rpg.
Ogbeide is averaging an even more impressive 8.0 rpg in SEC play, which ranks third among league leaders.
Frazier Puts On A Show
Mark Fox succinctly stated the reason Georgia rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit at Tennessee to win last Saturday.
"We got it done because J.J. Frazier loves playing for this school," Fox said. "J.J. just refused to give in, and he did what seniors do: he led the fight."
Tennessee quickly expanded a two-point halftime lead to 53-39 with 15:13 remaining at Thompson-Boling Arena. When things looked bleak, Frazier took charge.
A Frazier layup at the 14:55 mark ignited a 19-5 run in which he had a hand in every single point. Frazier scored 11 points on his own and dished out three assists that resulted in eight more digits for the Dogs. That surge knotted the score at 58-58 with 8:21 left.
Frazier's heroics didn't stop there. His layup with 4:09 left gave Georgia its first lead of the second half, an assist for a Tyree Crump 3-pointer with 2:26 remaining put the Bulldogs up by six and a three-point play with 21 seconds on the clock put UGA up by five.
Parker Back, Production Up
Juwan Parker has enjoyed a successful return to action after missing the last season and a half with the Achilles injury.
Parker has 24 starts - missing the Morehouse to rest his Achilles and coming off the bench at Tennessee - and is averaging 9.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.0 apg. Those are considerably higher his career marks entering this year of 4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 0.9 apg.
Parker also has set new career highs for points (17 vs. both Florida & Vanderbilt), boards (11 vs. G. Washington), assists (five vs. G. Washington) and minutes (40 vs. Florida).
The Final Exams break seemed to be good for Parker.
In his first 58 games with the Bulldogs from his freshman year through a Dec. 4 matchup with Marquette, Parker reached double figures in the scoring column just once.
In 18 games since Georgia returned to action after the Finals break, Parker has produced 12 double-digit scoring outputs, including 10 of UGA's 13 SEC outings.
After averaging 8.0 ppg in non-conference play during November and December, he is averaging 11.0 ppg in SEC action.
Parker started the first 14 games for Georgia's 2015 NCAA Tournament team before suffering the Achilles injury. He played limited minutes in four contests during the rest of that season but was out all of last year and redshirted after undergoing surgery in the summer of 2015.
Freshmen Start, Make Marks
Harris made his first start against Louisiana on Dec. 14 and got the nod for 12 straight games before a slight illness prior to the Texas game on Jan. 28 limited him in practice leading up to the game and put Turtle Jackson in the starting five against the Longhorns.
Harris' playing time has jumped since the early season. He averaged 11.6 mpg in UGA's first 10 games - with a DNP in the opener at Clemson - but is logging 21.7 mpg in the last 16 games.
Crump got his first start at Tennessee on Feb. 11 and made the most of that occasion with 13 points.
Crump opened the scoring for Georgia with a long 3-pointer at the 19:14 mark of the first half. He also made several critical plays as the Bulldogs rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to victory. Most notably, he scored five straight points over a span of 17 seconds as Georgia pushed a one-point lead to 70-64 with 2:26 left.
Dogs Among Top Scoring Duos
In stats through games of Feb. 15, those Bulldogs comprised the ninth-best inside-outside scoring tandem in the nation - and were the only duo from a Power 5 conference - among teams with two scorers in the top-250 nationally as outlined in the next column.
Dogs Getting Defensive...Again
A year ago, Georgia was one of - if not the - best defensive teams in the SEC, leading the SEC in field goal percentage defense in conference play at .385.
UGA also was one of two teams - along with Kentucky - to hold its SEC foes under 40 percent shooting.
This season, Georgia is second in the league in FG defense versus SEC opponents at .409.
Maten Consistent Performer
Yante Maten, the only SEC player on the preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award as the nation's top power forward, has been a model of consistency since the start of last season.
In 60 games during his sophomore and junior years, Maten has 54 double-digit scoring outputs (with 21 20-point and four 30-point games), grabbed double-figure rebounds 16 times and posted 15 double-doubles.
32+34=Solid Production at the "5"
The classmates are combining to contribute a double-double of 11.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Edwards and Ogbeide are combining to log 40.4 minutes per game, primarily manning the ‘5' spot.
Ogbeide is averaging 7.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 22.3 mpg. Edwards is at 4.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 18.1 mpg.
A Quartet of Bitter Pills
Georgia, which won its first two SEC road games at Auburn and Ole Miss this season, has since suffered four painful league losses away from Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs have been agonizingly close to victory in each outing - at No. 23 Florida, Texas A&M, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 19 South Carolina. That includes a one-point decision in College Station, a two-point setback in Columbia and OT outings against UF and UK.
All told, the Bulldogs led for 91:56 of the 130 minutes played during the first three contests - 35:11 at Florida, 37:10 at Texas A&M, 19:35 at Kentucky. Georgia trailed for just 27:25 in those three games combined.
The Bulldogs led for 11:16 at South Carolina, a game featured eight ties and no less than 18 lead changes.
In addition, the Bulldogs made more field goals at a higher percentage against the Gators, Aggies and Wildcats as outlined on the following page. Though South Carolina did make two more shots from the floor, Georgia outrebounded the Gamecocks but a healthy 36-28 margin.
Frazier, Maten Top Millennium Mark
Frazier reached the milestone with a 3-pointer at the 17:57 mark of the first half against UNC Asheville on Nov. 14. Maten joined him with a successful free throw with 9:41 remaining in the Bulldogs' game against South Carolina on Jan. 4.
Frazier has since upped his career tally to 1,419 points, pushing him to No. 12 on the Bulldogs' career scoring leaders ledger.
Maten now has 1,226 points. In the last 10 games, Maten has ascended from No. 47 to No. 28 among UGA's career scoring leaders.
Bulldogs have reached the millennium mark at a relatively steady clip over the past several seasons.
Frazier and Maten are the seventh and eighth Bulldogs to top 1,000 career points during Mark Fox's tenure, joining Charles Mann (1,411 points), Trey Thompkins (1,396), Kenny Gaines (1,324), Nemi Djurisic (1,123), Travis Leslie (1,099) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1,013).
Frazier Grabs UGA Career FT Mark
J.J. Frazier became UGA's career record holder for free throw percentage during the Bulldogs' win at Georgia Tech on Dec. 20.
The senior from Glennville, Ga., opened the season at No. 2 among UGA's career leaders in free throw efficiency at 81.1728 percent. That trailed only Jerry Eppling's effort of 82.1561 percent (221-of-269) from 1968-70.
Frazier has connected on 111-of-127 (87.4 percent) of his trips to the line this season, which has raised his career percentage to 82.9268 (374-of-451).
Turtle For 3...Almost Exclusively
Nineteen of William "Turtle" Jackson's 30 field goals this season have been 3-pointers.
In fact, Jackson's first 11 made shots from the field came from behind the arc.
Jackson's 3-point heavy tally is not surprising. Last season, 10 of his 13 field goals were 3-pointers and his shooting percentage was better from beyond (33.3 percent) than overall (28.3 percent).
For his career, 29 of Jackson's 43 FGs have come from farther than 20-feet, 9-inches from the basket.
Maten Joins Top-10 UGA Swatters
Yante Maten joined Georgia's top-10 career leaders for blocked shots against Marquette on Dec. 4. The junior from Pontiac, Mich., has since ascended to the No. 4 position, which he currently shares with Dominique Wilkins. He is 21 blocks from No. 3 Terrell Bell.
Georgia has been winning within the SEC at the Bulldogs' best rate ever.
Over the past four seasons, UGA has:
UGA Tops SEC Grad Rate...Again
Georgia received a perfect 100 in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released in November. UGA posted the highest GSR possible for a second straight year.
Georgia and Alabama are the only two SEC programs - and among 39 DI men's basketball programs nationally - to post GSRs of 100 each of the past two years.
Georgia's GSR has seen dramatic increases during head coach Mark Fox's tenure, advancing from 36 in 2009-10, to 43 in 2010-11, to 50 in 2011-12, to 63 in 2012-13, to 71 in 2013-14 to 100 in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2004-05 in response to college and university presidents wanting graduation data that more accurately reflected the mobility among all college students today. The GSR accounts for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another and is based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.
Historic Win Over Jackets
Georgia's 60-43 win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 20 equaled the Bulldogs' most decisive road win over Tech since a 55-38 decision on Dec. 6, 1980. To find a larger margin of victory, you have to go back to a 69-13 win on 1/19/09...that being 1909.
Dogs Earn 500th "W" At Stegeman
Georgia's Dec. 17 win over Charleston Southern represented the Bulldogs' 500th all-time victory at Stegeman Coliseum.
Originally named the "Georgia Coliseum," the venue was christened on Feb. 22, 1964, when a standing-room-only crowd of 13,200 witnessed the Bulldogs beat Ga. Tech, 81-68. The first game in the Coliseum actually was an undercard, an 86-75 win by UGA's freshman team over its counterparts from Tech.
The Bulldogs went on to finish 3-1 at the Coliseum during the 1963-64 season, posting additional wins over Vanderbilt and Florida State (with a young assistant coach named Hugh Durham on the Seminoles' bench).
Georgia is in its 54th full home campaign in the arena. The "Georgia Coliseum" was renamed "Stegeman Coliseum" on March 2, 1996. The namesake is Herman J. Stegeman, who coached basketball, baseball, football and track & field and also served as Director of Athletics at UGA during his tenure from 1919-39.
Fox Garners Career Victory 250
Mark Fox notched his 250th win in 13 seasons as a head coach with the Bulldogs' Nov. 14 victory over UNC Asheville.
Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada. He was 127-104 in his eighth campaign in Athens when he reached the milestone.
All told, Fox has produced nine 20-win teams and advanced to the postseason nine times - including four occasions at Georgia - during his head coaching career.
A HomeGrown Roster
Nine of the 15 players on Georgia's 2016-17 roster are Peach State prep products.
That list includes eight of the 14 active players on the Bulldogs' roster - seniors J.J. Frazier, Houston Kessler and Brandon Young; sophomores William "Turtle" Jackson, Connor O'Neill and Derek Ogbeide; and freshmen Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris.
In addition, Christian Harrison, a walk-on transfer from Troy who is sitting out this season, played at Woodward Academy.
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