Georgia at Arkansas, 7PM EST Thursday
Feb. 19, 2013
About the Game
Georgia plays the second of consecutive road games when it travels to Arkansas for a Thursday night contest. The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 12-13 overall record, 6-6 in SEC games. Most recently, they dropped an 84-74 decision in overtime at Ole Miss five nights ago.
Georgia trails 16-13 in the series against Arkansas, but the Bulldogs have won three straight against the Razorbacks, including last year's only meeting by an 81-59 score in Athens. Georgia won the last meeting in Fayetteville two years ago 60-59 on a last-second free throw. The outcome seemed improbable, given the Bulldogs' weather-related travel problems that delayed their arrival in town until just hours before tipoff.
Leading the way throughout this season has been sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Greenville, Ga., native enters this game averaging 17.7 points per game, which ranks second in the SEC. In fact, he ranks among the SEC leaders in nine of the 13 categories for which individual stats are compiled. During Georgia's recent 5-game win streak, Caldwell-Pope shot 63 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 91 percent from the FT line, averaging 19 points and 6.8 boards per game. All these numbers included a season-low 10-point game in last Saturday's win over Texas A&M, a game in which he did not score a field goal for the first time of his young career.
Several Bulldogs have taken their turns in a supporting role to Caldwell-Pope. In Georgia's recent run of success, that status was shared between reserves Kenny Gaines (three double-figure games in past five) and Nemi Djurisic (dbl figures in consecutive recent games).
All SEC teams must take their turns playing the Thursday-Saturday swing of the schedule. Tonight marks the start of Georgia's first go-round through this exercise. The Bulldogs will return home in time to play host to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Georgia will conclude the regular season with another pair of games within 48 hours of one another, hosting Kentucky on March 7 before playing at Alabama on the 9th.
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Head Coach: Mike Anderson
Georgia vs. Arkansas
Thursday's game is the 30th all-time meeting between Georgia and Arkansas in basketball. Arkansas holds a 16-13 lead in the series. These two schools had never met before 1992, when the SEC expanded and was pared into Eastern and Western Divisions.
Six of Georgia's wins in this series have come in Athens (1992-96-98-02-04-08). Three have come in Fayetteville (2003-07-11). The other three took place during SEC Tournament play on neutral courts: 1997 in Memphis, 2008 in the SEC Tournament Championship game in Atlanta, and 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.
In just 21 years, these two teams have played in the SEC Tournament eight times already.
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: UGA leads 7-4
A month ago, Georgia began its SEC schedule with an RPI rating of 205. The Bulldogs enter tonight's game with an RPI of 121. Why the significant jump? Mostly because three of Georgia's past five wins were against Top 100 teams, two on the road, to boot.
Right now, Georgia has just one player (KCP at 17.7 ppg) averaging in double-digit scoring. Not only is it the sole 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 is, of course, has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Five other teammates (both Williamses, Morris, Florveus and Djurisic) now have double-digit starts.
KCP is on pace to reach 1,000 career points by season's end. If he gets there, he'll be the 42nd player in UGA history to reach that milestone, but he'll be the first since Jarvis Hayes (2002-03) to reach it in just two seasons.
One more interesting tidbit about Caldwell-Pope. He's one of just 11 players in all of NCAA Division I that have scored in double figures in each of their team's games. He's the only SEC player to accomplish this feat and one of just five from the "BCS" leagues to do so. Last Saturday, he needed two free throws with 17 seconds left to keep that streak intact.
Nemi Djurisic was the fifth-leading scorer on last season's Georgia team at 7.0 points per game. This year he's raised his average to 7.8 per game but is now the No. 2 scorer on the current squad.
Some revealing observations from Georgia's recent 5- game win streak:
In those five wins, Georgia shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range. Caldwell-Pope led this surge, with shooting percentages of 63 and 50 percent, respectively.
In the last 5 minutes of these five games, Georgia shot 70 percent from the field, 75 percent from the line, 75 percent from 3-point and outrebounded the opposition 23-16.
Georgia's recent 5-game win streak was the longest in SEC play under coach Mark Fox. The longest win streak, period, of the Fox era is a 9-game run in the 2010-11 season. The school record for consecutive SEC wins is six, established three times: in 2001, 1992-93 teams (spanning both seasons) and also the SEC championship team of 1990. The last time for a 7-game league win streak occurred in the 1930-31 season, when the Bulldogs belonged to the Southern Conference.
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.
Frazier, Parker Sign with Dogs in Early Signing Period
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.
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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