Georgia @ Vanderbilt Game Notes
Feb. 26, 2013
About the Game
Georgia plays its only meeting with Vanderbilt on Wednesday night in Nashville. For the first time in 50 seasons, these two programs are playing each another just once in a regular season, thanks to the SEC's new scheduling arrangement.
The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 13-14 overall record, 7-7 in SEC play. Most recently, they rallied to tie South Carolina in the final seconds of regulation last Saturday, then defeated the Gamecocks in overtime, 62-54.
The win gave Georgia a pair of regular-season sweeps thus far, over Carolina and Texas A&M.
Wednesday's matchup is the 136th all-time meeting between these two schools in basketball. Vanderbilt leads the series, which began in 1914 and has been renewed annually since 1951, by an 86-49 count. Vandy, in fact, has won six straight games in this series, including a second-round SEC Tournament game in 2010.
Leading the way throughout this season has been sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Greenville, Ga., native enters this game averaging 17.6 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 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 the 2nd 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 six) and Nemi Djurisic (dbl figs in three of past 5 games).
Georgia will complete this week with a Saturday afternoon game at home against Tennessee, which the Bulldogs defeated in Knoxville 68-62 three weeks ago tonight.
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Kevin Stallings
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
Wednesday's game is the 136th all-time meeting between these two schools in basketball. Vanderbilt leads the series, which began in 1914 and has been renewed annually since 1951, by an 86-49 count.
In the 54 years that Georgia and Vanderbilt played a home-and-home series. Georgia swept the series just seven times and not since 2001. The two schools have split their series nine of the past 12 years.
Vanderbilt took both regular-season matchups last season: 73-66 in Nashville in early January and 64-56 five weeks later in Athens.
Oddly, these two programs have met twice in post-season play on their respective home courts. Georgia defeated Vandy at Memorial Gym in the 1991 SEC Tournament second round. Seven years later, Georgia defeated Vandy at Stegeman Coliseum in the NIT third round, earning a trip to New York for the NIT Final Four in the process.
A geographical breakdown of the series follows:
Games in Athens: UGA leads 33-28
Right now, Georgia has just one player (KCP at 17.6 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.
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. By comparison, Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins reached 1,000 points in his 46th game at UGA, which came near the end of his sophomore season. Wilkins played in just 16 games as a freshman because of a foot injury. Jacky Dorsey, 2-time All-SEC forward in 1975-76, is the fastest Georgia player ever to 1,000 points, reaching the mark in the 43rd game of his career.
One more interesting tidbit about Caldwell-Pope. He remains 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.
OK...a couple more items about KCP. This week he ranks 56th nationally in scoring at 17.6 ppg, 77th nationally in 3-pointers per game at 2.44, and 30th nationally in steals at 2.15/game.
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.
A key for Georgia's success this season: Defense. Georgia is 10-1 when allowing less than 59 points. Georgia ranks fourth in the league in defensive rebounding (24.8/.699), and ranks second in the league field goal percentage defense (.390)
Some revealing observations from Georgia's recent 5- game win streak:
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.
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.
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