Final Record: 15-15 Overall, 5-11 in SEC
Signees: Albert Jackson, Takais Brown
Dogs Show Progress In 2005-06
- Georgia's 15-15 record in 2006 represented a marked improvement from the 2005 season.
- The Bulldogs also won five conference games in 2006, a 3-game advancement from 2005.
- This upward progress was achieved during a season in which the Southeastern Conference enjoyed perhaps its best postseason ever. Eight SEC teams earned post-season berths, six in the NCAA Tournament, two in the NIT. In all, the league compiled an 18-6 record in post-season games.
- Georgia completed a regularseason sweep of South Carolina, which later advanced to the SEC Tournament championship game and won its second straight NIT title.
- Georgia also swept a pair of games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Included in those two wins were victories over backyard rival Clemson - when the Tigers were previously undefeated at 11-0 - and Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs' 91-75 win over Tech represented a 54-point turnaround from the 2005 result between these two programs.
- The Bulldogs averaged scoring over 10 more points per game from the 2005 season, from 60.1 to their 2006 average of 70.3 points per contest.
- Georgia ranked 2nd in the SEC in steals with 9.1 per game.
- The average attendance at Stegeman Coliseum rose by nearly 1,000 patrons per game, up to 7,115 over 14 home contests.
- After going all of 2005 without a true road victory, Georgia posted three wins on its opponents' home courts in 2006. The Bulldogs defeated Western Kentucky,
South Carolina and Vanderbilt all on the road. Their win at Columbia was the first victory there in three years while the win at Nashville was the program's first here
- Guard Levi Stukes led Georgia in scoring for the second straight year at 11.6 points per game. He will enter the 2007 season needing just 17 points to become the 36th player in UGA history to score 1,000 career points. He also made a career-best 40 percent of his 3-point shots and at one mid-season juncture ranked 7th among all NCAA Division I players in 3-point shooting accuracy.
- Senior walk-on Jay McAuley is one of two UGA recipients of the 2006 SEC Community Service Award. He will receive a $2,000 post-graduate scholarship that is provided by the conference.
- Freshmen played significant roles on the 2006 Georgia basketball team, including these highlights: Mike Mercer was named to the fiveman Freshman All-SEC team, as voted by the league's 12 coaches; Mercer and fellow freshman Billy Humphrey combined to win the SEC Freshman of the Week award three times during the 2006 season. Humphrey won it twice before Christmas, first on Nov. 28 and again on Dec. 12. Mercer took the honor after a pair of strong outings during the SEC schedule in late January; Center Rashaad Singleton ranked 10th in the SEC in blocked shots, 4th among all freshman players in the league.
Brown, Jackson Sign With Bulldogs
Georgia took significant steps toward strengthening its frontcourt when two prospects, one a high schooler and the other in junior college, signed with the Bulldogs. Last fall, Albert Jackson, a 6-10 foward from Earlington, Ky., cast his lot with Dennis Felton's program and in April of this year, juco All-American Takais Brown of Flint, Mich., committed in writing to play at Georgia.
Bulldog Honor Roll
Coaches' Freshman All-SEC Team
SEC Freshman of the Week
Billy Humphrey (Weeks of Nov. 28 and Dec. 12)
Mike Mercer (Week of Jan. 23)
SEC "Good Works" Team
SEC Academic Honor Roll
Post-Season Team Awards
Field Goal Accuracy Award
Dave Bliss (50.9%)
Free Throw Accuracy Award
Channing Toney (80.8%)
Sundiata Gaines (5.1 rpg)
Heart and Hustle Award
Playmaker of the Year
Offensive Player of the Year
Bombs Away Award
Take Charge Award
Blocked Shots Award
Most Valuable Player