UGA Makes Strides in Many Ways

Year Two of the Mark Fox era at Georgia 2011 was an historic season. The Bulldogs went 21-12 overall, 9-7 in the SEC, good enough for a third-place tie in the rugged SEC Eastern Division and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Among the other notable landmarks achieved include:

TEAM MILESTONES

  • Georgia earned the 11th NCAA Tournament berth in UGA history.
  • Twenty-one wins marked the most since 2002.
  • The 11th time in 105 years of basketball at UGA that a team posted a 20-win season, and the first 20-win season since 2002.
  • SEC finish (t3rd in East) was the program's highest since 2003.
  • SEC record (9-7) was the best since 2003.
  • Nine-game winning streak (Nov.-Jan.) was the longest since 1983.
  • Georgia earned its first ranking in AP Top 25 since 2003.
  • Georgia went undefeated in December for just the third time in school history.
  • Georgia had the most consecutive home sellouts (4) since 2003.
  • The Bulldogs also had the best average home attendance (8,250) since 2004.
  • More road wins (7) than in the previous three years combined. Most road wins since 1995 and first winning record on the road since 2002.
  • Second time in 50 years that Georgia's FG percentage defense was below 40 percent.
  • During the 16-game league schedule, Georgia led the SEC in the following categories: 3-Point FG Percentage, Rebounds/Game, Opp. Rebounds/Game, Rebounding Margin and Assists.
INDIVIDUAL MILESTONES
  • Trey Thompkins became the first UGA player since Jarvis Hayes (2002-03) to earn 1st team All-SEC in back-to-back seasons.
  • Travis Leslie was named to the All-SEC second team, as voted by the league's 12 head coaches.
  • Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie became the 40th & 41st players, respectively, in UGA history to score 1,000 career points. Thompkins finished the season with 1,396 points, good for 13th place on the UGA all-time scoring list. Leslie finished the season with 1,099 points and is currently 30th on the career scoring list.
  • Thompkins is now 10th on UGA's career rebounding list with 693 rebounds. Leslie is now 17th on that list with 551 boards.
  • Dustin Ware handed out 100 assists for the third consecutive season. He's just the second player in UGA history to reach the 100-assist mark in each of his first three seasons. Career assist leader Rashad Wright is the other.
  • Gerald Robinson also reached 100 assists on the season. It marked the first time in 10 years that Georgia had two players reach that number in the same season. (Georgia very nearly had three players reach 100 for the first time ever; Leslie finished the season with 97).
  • During the 16-game league schedule, Dustin Ware led the SEC in 3-Point FG Percentage (49.3%) and Assist/Turnover Ratio (3.4/1).
  • Ware's final overall 3-point percentage of 43.5 was the best by a Georgia player since 1998.
Thompkins in Rare Company
    Trey Thompkins in 2011 became one of nine Bulldogs all-time to have amassed 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in a career. Just two of these luminaries, however, have done it in three years' time: Thompkins and career rebounding leader Bob Lienhard, who played before the dawn of freshman eligibility in 1972.
Robinson a Difference Maker

In 2010, head coach Mark Fox noted that Gerald Robinson, who sat out the 2010 year after transferring from Tennessee State, would have tilted the balance in Georgia's favor in several of its close games. Through December of the 2011 sesaon, Robinson delivered clutch plays that directly resulted in three Bulldog victories:

  • 11/20 at St. Louis: Robinson drove the lane, drew three defenders and, in heavy traffic, fed Jeremy Price for a game-winner with :01 left.
  • 12/2 vs. UAB: Robinson scored four points and had a key rebound in the final 14 seconds of perhaps the Bulldogs' best win of the season thus far.
  • 12/7 at Georgia Tech: Robinson scored a key basket and assisted Dustin Ware on the biggest bucket of the game, a 3-pointer that broke a 70-all tie with 18 seconds left.
  • 10 Plays of the Day.
Close Games the Norm...Again

In the 2010 season, 13 of Georgia's 31 games were considered "close" by either of the following definitions: either an overtime period or a 2-possession game inside the final minute of play. The Bulldogs were 5-8 in those games. In 2011, 17 of Georgia's 33 games fit those definitions, including the first eight, and the Bulldogs were 12-5 in those contests.

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