Bulldogs Host Buccaneers in Friday Night Matchup

Nov. 21, 2012

Georgia Bulldogs (1-4, 0-0) vs. East Tennessee State (1-2, 0-0)
Friday, November 23, 2012 - Tipoff Time: 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
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Charles Mann

About the Game

  • Georgia resumes the 2012-13 season with a Friday night home contest against Atlantic Sun Conference member East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs will be looking to stop their 4-game losing streak that began 11 days ago and continued through the early part of this week.
  • Most recently, Georgia dropped a pair of games against top-flight competition at the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. On Monday, the Bulldogs led #1-rated Indiana at halftime -- and stayed within a possession for another 12 minutes -- before succumbing 66-53. The next night they led No. 11 UCLA by double digits early, and as late as the 8:00 mark of the second half, before falling to the Bruins 60-56. The latter contest had a 1-point margin at the final media timeout with 1:58 left.
  • Through five games, this much about the Bulldogs is clear: sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is their lynchpin. No great surprise there. He's led them in scoring all five contests and leads the team in rebounding, steals and minutes, among other categories. Beyond KCP, the Bulldogs have gotten offensive contributions from many. In both of the games this week, eight different Georgia players scored. Two incumbents -- senior Vincent Williams and sophomore John Cannon -- got career highs in scoring during the Brooklyn games. Cannon, in fact, broke loose with career highs in rebounds (5) and minutes played (19), in addition to his eight points.
  • Tonight's game is the fourth all-time meeting between these two schools. ETSU won the most recent meeting in the 2007 Rainbow Classic, now the Diamondhead Classic. This game will also be the second of three Georgia games against members of the A-Sun Conference. The first came in the season opener against Jacksonville. The third will be against Mercer on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
  • The Bulldogs resume Fall Semester on Monday before their next contest a week from tonight. They'll travel to Tampa, Fla., to play South Florida in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Friday night, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

    Probable Starters

    GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG
    F2Marcus Thornton6-8235Jr.Atlanta, Ga. 3.25.2
    F42Nemanja Djurisic6-8230So.Podgorica, Montenegro 8.84.8
    F15Donte' Williams6-9225Jr.Ellenwood, Ga. 5.74.0
    G11Vincent Williams6-0165Sr.Homestead, Fla. 6.23.0a
    G1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope6-5205So.Greenville, Ga. 18.26.4

    #Assists Per Game

    Head Coach: Mark Fox
    Record at Georgia / Years: 51-50 / 4th season
    Overall Record/Years: 174-93 / 9th season
    Assistant Coaches: Kwanza Johnson, Philip Pearson, Stacey Palmore

    INDIANA HOOSIERS
    Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG
    F20Hunter Harris6-7220Jr.Nashville, Tenn.8.06.7
    F21John Walton6-7200So.Memphis, Tenn.5.36.0
    F15Lester Wilson6-4205RFr.Knoxville, Tenn.19.36.0
    G1Petey McClain6-0185Fr.Mobile, Ala.2.03.7
    G12Yunio Barrueta6-4215Fr.Miami, Fla.2.31.0

    Head Coach: Murry Bartow
    Record at ETSU / Years: 179-115 (10th season)
    Overall Record / Years: 282-198 (16th season)
    Assistant Coaches: Scott Wagers, Mike Boyd, Thomas Johnson


    Georgia vs. East Tennessee State

    • Friday's game is the fourth all-time meeting between Georgia and ETSU in basketball. ETSU has won two of the previous three. The Buccaneers, however, won the most recent meeting 78-56 in the opening round of the 2007 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.
    All previous meetings include:
    • Dec. 20, 1960 in Johnson City: ETSU 69, Georgia 67
    • Dec. 21, 1983 in Chattanooga: Georgia 73, ETSU 54
    • Dec. 20, 2007 in Honolulu: ETSU 78, Georgia 56

    Georgia vs. Atlantic Sun Conference

    • Tonight's game is the second of three Georgia contests this season against members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The first was against Jacksonville in the season opener. The third will come Dec. 18 against Mercer. Georgia is 6-2 all-time against the current membership of the A-Sun, known as the Trans America Athletic Conference until 2001.
    Frazier, Parker Sign with Dogs in Early Signing Period

    The early national signing period began Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Georgia got signatures from a pair of high school seniors:

    J.J. Frazier, Guard, 5-9, 160, Glennville, Ga. (Faith Baptist Christian Academy - Ludowici, Ga.)...Frazier is regarded as the top point guard of his class in the state of Georgia...he averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a junior at Faith Baptist Christian, which won 33 games last season...played AAU basketball for the South Georgia Kings program from Hinesville, Ga.

    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.

    2012-13 Bulldogs a Year Older

    Year Four of the Mark Fox era at Georgia features his first roster comprised solely of players chosen by Fox and his staff. The Bulldogs of 2013 have a lone 3-year letterman in guard Vincent Williams, as well as two other seniors who took the junior-college route before arriving in Athens.

    Last season the Bulldogs began the year with just two players that had experience as a starter on a Division I basketball team. This year, however, that number is now up to six, including four players that were regular starters at season's end. That quartet is comprised of two sophomores and two freshmen. In all, Georgia returns players who logged over 68 percent of its total minutes played in 2012.

    About the Schedule

    Georgia in 2012-13 could play as many as 19 games against teams that participated in the postseason last year. The Bulldogs have faced consensus current No. 1 Indiana in the Progressive Legends Classic at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. They'll also face 2012 NCAA Tournament entry South Florida in Tampa as part of the annual SEC/Big East Challenge.

    As part of the new 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, the Bulldogs will face former Eastern Division foes Kentucky and Vanderbilt just once. It will be the first time since 1964 that Georgia has not played home-and-home series with these two longstanding foes and, since 1992, Eastern Division rivals. In exchange for those two contests, the Bulldogs will now pick up a series with new member Texas A&M and renew a 2-game annual series with Alabama for the first time since 1992.

    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. 9-12 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, similar to what UConn accomplished in the Big East Tournament in 2011.

    KCP One of UGA's Best Ever

    Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns as one of the SEC's top players. Among his freshman-year highlights included:

    • He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in his first season of 2012.
    • KCP ranked second among all Bulldogs in scoring and led them in rebounding, minutes and steals.
    • His 422 points were the fifth-highest total by a UGA freshman in school history. Just as important, his 166 rebounds (5.2/game) were the tenth-best total by a UGA rookie and the most ever by a guard.
    • Caldwell-Pope last year was also Georgia's leader in 3-point shots made (65) and taken (214).
    In addition:
    • KCP is the fourth-leading returning scorer in the SEC, behind Boynton (Fla.), Young (Ark.) and Golden (Tenn.).
    • He is also the league's fifth-leading returning rebounder and its only guard among the group.
    • He ranks second among all returning SEC players in minutes per game (32.1), behind only LSU guard Andre Stringer (32.2 mpg).
    • True to form, Caldwell-Pope played more minutes (22) than any teammate during Georgia's lone exhibition game last week, also seeing a brief stint on the court at the point guard position.

    Fox Best at Molding Talent

    Blogger and hoops junkie Dan Hanner of RealGM.com penned an article in February of 2012 that anointed Georgia head coach Mark Fox as the top coach in college basketball at player development. In a blog entry, Hanner used a complex formula to rate college coaches. Among Hanner's many observations he writes, "Mark Fox has truly been fantastic at getting the most out of his players."

    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

    Head Coach Mark Fox must also receive some degree of credit for developing high-performing students in the classroom. Since his arrival in April of 2009, no fewer than 12 Georgia basketball players have earned their undergraduate degrees, including all four seniors from 2012. Every player that has exhausted his eligibility at UGA under Fox has completed his degree.

    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.

    Hayes Joins Bulldog Staff

    A face familiar to Georgia basketball fans joined coach Mark Fox's staff during the offseason. Jonas Hayes, a 3-year letterman from 2002-04 and an '04 UGA graduate, was named as the Bulldogs' Operations Coordinator in May of 2012. Hayes, a native of Atlanta, had spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C. He had also served brief stints as an assistant coach at South Carolina State, Morehouse and his alma mater, Douglass High School in Atlanta.

    Hayes, whose twin brother Jarvis continues to play professionally overseas, became the first Georgia basketball alumnus to hold a full-time position on the staff at his alma mater since Shaun Golden was an administrative assistant on the staff in 1997.

    Thornton Health Key for Georgia

    Here's one reason why Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia in rebounding as a freshman last season from his combo guard position. Marcus Thornton, who had led the Bulldogs in that category in the early going, spent most of the latter half of the season nursing ill health.

    Thornton underwent knee surgery just before Christmas and missed the next five contests. Even upon his return, his effectiveness was limited. By season's end, he needed a second surgery and the subsequent recovery period has kept him under close scrutiny ever since.

    That supervision will continue as the 2013 season transpires. Thornton, a 6-8 junior, provides the Bulldogs much-needed heft and toughness under the basket, provided he is healthy. A sound bill of health for the 2013 season could mean good things for Thornton and the Bulldogs.

    Returning Statistical Leaders
    Scoring
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope13.2 ppg
    Donte' Williams7.8 ppg
    Rebounding
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope5.2
    Donte' Williams5.1
    Assists
    Vincent Williams1.4 apg
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope1.2 apg
    Minutes
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope32.1 mpg
    Donte' Williams25.9 mpg
    Percentage of Returning Players by Statistics
    1,205 of 1,950 points62%
    738 of 966 indiv. rebounds76%
    131 of 351 assists37%
    4,391 of 6,475 minutes68%
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