|F||2||Marcus Thornton**||6-8||235||RJr.||Atlanta, Ga.
|F||15||Donte' Williams***||6-9||225||Sr.||Ellenwood, Ga.
|G||4||Charles Mann*||6-5||210||So.||Alpharetta, Ga.
|G||12||Kenny Gaines*||6-3||195||So.||Atlanta, Ga.
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Head Coach: Mark Fox
Record at Georgia / Years: 67-66 / 5th season
Overall Record/Years: 190-109 / 10th season
Assistant Coaches: Stacey Palmore, Philip Pearson, Jonas Hayes
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Head Coach: Will Wade
Record at Chattanooga / Years: 35/1st season
Overall Record / Years: Same
Assistant Coaches: Turner Battle, Casey Long, Wes Long
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About this game...
- Georgia continues a 5-game homestand with a Monday night contest against Chattanooga. The Bulldogs returned to Stegeman Coliseum for the first time in two weeks with a 71-53 victory over Appalachian State three nights ago. The win stopped a 4-game losing streak and improved Georgia's overall record to 2-4.
As he has in half of Georgia's games, Charles Mann had team-high scoring honors against Appy State with 14 points. Mann leads the Bulldogs with 16.3 points per game, which also ranks 10th among all SEC players. Additionally, the Alpharetta native ranks among the league's top 10 in assists and free-throw percentage, having more attempts than any of the remaining top 10 in the latter category.
- Monday's game is the 33rd all-time meeting between these two schools in basketball, but it's their first since a 73-70 Chattanoga victory in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The outcome was considered a significant upset in tournament play, with Georgia a #3 seed and the Mocs a 14 seed.
The aforementioned game is one of just five Chattanooga victories in this series, which Georgia leads by a 27-5 count.
- This game is also the fourth of five Bulldog contests this season against teams from the Southern Conference. Thus far, they've played Wofford, Davidson and Appalachian State, with upcoming games against Chattanooga and Western Carolina. The Western Carolina game will complete the current homestand on Dec. 21.
- With the end of Fall Semester approaching this week (last day of classes is tomorrow), the Bulldogs will take the next 12 days off from competition for final exams. They'll return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 14 in a non-televised home game vs. Lipscomb. Georgia's next road trip will be to Colorado for a Dec. 28 contest.
Georgia vs. Chattanooga
- Georgia leads the series with Chattanooga by a 27-5 count. The two programs have met three times in post-season play: 1997 NCAA Tournament in Charlotte: UTC 73, UGA 70; 1986 NIT in Chattanooga: UGA 95, UTC 81; and 1984 NIT in Chattanooga: UTC 74, UGA 69.
- Monday's contest is the fourth of five games for Georgia this season against Southern Conference teams, having been a charter SoCon member itself back in 1921. It has an all-time record of 82-21 against current SoCon schools, most notably the 22-4 mark against Furman and 11-4 against Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs, who have defeated Wofford and Appalachian State and lost to Davidson, are slated to play two more of their conference brethren this season: Chattanooga and Western Carolina.
- One notable UGA-Chattanooga connection: the Mocs' guard Andrew Houts is the younger brother of former Georgia women's player Ashley Houts. A 4-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs (2006-10) is the No. 14 career scorer in UGA history and played more minutes than any other player in the program's history.
- Much has been made of the new enforcement of existing rules, as well as new rules, for the coming basketball season. Specifically, the following are supposed to be different from past seasons:
Under the revised block/charge call in men's basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.
It is believed that the rule change will:
1) Allow for more offensive freedom;
2) Provide clarity for officials in making this difficult call; and
3) Enhance the balance between offense and defense.
Additionally, officials will be required to adhere to new points of emphasis, all designed to encourage "freedom of movement" in the game of basketball. They include:
1) When a defensive player keeps a hand or forearm on an opponent;
2) When a defensive player puts two hands on an opponent;
3) When a defensive player continually jabs by extending his arm(s) and placing a hand or forearm on the opponent;
4) When a player uses an arm bar to impede the progress of an opponent.
- Thus far, as all participants adjust to these changes, the volume of called fouls has risen measurably. In Georgia's seven games thus far (exhibition + 6 in regular season), there were 295 fouls called (42/game). For what it's worth, last season there were an average of 36 fouls called in Georgia's games.
- Georgia began this season amidst low expectations...externally, anyway. The Bulldogs were picked by the media that cover SEC basketball to finish 11th in the 14-team league, ahead of only South Carolina, Mississippi State and Auburn. This, despite a 9-9 SEC record last year and an eighth-place tie in the final standings. Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee were picked 1-2-3 in the same poll. Additionally, no Bulldogs were selected to the 16-player pre-season All-SEC lists.
About the Schedule
- A highlight of last season's home schedule was a morning tipoff against Mercer, an event that was attended by several thousand Athens-Clarke County school children. The Bulldogs will again host the kids this season in their Dec. 19 game against Gardner-Webb, which tips at 11:30 a.m.
- Conference expansion manifests itself in many strange ways, not the least of which occurs in scheduling. Georgia fans noticed this oddity most recently as their football team has traveled to Auburn in consecutive seasons.
This season their basketball team will experience one of the oddest quirks to its schedule in years. Kentucky will not travel to Athens for a game this season for the first time since the 1962-63 season. Same for Tennessee. For Florida, which also won't play a game in Athens this season, the last time it didn't play in Athens was in 1961-62. The Gators are the most frequent opponent in UGA hoops history.
It took a World War to keep all three schools out of Athens together in the same season the last time. Not since the 1943-44 season -- when Georgia played just 17 games and dotted its schedule with random groups like Lawson General Hospital and Robins Airfield -- has this phenomenon occurred.
Offense on the Uptick
One thing is apparent through the early going this season: Georgia's offense appears to be measurably more effective than last season, even without its best scorer from 2013. In all seven games thus far (exhibition + 6 regular season), the Bulldogs have scored well over their seasonal average (60.8) of last season. The team's overall shooting percentage has also risen from 40.8 of last season to its current mark of 47.3.
Additionally, just six games into the season Georgia has already matched the total number of times (3) it shot over 50 percent from the field in 2012-13.
Williams a Seasoned Veteran
With Marcus Thornton receiving a medical redshirt season from 2013, Donte' Williams became the Bulldogs' lone senior this season. He is already the most experienced Bulldog, having started 59 games in the past two seasons. That's more than twice the total of Thornton, who is second on the team in career starts with 27, including seven in his truncated season of 2013. Williams enters this season with 471 career points, second among all Bulldogs behind Nemi Djurisic, who has tallied 475 in two seasons.
Morris Makes 2013-14 Debut
Sophomore forward Brandon Morris missed the season's first three games at the discretion of head coach Mark Fox. His return to action last weekend in the middle game of the Charleston Classic made a distinct difference in the Bulldogs' on-court performance.
Morris had eight points, three rebounds and two assists -- all in the second half -- against Temple, when the Bulldogs nearly overcame a 15-point deficit. Two days later he contributed heavily, with a career-best 14 points and four rebounds vs.Nebraska.