Georgia Battles the Buccanneers Tuesday Night

Dec. 27, 2010

Georgia Bulldogs (9-2, 0-0) vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers (6-6, 0-1)
Thursday, December 28, 2010 - Tipoff Time: 7:07 p.m. (EST)
Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Live regional telecast on Comcast Sports Southeast (Charlie McAlexander and Wimp Sanderson)
Georgia Bulldog Radio Network presented by ISP Sports: Scott Howard (Play-by-Play), Mark Slonaker (Color)
Local station: In Atlanta: WSB (750 AM) & WBTS (95.5 FM). In Athens: WRFC (960 AM).
The majority of Georgia basketball games in 2010-11 can be heard on SiriusXM Radio. Tonight's game will be on XM Channel 200. SEC programming info
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Jeremy Price

The Georgia Bulldogs Battle the Buccanneers Tuesday Night

  • After a brief hiatus for the Christmas holiday, Georgia resumes the 2010-11 season Tuesday night at home against Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern. CSU represents the second Big South opponent for the Bulldogs in the past week, having defeated High Point last Tuesday in Athens.
  • Most recently, the Bulldogs made a rare trip to Macon and left with a narrow 56-53 victory over Mercer last Thursday. It was yet another game decided in the final minute, their eighth in 11 games and fifth decided on the final possession. The win was also Georgia's sixth in a row and improved its record to 9-2 overall.
  • Georgia will be shooting for its seventh straight victory on Tuesday night. Streaks of such length have been rare in recent years for Georgia. Just three teams in the past 10 seasons have put together winning streaks of at least six games: an 8-game streak in 2002-03 and a 7-game string of wins in each of the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
  • Another landmark worth noting: Georgia has an opportunity to go undefeated through the month of December. Such an accomplishment would be rare indeed. Only twice in the past 30 years has a Georgia team pulled off that feat. The 1982-83 team, which eventually reached the Final Four, went 7-0 in December. The 2002-03 squad also went 7-0 in December, finishing with a victory over then 2nd-ranked Pittsburgh.

Probable Starters

F1Travis Leslie6-4205Jr.Decatur, Ga.13.77.9
F33Trey Thompkins6-10245Jr.Lithonia, Ga.16.97.4
F50Jeremy Price6-8270Sr.Decatur, Ga.9.44.7
G3Dustin Ware5-11182Jr.Powder Springs, Ga.7.63.7#
G22Gerald Robinson Jr.6-1180Jr.Nashville, Tenn.13.34.8#

#Assists Per Game

Head Coach: Mark Fox
Record at Georgia / Years: 22-19 / 2nd season
Overall Record/Years: 145-62 / 7th season
Assistant Coaches: Kwanza Johnson, Philip Pearson, Stacey Palmore

F1Kelvin Martin6-5207Jr.Adel, Ga.11.69.0
F25Kenny Mitchell6-7234So.Decatur, Ga.9.34.2
G5Jamarco Warren5-11165Sr.Gainesville, Ga.14.43.2
G4Sheldon Strickland6-0180Fr.Lithonia, Ga.11.31.5
G10Jeremy Sexton6-2175So.Chattanooga, Tenn.10.42.0

#Assists Per Game

Head Coach: Barclay Radebaugh
Record at CSU / Years: 54-95 / 6th season
Overall Record / Years: 77-106 / 7th season
Assistant Coaches: Bob Richey (Assoc. HC), Will Jones, Michael Morrell

Georgia vs. Charleston Southern

  • Tonight's game is the third all-time meeting between Georgia and Charleston Southern in basketball. Georgia won both of the first two meetings:
    11/22/97 in Athens: UGA 116, CSU 59 (4th largest margin of victory for Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum history)
    12/22/03 in Athens: UGA 79, CSU 59

Georgia vs. the Big South

  • Georgia has played a number of schools from the Big South Conference, including six in the past 10 seasons. Charleston Southern is the second Big South team that Georgia has played in the past week. The Bulldogs hosted High Point last Tuesday.
  • Following is a breakdown of Georgia's record against each Big South school: Charleston Southern: 2-0 (last played in 2003); Coastal Carolina: 1-0 (last played in 2000); Gardner-Webb: 2-0 (last played in 2006); High Point: 1-0 (played last week); Presbyterian: 8-0 (last played in 2008); UNC-Asheville: 4-0 (last played in 2009); VMI: 4-0 (last played in 1928); Winthrop: 3-1 (last played in 2003).


  • In a season rife with non-conference upsets among SEC teams, Georgia now sports the league's longest winning streak at six games. The next longest is the 4-game streak by Kentucky, which plays Coppin State simultaneously to the Bulldogs' game Tuesday against Charleston Southern.

Dogs Perfect on the Road

  • After going through the entire 2010 season without a true road victory, this year's Bulldogs are perfect in their first three tries this year. Georgia has now won on the home courts of St. Louis, Georgia Tech and Mercer.

    Georgia's wins on the road distinguish it from five of its SEC brethren, who have yet to win a true road game this season. Of those five (UT, ARK, MSU, UA, AU), two of them (UT, ARK) have yet to play a true road game.

    The 2010 Bulldogs' road struggles appear to be an anomaly among teams coached by Mark Fox. In his 6+ years as a head coach, his teams have won an impressive 60 percent of their road games (49-32), and that mark includes last year's 0-11 record.

Handle With Care
  • Yes, it's early, but a trend appears to be developing. Georgia has had a positive Assist/Turnover ratio in four of its past five games, and five of 10 overall. That has caused its cumulative ratio to enter positive territory for the first time in eight seasons. Not since 2003 has a Georgia team finished the season with a positive ratio; it was +1.55/1 that season.

    In their past three games, the Bulldogs have taliled 59 assists to just 25 turnovers (+2.34/1). The leader of this movement is junior Dustin Ware, whose individual ratio of +3.1/1 is tops among all SEC players. Ware has accrued such an impressive mark despite having more turnovers over his past three games than in the previous eight combined.

Brantley Contributions Growing

Sophomore guard Sherrard Brantley has emerged as the Bulldogs' most dependable backcourt sub. The junior-college ranks second on the team behind Ware in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. Twenty-eight of his 40 points this season have come in the past five games, highlighted by a season-best nine against Georgia Tech.

Thompkins Reaches 1,000

  • Late in the Arkansas State game on Dec. 18, junior Trey Thompkins became the 40th player in UGA history to reach 1,000 for his career. The most recent Bulldog to reach that milestone was Terrance Woodbury in 2009. Already, Thompkins has climbed over seven people on Georgia's career scoring chart with 1,038 points.

    That Thompkins not only participated in the Old Spice Classic but affected the outcome of each game were minor miracles in themselves. He was cleared to practice just one day before the Bulldogs departed for Orlando. He had gone 25 days without participating before diving in on Tuesday, Nov. 23.



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