UGA Men’s Basketball: Dawgs Face Winthrop Tuesday
- Georgia Basketball Game Notes
- Georgia (6-1) vs. Winthrop (5-3)
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. ET
- Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.
- Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. (Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta); (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, Producer)
- TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Sean Farnham, analyst)
- Video: SECN+
|Coach: Mark Fox|
|151-119 in 9th season at UGA|
|274-162 in 14th season overall|
|G||0||William Jackson II||12.3||2.4|
|6-4; 185; Jr.; Athens, Ga.|
|6-4; 205; R-Sr.; Tulsa, Okla.|
|6-8; 227; Fr.; Norcross, Ga.|
|6-8; 243; Sr.; Pontiac, Mich.|
|6-8; 245; Jr.; Atlanta, Ga.|
|Coach: Pat Kelsey|
|107-62 in 6th season at Winthrop|
|107-62 in 6th season overall|
|6-0; 177; Jr.; Duluth, Minn.|
|6-2; 177; Fr.; Wollongong, Australia|
|6-2; 190; R-Sr.; Duluth, Minn.|
|6-8; 185; Sr.; Wollongong, Australia|
|6-8; 200; Soph.; Miami, Fla.|
|72.7||Points per game||90.4|
|5.9||3FGs per game||13.9|
|17.4||FTs per game||13.9|
|13.7||Assists per game||17.4|
|5.3||Blocks per game||3.5|
|5.0||Steals per game||8.8|
First 1,000 UGA students get free “Defend The Steg” long-sleeve t-shirts and pizza.
- Yante Maten was ranked as one of the nation’s top-25 players by CBS (22), ESPN (23) and NBC (24).
- Rayshaun Hammonds became the first UGA freshman to start an opener since KCP in ’11-12.
- Yante Maten is the first Bulldog to open the year with three double-doubles since 1987.
- Turtle Jackson had four career-best scoring outputs in the first five games – 11, 13, 16 & 17 points.
- Mark & Cindy Fox donated $18,976 to Athens charities, $1 for each fan at UGA’s Nov. home games.
The Georgia Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday evening when they host Winthrop at 7:00. Through games of Saturday, the Eagles ranked No. 13 nationally in scoring at 90.4 points per game. Over the past six games, Winthrop’s average bulges to 96.8 ppg.
Georgia is 6-1 and coming off a pair of impressive back-to-back victories. The Bulldogs bested No. 21 Saint Mary’s in the Wooden Legacy on Nov. 26 and followed that with a road win at Marquette last Saturday.
Yante Maten, a National Player of the Year candidate and preseason SEC Player of the Year honoree, leads Georgia with averages of 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Over his last 64 games (dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year), Maten has produced 57 double-digit scoring performances, with 24 20-point and four 30-point outings.
Turtle Jackson is provide a second a double-figure scoring average at 12.3 ppg. Jackson entered the season with two double-digit productions in 66 games but has scored 10+ points in six of Georgia’s first seven outings. In the process, he has upped his career high four times, from 10 points last year to 11 to 13 to 15 to 17 points against San Diego State.
Winthrop is 5-3 and has topped 100 points in three of its last five outings.
Xavier Cooks is an all-everything performer for the Eagles, leading the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg), assists (4.1 apg), blocks (1.4 bpg), steals (1.7 spg) and minutes played (28.1). Anders Broman and Anders Awad also score in double figures at 13.9 ppg and 10.6 ppg respectively, while five more Eagles put up between 7.4-9.8 ppg.
Yante Maten is…
- 10 points from No. 16 Levi Stukes
- 23 points from No. 15 Trey Thompkins
- 38 points from No. 14 Charles Mann
- 4 rebounds from No. 12 Sundiata Gaines
- 14 rebounds from No. 11 John Johnson
- 23 rebounds from No. 10 Trey Thompkins
- 10 FTs from No. 5 Vern Fleming
- 83 FTs from No. 4 J.J. Frazier
- 2 FTAs from No. 11 Bill Ensley
- 43 FTAs from co-No. 6 Vern Fleming and J.J. Frazier
- 11 blocks from No. 3 Terrell Bell
- 90 blocks from No. 2 Charles Claxton
Georgia owns a 5-1 lead in its all-time series with Winthrop, including a 4-1 mark here at Stegeman Coliseum.
In the most recent matchup on Dec. 8, 2015, a career night from Yante Maten led the Bulldogs in a 74-64 win. Maten finished with what was then a career-high 24 points and a game-high 12 rebounds en route to his second double-double of the year.
The Bulldogs held a double-digit lead for the majority of the first half, until Winthrop cut the margin to eight right before the break at 33-25.
The Eagles heated up in the second-half closing the gap to, 54-48, with just under nine minutes to go. Georgia clamped down the defensive end and pushed its advantage back to double figures less than three minutes later.
A collective effort with nine players scoring five or more points propelled Georgia past Marquette 73-66 Saturday before a crowd of 13,476 at the Bradley Center.
Yante Maten led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Turtle Jackson added 11 points and a career-high seven assists.
After scratching out a 58-55 lead, Teshaun Hightower, Rayshaun Hammonds, Maten and Jackson connected on a combined 11-of-13 trips to the line in the final 189 seconds. During the same span, Georgia held Marquette to 2-of-6 shooting – including 1-of-5 from 3-point range – to close out the victory.
“It was a great win,” Mark Fox said. “I thought we competed against a very good team in a very adverse environment. It was a 40-minute game for sure, and we had a lot of guys chip in and make plays.”
Eleven of Marquette’s 22 made fields goals were 3-pointers. Andrew Rowsey, who led the NCAA in 3-point shooting last season, was 3-of-9 for behind the arc en route to 15 points.
Preseason recognition was consistent and plentiful for Yante Maten.
Maten was ranked as one of the nation’s top-25 players by three different on line ledgers. CBSsports.com put him at No. 22, ESPN.com listed him at No. 23 (info below and to the left) and NBCsports.com tabbed him at No. 24.
Maten was tabbed preseason SEC Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and a panel of SEC and national media. The media named Maten, Texas A&M’s Robert Williams and Missouri’s Michael Porter, Jr. as co-player of the year.
Maten was included on various watch lists. Most notably, he was featured on those for the Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Naismith Trophy. In addition, Maten was on the list for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and the Lute Olson Award, which is awarded to the top Division I player who has played at least two seasons.
He also received preseason All-America recognition. Jay Bilas, in an obvious plot to prove he’s the wisest college hoops analyst in the nation, included Maten on his first-team All-America ledger. Among others, Maten also earned All-America props from the Blue Ribbon Yearbook (third team), www.collegesportsmadness.com (fourth team) and NBCsports.com (honorable mention).
Georgia played through a stomach ailment that plagued 11 of 15 players on the Bulldogs’ roster during the Wooden Legacy.
The illness originally hit a couple of players around 2:00 a.m. PT on Friday following the Bulldogs’ win over Cal State Fullerton.
More than half the team, including multiple starters, were among the original group. Even more players became ill after the San Diego State game.
Georgia entered Sunday’s matchup with No. 21 Saint Mary’s with five unaffected players; however, point guard Turtle Jackson, one of those, became ill in the first half and was forced to the locker room.
Still, the Bulldogs battled to force overtime against the Gaels and eventually win.
“It was a team win,” Mark Fox said. “We’ve had a tough couple of days. We had 10 guys get the stomach flu up until tip time today, and we turn around in the first half and our point guard, who hadn’t had it, gets sick. To battle through that the last couple of days and to compete tonight like a unit like we did and beat a very good Saint Mary’s team, I’m extremely proud of our players.”
William “Turtle” Jackson entered the season with two double-digit scoring performances in 66 games played at Georgia.
He has done so in six of the Bulldogs’ first seven outings of 2017-18, producing a quartet of career-high scoring outputs in the process (from 11 to 13 to 16 to 17 points).
In fact, Jackson reached double figures in the scoring column in the first half alone of the first two games.
Jackson scored 11 points – all in the first half – against Bryant. That bettered his previous best performances of 10 points versus both Oakland and Belmont last year. Against USC Upstate, Jackson scored first-half 10 points and added three more after the break.
That mark lasted two games until Jackson knocked down 16 points versus Cal State Fullerton in the Wooden Legacy…and then topped that with 17 points less than 24 hours later against San Diego State.
While his scoring has increased dramatically, from 2.8 ppg entering the season to 12.3 ppg, Jackson continues to do much of his damage from behind the 3-point arc.
This season, 14 of his 28 makes from the floor have been 3-pointers. For his career, 56.2 percent (50-of-89) of Jackson’s made FGs have been 3s.
Tyree Crump‘s career-high 17 points against No. 21 Saint Mary’s all came during the second half and overtime.
Crump had struggled mightily up until that point, connecting on just 8-of-32 (.250) shots from the floor and 5-of-24 (.208) from 3-point range through the first five and a half games.
The sophomore from Bainbridge knocked down back-to-back 3s in a 37-second span early in the second half and went on to connect on 6-of-10 shots overall and 4-of-6 3-pointers the rest of the way.
“Tyree had been struggling,” Mark Fox said. “He struggled at the start last season. But when it starts going in, it goes in often.”
Redshirt senior Juwan Parker put together three solid outings at the Wooden Legacy.
In Georgia’s first three games of the season, Parker averaged just 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 12.0 minutes while shooting 20.0 percent from the floor.
In California, Parker averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 boards and 20.3 minutes and connected on 52.6 percent of his field goal attempts.
Parker, who started 31 of 32 games played last season, moved back into Georgia’s starting five against No. 21 Saint Mary’s. He got the nod at the ‘2’ after E’Torrion Wilridge was hindered by a stomach ailment.
Last season, Georgia’s bench outscored its opponents’ reserves nine times in 34 games. This season, the Bulldogs’ non-starters have produced more points than their counterparts in six of seven outings.
Georgia’s bench finished the 2016-17 season with a -95 scoring margin. This year, the Bulldogs are at +43.
Rayshaun Hammonds became the first Bulldog freshman to start a season opener since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did so in 2011-12.
Hammonds was expected to do so after he got the nod for both of the Bulldogs’ exhibitions, including a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds versus Valdosta State.
Hammonds also enjoyed an impressive “official” debut versus Bryant, scoring 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and grabbing seven rebounds.
That was the highest output by a UGA freshman in an opener in a decade and a day – since Jeremy Price scored 18 points against Jacksonville State on Nov. 9, 2007.
FYI, Caldwell-Pope, who signed an $18-million contract to play for the Lakers this season, put up a game-high 15 points to lead Georgia in a 62-49 win over Wofford on Nov. 11, 2011, in his debut.
While Hammonds became the first freshman to start an opener in six years, freshman starters is nothing new for Georgia during Mark Fox‘s tenure.
Six members of the Bulldogs’ 10 returning letterwinners this season also started as freshmen – seniors Yante Maten and Juwan Parker; juniors Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide; and sophomores Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris.
Head coach Mark Fox and his wife Cindy donated $1 to charity for every fan who attended the Bulldogs’ three November home games. The amount was split equally between the Boys and Girls Club of Athens and the Clarke County Mentor Program.
Georgia drew 7,387 fans for the opener against Bryant – UGA’s biggest crowd for a season opener in a decade – as well as 5,369 for the Upstate date and 6,220 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Foxes contributed $18,976 to the aforementioned groups ($9,488 to each).
Fox announced their effort in an Oct. 12 tweet and was later asked about his decision to make the donations.
“I just think that no matter where you turn somebody’s complaining about something,” he said. “I meant what I said. People in positions like I have, we have an obligation to try and make things better. We’re fortunate to have great opportunities to impact the world and we should do that, we should try to do that. I think we have too many people complaining and not enough people trying to make a difference.”
Cindy Fox is on the board for Clarke Mentors, which recruits community volunteers to mentor children who attend the Clarke County School District. Derrick Floyd, director of operations for the Athens Boys and Girls Club, was a letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1980-83 and today serves as the official scorer for Georgia basketball games and the SEC Tourney.
“Those groups are working to try and make the next generation better and to make society better,” Mark Fox said. “If we can give them a little help, that’s great.”
Four-guard lineups are a relatively common fixture in college basketball. Georgia has utilized a four-forward starting quintet for the first five games of the season.
Point guard William “Turtle” Jackson was the only starter during that span with a “G” featured by his name on the Bulldogs’ roster.
The athleticism of Wilridge and Hammonds allows them to handle the defensive challenges of guarding guards – not to mention their shooting range and passing abilities.
Juwan Parker supplanted Wilridge in the starting lineup against No. 21 Saint Mary’s.
Three-fourths of Georgia’s freshman class will celebrate birthdays during the first dozen days of the season. On Nov. 10, Rayshaun Hammonds not only played in his collegiate debut, he also celebrated his birthday. Isaac Kante‘s birthday was Nov. 15, while Teshaun Hightower‘s was Nov. 21.
Hopefully, all four of Georgia’s freshmen will enjoy in-season birthdays. Nicolas Claxton, the fourth member of Georgia’s freshman quartet, has a March 17 birthday.
Yante Maten poured in 33 points in an Oct. 29 exhibition game against No. 2 Michigan State. While those numbers won’t count, that would have equaled his career-high scoring output established against Belmont in the opening round of the 2016 NIT.
Maten has displayed a knack for playing extremely well against top-ranked opponents throughout his career in Athens.
Maten has averaged 17.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg in five “games” versus top-10 opponents while making 61.2 percent of his shots from the floor and 76.5 percent from the line.
A year ago, he poured in 30 points and grabbed 13 boards against No. 5 Kansas in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
In three outings against top-10 foes as a freshman – one versus No. 10 Gonzaga and two against No. 1 Kentucky – Maten was a combined 10-of-17 (58.8) from the field and 6-of-9 (66.7) at the charity stripe.
More than half of Georgia’s roster – eight of 15 to be exact – played high school hoops in the Peach State. That list features Tyree Crump (Bainbridge HS), Rayshaun Hammonds (Norcross HS), Jordan Harriss (Seminole County HS), Christian Harrison (Woodward Academy), Teshaun Hightower (Collins Hills HS), “Turtle” Jackson (Athens Christian), Connor O’Neill (Blessed Trinity School) and Derek Ogbeide(Pebblebrook HS).
SEC Basketball enters the season looking to continue its upwardly trending reputation.
The SEC received five bids to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the fifth-most of any conference. The league then proceeded to tie the ACC (which received nine bids) for the most wins during “March Madness” with 11.
Three league schools reached the “Elite Eight,” including an All-SEC East Regional final between South Carolina and Florida.
Amanze Ngumezi and JoJo Toppin, a pair of premier in-state prospects, signed letters-of-intent to play for Georgia, Mark Fox announced on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Ngumezi (whose name is pronounced “Uh-mahn-zay In-goo-meh-zay), a 6-9, 235-pound power forward from Savannah, averaged a double-double of 12.8 points and 11.6 rebounds last season. He led Johnson High School to a 19-10 finish and the second round of the Georgia 3A State Tournament. The Atom Smashers, who finished the season ranked No. 9 in the state, lost to eventual state champion Pace Academy, 49-41, in the tourney’s round of 16.
Toppin, a 6-6, 180-pound small forward from Norcross, posted averages of 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a junior at Norcross High School. Toppin – and current Bulldog freshman Rayshaun Hammonds – helped lead the Blue Devils to a runner-up showing in the 7A State Tournament and a final record of 26-6.
Stegeman has undergone thorough renovations in the last few years, receiving a 21st Century face lift of at a cost of more than $20-million.
This summer, the arena received a massive center-hung scoreboard, new black seats, an improved LED lighting system, a state-of-the-art sound system and graphics above the horseshoe end celebrating past teams and retired jerseys. All told, the Coliseum went from having roughly 1,000-square feet of HD/LED signage to more than 4,000-square feet as broken out below.
The renovations in 2017 followed work in the summer of 2016 which provided a dramatic mural covering the Coliseum’s distinctive end wall.
“Obviously, we’re extremely excited about Stegeman not only for our fans, but also for our players,” head coach Mark Fox said. “This is going to have a tremendous impact on our program and our university. It’s beautiful inside. It’s very well done. I have to compliment the architects and the construction companies. They did a terrific job. I think it will change the energy in the building because we have more tools to create atmosphere. I was in there with Dominique Wilkins and his statement was pretty good. This is now an arena, and it feels like an arena.”
In 2010, Stegeman’s concourses received a similar makeover, upgrading the graphics, enhancing spectator access to concessions and restrooms and adding 5,000-square feet of concourse space on each side of the arena. That work won awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
- 1008 square feet of HD video
- 1054 square feet of LED sections
Additional LED features
- 800 square feet on 3 ribbon boards
- 500 square feet over the 12 entry portals
- 50 square feet over 2 tunnels
- 375 square feet on 1 auxiliary board
Additional HD video
- 275 square feet on pre-existing board