UGA Men’s Basketball: Dawgs Look to Bounce Back at LSU

  • Georgia Basketball Game Notes
  • Georgia (11-5, 2-3) vs. LSU (11-5, 2-2)
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Maravich Assembly Center (13,215) in Baton Rouge, La.
  • Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. (Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta; Satellite: Sirius 137; XM 190. (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, Producer)
  • TV: ESPNU (Rich Hollenberg, play-by-play; Debbie Antonelli, analyst)
  • Video: SECN+
Georgia Bulldogs
Coach: Mark Fox
156-123 in 9th season at UGA
279-166 in 14th season overall
Pos No. Name PPG RPG
G 0 William Jackson II 10.1 2.4
6-4; 185; Jr.; Athens, Ga.
F 13 E’Torrion Wilridge 1.4 1.4
6-6; 220; Jr.; Beaumont, Texas
F 20 Rayshaun Hammonds 7.4 5.3
6-8; 227; Fr.; Norcross, Ga.
F 1 Yante Maten 19.6 8.9
6-8; 243; Sr.; Pontiac, Mich.
F 34 Derek Ogbeide 7.2 6.0
6-8; 245; Jr.; Atlanta, Ga.
LSU Tigers
Coach: Will Wade
11-5 (1st season at LSU)
102-50 (5th season overall
Pos No. Name PPG RPG
G 3 Tremont Waters 16.9 3.7
5-11; 167; Fr.; New Haven, Conn.
G 25 Daryl Edwards 5.8 1.3
6-3; 165; Jr.; Fresno, Calif.
G 4 Skylar Mays 11.7 3.8
6-4; 200; Soph.; Baton Rouge, La.
F 21 Aaron Epps 10.7 6.3
6-10; 214; Sr.; Ball, La.
F 1 Duop Reath 12.4 5.3
6-11; 244; Sr.; Perth, Australia

 

TEAM COMPARISON

GEORGIA LSU
70.8 Points per game 81.1
+5.4 Scoring margin +9.1
43.4 FG pct. 49.8
37.7 FG defense 43.3
32.2 3FG pct. 36.1
30.0 3FG defense 33.2
6.0 3FGs per game 8.4
70.9 FT pct. 74.3
16.6 FTs per game 14.1
+6.1 Rebound Margin +2.4
13.5 Assists per game 15.6
1.00 Assists-to-TOs 1.30
5.1 Blocks per game 3.6
4.6 Steals per game 7.6

 

The Starting 5…

 

  • In stats for SEC games, UGA leads the league in scoring defense (60.8) and FG defense (.332).
  • UGA was at No. 56 in Monday’s NCAA RPI, one of 12 SEC teams in the top-75.
  • Yante Maten currently leads the SEC in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg).
  • Yante Maten joined UGA’s career top-10 rebounders vs. GT and career top-10 scorers vs. Temple.
  • Juwan Parker, the only DI MBB player with a master’s, is 3rd on UGA’s career FT pct. leaders list.

 

Dogs Look To Bounce Back At LSU

Georgia returns to action on Tuesday at LSU, where the Bulldogs and Tigers will square off on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The contest begins a road-heavy portion of the Bulldogs’ slate, which features five of the next seven outings away from Athens.

Georgia arrives in Baton Rouge at 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

Yante Maten, who last Thursday was named to the 25-player Midseason Watch List for the Wooden Award, leads the SEC in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 19.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Maten has been a picture of consistency for the Bulldogs since the beginning of his sophomore year. Over the 79 games during that span, Maten has produced 71 double-digit scoring performances, with 30 20-point and five 30-point outings and 22 double-doubles.

Turtle Jackson provides a second a double-figure scoring average at 10.1 ppg. Jackson entered the year with two double-digit outputs in 66 games. He has 10 double-figure performances in 16 outings this season.

Georgia is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Bulldogs fell at Missouri last Wednesday before suffering their first home loss of the campaign on Saturday against South Carolina.

LSU also is 11-5 on the season but 2-2 in league action.

Tremont Waters paces a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Tigers at 16.9 ppg. He also leads the league in assists (6.1 apg) and steals (2.3 spg).

Entering Today’s Game Among UGA’s Career Leaders

Yante Maten is…

  • 64 points from No. 7 J.J. Frazier
  • 15 rebounds from No. 7 Chris Daniels
  • 90 rebounds from No. 6 Lavon Mercer
  • 32 FTs from No. 4 J.J. Frazier
  • 1 FTA from No. 5 Charles Claxton
  • 12 FTAs from No. 4 Sundiata Gaines
  • 163 FTAs from No. 3 Alec Kessler
  • 76 blocks from No. 2 Charles Claxton

 

Series History With Tigers

LSU sports a 64-45 edge in the all-time series with Georgia, including a 35-14 advantage in Baton Rouge.

Last season in Athens, J.J. Frazier hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining to lead Bulldogs over LSU, 82-80.

The Bulldogs opened up a 33-16 lead with just over eight minutes left in the first half, but LSU chipped that margin down seven at the intermission.

The Tigers eventually tied the game at 69-69 with 6:21 remaining, but Georgia surged back to a 77-71 lead moments later.

A 9-0 LSU run gave the Tigers an 80-77 edge with 52 seconds left before Frazier took charge. He then took the ball the length of the court, drove the lane and passed the ball to Derek Ogbeide, who laid it in and make the score 80-79. LSU grabbed two offensive rebounds on the next possession, but could not finish at the basket.

Frazier collected an inbounds pass with 6.7 seconds left and was fouled on a drive. His free throws gave Georgia the lead with just under two seconds remaining.

In UGA’s last trip to Baton Rouge two seasons ago, Georgia’s last-minute comeback came up short in an 89-85 loss.

The Tigers led much of the first half with their largest margin at 18-9 before Georgia chipped away and eventually trailed 33-30 at the break.

Georgia trailed by 11 with 50 seconds remaining when things heated up. Frazier started the rally with a layup and – after an LSU free throw – hit a 3-pointer. Charles Mann stole the ensuing inbounds pass and scored to cut the margin to 83-78.

Another LSU free throw was followed by a pair of free throws by Mann to make it a four-point game. The Tigers missed two free throws with 28 seconds left before another Frazier 3-pointer cut the gap to 84-83 with 23 ticks remaining.

LSU converted two free throws, but Frazier matched those points with a layup at the 16-second mark. Keith Hornsby then made one of two free throws, giving Georgia the ball down two with 13 seconds remaining.

E’Torrion Wilridge‘s potential game-tying jumper rimmed out with four seconds left.

Last Time Out

South Carolina gained an early lead and held off continuous Georgia rallies en route to a 64-57 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Yante Maten led all scorers with 25 points.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 9-2 lead less than three minutes in and made that margin stand up.

South Carolina led by eight at halftime before the Bulldogs opened the second period with a 10-2 run to knot the score at 39-39.

Georgia tied the game again at 49-49 with 3:37 left before a Frank Booker 3-point ignited a decisive 10-1 surge.

Ratin’ Maten A Popular Task

Preseason recognition was consistent and plentiful for Yante Maten.

Maten was ranked as one of the nation’s top-25 players by three different online ledgers during the preseason. CBSsports.com put him No. 22, ESPN.com listed him No. 23 and NBCsports.com tabbed him 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 watch lists for the Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Naismith Trophy.

He also received preseason All-America recognition. Jay Bilas, in an obvious plot to prove he’s the nation’s wisest college hoops analyst, included Maten on his first-team. Among others, he also earned All-America props from the Blue Ribbon Yearbook (third team), www.collegesportsmadness.com (fourth team) and NBCsports.com (honorable mention).

SEC Strong In NCAA RPI

Georgia and LSU are among a slew of SEC teams with NCAA aspirations. And those hopes are very well warranted.

The league is extremely well represented in the NCAA’s RPI.

In Monday’s edition of the RPI, no less than a dozen SEC teams were featured in the top-75, including Georgia at No. 56 and LSU at No. 65.

Dogs Turning Up The ‘D’

Georgia has traditionally been one of the SEC’s – if not the nation’s – most consistent defensive teams under Mark Fox.

Georgia finished in the SEC’s top-3 in field goal percentage defense – both overall and in SEC action – during five of Fox’s first eight seasons in Athens. The Bulldogs led the league in stats for SEC games only during both 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Early this season, Georgia was certainly not living up to those lofty standards. In non-conference play, the Dogs ranked sixth in scoring defense (67.5 ppg) and FG defense (.397).

In stats for league games only, Georgia currently leads the SEC in scoring defense (60.8) and field goal defense (.332). Overall, the Dogs also now lead the league in FG defense (.377) and are No. 3 in scoring defense (65.4).

The Bulldogs held No. 16 Kentucky to 66 points and Ole Miss to 60, each team’s second-lowest point production of the season. Georgia then kept Alabama to a season-low 46 points. The Bulldogs held South Carolina (.271) and Alabama (.298) to the two lowest shooting percentages in SEC games to date.

Parker Checks Off Another Item

Juwan Parker has enjoyed an extremely productive five years in Athens.

The redshirt senior from Tulsa earned his bachelor’s degree in two and a half years, received his master’s last summer and – perhaps most importantly – became engaged to Aliyah Johnson, an All-American jumper for the UGA track & field team, last fall.

Parker produced the best outing of his Georgia career on Jan. 3 against Ole Miss, when career-high outputs of 18 points and 11 boards supplied him with his first career double-double.

Parker did much of his damage from 3-point range. He made more 3s against the Rebels (four) than he did in the first 12 games combined (three). Parker was 4-of-4 from behind the arc and scored three more points after being fouled on another attempt there.

Harris, Ogbeide Tally Too

In addition to Juwan Parker‘s career-high 18 points against Ole Miss, Derek Ogbeide and Jordan Harrisnotched season-high outputs of 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Bulldogs’ Bench Producing

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 11 of 16 outings.

Georgia’s bench finished 2016-17 with a -95 scoring margin.

This year, the Bulldogs are +61, a massive swing of 156 points.

SEC Hoops Moving Forward

The SEC has certainly continued its upwardly trending national reputation.

That increased respect was front and center at the end of last season.

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 had nine teams receive NCAA bids) for the most wins during “March Madness” with 11.

Three league schools reached the “Elite Eight” round of the tournament, including an All-SEC East Regional final between South Carolina and Florida.

In the Jan. 15 edition of the NCAA RPI, 13 of 14 teams were in the top-100. Four teams were in the top-25, four more in the top-40 and four more in the top-75.

This Turtle Starting Quickly

William “Turtle” Jackson entered the season with two double-digit scoring performances in 66 games played at Georgia.

He has done so in 10 outings during the 2017-18 campaign.

Jackson produced a quartet of career-high scoring outputs in the first five games (from 10 points entering the season to 11 to 13 to 16 to 17). In fact, he reached double figures in the scoring column in the first half alone of the first two games.

Jackson had 11 points – all in the first half – against Bryant.

Against USC Upstate, Jackson scored first-half 10 points and added three more following 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 from 2.8 ppg entering the season to 10.1 ppg, Jackson continues to do much of his damage from behind the 3-point arc.

This season, 29 of his 59 made field goals (54.7 percent) have been 3-pointers. For his career, 57.0 percent (65-of-114) of Jackson’s makes from the floor have been 3s.

Maten Earns SEC Accolade

Yante Maten was named the SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 26, after leading Georgia to decisive victories over Georgia Tech and Temple. The senior forward from Pontiac, Mich., averaged 27.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while connecting on 56.7 percent of his shots from the floor in those contests.

Those performances had historic implications. Maten joined Georgia’s top-10 career rebounding leaders in the outing against Tech and then ascended into the Bulldogs’ top-10 career scoring leaders versus the Owls. Maten is one of only four Bulldogs included on both of UGA’s career top-10 ledgers for points and rebounds.

The performance against Temple represented Maten’s third 30-point, 10+ rebound outing of his career. Since 1996-97, Bulldogs have posted six such performances – three by Maten and one each by Trey Thompkins, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jumaine Jones.

The SEC Player of the Week recognition is Maten’s second of his career. He also was honored on Jan. 2 last season.

Crump’s Career Night Lifts Dogs

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.

Crump 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.

Much like Turtle Jackson, Crump has done most of his damage from 3-point range. This season, 17 of his 26 makes (65.4 percent) from the floor have been 3-pointers. In his career at Georgia, 36-of-59 field goals (61.0 percent) are trifectas.

Dogs Go Viral…In A Bad Way

Georgia played through a stomach ailment that plagued 11 of 15 players on the Bulldogs’ roster during the Wooden Legacy.

The illness originally hit around 2:00 a.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 24 following the win over Cal State Fullerton. About half the team, including multiple starters, were among the original group. Even more became ill after the San Diego State game.

Georgia entered its matchup with Saint Mary’s with five unaffected players; however, 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.”

Parker Heats Up In Cali

Redshirt senior Juwan Parker put together three solid outings over the Thanksgiving holiday 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.

Hammonds Gets Nod For Opener

Rayshaun Hammonds became the first freshman to start the opener for Georgia since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 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.

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, had 15 points in his debut vs. Wofford.

While Hammonds became the first freshman to start an opener in six years, freshman starters is nothing new under Mark Fox.

Six members of 10 returning letterwinners also started as freshmen – seniors Yante Maten and Juwan Parker; juniors Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide; and sophomores Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris.

Foxes Donate Almost $20K

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.

The Foxes contributed $18,976 to those groups ($9,488 to each). 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.

Mark Fox announced their effort in an Oct. 12 tweet.

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.”

Bulldogs Are HomeGrown

More than half of Georgia’s ros­ter played high school hoops in the Peach State – Tyree Crump(Bainbridge High School), Rayshaun Hammonds (Norcross High School), Jordan Harriss (Seminole County High School), Christian Harri­son (Woodward Academy), Teshaun Hightower (Collins Hill High School), “Turtle” Jack­son (Athens Christian), Connor O’Neill (Blessed Trinity High School) and Derek Ogbeide(Pebblebrook High School).

More In-State Dogs On The Way

Amanze Ngumezi and JoJo Toppin signed letters-of-intent to play for Georgia, Mark Fox announced on Thursday, Nov. 16.

“We are excited to add Amanze and JoJo to our team as they add legitimate SEC size and athleticism for their respective positions,” Fox said. “Amanze provides us a big and explosive front line player who also has great ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. JoJo is a quick slasher who is very athletic at the rim. Together, they address the needs that will be created when this senior class departs.”.

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.

Dogs Debut Renewed Stegeman

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.

Center-hung scoreboard

  • 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