The Dawgs come in winners of 5 in a row including 3 road wins @ A&M, SC Lite, and UTK. Granted, they didn't beat much of anyone on this 5 game stretch, but being that they were putrid to start the season (losses to Iona, Youngstown St, USF, GA Tech) it seems like they have found their groove. Don't expect an offensive explosion tonight as we will see 2 teams that can't throw it in the ocean from the edge of the beach.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averages 17.7 a game which is more than double the next scorer (Nemanja Djurisic). Pope is 46/38% FG/3pt FG so we need to watch him.
Djurisic has been coming off the bench, but pulling in 25+ MPG so he's on the court a lot. I'm not sure why as he's neither a real offensive threat or a defensive presence, but maybe he's their Andrew Steele and they play better when he's in there.
Donte' Williams is an inside presence that could present problems for Gueye and Jacobs. He's only averaging a little over 5 a game, but he is talented and with our issues inside he could be one to watch as well.
Charles Mann is their PG that shoots 3s as well as he shoots 2s. The problem is both are under 36%. Still, he has been playing better the last month (again not saying much looking at the competition). He's been coming off the bench recently so that might have something to do with it.
- 59.7 PPG
- .422 FG
- .355 3pt FG
- 15.3 turnover/game
Their frontcourt worries me. I suspect they will dominate us inside and get Gueye to foul out early leaving Nick "Defense is a 4 letter word" Jacobs in there more than we like. We really need to find that stroke from the outside again to win tonight. Otherwise, I think we come up short to the tune of 21-17 UGA.
I checked the over on this game and it's 112. I don't think this game gets there unless it goes to double OT. If you live in GA and want to buy a last minute ticket, UGA is running $8 tickets specials. Or you can look to stubhub. I normally go to this game, but the late start and being a work day makes it a bit much to overcome.
Game time is 9PM EST on ESPNU and watchespn.com