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Nov. 22, 2014

GRADING THE BULLDOGS - Full Story

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Aaron Murray immediately fired off a text to his father seconds after Todd Gurley went to the ground on his final carry against Auburn with what was later proven to be a season-ending knee injury. - Full Story

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Nov. 21, 2014

Georgia senior forward Marcus Thornton threw down his third transition dunk of the night still with more than 12 minutes to play in the Bulldogs’ matchup with Troy Friday. - Full Story

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On 306 occasions in his career, Amarlo Herrera has met the ball carrier and won the battle. - Full Story

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Nov. 20, 2014

Regaining the type of defensive play that had Georgia ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage allowed last season is a goal that starts tonight against Troy, according to coach Mark Fox.

The Bulldogs (1-1) tipoff against the Trojans (1-1) at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum after defeating Stony Brook earlier this week in a game that saw the Bulldogs perform inconsistently on the defensive end of the floor.

“We can’t guard anybody right now to the level that we need to to win in this league,” Fox said. “I’m not going to say our defense is a catastrophe because it’s not that. But it’s not where it needs to be.”

The Bulldogs allowed two Georgia Tech players post 20-plus points in the season-opening loss. That was followed by Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy pouring in 21 before halftime on Tuesday. Georgia made the necessary adjustments, mostly by switching to a zone defense, to secure the win.

That’s not a move Fox wants his team to become comfortable making, though.

“The other night the zone was effective for us, but we went to the zone because our man-to-man defense was terrible. No other way to put it — terrible.”

Georgia finished second in the conference last season thanks in large part to stellar defensive play. The Bulldogs held opponents to 40 percent from the field and only 31 percent on 3-point attempts.

Fox pointed out that last season’s defensive performance weren’t that great to start off with either. He said the lack of knowledge on opponents this early in the season is partly to blame.

“It’s a guess as to how (opponents are) really trying to play,” he said. “That’s only a small part of it. You still have to have a guy that is committed to really being a good defender.”

In contrast, five Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring versus Stony Brook and seven players had at least eight points.
That kind of offensive balance and production, boosted by 43 free throw attempts and 14 assists, was encouraging to sophomore guard Jawon Parker.

“It was so fun spreading the ball out and everybody scoring,” he said. “That’s the best way to play. It’s all just about getting into the system and making the offense work for us. If everybody is cutting hard, you’re going to get open shots and good looks for everybody and not just one or two guys.”

Troy enters having defeated Brewton Parkerlast week and falling to Ole Miss 74-64 on Monday.

The Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic Sunday and then resumes play in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 26 in New York City against Gonzaga in Madison Square Garden. - Full Story

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Regaining the type of defensive play that had Georgia ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage allowed last season is a goal that starts tonight against Troy, according to coach Mark Fox.

The Bulldogs (1-1) tipoff against the Trojans (1-1) at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum after defeating Stony Brook earlier this week in a game that saw the Bulldogs perform inconsistently on the defensive end of the floor.

“We can’t guard anybody right now to the level that we need to to win in this league,” Fox said. “I’m not going to say our defense is a catastrophe because it’s not that. But it’s not where it needs to be.”

The Bulldogs allowed two Georgia Tech players post 20-plus points in the season-opening loss. That was followed by Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy pouring in 21 before halftime on Tuesday. Georgia made the necessary adjustments, mostly by switching to a zone defense, to secure the win.

That’s not a move Fox wants his team to become comfortable making, though.

“The other night the zone was effective for us, but we went to the zone because our man-to-man defense was terrible. No other way to put it — terrible.”

Georgia finished second in the conference last season thanks in large part to stellar defensive play. The Bulldogs held opponents to 40 percent from the field and only 31 percent on 3-point attempts.

Fox pointed out that last season’s defensive performance weren’t that great to start off with either. He said the lack of knowledge on opponents this early in the season is partly to blame.

“It’s a guess as to how (opponents are) really trying to play,” he said. “That’s only a small part of it. You still have to have a guy that is committed to really being a good defender.”

In contrast, five Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring versus Stony Brook and seven players had at least eight points.
That kind of offensive balance and production, boosted by 43 free throw attempts and 14 assists, was encouraging to sophomore guard Jawon Parker.

“It was so fun spreading the ball out and everybody scoring,” he said. “That’s the best way to play. It’s all just about getting into the system and making the offense work for us. If everybody is cutting hard, you’re going to get open shots and good looks for everybody and not just one or two guys.”

Troy enters having defeated Brewton Parkerlast week and falling to Ole Miss 74-64 on Monday.

The Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic Sunday and then resumes play in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 26 in New York City against Gonzaga in Madison Square Garden. - Full Story

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Nov. 18, 2014

A balanced and consistent scoring output helped the Georgia basketball team post its first win of the season, outscoring Stony Brook 80-70 on Tuesday night in the Bulldogs opening NIT Season Tipoff matchup.   
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A balanced and consistent scoring output helped the Georgia basketball team post its first win of the season, outscoring Stony Brook 80-70 on Tuesday night in the Bulldogs opening NIT Season Tipoff matchup. - Full Story

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Nov. 16, 2014

It had been 42 days — after a blowout of Vandy and 163 yards rushing by college football’s best player —  since we’d heard Todd Gurley’s voice.  - Full Story

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What happened: No. 15 Georgia was better in every facet of the game Saturday night, defeating No. 9 Auburn 34-7 in Todd Gurley's return from suspension.  - Full Story

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Nov. 14, 2014

Andy Landers knew exactly who to credit for the way the Lady Bulldogs opened the game and the second half of Friday’s season-opening 68-36 win against Morgan State. With four starters and six additional members returning from last year’s NCAA squad, Landers was pleased with his team’s leadership. “Our veterans look like veterans,” Landers said. […] - Full Story

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Andy Landers knew exactly who to credit for the way the Lady Bulldogs opened the game and the second half of Friday’s season-opening 68-36 win against Morgan State. - Full Story

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Nov. 13, 2014

Is opening the season on the road against a chief rival an ideal scenario for the Georgia basketball team?

With the Bulldogs headed to Atlanta for tonight’s season-opener looking for their first win against Georgia Tech since 2010, the answer varies.

“It tests your competitive nature right out of the gate,” sophomore Juwan Parker said. “You’re not playing a small school, so coming out and playing a rival is a good thing I think.”

Said coach Mark Fox: “Opening on the road is probably not ideal. No coach is excited about that.”

What all involved can agree on — defeating an opponent from a major conference could pay off come NCAA Tournament selection time. And beating Tech is always sweet.

“This is a game that will hopefully get our guy’s attention because to open on the road against a good team, you’re going to have to be ready to go,” Fox said.

The good news is, junior guard and second-leading returning scorer Kenny Gaines is expected to play tonight after missing nearly a month of practice due to illness. As to how much Gaines will be available, Fox said he’s unsure. That’s just one question the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets face heading into the matchup.

“First game of the year is hard because you don’t know much,” Fox said. “You really don’t know much about how they’re going to play and the tendencies of their players are. There’s a lot of unknowns as you go into that first game, so there’s a lot of challenges.”

The Bulldogs trailed at halftime before winning last week’s exhibition against Georgia Southwestern. Freshman forward Yante Maten posted 10 points, 12 rebounds and four assists — all team highs — but gave himself a D-plus after watching the tape a day later.

“I think I gave him a little higher than that,” Fox said. “… He has high expectations for himself and he’s a good player. He really is. His approach is one of the reasons he’s going to be good because he’s really driven to high standards.”

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Detroit native said his defense, rebounding and positioning all must improve to earn better grades. Tonight’s opener, he said, is a good chance to compare himself to players at the college level.

“It will be a good eye-opener for me to see what the regular college athlete is like at this level,” he said. “It will be a pretty good experience. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Maten’s progression will be critical to reaching that NCAA goal. So will Parker’s, who can play both small forward and guard and had 10 points in the exhibition.

“I feel like I’ve matured more, just become smarter,” Parker said. “I don’t have any personal goals, just to be a better player every game.”

Of course, Charles Mann should help alleviate some of the Bulldogs’ lineup concerns and growing pains. Mann, a junior and the Bulldogs returning leading scorer, was voted first-team All-SEC by the coaches on Thursday. He admits he spent much of his idle thoughts in the offseason thinking about the NCAA Tournament. It’s been three seasons since Georgia reached the Big Dance, an absence that Mann says bothered him while watching film of teams and players that reached the field of 68 last season.

“That’s every college basketball player’s goal,” Mann said. “If we don’t take care of what we have to do today and tomorrow that won’t be possible to get there.” - Full Story

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Nov. 12, 2014

One was a can’t-lose local star, the other a much-needed Texan.  - Full Story

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Nov. 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. | With nine minutes still remaining in Georgia’s game at Kentucky Saturday, Mike Bobo casually strolled through the press box at Commonwealth Stadium. You could call it a victory lap. The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator no longer exuded any intensity. He was calm, relaxed — a clear tip to a job-supremely-done feeling he surely […] - Full Story

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Grading the Bulldogs What happened No. 17 Georgia’s offense scored seven touchdowns and Isaiah McKenzie added two more on returns as the Bulldogs overpowered Kentucky 63-31 in their final SEC East matchup of the season. What it means The Bulldogs rebounded after last week’s letdown loss to Florida and are still alive in the race […] - Full Story

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GRADING THE BULLDOGS - Full Story

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Nov. 6, 2014

Georgia trailed at halftime, but coach Mark Fox stuck to his plan by playing every player as much as possible in Thursday night’s exhibition against Georgia Southwestern. The Bulldogs eventually pulled ahead by as many as 13 points after the break and held on to win 65-61 after a flurry of late 3-pointers by the […] - Full Story

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Nov. 5, 2014

The Bulldogs basketball team hosts an exhibition Thursday against Georgia Southwestern in Stegeman Coliseum at 7 p.m. While the game doesn’t officially count and the outcome shouldn’t be in doubt, here are four things to watch as Mark Fox and his team gears up for next week’s season opener at Georgia Tech.  - Full Story

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Nov. 4, 2014

Greg McGarity expected a rare chance to head home early after meeting with UGA president Jere Morehead on an afternoon in early October.  - Full Story

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QB Hutson Mason DL Toby Johnson WR Michael Bennett - Full Story

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Nov. 2, 2014

While Georgia’s 38-20 loss to Florida Saturday in Jacksonville sent many fans into finger-pointing mode on social media networks and message boards, coach Mark Richt said choosing captains for this week’s game against Kentucky won’t be difficult. Richt indicated during his Sunday teleconference with the press he’s not upset with his players. “You know what, […] - Full Story

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Mark Richt DC Jeremy Pruitt QB Hutson Mason RB Nick Chubb - Full Story

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Nov. 1, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., | Georgia entered EverBank Field Saturday the Wolf of the SEC Eastern Division, on track for the Georgia Dome with ambitions aided by regaining star Todd Gurley in a few weeks to strengthen an already great shot at making the first college football playoff. Florida showed up as the Rabbit, the losers of […] - Full Story

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., | Georgia entered EverBank Field Saturday the Wolf of the SEC Eastern Division, on track for the Georgia Dome with ambitions aided by regaining star Todd Gurley in a few weeks to strengthen an already great shot at making the first college football playoff. - Full Story

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