With their next three games at home, starting with a visit from Tennessee, the Bulldogs have the opportunity to make a major move in the SEC Eastern Division race, especially if they can replicate their performance against the Rebels.
Whether it was a bounce pass to a cutter for a backdoor layup or a kickout pass for an open three-pointer, the Bulldogs put on a clinic on how to run an offense.
They recorded 26 assists on their 33 field goals and shot 63.5 percent from the field. Five players scored in double figures.
"We're a balanced offensive club when we are moving the ball well and sharing the ball well," coach Mark Fox said. "I thought Trey Thompkins got everybody involved early with some key assists. Once we started hitting shots, it was contagious."
Georgia improved to 13-3 overall and to 2-1 in the SEC entering the week. After hosting the Volunteers, the Bulldogs get Mississippi State and then Florida in Athens before going back on the road to face Kentucky to finish the month of January.
--Through 16 games, Georgia had four players averaging right about the 30-minute mark in playing time per game topped by junior G Dustin Ware's 31.2 average. Junior G Gerald Robinson is right behind at 31.1 followed by junior F Trey Thompkins at 30.1 and junior F Travis Leslie at 30.0. The fifth starter, senior F Jeremy Price, logs 21.0 minutes per appearance. That doesn't leave a whole lot of minutes for those coming off the bench, but four reserves are averaging in double digits per game.
--All five starters scored in double figures in the win over Ole Miss, the first time the Bulldogs have managed that this season. They had four players in double figures in their win over Saint Louis back in November.
--Shooting pretty much has told the story for the Bulldogs. In their three losses, they have shot only 39.2 percent from the field. In their 13 victories, they have shot 48.8 percent.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- The number of games in which Georgia has hit 50 percent or better from the field after the season-high 63.5 percent effort against Ole Miss.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm pleased with how we've dealt with adversity this week. We've had bad weather here and spent a lot of time on buses between Nashville and Oxford. I'm proud of what these players got done today." -- Coach Mark Fox, after Georgia managed a split of back-to-back road games at Vanderbilt and at Ole Miss.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
--vs. Tennessee, Jan. 18
KEY MATCHUPS: The Vols have struggled since their impressive win over Pittsburgh back in December but still have a strong one-two scoring punch in junior G Scotty Hopson and freshman F Tobias Harris. The Vols also may have regained some confidence with their comeback win over Vanderbilt in their last outing. Coach Bruce Pearl will still be serving his suspension and won't be on the bench for the Vols.
--vs. Mississippi State, Jan. 22
KEY MATCHUPS: With F Renardo Sydney and G Dee Bost finally in the lineup, State is a much different team from the club that struggled through the season's first two months. At 6-10, 270, Sydney is a force up front but can also drift out to hit the mid-range jumper. Bost will challenge Georgia's Gerald Robinson at the point.
FUTURES MARKET: G Gerald Robinson leads Georgia in assists with 70 through the first 16 games, but former PG Dustin Ware hasn't forgotten how to distribute the ball. He has 13 assists, nine coming against Ole Miss, without a turnover in the last two games, giving him 59 assists on the season.
--Senior F/C Chris Barnes left the team during its trip to Ole Miss so he could attend funeral services for his grandmother in Miami.
--Junior F Trey Thompkins bounced back from a subpar scoring night at Vanderbilt (5-of-14, 13 points) to go 9-of-16 from the field and score 21 points at Ole Miss. He also had a season-high four assists.
--Junior G Gerald Robinson has gained his shooting touch from the perimeter. He was 6-of-11 from behind the arc against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. In his previous 10 games, he had no more than one trey in any game and was a combined 6-of-27 on threes.