Charles Mann was not the scoring power that he needs to be. Which is fine with Marcus Thornton, Nemanja Djurisic, Kenny Gaines, Yante Maten and Cameron Forte all making up for his off performance by scoring in the double digits. But fine isn’t going to get the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament.
And if he is going to carve an identity on the defense by pulling down seven defensive boards, Mann has to improve his ball security. In the second period, it was pretty hard to feel confident with the ball in Mann’s hands.
Not a feeling you want to have involving a starting guard.
The highlight of the night for the Bulldogs was senior Marcus Thornton. The starting forward worked a double-double posting up 16 points and pulled down 16 boards. He leads the team in scoring this season and is fifth in the SEC in rebounds per game (7.2).
Though Thornton didn’t quite manage the team-high 19 points that Gaines did, he evaded fouling out, an issue that kept both Gaines and Djurisic on the bench during overtime.
One critique of Thornton could be that had the lowest free throw percentage, only being 4-9 from the line. That's an area of weakness for the senior as he has the lowest FT% (.592) of the usual Georgia starters this season.
Finding a way to lose
Georgia has a lot of potential this year. And has really created a lot of hype around this team.
And yet somehow, they are very good at finding a way to not win.
Come on. Djurisic cannot miss that wide open 3-pointer in the last minute of regulation. It would’ve saved a lot of heartache, and possibly 10 minutes of basketball, had he made that shot.
While there is an argument to be made for Tuesday’s game against Arkansas being a well-played game until the end of the second period, Saturday’s game was a bad loss.
Even if they had won—and hypotheticals are a silly game—it wouldn’t have been a great win.
J.J. Frazier and Mann both had off nights, but there’s no use in pointing fingers. It’s still early in conference play and Georgia has to figure out a way to win important games with the balanced-scoring approach they have recently adopted.