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UGA Hosts Furman: News and Notes

ATHENS - UGA gets ready for its third basketball game in seven days - this time against Furman.

Georgia Basketball Game Notes

Georgia (1-1) vs. Furman (1-1) 

Thursday, November 17 at Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)

TV: SEC Network (Mike Morgan, PBP; Jarvis Hayes, Color)

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG (Scott Howard, PBP; Chuck Dowdle, Color; Tony Schiavone, Producer) Flagships: AM 960 The Ref (Athens); FM 103.7 (Atlanta)

Starting Five

• UGA leads the series with FU, 22-4, including a 13-1 record in Athens and, most recently, a 64-50 win on Dec. 23, 2011.

• J.J. Frazier became UGA’s 47th 1,000-point scorer against UNC Asheville. Frazier moved up to No. 42 among UGA’s career scoring leaders and is within 18 points of No. 38.

• Mark Fox collected his 250th career win with UGA’s victory over UNC Asheville.

• “Turtle” Jackson made his first career start in UGA’s win over UNC Asheville.

• UGA has hit the 20-win plateau the past three years, the second time in 111 seasons of basketball that the Bulldogs have done so. Mark Fox is the first coach to lead UGA to three-straight 20-win efforts. 

Dogs Face Third Straight “I-85” Foe

For the third time in less than a week, I-85 will serve as the route of choice for Georgia’s matchup on the hardwood. The Bulldogs host Furman at Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday evening in a 7 p.m. contest.

Last Friday, the Bulldogs traveled up I-85 just across the state line to face Clemson in their regular-season opener. This week, UNC Asheville and Furman also utilized the interstate that stretches from Virginia to Alabama to arrive in Athens.

The date with the Paladins is the second of four games for Georgia that are part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Bulldogs bested UNC Asheville on Monday in their first CBE outing and will travel to Kansas City for two more games next week. There Georgia will face George Washington, the 2016 NIT Champions, on Monday and then meet either Kansas or UAB on Tuesday.

While Kansas – in Kansas City – is obviously the star attraction of the basketball, Georgia will shine brightest in K.C. on Friday night. That’s when former coach Hugh Durham and Dominique Wilkins will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Durham and Wilkins, who helped take Georgia Basketball to many of its highest highs, represent one-quarter of this year’s class of inductees.

The Bulldogs enter Thursday’s game withFurman with a 1-1 record on the season. 

Yante Maten leads Georgia statistically averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. J.J. Frazier, who became the 47th Bulldog to reach 1,000 career points during the UNC Asheville game, is chipping in 14.5 points and 5.5 assists.

Furman also is 1-1 and coming off an impressive 84-74 road win at UAB on Monday, where all five starters produced double-digit efforts in the scoring column. 

Four Paladins are averaging double figures on the young season, paced by Devin Sibley and Daniel Fowler with at 19.5 and 18.5 points per game, respectively.

Furman’s trek to UAB also was part of the CBE Classic. Though the Paladins will not travel to Kansas City, their CBE slate also includes a game with UNC Asheville next Tuesday.

Keeping An Eye On…Among UGA’s Career Leaders

J.J. Frazier is...

• 1 point from No. 41 Bob Schloss

• 11 points from No. 40 Chris Daniels

• 14 points from No. 39 Jarvis Hayes

• 18 points from No. 38 Gerald Crosby

• 19 3FGs from No. 9 Jody Patton

• 24 3FGAs from No. 10 Ray Harrison

• 7 FTs from No. 14 Charles Claxton

Yante Maten is...

• 6 blocks from No. 10 Trey Thompkins

• 8 blocks from No. 9 Chris Daniels

• 9 blocks from No. 8 Marcus Thornton

• 11 blocks from No. 7 Willie Anderson

Series History With Furman 

Georgia enters tonight’s matchup with a 22-4 edge in the all-time series with Furman, including a 13-1 mark in Athens.

The Bulldogs and Paladins last met on Dec. 23, 2011, a 64-50 win at Stegeman Coliseum in Mark Fox’s third season at UGA.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points to lead four Bulldogs in double digits in the victory. Gerald Robinson added 13 points, Dustin Ware contributed 11 and Donte’ Williams chipped in 10 for Georgia. 

Georgia never trailed, opened up a double-figure lead late in the first half and pushed that margin to 19 points midway through the second stanza.

Last Time Out 

J.J. Frazier scored his 1000th career point and Mark Fox earned his 250th career win as Georgia defeated UNC Asheville, 60-46, in its home opener Monday night.

Yante Maten (19 points) and Frazier (18 points) led the way offensively for Georgia.

“That was a hard fought game,” said Fox. “Obviously UNC Asheville was a tournament team last year, (and is) a team that knows how to play. We were very concerned about our ability to defend them, so at the end of the night, I was really pleased with how we did defend. It was a good win.”

Georgia, which did not trail at any point in the game, notched assists on 17 of its 22 made field goals in the game. 

The Bulldogs ended the first period by holding UNC Asheville scoreless for the final 3:12, and in that time, Frazier and Maten each knocked down shots from 3-point range. Georgia continued to extend its lead in the second half, allowing UNC Asheville to score just 20 points in the period.  

Fox Garners Career Victory No. 250

Mark Fox notched his 250th win in 13 seasons as a head coach with Monday’s victory over UNC Asheville.

Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada from 2004-09. He was 127-104 in his eighth  campaign in Athens when the Bulldogs topped UNC Asheville on Nov. 14. 

All told, Fox has produced nine 20-win teams and advanced to the postseason nine times – including four occasions at Georgia – during his head coaching career.

Frazier Joins Millennium Club

J.J. Frazier knocked down a 3-pointer with 17:57 left in the first half against UNC Asheville and in the process became Georgia’s 47th 1,000-point career scorer.

“I’ve been here four years,” Frazier joked, “I should have gotten it eventually.”

After scoring 415 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons combined, Frazier poured in 573 points a year ago. That represented the 15th-best single-season tally in Georgia Basketball history.

Frazier didn’t only score points last season. He also dished out 151 assists, the fifth-most in Georgia annals. Combine Frazier’s 573 points and the bare minimum of 302 points via his assists, and he had an immediate hand in 875 of the Bulldogs’ 2401 points a year ago. That’s 36.4 percent of UGA’s offensive output on the season.

Bulldogs have been reaching the millennium mark at a steady clip over the past few seasons. During Mark Fox’s first seven seasons, six Georgia players topped 1,000 points – Charles Mann (1,411 points), Trey Thompkins (1,396), Kenny Gaines (1,324), Nemi Djurisic (1,123), Travis Leslie (1,099) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1,013).

Frazier finished the game with 18 points, upping his career total to 1,017 points. That pushed him all the way to No. 42 among Georgia’s career scoring leaders.

Frazier enters the Furman game within striking distance of four more Bulldogs, including the current No. 39 Jarvis Hayes. Frazier is 14 points shy of Hayes’ tally of 1,031 points (in two seasons at Georgia).

Maten May Make Mark, Too 

With a season similar to 2015-16, Yante Maten also could join the list of 1,000-point Bulldogs this winter. 

Maten began the year with 722 points, with 562 of those – No. 18 season total in UGA history – coming during 2015-16. 

Maten now has 38 points this season and 760 during his career, 240 shy of 1,000.

Wilkins, Durham Set For Induction 

Dominique Wilkins, who served as color analyst for last Friday’s telecast of the Georgia-Clemson contest, and his former coach Hugh Durham will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday in Kansas City. 

The Clemson contest was the first time Wilkins called a collegiate game.

“If it hadn’t been Georgia, I probably wouldn’t have done it, to be honest with you,” Wilkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I can’t tell you what that university means to me personally, so anytime I can engage and show my face and show my appreciation I want to do it.”

Known as the “Human Highlight Film,” Wilkins arrived in Athens in 1979 and helped take the Bulldogs to new heights. He led UGA to its first postseason bid of any kind with a bid to the 1981 NIT and returned to reach the 1982 NIT semifinals. Wilkins was 1981 SEC Player of the Year and also earned All-America recognition in 1981 and 1982.

A 2006 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, Wilkins left Georgia following three seasons to enter the NBA Draft. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft and played the majority of his 15 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Wilkins won the NBA scoring title in 1986 (30.3 ppg) and was a nine-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection.

Durham is Georgia Basketball’s winningest coach and also led Georgia to the Final Four in its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1983. The Bulldogs were the “other Cinderella” of the 1983 NCAAs, defeating St. John’s and North Carolina to win the East Regional before falling to eventual champion N.C. State in the semifinals in Albuquerque. 

Prior to Durham, Georgia had never earned a postseason bid of any kind. The Bulldogs reached postseason play 11 times during his 17 seasons. Durham was named SEC Coach of the Year three times (1985, 1987, 1990) and led UGA to both its first SEC Tournament title in 1983 and only SEC Championship in 1990.

All told, Durham posted 633 career victories in 37 seasons, with 230 at Florida State from 1967-78, 297 at Georgia from 1979-95 and 106 at Jacksonville from 1998-2005. 

“I am so excited for both Coach Durham and Dominique on the announcement of their induction into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” Mark Fox said. “It is very meaningful as we work to enrich our tradition, that those who came before us are recognized for their accomplishments. They both have been great assets to me as we rebuilt our program. We are so proud that everyone will now be able to recognize their greatness and their contributions in the college hall of fame.”

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 also includes players Mark Aguirre (DePaul), Bob Boozer (Kansas State), Doug Collins (Illinois State), Lionel Simmons (La Salle) and Jamaal Wilkes (UCLA) and coach Mike Montgomery (Montana, Stanford and Cal).

Hayes Returns Behind The Mic 

Former Bulldog Jarvis Hayes will serve as color analyst for the SEC Network’s telecast of the Furman game.

In 2003, Hayes joined Dominique Wilkins to become just the second Bulldog to earn consensus first-team All-SEC honors two times. A native of Atlanta, Hayes and his twin brother, current Georgia assistant coach Jonas Hayes, played for the Bulldogs in the early 2000s.

The Hayes twins transferred to Georgia after playing at Western Carolina as freshmen.

Jarvis earned 2002 SEC Newcomer of the Year honors from the AP after averaging a league-best 18.6 points per game. Hayes again led the Bulldogs offensively in 2002-03, averaging 18.3 points per game. He reached 1,000 career points in just 55 games, six games quicker than UGA’s career scoring leader, and helped Georgia to on-court records of 22-10 – and a 2002 NCAA Tournament bid – and 19-8 during his two seasons.

Hayes was selected by the Washington Wizards with the No. 10 overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft and went on to play seven seasons with Washington, Detroit and New Jersey, as well as two seasons internationally in Italy and Romania.

Former Dog Now A Paladin

Jay McAuley, a familiar name and face for Bulldog fans, is an assistant coach on the Furman staff. McAuley was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 2002-06 and served as Georgia’s co-captain as a senior along with Dave Bliss.

A native of Marietta, Ga., and a graduate of Pope High School, McAuley won a roster spot at Georgia team through open tryouts conducted at the Ramsay Student Center. He kept his place in the program for the next four years as a walk-on while attending UGA on the state lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

McAuley’s value increased with each season. As a junior in 2005 he played in 17 of Georgia’s 28 games, starting consecutive contests against Clemson and Auburn. In the former game, injuries to a pair of teammates forced McAuley to play all 40 minutes.

McAuley was a graduate assistant at UGA, including the historic 2008 SEC Tournament title run, before becoming an assistant coach at Wofford for two seasons and Gardner-Webb for three campaigns. He joined the Furman staff in 2013.

Parker Productive In Return

Redshirt junior Juwan Parker has enjoyed a successful return to date after missing the entire 2015-16 season due to an Achilles injury.

Parker has started both games and scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Though obviously a small sample size, that’s Parker most boards and assists and second-most points in a two-game span during his career at Georgia. Previously, he scored 19 points in back-to-back games twice. Parker’s other previous best tallies were 12 rebounds (twice) and six assists (one time).

Parker started the first 14 games for Georgia’s 2015 NCAA Tournament team before suffering the Achilles injury. He did return to play limited minutes in four more contests that season but was out all of last year following surgery in the summer of 2015.

Turtle Gets His First Nod

Sophomore William “Turtle” Jackson secured his first collegiate start for Georgia’s matchup with UNC Asheville.

Jackson starred at Athens Christian School, where he was a four-time All-State performer and scored 2,275 points, before becoming Georgia Basketball’s first Athens-area signee in more than two decades.

Jackson and J.J. Frazier both started against UNC Asheville, giving the Bulldogs two point guards on the floor.

“He’s the most unselfish guy that we have,” Mark Fox said. “He’s not about himself... He cares mostly about winning.”

A Potent Inside-Outside Combo

The tandem of Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier provides Georgia with one of the college basketball’s most explosive inside-outside combinations. A year ago, Frazier and Maten averaged 16.9 and 16.5 points per game, respectively. That makes Frazier the SEC’s leading returning scorer and Maten the third-leading returnee from a year ago.

The combined average of 33.4 points per game Frazier and Maten produced makes them the fifth-best returning  inside-outside combination in Division I basketball. Frazier and Maten are the most balanced of those the top-10 duos.

Bulldogs Travel To Spain

Georgia got an early start to the 2016-17 season with a summer tour of Spain that included a trio of games against local competition. The Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record, winning by an average of 26.0 points per game. Associate head coach Philip Pearson and assistants Jonas Hayes and Yasir Rosemond served as head coaches on the trip.

Pearson led UGA in the first matchup, a 65-48 victory over the Madrid All-Stars. Yante Maten paced Georgia with 19 points, while Derek Ogbeide notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

Under Rosemond, the Bulldogs raced to a 118-70 win over the Valencia All-Stars. Mike Edwards led the team in scoring with 20 points. J.J. Frazier added 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and five assists. Freshman Jordan Harris chipped in 17 points. 

Georgia wrapped up the trip by beating the Barcelona All-Stars 96-72 under Hayes. Maten again led UGA in scoring with 23 points, and Tyree Crump contributed 20 points and four assists. Ogbeide, Edwards and Maten combined for 32 rebounds, with Ogbeide collecting his second double-double in Spain.

“The overseas trip was good for us,” Mark Fox said. “We have three new players and Juwan (Parker) coming off a medical redshirt. It was probably best for Juwan to knock some rust off. We felt like it was a real good experience for our team, but we’ll have to see how much when we start playing games.”

A Tough Slate Awaits Bulldogs

A year ago, Georgia played the nation’s third-toughest non-conference schedule. Comparative numbers from last season and 2016-17 indicate the Bulldogs will again face one of the most difficult non-conference ledgers.

The teams that comprised UGA’s 2015-16 non-conference schedule sported an average RPI of 115 during 2014-15. The 13 teams that the Bulldogs could face during the 2016-17 schedule averaged an RPI of 116 last season.

“We’ve always tried to schedule tough,” Mark Fox said. “We’ve always tried to challenge our team in non-league games because you have to establish a strength of schedule. And you won’t have quality wins unless you play quality teams. We have a long list of hard games, but with those challenges comes great opportunity.”

UGA In Midst Of Most SEC Success

Georgia has been winning within the SEC at the Bulldogs’ best rate ever. Over the past four seasons, UGA has:

• Posted four straight .500 or better league record – the first time in 84 seasons of SEC play UGA has done so;

• Notched three-straight double-figure SEC win totals – another program first;

• Posted its best-ever SEC win tallies over two-season (23), three-season (33) and four-season (42) spans.

Georgia finished 10-8 in SEC action last season. That followed a 11-7 mark when the Bulldogs tied for third in the SEC in 2014-15, a 12-6 record in 2013-14 when Georgia tied for second in the SEC and a 9-9 effort during 2012-13. 

A HomeGrown Roster

Nine of the 15 players on Georgia’s 2016-17 roster are products of Peach State prep basketball programs.

That list includes 14 active players – seniors J.J. Frazier (Faith Baptist Christian Academy), Houston Kessler (Landmark Christian School) and Brandon Young (Marist School); sophomores William “Turtle” Jackson (Athens Christian School), Connor O’Neill (Blessed Trinity Catholic High) and Derek Ogbeide (Pebblebrook High); and freshmen Tyree Crump (Bainbridge High) and Jordan Harris (Seminole County High).

In addition, Christian Harrison, a walk-on transfer from Troy who is sitting out this season, played at Woodward Academy.

Frazier, Maten On POY Watch List

 J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten both were named to the Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List in November. The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I basketball player who has played at least two seasons.

Georgia was the only team in the Southeastern Conference and one of only nine programs nationally to have two players featured on the watch list. The other schools with multiple players included were Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier.

There were five representative of the SEC on the 50-player list, which also featured Isaiah Briscoe from Kentucky, Tyler Davis from Texas A&M and Moses Kingsley from Arkansas.

The recipient of the 2017 Lute Olson Award will be announced at the awards banquet on April 31 in Phoenix, Arizona, site of the NCAA Final Four. Olson won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997. 

Hawks Return To Athens

For the fourth consecutive year, the Atlanta Hawks made the short trek to Athens and Georgia Basketball’s practice facility to open training camp in September. 

Georgia Basketball owns one of the nation’s largest practice facilities, a $30-million, 120,000-square-foot practice structure that opened in 2007. The Hawks had access to the adjacent practice gyms of the Georgia men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as the playing floor within Stegeman Coliseum and other facilities.

The Hawks have opened training camp in Athens each season since Mike Budenholzer, the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year, became head coach in 2013. 

“These are world-class facilities that are a great environment for our players to come in and focus on basketball,” Budenholzer said. “We love this facility. We love coming up to the University of Georgia. It feels like the right place for us to start our season.”

“I think the facilities here are spectacular,” said Dwight Howard. “Everything here is “A-1” – the practice facility, the main floor, the weight room – has been unbelievable. We wish we could stay longer.”

J.J. Almost Everywhere In SEC Stats

J.J. Frazier ranked among the SEC’s top-10 leaders in a league-high eight of 11 major statistical categories last season – the most of any league player.

Frazier was No. 5 in assist-to-TO ratio, No. 5 in steals, No. 7 in scoring, No. 7 in assists, No. 7 in free throw percentage, No. 7 in 3-point percentage, No. 8 in 3-pointers per game and No. 10 in minutes.

The only categories without Frazier listed were field goal percentage, rebounds and blocked shots.  

Maten Up For Mailman Award

Yante Maten has been named to the watch list for the 2017 Karl Malone Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top power forward by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award is named after Karl Malone, a 2010 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee. Malone led Louisiana Tech to the Sweet 16 of the 1985 NCAA Tournament. He went on to become a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and 11-time first-team All-NBA performer for the Utah Jazz. Malone scored 36,374 career points in the NBA, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the time of his enshrinement. He also won Gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, the first coming as a member of the original Dream Team.

The other players featured on the Watch List are Lauri Markkanen from Arizona, Johnathan Motley from Baylor, Ivan Rabb from Cal, Amile Jefferson from Duke, Jonathan Isaac from Florida State, Carlton Bragg, Jr, from Kansas, Dedric Lawson from Memphis, Miles Bridges from Michigan State, Isaiah Hicks from North Carolina, Bonzie Colson from Notre Dame, Michael Young from Pittsburgh, Caleb Swanigan from Purdue, Bennie Boatwright from Southern Cal, Tyler Lydon from Syracuse, TJ Leaf from UCLA, Alex Peters from Valparaiso, Kris Jenkins from Villanova and Austin Nichols from Virginia.

Potential History-Making Dogs

Of the hundreds of Georgia hoops alums that spanned the first century of play, only five could say that they played on three 20-game-winning squads: Larry Brown, Michael Chadwick, Ray Harrison, Jon Nordin and G.G. Smith.

Over the past two seasons alone, seven more Bulldogs have joined that fold: Marcus Thornton, Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann, Kenny Paul Geno, Houston Kessler, Brandon Young and J.J Frazier.

This year’s seniors could become the first UGA players to post four-consecutive 20-win efforts. They also may challenge Georgia’s winningest four-year period and the most wins by any Bulldogs ever.

Georgia’s most productive four-year span produced 83 wins from the 1994-95 through 1997-98 seasons. Interestingly, there were no four-year letterwinners during that stretch.

The most wins ever by a Bulldog is 82, the tally posted by Richard Corhen and Gerald Crosby while playing for UGA from 1981-82 through 1984-85.

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