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Georgia Basketball Game Notes

Georgia (7-3) vs. Georgia Tech (6-3)

Tuesay, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET

McCamish Pavilion (8,600) in Atlanta, Ga.

TV: ESPNU (Tom Hart, PBP; Jon Barry, Color)

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG (Scott Howard, PBP; Chuck Dowdle, Color; Tony Schiavone, Producer) Flagship: AM 750 (Atlanta)

The Starting Five

• GT leads the all-time series with, UGA, 105-87, including a 62-25 mark in true home games played on the GT campus.

• J.J. Frazier is No. 2 in career FT percentage in UGA history and would become the school record holder with three straight makes.

• Yante Maten, who ranks second in the SEC in scoring and rebounding, has a streak of 26 consecutive double-digit scoring outputs, with nine double-doubles during that span.

• J.J. Frazier became UGA’s 47th 1,000-point scorer vs. UNC Asheville on Nov. 14. Frazier has since moved up to No. 28 and is 38 points from No. 27 Jerry Waller. Yante Maten is 67 points away from 1,000.

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

Dogs Trek To Tech

The Georgia Bulldogs will make the 90-minute drive from Athens to Atlanta for a showdown with arch-rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday evening at McCamish Pavilion. The contest will tip at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Georgia enters the matchup sporting a 7-3 record following victories over UL Lafayette and Charleston Southern last week. 

Yante Maten enters the game riding a 25-game double-digit scoring streak. 

Maten grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against UL Lafayette and equaled his season-high scoring output of 30 points against Charleston Southern. (He also scored 30 versus No. 5 Kansas on Nov. 22).

Maten currently leads Georgia and ranks No. 2 in the SEC and No. 24 nationally in scoring at 21.5 ppg. He also is the top Dog, No. 2 in the SEC and No. 64 nationally in rebounding at 8.7 rpg. 

J.J. Frazier is contributing 14.4 ppg (No. 17 in the SEC). His team-high averages of 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals and per game are  fourth- and seventh-best in the SEC, respectively.

Maten, a junior forward, and Frazier, a senior guard, are one of the nation’s most potent inside-outside tandems. Last season, Frazier averaged 16.9 ppg and Maten contributed 16.5 ppg. Individually, that made them the first- and third-leading returning scorers in the SEC. Together, they were the fifth-best forward-guard scoring duo returning to Division I basketball for 2016-17.

Tech upped its record to 6-3 with a Sunday win over Alcorn State.

The Jackets’ lineup features a quartet of double-figure scorers. Ben Lammers leads the way with a double-double of 15.3 ppg and 11.0 rpg, as well as a nation-lead 4.6 blocks per game. In addition, Josh Okogie (15.1 ppg), Tadric Johnson (12.8 ppg) and Quinton Stephens (11.7 ppg) score at a double-digit pace for Tech.

Keeping An Eye On…Entering Today’s Game:

Among UGA’s career Leaders

J.J. Frazier is...

• 38 points from No. 27 Jerry Waller 

• 5 3FGs from No. 9 Jody Patton

• 17 3FGs from No. 8 Bernard Davis

• 46 3FGAs from No. 7 G.S. Smith

• 10 FTs from No. 11 Shandon Anderson

• 11 FTs from co-No. 9 James Banks and Carlos Strong

• 29 FTs from No. 8 Terry Fair

• 5 FTAs from No. 18 G.G. Smith

• 12 FTAs from No. 17 Rashad Wright

Yante Maten is...

• 11 blocks from No. 5 Donte’ Williams

• 17 blocks from No. 4 Dominique Wilkins

• 67 points from becoming UGA’s 48th 1,000-point career scorer

Series History With The Jackets

Georgia Tech sports a 105-87 lead in the all-time series between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets, including a 62-25 record in true home games in Atlanta.

One year and one day ago in Athens, J.J. Frazier poured in a season-high 35 points to lead Georgia to a 75-61 victory over Tech at Stegeman Coliseum. 

Frazier finished the night with six 3-pointers and also went 11-of-12 from the free throw line en route to the most points ever by a Bulldog against the Yellow Jackets.

Yante Maten added 17 points for Georgia. 

The Bulldogs and Jackets battled back and forth for the initial 20 minutes before Tech took a one-point, 34-33, lead into the break. 

Georgia raced from the gates with a 7-0 run to begin the second stanza. Kenny Gaines got things started, followed by a Frazier 3-point basket on the ensuing possession. Houston Kessler topped it off with a layup on fast break, forcing the Jackets to burn a timeout.

The Bulldogs held their lead for all of the second period. The Jackets pulled within 65-57 with 2:11 left; however, Georgia converted on 10-of-12 free throws – 8-of-8 by Frazier – down the stretch to ice the win.

In the most recent matchup at McCamish Pavilion two years ago, Georgia Tech sank six free throws in the final minute to secure an 80-73 win over Georgia in the season opener for both teams.

Georgia had three players in double figures, led by Nemi Djurisic with 18, while Marcus Thornton added 12 and Kenny Gaines scored 11. Quinton Stephens paced Tech with 22 points, and Charles Mitchell had 20.

The Bulldogs pulled within three points on a Frazier layup with 34 seconds left but couldn’t complete the comeback.

After trailing by 10 points at the intermission, a Thornton jumper cut the deficit to 50-46 five minutes into the second half. Georgia couldn’t get closer until Frazier’s layup with less than a minute to go.

Last Time Out 

Yante Maten tied his season high with 30 points as the Georgia Bulldogs defeated Charleston Southern’s Buccaneers, 84-64, to earn the program’s 500th win at Stegeman Coliseum last Saturday. 

J.J. Frazier added 14 for the Bulldogs.

Georgia had 22 assists and shot 53.8-percent from the field against the Buccaneers, both new season highs. 

Maten scored 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 46-30 lead at the break. 

The strong offensive showing continued in the second half, as 10 different Bulldogs scored in the period. 

Plenty Of Peach State Products

The rosters of Georgia and Georgia Tech are full of home grown talent. 

All told, 16 of the 30 players on the two schools’ current rosters – nine Bulldogs and seven Yellow Jackets – played prep basketball in Georgia.

That list includes former teammates and classmates Brandon Young and Quinton Stephens. Young and Stephens helped lead Marist to the quarterfinals of the 2012 and 2013 Georgia Class 4A state tournaments.

Two more Bulldogs list Atlanta as their hometown – Derek Ogbeide (Pebblebrook High) and Christian Harrison (Woodward Academy). Harrison is a walk-on who is sitting out 2016-17 after transferring from Troy.

The other Peach State products on UGA’s roster are Tyree Crump (Bainbridge), J.J. Frazier (Glennville), Jordan Harris (Iron City), Houston Kessler (Newnan), Turtle Jackson (Athens) and Connor O’Neill (Roswell).

Tech’s in-state players are Norman Harris (Kennesaw), Corey Heyward (Duluth), Tadric Jackson (Tifton), Shaheed Medlock (Waycross), Josh Okogie (Snellville), Rand Rowland (Cleveland) and Stephens (Atlanta).

Maten Continues Hot Streak

Yante Maten has extended his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 26 contests, dating back to last season’s Jan. 30 game at No. 17 Baylor. 

Maten has gone well past 10 points numerous times during the stretch, with seven 20-point and three 30-point performances...and nine double-doubles.

Maten, the only SEC player on the preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward, has been a model of consistency for Georgia since the start of last season. 

Over the 44 games during his sophomore and junior seasons, Maten has posted double digits in the scoring column 40 times (with 15 20-point and three 30-point outputs), grabbed double-figure rebounds 14 times and posted 13 double-doubles.

32+34=Solid Production at the “5”

Georgia’s tandem of sophomores No. 32 Mike Edwards and No. 34 Derek Ogbeide is giving the Bulldogs very solid production on the low block. 

To date, the classmates are contributing a double-double at 12.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. 

Edwards and Ogbeide are combining to log 36.1 minutes per game, primarily manning the ‘5’ spot together.

Ogbeide is averaging 7.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in 17.3 mpg. Edwards is at 5.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 18.8 mpg. 

Both players are shooting very similar percentages from the field and the line, with Edwards at 52.9 and 64.0, and Ogbeide at 55.8 and 63.2.

Parker Back, Production Up

Parker has enjoyed a successful return to action after missing the last season and a half with the Achilles injury. 

Parker has started all but one game – he missed the Morehouse contest to rest his Achilles due to soreness – and is third on the team in scoring at 7.4 ppg and second in both rebounding at 6.3 rpg in assists at 2.4 apg.  

Those numbers are considerably higher than his career averages entering the year of 4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 0.9 apg.

In addition, Parker has established new career highs for boards (11 vs. George Washington), assists (five vs. George Washington) and minutes (33 vs. UL Lafayette).

Parker started the first 14 games for UGA’s 2015 NCAA Tournament team before suffering the injury. He played limited minutes in four contests that season but was out all of last year after surgery in the summer of 2015.

Frazier Chases Career FT Mark

J.J. Frazier opened the season at No. 2 among Georgia’s career leaders in free throw efficiency, converting on 81.2 percent (263-of-324) of his trips to the line.

That trailed only Jerry Eppling’s effort of 82.2 percent (221-of-269) from 1968-70.

This season, Frazier has connected on 30-of-34 (88.2 percent) of his attempts at the charity stripe and raised his career percentage to 81.6 (293-of-359) in the process.

Frazier inched oh-so-close to becoming UGA’s best-ever during the UL Lafayette contest on Dec. 16. He made two free throws in the first half to reach 293-of-357 (82.1 percent). Frazier went to the line for a 1-and-1 with 2:32 remaining in the contest. With a pair of makes there, Frazier would have reached 82.21727 percent and moved past Eppling (82.21561); however, he missed the front end of that opportunity.

Frazier is now 297-of-392 (.820441989) at the line and needs three more makes without a miss to pass Eppling.

UGA Leads SEC Grad Rate...Again

Georgia Basketball received a perfect 100 in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released in November. UGA posted the highest GSR possible for the second consecutive year.

Georgia and Alabama are the only two SEC programs – and among 39 nationally – to post GSRs of 100 each of the past two years.

Georgia’s GSR has seen dramatic increases during head coach Mark Fox’s tenure, advancing from 36 in 2009-10, to 43 in 2010-11, to 50 in 2011-12, to 63 in 2012-13, to 71 in 2013-14 to 100 in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The NCAA introduced the Graduation Success Rate in 2004-05 in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today. The GSR accounts for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The GSR data is based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Frazier’s Historic Day Versus GT

J.J. Frazier’s 35 points against Georgia Tech last season represented the most ever by a Bulldog against UGA’s arch-rival.

Frazier shot 64.3 percent from the field (9-of-14), 66.7 percent from 3-point range (6-of-9) and 91.7 percent at the line (11-of-12) versus the Yellow Jackets. 

Add in his four assists and Frazier had a hand in 57.3 percent of Georgia’s 75 points on the afternoon.

Frazier scored 22 second-half points (of UGA’s 42 in the period) and was 8-of-8 from the line in the final 1:29. 

Dogs Earn 500th “W” At Stegeman

Georgia’s 84-64 win over Charleston Southern on Dec. 17 represented the Bulldogs’ 500th all-time victory at Stegeman Coliseum.

Georgia improved to 500-299 in the one-of-a-kind arena, which was originally named the “Georgia Coliseum.” The Coliseum is actually two structures. The arched-roof was built first, followed by the arena itself under.

The venue was christened on Feb. 22, 1964, when a standing-room-only crowd of 13,200 witnessed the Bulldogs defeat Georgia Tech, 81-68. The first game in the Coliseum actually was the undercard to that contest, an 86-75 win by UGA’s freshman team over its counterparts from Tech.

The Bulldogs went on to finish 3-1 at the then-named Georgia Coliseum during the 1963-64 season, posting additional wins over Vanderbilt and Florida State (with a young assistant coach named Hugh Durham on the Seminoles’ bench). 

Georgia is in its 54th full home campaign in the arena. The “Georgia Coliseum” was renamed “Stegeman Coliseum” on March 2, 1996. The namesake is Herman J. Stegeman, who coached basketball, baseball, football and track & field and also served as AD at UGA during his tenure from 1919-39.

Harris Gets First Start

Freshman Jordan Harris moved into the Bulldogs’ starting five against UL Lafayette on Dec. 14. Harris became the 10th Bulldog to start as a freshman during the last six seasons. He joined five current teammates on that list – senior Houston Kessler; juniors Yante Maten and Juwan Parker; and sophomores Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide.

Frazier Joins Millennium Club

J.J. Frazier’s 3-pointer with 17:57 left in the first half against UNC Asheville on Nov. 14 made him Georgia Basketball’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 history.

Frazier now has 1,132 points, which has pushed him to No. 28 among the Bulldogs’ career scoring leaders, 38 points from No. 27 Jerry Waller. 

Frazier could eventually reach the Bulldogs’ top-10 scoring leaders, a mark that currently begins at 1,451 points by D.A. Layne. Frazier is now 319 points shy of that tally with 21 regular-season games remaining.

Maten Closes in 1,000 Points, Too 

Yante Maten is quickly approaching becoming the 48th Georgia player to surpass 1,000 career points. 

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

Maten now has 937 points at Georgia – 63 shy of 1,000.

Bulldogs have been reaching the millennium mark at a relatively steady clip over the past several seasons. 

J.J. Frazier was the seventh Bulldog to top 1,000 points during Mark Fox’s tenure, joining 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).

Maten Joins Top-10 UGA Swatters

Yante Maten’s has blocked a combined nine shots against Marquette and UL Lafayette, pushing the junior from Pontiac, Mich., from No. 11 to No. 6 among Georgia’s career leaders for swatted shots.

Maten’s effort against the Golden Eagles not only moved him into UGA’s top 10, it put him at No. 8. Five more blocks against ULL upped his career total to 125 blocks in just 75 games at UGA and ascended him up two more slots as outlined below.

UGA Career Blocked Shots Leaders

Rk.

No. Player

Seasons GP

1.

302 Lavon Mercer 1977-80

106

2.

247 Charles Claxton 1992-95

116

3.

168 Terrell Bell 1993-96

102

4.

142 Dominique Wilkins 1980-82

78

5.

136 Donte’ Williams

2011-14 125

6.

125 Richard Corhen 1982-85

120

125

Yante Maten 2015-pres.

75

8. 

122 Willie Anderson

1985-88 107

9. 

120 Marcus Thornton

2011-15 133

10.

119 Chris Daniels

2001-04 119

“KPG Light” Lights it Up

Kenny Paul Geno registered a career-best 15 points versus Morehouse, doing so by making the most field goals (5) and 3-pointers (4) of his career.

Geno was easing back into action after a bout with a stomach ailment him to lose approximately 16 pounds surrounding Georgia’s trip to the CBE Hall of Fame Classic during Thanksgiving week. 

Against George Washington, Geno registered his first DNP in 46 games – since a broken wrist forced him to miss 11 outings in 2014-15. He played one minute versus Kansas and eight against Gardner-Webb before a season-high 22 MP versus the Maroon Tigers.

Freshmen Hit Highs Vs. Morehouse

Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris notched their first double-digit scoring games against Morehouse with 16 and 11 points, respectively. More impressive was the efficiency in which they reached those marks. 

Crump was  4-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and 6-of-6 at the line. Harris hit 4-of-5 field goals, including a pair of 3s, and made 1-of-2 shots at the line.

All told, 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) shots from the freshmen found the bottom of the net.

Bulldogs Sign Two

Nicolas Claxton and Rayshaun Hammonds have signed letters-of-intent with the University of Georgia, head coach Mark Fox announced on Monday, November 14.

Both players inked papers during the NCAA’s week-long early signing period. Claxton signed in ceremonies on Nov. 14, while Hammonds did so on the previous Thursday, Nov. 10.

Claxton is a 6-10, forward from Legacy Charter School in Greenville, S.C., and the son of former Bulldog Charles Claxton. Nicolas averaged 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, as well as blocking 3.0 shots per game. He has helped Charter compile a 49-14 record over the past two seasons.

Claxton represented the U.S. Virgin Islands during the 2015 Centrobasket U17 Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He averaged 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game in five outings, leading the Virgin Islands to a runner-up finish in the tournament. Claxton posted single-game highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds against Mexico in the semifinals, as well as 10 blocks in a group stage matchup with Bahamas.

“Nic is a terrific shooter and passer for a player with his length,” Fox said. “He really is going to be a good inside-outside scoring threat. I know he is excited about playing at his parents’ alma mater.”

Hammonds, a 6-8, forward from Norcross, Ga., was named first-team All-State for Class 6A by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a junior after averaging 16.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the Blue Devils. As a sophomore, Hammonds averaged 14.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.9 blocks at Norcross. 

Over the past two seasons, Hammonds has helped Norcross post a combined 53-8 record and a pair of state tournament appearances. The Blue Devils finished 26-4 last season, losing to eventual state champion Westlake in the Sweet 16. Norcross was 27-7 in the 2014-15 season and lost to Pepplebrook in the state quarterfinals.

“Rayshaun has terrific versatility and can score the ball in a variety of ways,” Fox said. “He’s coming from a great program, and we are excited he is a Dawg.”

Both of Claxton’s parents, Charles and Nicole, attended UGA. Charles was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1992-95 and was an All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC performer. Among Georgia’s career statistical leaders, Claxton is currently No. 20 in points (1,274), No. 5 in rebounds (840), No. 4 in field goal percentage (.542) and No. 2 in blocked shots (247). He was drafted by Phoenix in the second round of the NBA Draft and eventually played with Boston during the 1995-96 season.

Durham, Wilkins Enter CBB HOF

While Kansas – in Kansas City – is obviously the star attraction of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Georgia shined brightest at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Friday (Nov. 18). That’s when former Georgia coach Hugh Durham and player Dominique Wilkins comprised one-quarter of the Hall’s Class of 2016 inductees. 

Appropriately, Durham and Wilkins, who together led the Bulldogs to numerous significant firsts, together were Georgia’s first inductees into the Collegiate Hall of Fame. And a large contingent approaching 100 friends and family of Georgia Basketball trekked to Kansas City for the ceremonies.

“It has only happened once, I think, Coach (Dale) Brown and Shaquille (O’Neal) at LSU,” Durham said. “Dominique and I have remained close through the years. He is the foundation of Georgia Basketball. We can take credit for bringing him in, but he is the face of Georgia Basketball. There’s a lot of pride to go in together.”

Durham arrived in Athens in 1978 and was charged with turning around a program that hadn’t finished .500 in more than a decade. Georgia was 14-14 and 14-13 in Durham’s first two seasons before Wilkins arrived as a McDonald’s All-American and the most celebrated recruit in school history.

Wilkins was tabbed 1981 SEC Player of the Year as a freshman while leading Georgia to a 19-12 finish and an NIT appearance, the Bulldogs’ first-ever postseason bid. Wilkins was named All-America a second-straight time in 1982, the same season he helped lead Georgia to the NIT semifinals.

Wilkins departed after that season and was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft before enjoying an illustrious career that included being a nine-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA pick.

Durham remained in Athens for 17 seasons and is Georgia’s winningest hoops coach ever with 297 victories. He led the Bulldogs to the 1983 NCAA Final Four in their first NCAA Tournament appearance. All told, Georgia reached postseason competition 11 times under Durham.

Durham established a national name as head coach at Florida State from 1967-78 before coming to UGA. He led the Seminoles to 230 wins an NCAA runner-up finish in 1972 when they lost to UCLA, 81-76, in the national championship game. After Georgia, he won 106 more games at Jacksonville.

“When you’re a coach, you stand here and think about the reason you’re here.” Durham said. “If you didn’t win games, you wouldn’t be here. If you didn’t have good players, you wouldn’t win games. If you didn’t have good assistants, you didn’t have good players. If you didn’t have an administration that wanted you to do well, then you wouldn’t have good assistants. That’s the long way of saying there are so many people you represent when you’re standing up here.”

Wilkins was dubbed the “Human Highlight Film” while in Athens, a nickname that has followed him from being Georgia’s career scoring leader when he departed college to 26,668 points and an amazing 24.8 career scoring average in the NBA. 

“It’s mind blowing,” Wilkins said. “It’s a special moment in my life to go in with Coach (Durham) because he is like a father to me. You talk about being chosen from 350 D1 schools and to be chosen as one of the greatest. I can’t even tell you how that feels. It’s special because it’s the highest collegiate award you can get.”

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).

Fox Garners Career Victory 250

Mark Fox notched his 250th win in 13 seasons as a head coach with last 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, Maten On POY Watch List

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

Georgia was the only SEC team and one of only nine nationally to have two players on the list along with Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier. There were five SEC reps on the 50-player ledger, which also featured Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe, Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis and Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley.

The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on March 31 in Phoenix, site of the NCAA Final Four. 

Most...SEC...Success...Ever

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

Posted its most SEC wins over two- (23), three- (33) and four-season (42) spans.

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

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

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 final league standings and a 9-9 effort during 2012-13. 


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