Season statistics are not the only indication of the way that a team is playing, but they are a strong indicator of the strengths and weaknesses of a basketball team. Good thing for Georgia the strengths outweigh the weaknesses.
Jarvis Hayes wins the SEC scoring title
This means that Georgia has the best offensive player in the SEC, and that is always a positive. However, in some instances having the leading scorer in the SEC on your team can be a indication of only one person handling all of the scoring load.
That is not the case with Georgia. Ezra Williams is averaging 16.5 points a game which means that Georgia is simply a high scoring team that depends more on their two and three guards for points than they depend on their inside players (the 4 and 5 positions).
Georgia leads the SEC in free throw shooting percentage
This is a great thing. Shooting .739, the Dawgs lead the SEC in free throw percentage. This is almost always an indication of a winning team. Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Florida all shoot 70% from the free throw line.
Free throw shooting is critical in holding off teams late and winning close games.
Georgia ranks near the bottom of the SEC in field goal defense
This is not a good thing, and there are several reasons why this is the case. One reason for the poor field goal defense is Georgia's lack of size inside. Also the Dawgs have had to defend against more shots than any other team in the SEC, besides Mississippi State. Georgia defended against 1,780 shots. That is a lot of shots.
Also, the higher percentage shots come the closer that you get to the basket. Because of Georgia's lack of size, it is not surprising that their field goal defense percentage is so low.
Georgia ranks number one in the SEC in 3-point field goal defense
This is a good thing. The reason why Georgia is number one in this category is because of strong guard play from Williams, Hayes, and Wright. The Dawgs are the only team in the SEC that held opponents under 30% from behind the arc.
Rashad Wright is shooting 77% from the free throw line
This is a big positive. Because Wright is the player that will be handling the ball the most at the end of the game, he is more likely than any other player to get fouled. It is critical for a team to have its starting point guard shoot free throws very well. The point guard is the supposed to be the best ball handler on the team. For this reason he is the least likely to have the ball stolen from him. Ball possession and free throws are the most critical things at the end of any basketball game.
Rashad Wright leads the SEC in assist to turnover ratio
Another positive for the Dawgs. Wright's 2.21 ratio means that for everyone turnover he has 2.21 assists. In order for a team to make a run in tournament play, their point guard must be steady. Turning the ball over in the post season is a good way to lose.
Georgia ranks last in the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage
This is a bad thing. Sometimes Georgia depends on their perimeter shooting too much. Shooting 31% from 3-point land is decent at best. Ezra Williams, Wright, and Hayes can all shoot the three pretty well. The problem starts for Georgia when they start forcing threes without working the ball around and trying to get the ball inside. Ball movement will shake the defense up some and will allow Williams, specifically, to get more open looks.
End the end, the positives outweigh the negatives for Georgia. And for that reason, the Dawgs are primed to make a run in the SEC tournament.