Struggling Bulldogs head to Georgia Tech looking for offensive diversity

ATHENS — It’s not to difficult to figure out how to defend Georgia at this juncture in the basketball season. The Bulldogs’ scoring leader is sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 17.6 points per game. No other player is averaging double figures.

Suffice it to say, Georgia is in desperate need of offensive diversification.

“Kentavious is doing all he can,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said Monday. “We need somebody else to finish some plays. … We can’t put it all on one guy’s shoulders. That’s probably the biggest issue right now.”

Tuesday night would be a good time for that somebody to step up. The Bulldogs (2-5) are heading into Atlanta to face rival Georgia Tech (4-2) at new McCamish Pavilion. In order to score its first victory over a major-college opponent, Georgia needs someone other than Caldwell-Pope to put the ball in the basket.

That starts in the paint. Sophomore Nemanja Djurisic, a 6-foot-9 sophomore forward, is currently the Bulldogs’ No. 2 scorer at 8.3 points per game and averages 4.4 rebounds. But he’s shooting just 36 percent and has regressed from 3-point range, where he’s 5-for-22 (.227). Fellow forward Donte Williams is off to his own slow start. After missing the first two games due to suspension, he’s scoring 6.2 points with 4 rebounds per game.

“Nemi and Donte need to be more effective,” Fox said. “Nemi’s not shooting a percentage he’s capable of. John Cannon and Tim Dixon have come in and finished well at times. We’ve just got to find some guys who can score.”

Obviously Caldwell-Pope can do that. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring in all seven games but also leads the team in rebounding, steals and minutes played. But between the load he’s carrying and the attention he is commanding, he hasn’t been efficient. Caldwell-Pope is shooting just 38 percent from the field.

As a team Georgia is averaging just 57 points a game (lowest in the SEC) on 40 percent shooting (No. 12 in the SEC).

“We have not played as well offensively as I thought we would,” Fox said. “We’re not shooting free throws well, we’re not finishing plays well, we just haven’t done well. It’s not like we’ve played poorly the entire game. We’ve had a chance to win every game. We just haven’t played 40 minutes.”

The Bulldogs played about 32 good minutes against No. 1 Indiana before losing 66-53, about 38 in a 60-56 loss to No. 11 UCLA and about 37 against South Florida on Friday before falling 64-53. A full 40 against the Jackets will be required.

“We’re off to a slow start, a disappointing start,” Fox said. “We did that to ourselves. We have to own up to that. Every game is important to us, including this one.”

38 comments Add your comment

Steve

December 4th, 2012
2:31 pm

Well at least we own the nerds in the most important sport. Basketball to UGA is Football to Tech.

Felton Stomp

December 4th, 2012
2:38 pm

Maybe Nema should stop hoisting up those +25 foot shots.

Gonna be an ugly year for UGA bball. I thought the AD wanted all sports to be competitive? Fox just does not seem to be the answer.

Good luck the rest of the way KCP, you won’t have much help.

The Truth

December 4th, 2012
3:03 pm

Fox is not getting the job done. He can’t recruit a lick, the man couldn’t hand out blankets to Eskimos. These are his recruited players who’ve lost to such Hoops stalwarts as Youngstown State, Southern Miss and South Florida. Look for GT to win big and going away. Jackets simply have far better athletes at every spot on the floor, with one exception, than Fox bunch. Might want to keep in mind if you watch the game, Fox did not want GT’s starting C Daniel Miller who had signed with the DAwgs prior to Felton’s firing, so he released him. That move looks brilliant today doesn’t it!!!

Look for Carter, Hunt, Holsey, Miller, Morris to light up this pathetic Georgia bunch. AD McGarity has a pair of good ones coaching his basketball programs, Fox who can’t identify a basketball prospect from a bag boy at Kroger and the retired but still drawing a salary Andy “Hall of Fame” Landers. The best action ever in Stegeman was the rodeo, but this basketball circus is pretty exciting and you do leave laughing.

Finchdawg

December 4th, 2012
3:06 pm

It is definitely going to be an ugly year, Felton Stomp. Do you think Fox will get more time due to a lack of upperclassmen, or could he go down this year with a poor enough showing?

DIT

December 4th, 2012
3:07 pm

I even thought Fox would have a team to put on floor on his what 4th-5th year? Team still looks like a deer in headlights. Dawgs will lose big tonight. Tech has an up and coming team. They should be exciting to watch this year. Our Dawgs on the other hand…… 10 wins tops. Sorry, but it’s true.

Basketball Ken

December 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

Fox isn’t the answer…tired of watching this team with no talent….McGarity needs to open up checkbook and go get Brad Stevens!!!!!

Nick

December 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

If we could get Brad Stevens I’d say do it tomorrow, can’t see that happening though.

Joey

December 4th, 2012
3:41 pm

So disappointing. I thought Fox’s (learned from Phil Jackson) “Triangle Offense” was gonna change the SEC.

It’s hard to watch, but I will keep watching.

Go BB Dawgs!

Joey

December 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

Basketball Ken, you can’t be right about both “no talent” team and Fox.

They played with #1 Indiana until the last couple minutes, who crushed NC a week later, as well as UCLA.

Either Fox is better than you think he is to keep a “no talent” team in those games, or the team is more talented than you think, and Fox is bad.

Not picking on you, but it can’t be both, right?

Looks like to me we have 12 players who are too crowd shy, or too timid to make outside shots or free throws. Fox seems shocked that they can’t play in games, so they must do well in practice.

Or something . . .

BamaGuy

December 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

Georgia will Shattt the bed…

Vince

December 4th, 2012
4:14 pm

Chip—if you’re going to present your written word to the masses—-learn the use of “to” and “too”.

Joey

December 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

Maybe Chip knows this is A BLOG, not a news column.

And he knows little ladies offended with spelling, don’t come on come on sports blogs very often, Mrs Vince . . .

cc

December 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

We have no point guard. Offense just passes the ball around the perimeter until someone takes a bad shot as the shot clock expires. And they seem to be getting worse.

collegeballfan

December 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

Tech is one, maybe two, years away. Look for this to be a really tight game with either team winning. And GT will be playing without it’s starting PG. And without him they are offensively lost.

You UGA fans lay off Fox. He is the best UGA coach since Vince Dooley fired Hugh Durham. It takes time to bring a program from the absolute rock bottom to anywhere near the top. And UGA basketball was rock bottom.

Why would Brad Stevens go to a school where the fans think a basketball is oblong?

Kimbo Slice

December 4th, 2012
6:54 pm

Tubby Smith was legit.
Mark Fox can quit.

DawgFan

December 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

Jim Harrick was the best coach and his teams were talented enough and fun to watch. Really disappointed that Mann, Fields, Morris are basically non factors. Shocking that we actually could not replace even Dustin Ware much less Gerald Robinson. I see nothing that screams keep Mark Fox. That said I would love to see them take out the hated Jackets on their home court.

Felton Stomp

December 4th, 2012
8:12 pm

DIT
December 4th, 2012
3:07 pm

I even thought Fox would have a team to put on floor on his what 4th-5th year?

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That’s my problem with Fox. This will be his fourth year coaching for UGA, and it will be his worst squad by far.

Dirty Dawg

December 4th, 2012
8:38 pm

Lay off Fox…these kids are still young for the most part, but the real issue tonight is that Tech shot lights out in the first half and the G-damned officials haven’t given Georgia a single call…and just like that tech gets another three and the officials make another bad call…now it’s cut to eight…we’ll see.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
9:12 pm

That sucks for the MUTTS……………..Lose on Sat. to Bama and on Tue. to TECH. Thank God there are a lot of Bars in Athens.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
9:15 pm

Dirty Dawg
December 4th, 2012
8:38 pm

Lay off Fox…these kids are still young for the most part, but the real issue tonight is that Tech shot lights out in the first half and the G-damned officials haven’t given Georgia a single call…
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HAHAHAHA UGA’s football team was full of OLD guys and LOST to BAMA and now The UGA Bball team is young and lost. But the ONE CONSTANT is it is the referees fault.
Mutts never change.

ike in savana

December 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

Been giving Fox the benefit of the doubt for 5 years and now it is so obvious that the man has no idea how to recruit. The GT game is another embarassment for GA basketball. The AD must stand behind his own words and not settle for what is being put on the floor. Do yourself a favor and just take a look at all the D-1 talent still running out of our state. Fox has to go. So disappointed again.
Harrick,Jerka,Felton,Fox……… give me a break

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
9:36 pm

The TITLE of this article has Diversity in it…………..HAHAHHA…………..UGa doesn’t know what DIVERSITY is. The Drunk Fake Blonde Girls College and Plantation of Georgia has very little Pepper in the sUGAr and always has.

LakeDawg

December 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

Lord, UGA has a pitiful basketball team. Its painful to watch them play. I’ve been a Fox supporter, but I’m really questioning him now. I knew he would have a hard time recruiting players to UGA, but thought he eventually would bring in a player or two with time. However, he has brought in exactly ONE SEC caliber player to date and has already thrown away next year’s class by signing two more 2 star players. I don’t even think he’s trying to recruit top level players.

I’ve always thought Fox’s strength was the actual coaching part, but I’m beginning to question that, also. His teams have a very low basketball IQ. The big men have shown ZERO progress from last year to this year. KCP has not progressed over last year, either. Did I mention how horrible that team is?

LakeDawg

December 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

UGA has some athletes on the team, but I don’t see any basketball skills. Is there anybody on this team that can shoot? Answer: NO

LakeDawg

December 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

The “Tech shot well” excuse is just that, an excuse. If UGA actually guarded the shooters they wouldn’t shoot so well.

UGA Supporter and Donor

December 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Georgia has PLENTY of experience returning on this team. The result so far is stunning. Mark Fox has displayed an inability to match this team to a system that can compete. Perhaps the off-season program was poor, or the Pre-season camp was poorly managed. Just a lot of fan shock, player uncertainty and horrendous play. Fox has also proven he cannot recruit which is no surprise (I knew he would not be able to relate to Georgia kids when Evans hired him. I was hoping he could recruit nationally to make up for it. He either will not or cannot recruit nationally). There are no more excuses, and a change must be made at the end of the season. Otherwise Georgia should just end the Men’s basketball program. No one appreciates a half-ass effort like the current situation. Did I mention Georgia lost to Tech again?!

Paul in NH

December 4th, 2012
11:50 pm

Caldwell-Pope is a heck of a player but UGA needs to get some better players around him.

Dirty Dawg

December 5th, 2012
12:05 am

Hey puttin timeout…SMBDD-knot and all…

jc_dawgs

December 5th, 2012
4:56 am

Too many 3 star recruits. I understand and I do believe Fox is doing his best to recruit better players…but doing your best sometimes just does not cut it. Great x’s and o’s coach but what good will that do when he steps on the court with a squirt gun and opposes Donovan’s or Caliperi’s bazooka. It would seem that the best strategy is to target the 4 star recruits in the state of Ga. Why is that so hard to accomplish? Do the kids visit Stegman and are unimpressed due to it being a small venue? It’s sad…I really thought Fox was the answer but the recruiting is sub par.

Vince

December 5th, 2012
9:24 am

Mrs. Joey—Not just a stupid post, but an ignorant post as well—–Spelling is not the issue—”to” and “too” are two completely different words for different uses–Like “ignoramous” and “fool”.

Buzz 2011

December 5th, 2012
9:54 am

Dawgs looking for Jim Harrick Jr…Where is he?
They will need him to win 10 games this year…..

elf on a shelf

December 5th, 2012
4:28 pm

Really disappointed in Fox- should play Cannon more at least he can score.There is no reason Ga. Basketball ,should not be a top 25 team!!!!.Kinda scary when mcgarrity says he likes the direction of the program.

Low Country Buzz

December 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Glad to get a win in anything against uga. Just like in football, talent was the difference.
Is Fox to uga b-ball what Johnson is to GT f-ball? Capable coach who can’t recruit?

Dangerous

December 6th, 2012
6:08 am

Should have taken Bob Knight when we had the chance. Maybe he is still available. Let’s fill the stands and have some fun with a real X’s and O’s coach. Get some national exposure and attract a real coach when Knight wants to retire. This should have been Plan A to begin with!!!!!

Father A. Long

December 6th, 2012
6:12 am

Fox releasing Miller to GT is proof that he has no concept of the rivalry.

CARLTON POWELL

December 6th, 2012
8:20 am

After much thought, it is my considered opinion that UGA should disband it’s men’s basketball program. Let the women use the coliseum in the winter. Instead, focus upon building up a world class baseball program. Given the climate here in GA, baseball can be played from late February thru the College WS time. Just forget basketball. It will NEVER catch fire at UGA. Too many years of institutional neglect, and fan apathy, which is a function of the institutional neglect. It pains me to come to this conclusion, but it is what it is. I don’t even think getting a Billy Donavan type coach at UGA would do the job. Most of the really good basketball talent in the state dismiss UGA, and go to Tech or out of state.

The current team will be extremely lucky to win 8-10 games this year. Then what? Start over again? Really? How futile is that. UGA should focus upon what they CAN do, and not on what they CANNOT do. They CANNOT do basketball.

Winder Dawg

December 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

Ok guys…. I am going to be the first to say it. Bring on Shaka Smart! The guy has proven himself and he has good stock coming from Florida. If McGarrity is serious about being dominant in basketball as well, he needs to go ahead and stop this train wreck. Fox is a good guy, but he may have gotten in over his head.

On another note, I have been following Tony Parker’s stats and he is getting hardly any PT. I wonder if may reconsider and come back to GA?

Sakura

December 11th, 2012
7:16 pm

Be patient Fox…still too early to hang your head down, don’t worry just yet.
G’day mate!