Georgia Basketball Game Notes
Georgia (0-0) vs. Florida International (0-0)
Dated: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Site: Stegeman Coliseum (10 523) in Athens, Georgia.
To concern: SEC + Network (Jeff Dantzler, pbp; Mark Slonaker, analyst)
Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network: 960 the Ref-AM, WXKT 103.7-FM (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Adam Gillespie, producer)
The starting 5 …
• Georgia opens its 2021-22 season with the Bulldogs’ first-ever game against Florida International.
• The Bulldogs are 83-33 in the season opener, including a 37-6 at Stegeman Coliseum.
• The UGA roster includes 10 newcomers – five DI transfers, two JUCO transfers and three real freshmen.
• Tom Crean is 21-1 in his first outings as a head coach, 8-1 at Marquette, 9-0 and Indiana and 3-0 with the Bulldogs.
• UGA’s seven freshman transfers combined to score 4,782 points at their previous schools.
The opening advice
The Georgia Bulldogs are christening their 117th basketball season – and their fourth under head coach Tom Crean – on Tuesday night when they host Florida International at the Stegeman Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.
History of the series with the CRF
Tuesday’s game will be the first between the Bulldogs and the Panthers.
Georgia is 18-9 against the schools currently competing with Florida International in Conference USA.
It’s been several seasons since the Bulldogs have faced a C-USA team.
Georgia defeated Florida Atlantic, 74-61, in Game 4 of the Bulldogs’ 2014-15 campaign that ultimately resulted in an NCAA bid and a first-round loss to the Final Four contestant Michigan State.
Like Tom Crean, Jeremy Ballard of Florida International is entering his fourth season on his current schedule.
The Panthers roster includes an almost evenly distributed mix of returnees and newcomers. The CRF has seven returnees and eight first-year players.
Junior Redshirt Tevin Brewer is the Panthers’ top letter-of-return winner from a team that finished 9-17 overall and 2-15 in the league. He started all 26 games he played last season and averaged 9.0 points while handing out 110 assists, a high for the team.
Jevaunte Hawkins and Dante Wilcox also started multiple games in 2020-21, contributing 5.8 and 4.0 points per game, respectively.
Newcomers to the CRF include a pair of Power-5 transfers, one with an SEC CV.
Clevon Brown has played 124 games and started 36 in the past five seasons at Vanderbilt, including a 2019-20 Red Shirt campaign. He started the first 11 games of this season and averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds before injuring his knee.
Aquan Smart played in Maryland last season before moving south to the CRF during the offseason.
A double-double from Braelen Bridges led a trio of double-digit Bulldogs to pace Georgia en route to a 64-49 victory over Morehouse in a show Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
In the first home outing of 10 newcomers to the Georgian roster, the Bulldogs methodically built a double-digit lead in the first half, then withstood a Maroon Tigers rally that narrowed the lead to two points before regaining control.
“It was great to be back here with the fans on a Friday night before our football team played,” said head coach Tom Crean. “Having fans like that, wow, I thought that was awesome. We have 10 guys who have never played in this gym before. We only trained in this gym four times, I think, so we get used to it. like that. I love the way our team came out and were aggressive. They were very aggressive. We struggled with the deviations in training this week, and we had 53 tonight. These guys took it out on that.
Bridges was one of four newcomers to head Georgia. The Atlanta senior finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and also distributed four assists, a record for the team. Kario Oquendo scored 12 points and Aaron Cook added 10. Jailyn Ingram had 11 rebounds and tied Bridges’ tally with a quartet of assists.
After the Maroon Tigers took an 8-5 lead, the Bulldogs took control with a 9-0 push. Cook opened the scoring in the second half to give Georgia a 16-point lead, their biggest score of the night.
Morehouse then reduced the margin thanks to a 3-point quartet which helped reduce the margin to 41-39 with 9:10 remaining. Bridges scored on Georgia’s next possession, and Jabri Abdur-Rahim called with a fumble dunk.
The Maroon Tigers have never come closer than five points thereafter, and Georgia ended the night 10-0.
Bulldogs at the start of the season
Georgia was 83-33 in the opening games of the Bulldogs 116 basketball seasons. That includes an even more impressive mark of 37-6 in the opening games at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia’s most important victory in an opener at the Coliseum was also its first. In the Bulldogs’ first opening game in their current arena on December 3, 1964, UGA defeated No.13 North Carolina, 64-61.
The Bulldogs are 3-0 in the opener under current head coach Tom Crean.
In Crean’s first outing in Athens on November 9, 2018, Georgia claimed a 110-76 victory over Savannah State, the Bulldogs’ 11th most points scored and their best score in the current millennium.
Two seasons ago, Anthony Edwards amassed 24 points – the second-highest ever recorded by a Bulldog in his debut behind just Dominique Wilkins’ 26 against Troy on November 20, 1979 – to lead Georgia to a 91-72 victory. on Western Carolina.
On November 29, in an opening game twice delayed by COVID-19, the Bulldogs defeated Florida A&M, 85-74.
Crean Strong in the forerunners
Tom Crean is 20-1 in the opening games of the season as a head coach.
Crean was 8-1 at Marquette from 1999-2008, a perfect 9-0 at Indiana from 2008-17 and won each of his first outings in Georgia.
The biggest opening win of the season for a team coached by Crean came when the 11th-seeded Hoosiers beat Kansas in third, 103-99, in overtime at the 2016 Armed Forces Challenge in Honolulu. .
The Hoosiers got off to an 8-1 start this season – including a second signing victory in November over the eventual 2017 NCAA champion in North Carolina – before injuries decimated Indiana’s roster.
A bunch of new faces
Georgia’s roster features 10 first-year Bulldogs, while Florida International has eight new Panthers.
Georgia’s newcomers are a diverse group in terms of eligibility, with sixth-grade “super seniors” Aaron Cook and Jailyn Ingram; seniors transferred to graduates Noah Baumann and Braelen Bridges; transfer junior college junior Dalen Ridgnal; second year students Jabri Abdur-Rahim and Kario Oquendo; and freshmen Tyrone Baker, Cam McDowell and Christian Wright.
Crean closes on 400 victories
Georgia head coach Tom Crean opens the 2021-22 season just three wins from his 400th career victory. He compiled 397 W in his first 21 campaigns as a college head coach, an impressive 18.9 wins per season.
Prior to his 41 wins with the Bulldogs, Crean was 190-96 in nine seasons coaching Marquette from 1998-2008 and was 166-135 in nine seasons at Indiana between 2008-17.
Important victories for Tom Crean
N ° 1 – November 20, 1999 – Marquette defeats Chicago State, 62-43, in Tom Crean’s first game as a college head coach.
N ° 100 – March 6, 2004 – Freshman Dameon Mason’s three-point play with eight-tenths of a second left lifts Marquette over No.25 Louisville, 81-80.
N ° 200 – 8 December 2009 – Indiana defeats Pittsburgh, 74-64, in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.
N ° 250 – November 20, 2012 – A day after beating Georgia, 66-53, in the first round, IU dominated Georgetown, 82-72, to win the Progressive Legends Classic at Barclays Center.
N ° 300 – December 20, 2014 – Indiana dominated the No. 23, 82-73 Butler, as Yogi Ferrell became the 48th UI 1,000 point scorer.
Host a series of scores
Of Georgia’s 10 newcomers, seven are transfers – seven at the Division I level (Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Noah Baumann, Braelen Bridges, Aaron Cook and Jailyn Ingram) and a pair from the junior college ranks (Kario Oquendo and Dalen Ridgnal.
These players arrive in Athens after scoring 4,782 points in their previous schools. Biggest goal addition of any Division I schedule for the 2021-22 season as shown in the next column:
Best Scores Influx in DI hoops
Rk. School player points
1. Georgia 7 4782
2. Duquesne 5 4695
3. Florida 5 4144
4. Arkansas 6 4125
5. Penn State 7 5183
6. Washington Street 4 3785
7. SMU 4 3733
8. Kentucky 4 3538
9. Utah 6 3175
10. Arizona Street 3 3132
Ingram knows the panthers
While tonight’s game with the CRF will be Georgia’s first, Jailyn Ingram of the Bulldogs knows the Panthers well.
In five seasons at Florida Atlantic, Ingram has faced the CRF eight times. FAU was 5-3 in those competitions, with Ingram averaging 9.1 points and 4.8 boards against the Panthers. He posted three double-digit scoring outs in those outings.
Last season, Ingram had one of his best games of the season against the CRF, scoring 24 points and nine rebounds in an 81-79 win on January 14.
Put points under Crean
Georgia has occupied scorecard operators since the arrival of Tom Crean.
The Bulldogs have reached the 90 point plateau 15 times in 90 games under Crean. That’s a relatively healthy 16.7%. By comparison, Georgia scored 90 or more points just 15 times in 387 games before Crean’s arrival, or 0.038% of outings in a stretch dating back to the 2006-07 season.
It’s not just a one-game thing.
In three seasons under Crean, the Bulldogs have averaged two of their top 5 scores of the 2000s.
Georgia averaged 77.5 points per game last season. This was the Bulldogs’ second scoring average of the 2000s and the highest since 2002-03. UGA average of 75.9 points per game in 2019-2020 gives Crean teams two of the top 5 UGA averages over the 22 seasons ended in the 2000s as shown below.
Best rating averages in the 2000s
Rk. Season Points Avg.
1. 2002-03 2138 27 79.2
2.2020-21 1944 25 77.8
3. 2001-02 2444 32 76.4
4. 2019-20 2428 32 75.9
5. 2006-07 2477 33 75.1
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