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Georgia vs. Texas

sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

Greetings from Stegeman Coliseum, where Georgia hosts Texas at 4 p.m. ET, as part of the SEC-Big 12 Invitational. The game is sold out, and they've put white and silver T-shirts on every chair in the lower section, which may kinda look cool on television.

This is obviously a game Georgia desperately needs in order to stop the bleeding. Texas isn't as good as years past, coming in with an 8-12 record. But it has talent and has played a tough schedule, and the way Georgia played the other night, it's not a gimme by any means.

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  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Mark Fox is making a change in the starting lineup today: Turtle Jackson enters the lineup in place of Jordan Harris, who had started the previous 12 games. Jackson, if you remember, started seven games during the non-conference portion of the season.

    Seems like a good move to try to change something up with the offense ... and, well, the defense. Harris is still playing OK, but I wonder if this is more about J.J. Frazier, who can move to the 2. Fox's hope evidently is that the ball movement is better with Jackson and Frazier in there together.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Domonique Wilkins is here at half-court, raising the flag as the Bulldogs come on court.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Turtle Jackson starting pays off right away: His defense forces a loose ball, he runs out and dunks home the first basket of the game.

  • BradDogBradDog Posts: 186 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I am no B-ball expert, but I know why the Dawgs are'nt winning. The Dawgs just cant put the ball through the hoop.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Well, that basket by Turtle Jackson is still the only one for Georgia, and we're nearly five minutes in. Texas has a 5-2 lead, after struggling mightily itself with its shooting: The teams combined to start 1-for-12, with most of the misses by Georgia on shots close to the rim.

    I generally like how Georgia is playing so far, it's just not hitting shots. J.J. Frazier continues to struggle with his shooting, and Yante Maten has missed some chippies as well. Need better from your two best players.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Georgia has inched back ahead on a Derek Ogbeide basket, so now it's 8-7. Both teams struggling to hit shots thus far; I continue to like the way Georgia is playing on both ends, but it does need to take advantage of this scoring lull by Texas.

    Frazier is still scoreless and looks out of sorts. Maten only has two points. Pape Diatta is getting some early playing time and is bringing good energy. He had an open 3 and just missed it.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Georgia with turnovers on two straight possessions and Texas back ahead 16-8. Still no made 3s for Georgia, which is 4-or-16 from the floor.

    It may be time to put Tyree Crump in and see if he can ignite something. I doubt that Fox will put him in, but the offense has become a big slog and Georgia is in trouble again here.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Lo and behold, Tyree Crump is at the scoring table. It took Texas taking a 19-9 lead, after its third 3 of the game, for Fox to make the move.

    Georgia has whittled it back to six after consecutive baskets by Maten and Ogbeide. But the rebounding edge in the game has flipped to Texas, which is getting some confidence.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    It took getting fouled for J.J. Frazier to get into the scoring column, but it was a big one: He was fouled shooting a 3 and hit all three free throws, whittling the lead to 19-16. Let's see if that gets Frazier going.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Texas now has made five 3s, and Georgia has zero. There's your difference right now: Texas leads 25-21 and is headed to the line after the media timeout.

    Crump still getting extended minutes here, and while he hasn't scored, Georgia did draw within one with him in there running the point. Frazier is playing almost exclusively off the ball today.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    They are awful. Do they even practice shooting?

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    J.J. Frazier is now 0-for-5 from the field, including 0-for-3 on 3s, and they've been open. And Georgia trails 28-21.

    He's struggling mightily right now, both in this game and during this latest stretch of games.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    This team has no pride.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Halftime: Texas 32, Georgia 23.

    Just awful shooting from Georgia, especially two of its top three leading scorers: J.J. Frazier and Juwan Parker are a combined 0-for-9 from the field. They've only scored on free throws.

    Texas is hitting too many 3s, and gained confidence as the half went on. But the main problem is Georgia's inability to hit shots. It's shooting 29 percent from the field and 0-for-6 on 3-pointers. That's got to change, or it's going to lose its third in a row, and on paper its worst loss of the season.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    J.J. Frazier's first field goal of the game comes on a rainbow 2-pointer, just inside the line. A good sign for the Bulldogs?

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Georgia on a 6-0 run to start the second half, with Maten and Frazier combining for three baskets. Just what they needed to start the half, now they have to close out on Texas' 3-point shooters.

  • ugabossugaboss Posts: 46 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Texas is about to go on an 8-0 run.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I know I'm harping on Frazier, but you can hopefully see the importance, and the correlation between his scoring and the team's performance: After not hitting a single field goal in the first half, he had three field goals in the first four-plus minutes of the second half. Georgia is back within one.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Texas is in a bit of foul trouble now, with three different players with three fouls. Two are starters. And Mark Fox can't really complain about the calls so far in this one: Georgia has shot way more free throws than Texas.

  • sethemersonsethemerson Posts: 686 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Jordan Harris with Georgia's first 3 of the game, and it gives Georgia its first lead since it was 8-7. Crowd comes to its feet.

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