Mark Fox’s Georgia Bulldogs opened their season not on an aircraft carrier, but in Stegeman Coliseum, against the Wofford Terriers. The Hoop Hounds, who began last year’s NCAA Tournament run with a two-point win over Mississippi Valley State, allowed Wofford to hang around a while before claiming a 62-49 victory.
The Terriers shot slightly better from the field, sinking 18 of 52 shots (34.6%) to the Bulldogs’ 20 of 59 (33.9%). Georgia, however, hit more than 30 per cent of its shots from behind the arc (7 of 23), drained nearly 70 per cent of its free throws (15 of 22), and held slight edges over the visitors in rebounds (40-38), blocks (4-3), steals (3-1), and assists (12-11). Wofford turned the ball over 13 times to the Classic City Canines’ eight.
Newcomer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way for the Hoop Dogs, contributing 15 points and pulling down four rebounds in 32 minutes’ worth of work. Dustin Ware added 14 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes, while Donte Williams gathered in ten defensive boards in the course of the evening.
Though the Red and Black held only a slender 51-43 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the second half, last year’s "no bad losses" tourney resume included a great many ugly wins, particularly early in the season. Do the Bulldogs have some work to do? Clearly. Was a 13-point home win over Wofford cause to be concerned that they can’t do it? Not hardly, at least not if last season was any indication. The pertinent statistic from this contest is 1-0.
As I noted earlier in the week, we are planning a Dawg Sports group outing to the Fox Hounds’ December 23 home game against Furman. Some folks who weren’t able to make this year’s Goat Roast will be home for Christmas, so we’re taking the opportunity to purchase block seating for a group to go to the game. We’ll continue discussing this as the game approaches, but please take this opportunity to get in on the fun. If you’re interested in attending, leave a comment to that effect below, and someone from the masthead will be contacting you at the e-mail address provided on your profile.
Go ‘Dawgs! Auburna delenda est!