Georgia looks to get back to winning when the Hoop Hounds take on the Winthrop Eagles at 7:00 at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be the first part of a double header televised on SEC Network (Arkansas vs. Evansville is the back half).
When last the 'Dawgs graced the floor at the Stege-asaurus, they showed glimpses of how good they could be by riding some solid shooting to a halftime lead against visiting Kansas State. They then gave up 40 points in the second half to snatch a 68-66 defeat from the jaws of victory.
For what seems like the seventh game in a row, the 3-3 Bulldogs will be looking to develop some consistency from a veteran backcourt which has really struggled to live up to its billing. Both J.J. Frazier and Charles Mann are shooting below 40% from the field. Winthrop, 6-1 on the season with only a loss to N.C. State on the road, will be another stiff test.
If the 'Dawgs are going to continue to shoot like they have been, they're going to need to rebound better. Yante Maten has emerged as a solid contributor scoring (he's averaging 20.3 points per game in the last three contests), but is also pulling down 8.2 rebounds per outing. Freshman Derek Ogbeide had seemed ticketed to shoulder some of the load, but due to injury saw his first action of the season in Friday's loss to K-State. If Ogbeide can start getting his feet under him tonight it would be a huge help as well.
While this always looked like a bit of a rebuilding year for Coach Fox, falling to 3-4 before a 10 day layoff leading up to the Georgia Tech game would be less than ideal. Here's hoping tonight is the night we see things start to come together for the Red and Black. Until later . . .