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Georgia, Georgia: The backcourt breakdown

A little music from my good man, Mr. Charles, to serenade your ears for this Georgia guard play scouting report. Let’s get to it. The Bulldogs have good players, they just don’t have enough of them, frankly. They have struggled shooting the ball over the last two games, and they’re 1-5 on the road so far this year. Not a very pretty statistic for a primarily older, veteran-led Georgia squad.

Their top four players score 80% of their points, despite having 9 players on the roster that log more than 10 minutes per game. With Kentucky coming off a convincing rout of Florida in Rupp on Saturday, we shouldn’t have much issue with an overmatched Georgia squad if the Cats can effectively defend the perimeter tonight. Emoji eyes on you, Jamal. The Cats look primed for some good basketball, and our perimeter defense will tell the story tonight. Without further ado, here’s your UGA backcourt breakdown.

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From left to right, Kenny Gaines, J.J. Frazier, Charles Mann. Know the names, know ’em well. Individually, they each shoot better than 40% from 3-point land, and they all shoot nearly 70% from the line or better. Frazier leads the team in points, steals, assists, free-throw percentage (81%), and comes second in rebounding to big man, Yante Maten. Frazier is the alpha bulldog. He does just about everything very well on the offensive side of the ball, and at just 5’10 he has the talent to play at the next level. He’s got a big ol’ yap on him, but I guess you can talk if you walk the walk.

The senior leaders on this team, Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann, are both excellent shooters and physical scoring guards. Gaines is listed at 6’3″, but he has a forty-five inch vertical leap that allows him to glide to the rim. He’s a very skilled guard and will put pressure on our guards tonight with his strength and athleticism. Charles Mann is a big guard that can spread the floor out and take advantage of mismatches with his 6’5″, 215 pound frame. He loves to drive the ball and get to the free throw line, where he has shot 40 more free-throws than the next closest Bulldog this season. He’s a slasher, that’s his bread and butter, but he can also stroke from long-range.

 

Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest