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Scouting Report: Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia enters tonight’s game with a record of 11-6, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference after losing two out of their last three since they played Kentucky two weeks ago.  The Bulldogs have seen their offensive production drop from 80.8 points per game down to 77.6 in their last three games.  Offensively, they are led by preseason All-American Freshman Anthony Edwards who is averaging 19.1 points per game, including a high of 37 in their loss to Michigan State.  Edwards scored 26 in their win last Wednesday against Tennessee.  The star freshman has struggled in terms of efficiency though as he is just a tick over 40% from the field and is shooting 31.4% from beyond the arc.  Georgia has continued to be a two-man show with Rayshaun Hammonds being the only other Bulldog averaging over 7.8 points per game (13.8 ppg).  It was a tale of two halves when these teams faced-off in Athens as Kentucky trailed by six points at half time thanks to a slow start from the field.  However, the Wildcats shot 58.6% from the field in the second half, including four 3-pointers, to escape with a nine point victory.  Anthony Edwards led the Bulldogs with 23 points while Senior Guard Jordan Harris added 10 points off the bench.  Not much as changed in the two weeks since these teams last met, but let’s dive back in and go over the game plan for defeating Coach Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Personnel

#15 Sahvir Wheeler:  5’10” 180 lbs, Freshman Point Guard

7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.7 apg

Point Guard.  Lefty.  Very quick.  Much more of a driver than a shooter.  No left hand drives!  Closeout short to him to guard against the drive.  Can go under the ballscreens.  Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter.  Make Edwards give it up.  Help on Hammonds.  Be doing something!  The deeper he drives it the more he is driving to pass so don’t over help when he gets into the paint.  Really good at getting to the rim for his size, but you need to be off of him enough to keep him out of the paint and then wall up.  Just play with your hands up and make him finish over you.  Stay between him and the basket.  Will push it hard in transition.  Get the ball stopped.  NO LAYUPS!!!

#5 Anthony Edwards:  6’5″ 225 lbs, Freshman Guard

19.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.2 apg

All-around scorer.  Great player.  Have to play him straight up and make it as hard on him as possible.  No catch-and-shoot 3’s.  No rhythm dribble 3’s.  121 of 268 shots have been 3’s.  Have to be tight on him and break his rhythm when he is dribbling on the perimeter.  Really likes to bounce it in his left hand before shooting the pull-up.  Do not let him just dribble into his shot!  Contest everything.  Shot 9 3’s the last time we played them.  That is too many.  Really likes the inside-out dribble with his left hand but will come back right to finish.  Very physical.  Uses his strength to try and finish through you.  Can try and take a charge as he gets into his moves when he drives it.  No layups.  Do everything that you can to be physical and make keep him out of the paint.  He will take some crazy shots and is very, very aggressive but you have to be there to contest everything.  No help off of him when he doesn’t have it and come help when you are guarding a non-shooter to make him give it up.  Get over the ballscreens.  He will shoot behind it if you go under.  Has been posting up more recently.  Likes to shoot the turnaround jumper in the post.  Contest it.  More shots than points for him.

#0 Donnell Gresham Jr.:  6’3″ 195 lbs, Graduate Transfer Guard

6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Strong, bigger guard.  Will act as the primary ball-handler at times when he is in there.  Capable 3-point shooter.  Just be close enough to give a hard contest on his catch-and-shoot 3’s.  Will shoot the ones behind the ballscreens or handoffs so need to try and go over so you can give a better contest.  Good percentage finisher.  Have to stay between him and the basket.  No right hand drives!  Contest everything and make him finish over you.  Excellent rebounder from the guard spot.  Really crashes the offensive glass.  Averages 2 offensive rebounds a game.  BOX OUT!!!

#10 Toumani Camara:  6’8″ 220 lbs, Freshman Forward

6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Athletic, bouncy forward.  Closeout short to him on the perimeter until he makes a couple and then we can adjust.  Throw a hand up if he shoots.  Will look to catch it on the roll some.  Just give enough ground to stay between him and the basket.  Will face up some and look for a short left hand drive.  Likes to pop into space so he can drive it.  Will drive it either way from the perimeter too, but is looking to finish with his left.  No straight line drives.  Be physical with him in the post and get him off the block.  His percentages will go down the further off the block he gets his catch.  Left hand, right shoulder in the post.  Very athletic.  Box out!!!

#20 Rayshaun Hammonds:  6’9″ 235 lbs, Junior Forward

13.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Lefty.  Skilled 4/5.  Really wants to score it with his left hand.  Likes to drive it right so that he can spin back to his left.  Be ready to come help and try to take it off of him when he spins.  NO LEFT HAND DRIVES!  Really get up and pressure him once he puts it on the floor.  Try to make him uncomfortable when he is handling the ball.  Looking to score it over his right shoulder all the time.  Be really physical on his left shoulder to keep him from coming back left.  Good 3-point shooter.  Making 1 per game.  Have to be close enough to take away the obvious catch-and-shoot 3’s.  Be there to give a hard contest.  Can help off of him a little when he doesn’t have it, but be close enough to contest the catch-and-shoot.  Left hand, right shoulder in the post.  Excellent offensive rebounder.  Averaging 2.5 offensive rebounds per game.  BOX OUT!!!  Great job on him last game.  9 points on 9 shots.  1 offensive rebound.

Bench

#4 Tyree Crump:  6’1″ 185 lbs, Senior Guard

7.3 ppg, 99 of 127 shots have been 3’s

SHOOTER!!!  No 3’s!  99 of 127 shots have been 3’s.  Have to be tight on him at all times and take away his attempts.  Really looking to squeeze them off.  Will shoot them from deep.  Have to find him in transition.  Get over any ballscreens they set for him.  Chase him off downscreens and get over flares.  Absolutely no help off of him.  Only wants to shoot jump shots.  Right hand.  We did a good job contesting him last game, but he got off 6 3-point attempts.  That is too many.

#2 Jordan Harris:  6’5″ 195 lbs, Senior Guard

5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Lefty.  No left hand drives.  He wants to drive it left.  Bounce back and stay in front of him.  Help off of him when he doesn’t have it.  Be aware of him cutting, but  you can help off of him.  Find him in transition as they will throw it ahead to him.  Stay between him and the basket and make him score over you.  Allowed him to go 5/7 from the field last game.  We should be able to do a better job than that.

#3 Christian Brown:  6’6″ 215 lbs, Freshman Guard/Forward

4.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Slasher/cutter.  Big, strong wing.  More of a driver than a shooter.  Closeout short to stay between him and the basket.  Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter.  Good cutter so don’t completely lose track of him when he doesn’t have it.  No right hand drives.  Non-shooter.  Wants to try and elevate over you to score it around the basket.  Bad free throw shooter.  Foul if you are beat.  No and 1’s.  Good offensive rebounder, will fly in from the perimeter.  BOX OUT!  No layups for him.

#14 Tye Fagan:  6’3″ 185 lbs, Sophomore Guard

3.9 ppg

Lefty.  More of a driver than a shooter.  No left hand drives.  Closeout short to stay between him and the basket.  Get back in transition.  Make him score over you.  No layups for him.  Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter.  Just stay between him and the basket and don’t get smoked going left.

Offense

Under Coach Crean, Georgia runs a lot of their offense from a Chin alignment and they do have some Chin principles to their actions, but a lot of times it turns into more of a dribble-drive motion.  They will usually either have 4-around-1 or be 5-out.  Their offense is predicated on quick, sharp player movement and attacking the paint off the dribble.  Lots of off-ball cuts as well.  A lot of that offense is run through #5 Edwards and #20 Hammonds. They will set those guys up in a lot of isolation situations in their half-court offense.  Below are a handful of their entires and set plays that you will see in the half-court.

Chin:  This is the type of action you will see the most of from Georgia tonight.  The beginning is really just pre-movement to get the defense shifting around a little.  The point guard will handoff and interchange with the ball side wing as there is an interchange happening on the weak side as well.  The forward gets to the “Chin” spot around the nail or top of the key as the ball is reversed.  The forward then sets a back screen and then can either set a flare screen or run into a ballscreen.  Anytime the ball is moved ahead off a ballscreen, as you can see below, they immediately will flare that person back in.  Here, #10 Camara curls the flare to the rim.  They are now into another ballscreen.  Just poor defense on our part by getting caught going under and Edwards nails an uncontested 3.

Horns-Ballscreen:  One of the sets they run the most begins out of a Horns alignment.  The point guard comes off a ballscreen to his right and the ball screener will clear out to the opposite corner.  Then, the other forward (usually Hammonds), will come set another ballscreen and roll to the basket.  The guard in the ballside corner will replace to the wing and look to feed the post.

Horns-Ballscreen:  Similar to the play above, but what they have been doing more recently is as they set the initial ballscreens the guards in the corners will cross with each other, generally with Edwards coming off to the side the ball is being dribble towards.

Horns-Ballscreen:  This is far and away their favorite set so they have several different options off of it.  At the end of the second half in Athens, they got us sleeping as Edwards cut backdoor along the baseline as the initial ballscreen occurred for an easy dunk.

Horns-Edwards Postup:  A little special set play they will run out of Horns is an isolation for Edwards to duck-in in the post.  They will come off a Horns ballscreen where Edwards sets the screen and roll to the block as the other forward replaces to the top of the key.  Edwards has been posting up a lot more recently.

Zipper to Edwards Postup:  The point guard dribbles to the right wing as they set a screen for a zipper cut to the top of the key.  As they get a catch at the top of the key they will set a scoring screen for Edwards in the left corner.  He will read the screen and look to get a shot off the screen.  Recently, as he has continued to post up more, he is really looking to back cut which is what he did against us last game.  Be physical and make him shoot the turnaround J in the post.

Staggered Ballscreen to Downscreen:  From a Horns type alignment the point guard will dribble to the left wing and come off a staggered ballscreen as the guards interchange along the baseline with each other.  The first ballscreen, usually a shooter, will roll to the front of the rim and the second ball screener goes down to set a downscreen for him coming back to the top of the key.  In this clip the run it for #4 Crump, but they could also run it for Edwards or potentially Gresham Jr.

Defense

They are primarily a man-to-man defensive team but do mix in possessions of zone in almost every game.  They play bigger guards and are long across the board and use that length to cause some disruption in the passing lanes.  They don’t necessarily look to deny or run through the passing lanes, but they are opportunistic with four players averaging one or more steals a game.  They switch almost all ballscreens and handoffs which helps them stay between you and the basket.  Undersized around the basket and have struggled with finishing possessions with a rebound at times this year.

Keys to the Game

  • Make it hard on #5 Edwards.  He is a great player and is going to have the ball in his hands a lot offensively.  He can score from all three levels.  We have to do a great job of bothering him at all times.  Be physical and really pressure him when he has the ball to take him out of his rhythm.  No 3’s.  No layups.  Contest everything!  More shots than points for him!
  • No right shoulder baskets for #20 Hammonds.  He is a talented offensive player but is really trying to get back to his left hand, over his right shoulder to score it.  When he drives he will spin back to his left hand.  When he posts up he really wants to score over his right shoulder.  Be physical with him and do not let him get any easy buckets going to his left.  Really pressure him.  Make him uncomfortable.
  • Make Free Throws.  The game two weeks ago was closer than it could have been due to going just 10-20 from the free throw line.  We need to get back to making 75% or better.
  • Dominate the paint.  They are not a very big team around the basket so it will be crucial that our guards finish at the rim and we look to score it in the post as well.  Should be opportunities to offensive rebound and get second chance points too.  Really succeeded in this area down in Athens.  Shot 50% from the field, had 12 offensive rebounds, and scored 48 points in the paint.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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