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St. John's non-conference opponent scouting: Georgia Bulldogs

The other side of the NIT Season Tip-Off bracket is the Bulldog vs Bulldog matchup of Georgia and top-25 Gonzaga. Scouting the Georgia Bulldogs, just in case.

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Opponent
Date
Friday, November 28
KenPom Ranking
48
KenPom Predicted Win %
Location
Home
Venue
New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Time
TBA
2013-14 Record
20-14
Key Players
Charles Mann (6'5" G, Jr.); Kenny Gaines (6'3" G, Jr.); Marcus Thornton (6'8" F, Sr.)
Key Newcomers
Yante Maten (6'8" F); Osahen Iduwe (6'10" C)
Key Losses
Brandon Morris (6'7" F); Donte Williams (6'9" F)

LogosLast year's Georgia Bulldogs managed 20 wins against a middling schedule, but did go 12-6 in SEC play. Turnover-prone and foul-prone, the Bulldogs defended the paint well and crashed the glass behind Marcus Thornton (not the one who plays for William & Mary).

Does Mark Fox have enough experience and talent to keep the "hot seat" wolves at bay - or even challenge for an NCAA Tournament bid?

Mann and Gaines are great complements to each other, with Mann slashing for fouls (277 free throws taken last season - a ridiculous 93.9 free throw/ field goal ratio) and Gaines hitting 37% of his three-pointers.

Brandon Morris left the team after violating team rules; 6’8" senior Nemanja Djurisic, a stretch-four from Montenegro, will get minutes. Morris' ability to get fouled and go to the free throw line is the real loss in his game; Djurisic can get to the line as well, and may fill his role with more efficient scoring punch.