Friday, November 28
|KenPom Predicted Win %|
New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Charles Mann (6'5" G, Jr.); Kenny Gaines (6'3" G, Jr.); Marcus Thornton (6'8" F, Sr.)
Yante Maten (6'8" F); Osahen Iduwe (6'10" C)
Brandon Morris (6'7" F); Donte Williams (6'9" F)
Last 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.