Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dawgs Face Florida Atlantic

Should be a good game tonight.

Florida Atlantic is coming off an 18-point loss at Miami. In the game prior to the contest with Miami, FAU posted an 18-point victory against New Orleans. Billy Humphrey was injured in that game and played only a few minutes.

FAU has Shavar Richardson, a 6' 3" guard from Brooklyn, New York. Richardson was the top scoring freshman in the Sun Belt Conference last year. He made 57 three-pointers for the season.

Sanchez Hughley is a 6'4 " guard from Orlando, Florida. At 210 pounds, he might be a load in the match-up against Georgia's starting guards.

Ray Taylor might give Georgia some problems with his quickness. Taylor is a 5' 6" guard who averages 18 points per game with 6 assists. He scored 23 points against Miami. Taylor is not shooting a particularly high percentage (a hair less than 40% from the floor), so the key for the Dawgs will be to keep him out of the paint.

Georgia should have an advantage in the post. Brett Royster is a 6' 8" post player, averaging right at 10 points per game. DeMonte Simpson is a 6' 9" 270 lb center who posts 7 points and 6 boards a contest. Simpson versus Jackson or Price should be fun to watch.

Miami had a large rebounding advantage against FAU in their recent game, and given UGA's performance against Illinois, I would expect Coach Fox to pound the ball inside to Howard Thompkins, Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes.

Mike Jarvis coaches the Owls. He led three teams to the NCAA Tournament. He had notable stops at George Washington and at St. John's before being hired by Florida Atlantic.

FAU went 6 and 26 last year. They are 5 and 5 on the season so far. They make $75,000 for their trip up to Athens. Good contest for the Dawgs as we head toward the game against Georgia Tech and prepare to start the conference battles.

Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.

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