Well, I've wanted Georgia to be able to compete against the "big boys", and we have the team to do it now. Georgia gave Kansas a run, but we aren't quite there yet. Dawgs lose by 11, Final score, 65 to 54.
This game was right there for the taking. Yante Maten played an incredible game. He dominated their big men for 30 points and 13 rebounds. Shot 11 for 23 from the floor, which isn't great, but it was more than enough. He missed a few in the second half because the Kansas zone collapsed on him.
Meanwhile, their three big guys, Udoka Azubuike, Landon Lucas, and Dwight Coleby, went 1 for 2 from the field, for a combined two points and seven rebounds.
Georgia out-rebounded Kansas, 39 to 36. We had their big guys in foul trouble all night.
Georgia would have won easily had we gotten any scoring from our 1, 2, and 3 positions. Let's face it: if J.J. Frazier goes 1 for 10 from the field, we're in trouble.
And tonight, no one else picked him up. Juwan Parker shot 2 for 9. He needs to change his release point and make it a split-second earlier. Right now, he is trying to guide the ball in.
Jordan Harris was 1 for 4. Tyree Crump was 0 for 1. Turtle Jackson was 2 for 5, making two three-pointers. However, Jackson shoots across his body, which results in some very bad misses. I think on two of his shots, he didn't even hit the rim.
It's not even that their defense was that great. We just couldn't put it in. Our perimeter players went 6 for 31. If our guards can't reach 20 percent shooting, we will lose a ton of games.
Jordan Harris played plenty of minutes. I have argued for more playing time for him. Well, in the key sequence of the game, Georgia was down 8 and we battled for an offensive rebound. Jordan had the ball with a chance to reset the offense, and he dribbled the ball off his foot out of bounds.
As readers know, as a general rule, I don't criticize the players. But Jordan can play better, and he has to get it done. The game will slow down for him, and he will score a bunch of points for Georgia in his career.
Well, we played hard on defense, our zone was effective enough. The good news is that J.J. won't always shoot poorly. The other guards will have better games.
Georgia is improving. We competed, and if we start getting complete games from our guards and bigs, we're going to make some noise.