Georgia basketball will continue its season-opening basketball home stand Friday night with what’s shaping up as another high-flying track meet.
The Bulldogs (2-0) lead the SEC in scoring at this early juncture of the season on the strength of Anthony “Antman” Edwards’ lead-leading 26.5 points per game average.
Edwards will likely be shooting, quite literally, to match the feat of Georgia and NBA Great Dominique Wilkins, who scored more than 20 points in each of his first three games as a freshman in 1979.
Bulldogs coach Tom Crean, who has a complete makeover on his hands with 10 new players in his second season leading Georgia, has warned his young team about the brand of ball the Hornets look to trap them into playing.
“They press, they defend, they switch, they play extremely fast on offense and want to get out in transition, they want to attack the rim,” Crean said at his media availability on Thursday. “They mix up their defenses to play a lot of zone. They’ll get into us.
“They will absolutely get into it. It’s a good test for us to come back and have to be a lot better than what we were the other night, especially when it comes to our defense, when it comes to our defensive transition.”
The Bulldogs marched up and down the floor to the tune of a 95-86 win over The Citadel on Tuesday night, committing an astonishingly low 8 turnovers while owning a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Hornets don’t figure to be as giving, and Georgia isn’t as likely to get away with another poor rebounding effort. The Citadel out-rebounded UGA 43-36 on Tuesday night, a point junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds indicated didn’t sit well with the head coach.
“We don’t have Nic (Claxton) or Derek (Ogbeide) on the floor, so we are just trying not to get out- rebounded on the court,” the 6-foot-8, 235-pound Hammonds said. “I think it falls on me a lot, I am a junior, I have to know how to rebound, which I do.”
Christian Brown, a 6-foot-6 freshman and part of Crean’s Top 10 2019 signing class, said Thursday Crean has gotten the message across.
“He emphasized that the most: Rebound, rebound, rebound,” Brown said. “That’s what he wants. If we can’t get a board, then we can’t get the ball. That’s what he wants us to do the most.”
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