ATHENS — Just three days after recording an impressive win over Georgia Tech, the Georgia Bulldogs will play host to another ACC basketball team in Clemson, which visits Stegeman Coliseum Tuesday night at 6 p.m. For J.J. Frazier, the game couldn’t get here quick enough.
The Bulldogs’ hope is that the sophomore guard can stay hot from the 35-point scoring effort he put on the Yellow Jackets in the last outing. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Frazier was named SEC player of the week on Monday.
Frazier, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound junior from Glennville, came up big in the Bulldogs’ 75-61 victory. His 35 points on 6-of-9 3-pointers represented highest scoring output ever by a Bulldog against the Yellow Jackets. He connected on 64.3 percent of his field goals (9-of-14) and 91.7 percent of his free throws (11-of-12) in the victory. Including four assists, Frazier had direct hand in 57.3 percent of UGA’s offense on the day (43 of 75).
Frazier’s only turnover came when cramps forced him to the floor with 19 seconds remaining on the clock. Fittingly, he was carried off the court by teammates Yante Maten and Juwan Parker.
“To be honest, I’m just happy we got the win,” Frazier told reporters Monday. “I don’t really care how many points I get or what my stat line looks like. I just wanted to perform as best I can.”
Frazier and the Bulldogs (5-3) will be looking for their third win in a row when they play host to Clemson (7-4) Tuesday. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
The good news is Georgia isn’t dependent on Frazier having a 30-point night to be successful. In fact, he is the second UGA player to score 35 this season. Senior guard Kenny Gaines had 35 against Murray State in the second game of the season.
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Yante Maten leads the team with 16.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. So with Frazier’s 16-point average and Gaines’ 15.3, that gives opponents a lot of options to have to defend.
“People are paying attention to Kenny and Yante, well, here comes J.J.,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We have a couple of guys who can have big nights.”
The Tigers’ specialty is defense. They’re giving up just 57.6 per game. Clemson is coming off a 65-59 home loss to South Carolina.
Georgia leads its series with Clemson 52-24 with a 30-9 edge in Athens.
Thanks to the way Frazier and the Bulldogs have played of late, they’ll certainly enter the game with a lot of confidence.
“We talk a lot about the previous game impacted the next game. … Our guys are mature enough to know that,” Fox said.