Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Plan ahead and stay awhile

With National Signing Day just around the corner on February 3rd, there will be plenty of Dawg fans in town to scope out the signing wall. Of Note, I won’t be one of those folks for more than one reason. But that is another post for another day.

For those that are in town, be sure to land yourself a ticket to watch the Dawgs take on the Hogs. What better reason is there to spend the entire day in the Classic City.

So swing by the georgiadogs.com site and grab your tickets.

Goooooooo Dawgs

Into the land of Gators and Jean Shorts.

Dawgs (9-8, 1-3) vs Gators (14-5, 3-2)
After the thrashing the Dawgs laid on the Vols this past weekend, they head into Gainesville to battle the Gators. This is the worst possible scenario for the Dawgs. The O’Connell Center will be loud and with the Dawgs coming off the big win, they may be in for a let down.
Now these are not the same Gators from years past. Teams are pushing the Gators, teams like South Carolina and South Alabama. Although the Gators are recovering from starting 0-2 in conference play. This is not to say the Gators are really down, they are just where they used to be. Now given that we pushed Kentucky in Lexington, I do think we could pull an upset in Gainesville. But, and this is a big but, we have to have a game like the Tennessee game.
Looking back at the Tennessee game, I still see some HUGE issues. The first and foremost being the bench. We are basically getting no scoring from the bench. Against the Vols, we managed to get 9 from Jeremy and 7 from Ebuka. This was a bonus. So far this season we are lucky to get 10 points from the bench. So far the bench only supplies some rest for the starters. And as the starters go, so goes the team.
We know that Trey and Travis have to have 15 plus points a game, That the other starters need to get around 20 points or so. We have to outrebound and we have to have less than 20 turnovers. I know easier said than done. It is nice to see Ricky getting near 10 points a game.
So on Wednesday the Dawgs need to get 68 points and play great defense. So here is the basic stat line we need to see:
Points
68
Rebounds
39
Rebound Margin
10
Assists
14
Turnovers
16
Free Throw %
77
FT Attempts
30

Give me those lines and I would feel good about our chances against then Gators.

@ Florida
Wednesday, January 27
7:00 p.m.
Due to coverage of the Presidents State of the Union, radio play will be switching from WSB to the River in the Atlanta Market. Luckily the Dawgs will be on CSS, so that coverage should be OK.
I’ll leaving you with some quotes from the Gatorzone.com
Billy Donovan on Georgia
We had a pretty emotional week as a team with a late game on Thursday at Arkansas and then having to turn around and play on South Carolina on Saturday. We have two days to prepare for what I consider to be a very good Georgia team. I’ve seen this situation before when there’s been a coaching change and there are some new players and then some returners who are adjusting to a new coach. Mark (Fox) has done a great job with this Georgia team. I definitely don’t think their record is indicative of how they’ve played since the SEC season started. They’ve had some good non-conference wins – they beat Georgia Tech and Illinois. They probably played Kentucky on the road as well as any team in our league, then obviously had a great win over Tennessee over this past weekend. They rebound the ball exceptionally well and they have tremendous size in their frontcourt with (Chris) Barnes, (Albert) Jackson, (Trey) Thompkins and (Jeremy) Price. (Travis) Leslie on the perimeter has evolved from his freshman to sophomore year. He’s a very athletic player, they have great perimeter shooting and (Dustin) Ware is great. They have very good pieces and they’re efficient on offense. This will be a great challenge for our team on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dawgs vs Vols Times 2

Call it what you will, but this week is a battle of the Dawgs vs the Vols. This just adds to the earlier events of the Vols inking Derek Dooley (Yes the son of Vince) to be the new head coach. I won’t go into Vince and whom he may pull for but I say it’s his son, he can do as he pleases. But this is about basketball this week

To start the Lady Dawgs #8 (17-1,4-1) take on The Lady Vols #3 (16-1,4-0) Thursday in the Steg. Game time is 7pm. Then on Saturday the Dawgs (8-8,0-3) take on the Vols #8 (14-2,2-0) at 5pm in the Steg.

While the gals look to continue it’s new streak of wins, the guys are looking at a nice week between games. This is a perfect time to regroup and refocus on the tasks at hand. Also playing well into the guys hands is the fact that the Vols have to play at Alabama tonight, so Roll Tide.

Of Note, Tennessee has reinstated the suspended players, and just in time for the heart of their SEC run and their battle with the Dawgs. Also the Ole Miss team that Georgia gave a run took the Vols to OT before losing 71-69 in Knoxville. So I feel that if the Dawgs can continue to play above themselves and not let the game get away from them, they stand a good chance of knocking of the Vols. Maybe Coach Fox and the team can get it’s signature win against the Vols, much like Coach Richt did in 2001.

The guys have been on the edge of winning, sometimes even handing the victory over after blowing leads. This is something that I hope they can look at and learn from. As a team can’t win until it learns how to win. A huge catch-22.

Sadly I won’t be able to attend the guys game on Saturday, so no live tweets unless I get a chance to have the TV or radio on. And yes my tickets have already been spoken for. Although there is a chance in the future that I might put another game up for grabs.

So here’s hoping for a great week for the Dawgs and that we can give them the Hopnailed Boot one more time.

Goooo Dawgs

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Basketball is almost there

After having played 3 ranked teams in a row and coming out of that with only a single win, some might think that is a bad sign. I’m on the other side. I was courtside for the win and a loss and saw the other one on TV. I can see that we are right there with the big boys of the SEC. Do I think we are better, no. Do I think we can take one or two from the top SEC teams this year, yes. I say yes, but it depends on a few factors.

  • This team needs to mature and mature quickly. Note: The team even admits this in the post game interviews
  • This team needs confidence that it can win the big games like the Illinois and Tech games.
  • Need to play within ourselves and not let the other team dictate what we do.
  • Fans need to get in the seats, even for the unpopular games. Luckily in the SEC, those are few and far between.
  • Continue to do what we do well (shoot free throws) and improve on the other areas
  • Find some bench points.
  • Need to find a new scoring threat. Travis and Trey lead the way. McPhee and Ware get their share, but we need someone to step up and find their shot.

I don’t think we need all those listed and I’m sure I left some out, but this is a new start. We are young and will have issues, but I see promise in the losses. Coach Fox posted the tweet below after the game this morning. So as long as we continue to strive forward, we have a chance. I couldn’t agree more.

FoxTweet0114

Here’s my little note to fans:

Like many in the Dawg Nation, we knew nothing about Coach Fox when he came in, all we saw was his record. It was impressive. But to see is work in action, gives me hope that we may have a team that can challenge and win today and in the years to come. This will bring in more talent.

One thing I would like to say to all of the Dawg Nation. Just because we have a new coach, and we seem to be playing well and above what many perceive as our under talented squad, I want to you understand that this road is a long one. Yes many are jumping on the basketball band wagon, the same happened under Felton and then even with some nice wins, the support dropped, fans stopped coming to the games and basically the team fell under the radar except for when it made the police blotter. Now with the team we have now, I don’t see many of the issues that led to the failures of the past. We have players that appear that they want to be here. The players seem to be buying into the new system. So as fans, we MUST continue to support the team not only this year but in the years to come.

To close out here are some numbers from the Ole Miss Game

  • Dawgs shot 67.6% (23-34) from the line, about 15 points lower than our average. If we hit our average, game would have been tied. Also we dropped from 75% in 1st half to 61% in 2nd half
  • Dawgs Bench 10 Points even though the bench had more minutes than against Kentucky
  • Ole Miss hit 8-18 three’s (Only 1-7 in 2nd Half), 1 below their average, but I knew going in they would put it up a lot.
  • Had a Kentucky hangover as Coach Fox feared.
  • Game was tied 7 times and had 11 lead changes, the Dawgs played most of the second half playing catch up after quick start to the second half by Ole Miss.
  • Dawgs had 17 second chance points. Not bad, but would like to see more.
  • Out rebounded the Rebels 41-34
  • Dawgs had 14 assists to 13 turnovers. Not too bad in the scope of things

To End, Gooooooooo Dawgs. Stay Strong.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dawgs vs Rebels

Wednesday, January 13
8:00 p.m. at the Steg (SEC Network for TV)

As we start the grind of SEC play, the Dawgs (8-6, 0-1) take on yet another ranked opponent. Who ever set the schedule for the season openers were not kind to the Dawgs. We opened on the road with the Wildcats, now we open the conference at home with #21 Ole Miss (12-3, 0-1).

So who are the Rebels this year. To start they are a high scoring team over 83 points a game. This tells me that we have to run a slow game. No way we will be able to keep up with them in scoring. They ranked second as of 1/7 in three point field goals per game at 9 making 37% of what they toss up.

The Rebels have 5 players getting double digit points. They are equally balanced in rebounding across the top players with 4 players getting over 4 rebounds a game. They also have a deep bench with 9 players getting at least 16 minutes a game.

They don’t turn the ball over and lead the league with a assist to turnover ratio of 1.29. They block shots and they steal.

So where does all this leave the Dawgs. Well the Rebels foul, so we’ll need to be great from the line. On the flip side, the Rebels don’t shoot very well from the line only hitting 66%. So if it is close, then we stand a chance.

For the Dawgs to win, here is where we need to excel :

  • We have to keep the score low.
  • Stay out of foul trouble.
  • Cut down on metal turnovers.
  • Rebound, Rebound, Rebound.
  • Defend the three.

Again at this point of the year, it’s hard to judge the true nature of a team and the stats. For example, the Rebels have lost 3 games, falling to Villanova, West Virginia and most recently Mississippi State. Most of their schedule was weak, but they did get wins over Kansas St and Indiana.

So come out, it’s a later game, so you have time to drive in. Come out and support the Dawgs.

Monday, January 11, 2010

HoopDawgs on Twitter

To help spread the love for the hoop dawgs, here are some of the guys and gals on twitter. Some have privacy on, so you may not be able to view their stream. Also I know the guys have apparently had some smack talk about who has more followers.

The Guys

Travis Leslie - #1 - http://twitter.com/TLeslie1

DeMario Mayfield – #2 - http://twitter.com/DMayfield2

Matt  Bucklin - #12 - http://twitter.com/Bucklin12

Connor Nolte - #20 - http://twitter.com/ConnorNolte

Tyler Whatley - #25 - http://twitter.com/TylerWhatley

Jeremy Price - #50 - http://twitter.com/BOMBEKLOT50

Coach Mark Fox - http://twitter.com/coachmarkfox

The Gals

Angel Robinson - #33 - http://twitter.com/angelrobinson33

Jasmine James - #10 - http://twitter.com/Jzmnj10

 

Also you can follow my list of Hoop Dawgs at - http://twitter.com/alanashley/ugabasketball – Here I will add any new players that I find

Numbers Overload in Basketball

I was looking around the NCAA stats site and luckily they were able to break down our hoop stats before we started conference play against the Wildcats this past Saturday. So I’m including a couple of screen shots of the stats.

First is Georgia against the Nation for the 09-10 (current season) and the 08-09 (Last Year) Season.

Georgia (8-5)
Men's Basketball National Ranking Summary
Thru Games 01/07/2010
Category Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Won-Lost Percentage (334 ranked) 124 61.5 Kansas
Kentucky
Purdue
Texas
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Scoring Offense (334 ranked) 256 65.6 VMI 91.4
Scoring Defense (334 ranked) 96 64.5 Southern California 54.5
Scoring Margin (334 ranked) 179 1.2 Kansas 27.6
Field-Goal Percentage (334 ranked) 153 44.2 Syracuse 53.8
Field-Goal Percentage Defense (334 ranked) 141 42.0 Florida St. 33.7
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (334 ranked) 323 3.9 VMI 12.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (334 ranked)     Columbia 46.8
Three Pt FG Defense (334 ranked) 180 34.3 Wake Forest 24.3
Free-Throw Percentage (334 ranked) 80 71.7 BYU 78.9
Rebound Margin (334 ranked) 102 3.2 Kentucky 11.5
Assists Per Game (334 ranked) 233 12.2 Sam Houston St. 21.1
Assist Turnover Ratio (334 ranked) 233 0.83 Notre Dame 1.65
Blocked Shots Per Game (334 ranked) 27 5.6 Connecticut 9.8
Steals Per Game (334 ranked) 179 6.8 Missouri 13.1
Turnovers Per Game (334 ranked) 204 14.7 Houston 8.9
Turnover Margin (334 ranked) 269 -1.8 Houston 10.1
Personal Fouls Per Game (334 ranked) 22 15.4 Mississippi St. 12.9
 
Category Player Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Points Per Game (250 ranked) Howard Thompkins III 146 16.2 Aubrey Coleman, Houstn 25.2
Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked) Howard Thompkins III 165 46.6 Dexter Pittman, Texas 74.1
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked) Ricky McPhee 
 
209
 
2.0
 
Rotnei Clarke, Ark 
Kelvin Lewis, Houstn
3.9
3.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked)       Noruwa Agho, Clmbia 59.0
Free-Throw Percentage (250 ranked) Dustin Ware 71 83.7 Clevin Hannah, WichSt 95.2
Rebounds Per Game (250 ranked) Howard Thompkins III 114 8.0 Damian Saunders, Duqsne 12.9
Assists Per Game (250 ranked)       Ronald Moore, Siena 8.7
Blocked Shots Per Game (250 ranked) Albert Jackson 
Howard Thompkins III 
Travis Leslie
137
172
243
1.5
1.3
1.1
Hassan Whiteside, Marsh 
  
 
5.1
 
 
Steals Per Game (250 ranked) Ricky McPhee 176 1.7 Aubrey Coleman, Houstn 3.4
Double Doubles (30 ranked)       Damian Saunders, Duqsne 12.0
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked)       Jon Scheyer, Duke 4.58
Triple Doubles (30 ranked)       Evan Turner, OhioSt 2.0

Georgia (9-6)
Men's Basketball National Ranking Summary
Thru Games 01/08/2009
Category Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Won-Lost Percentage (20 ranked)     Clemson
Pittsburgh
Wake Forest
100.0
100.0
100.0
Scoring Offense (330 ranked) 174 68.4 VMI 96.7
Scoring Defense (330 ranked) 107 64.4 Washington St. 51.2
Scoring Margin (330 ranked) 138 4.0 North Carolina 25.0
Field-Goal Percentage (330 ranked) 170 43.6 Utah St. 51.9
Field-Goal Percentage Defense (330 ranked) 58 39.9 Dayton 35.2
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (330 ranked) 194 5.9 VMI 13.6
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (330 ranked) 128 35.2 California 49.5
Three Pt FG Defense (330 ranked) 31 0.297 St. Louis 0.235
Free-Throw Percentage (330 ranked) 309 62.0 UC Davis 81.6
Rebound Margin (330 ranked) 123 2.5 Washington 12.1
Assists Per Game (330 ranked) 123 14.3 North Carolina 20.5
Assist Turnover Ratio (330 ranked) 229 0.85 Notre Dame 2.02
Blocked Shots Per Game (330 ranked) 29 5.2 Mississippi St. 9.0
Steals Per Game (330 ranked) 72 8.2 VMI 14.1
Turnovers Per Game (330 ranked) 298 16.9 Houston 9.3
Turnover Margin (330 ranked)     VMI 8.1
Personal Fouls Per Game (330 ranked) 67 16.9 Notre Dame 12.9
 
Category Player Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Points Per Game (100 ranked)       Stephen Curry, Dvdson 29.2
Field-Goal Percentage (100 ranked)       Patrick Patterson, Ky 71.3
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (100 ranked)       David Holston, ChiSt 4.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (100 ranked)       Rihards Kuksiks, ArizSt 51.2
Free-Throw Percentage (100 ranked)       Darren Collison, UCLA 97.6
Rebounds Per Game (100 ranked)       Blake Griffin, Okla. 14.0
Assists Per Game (100 ranked)       Brock Young, E.Caro 7.9
Blocked Shots Per Game (100 ranked)       Jarvis Varnado, MissSt 5.5
Steals Per Game (100 ranked)       Travis Holmes, VMI 3.8
Assist Turnover Ratio (100 ranked)       Kalin Lucas, MichSt 4.94

Now I want to point out just a few numbers. The ones I’m picking out are some of the topics that I have brought up in previous posts. Keep in mind that numbers and data can be twisted to say whatever you want them to say. So with that being said. What do the numbers so.
  • Free Throw Percentage – From 62 to 71.7. This is a HUGE improvement. This alone can win games. In both years the Nations leader was only at or around 80%.
  • Turnovers – 16.9 to 14.7. Not a big drop, but the leader is at 8.9 per game. This number can lose you games. Would like to see this drop another point or two when I do this comparison later in the year and then next year.
  • Scoring. When you look at the numbers, it shows what we already knew. We are not a great shooting team. We don’t have the scorers and that is reflected in the numbers. Nicely though our scoring defense has not changed much. When the scoring offense and the percentage made are compared, yes we scored more last year, but we are actually hitting more of our shots this year. I believe this is why our scoring is down. We are looking for the better shot. Which in theory would explain why we are actually scoring less because of less shots.

So now that we are into conference play, how does this years team look against the conference.

 

Southeastern
Men's Basketball National Ranking Summary
Thru Games 01/07/2010
Back to team selections
Category Team Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Won-Lost Percentage (334 ranked) Kentucky 
Mississippi 
Tennessee 
Mississippi St. 
Florida 
Vanderbilt 
Alabama 
LSU 
South Carolina 
Georgia 
Auburn 
Arkansas
1
24
29
34
47
47
73
104
104
124
135
207
100.0
85.7
84.6
80.0
78.6
78.6
71.4
64.3
64.3
61.5
60.0
46.7
Kentucky 
Purdue 
Texas 
Kansas 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scoring Offense (334 ranked) Mississippi 
Kentucky 
Tennessee 
Auburn 
Vanderbilt 
South Carolina 
Arkansas 
Mississippi St. 
Alabama 
Florida 
LSU 
Georgia
11
15
21
49
51
57
69
80
118
118
237
256
84.2
82.8
81.9
78.2
78.1
77.4
76.3
74.8
72.5
72.5
66.9
65.6
VMI 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
91.4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scoring Defense (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
Florida 
Tennessee 
Vanderbilt 
Kentucky 
LSU 
Georgia 
Alabama 
Mississippi 
South Carolina 
Auburn 
Arkansas
19
23
79
81
90
95
96
100
175
186
237
264
58.5
59.3
63.6
63.7
64.3
64.4
64.5
64.6
68.1
69.1
71.4
73.1
Southern California 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
54.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scoring Margin (334 ranked) Kentucky 
Tennessee 
Mississippi St. 
Mississippi 
Vanderbilt 
Florida 
South Carolina 
Alabama 
Auburn 
Arkansas 
LSU 
Georgia
8
10
20
21
31
37
81
85
95
139
152
179
18.5
18.3
16.3
16.1
14.4
13.2
8.3
7.9
6.8
3.2
2.5
1.2
Kansas 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
27.6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Field-Goal Percentage (334 ranked) Kentucky 
Vanderbilt 
Tennessee 
Mississippi 
Arkansas 
Alabama 
Mississippi St. 
Auburn 
Georgia 
Florida 
South Carolina 
LSU
6
19
31
45
56
70
76
78
153
157
159
220
50.2
49.1
48.3
47.4
46.7
46.4
46.2
46.0
44.2
44.1
44.0
42.6
Syracuse 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
53.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Field-Goal Percentage Defense (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
Kentucky 
Vanderbilt 
Tennessee 
Florida 
Mississippi 
LSU 
Arkansas 
South Carolina 
Georgia 
Alabama 
Auburn
5
16
31
33
54
91
108
123
139
141
170
195
35.6
37.8
38.4
38.7
39.6
40.8
41.2
41.6
41.9
42.0
42.7
43.4
Florida St. 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
33.7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
Mississippi 
Auburn 
South Carolina 
Kentucky 
Vanderbilt 
Tennessee 
Arkansas 
Florida 
Alabama 
LSU 
Georgia
4
13
33
110
137
144
154
161
182
226
296
323
9.9
9.0
8.2
6.9
6.6
6.5
6.5
6.3
6.0
5.6
4.6
3.9
VMI 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
12.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
Kentucky 
Mississippi 
Arkansas 
Vanderbilt 
Alabama 
Tennessee 
South Carolina 
Auburn 
Florida
16
17
82
87
120
131
173
201
209
261
40.8
40.6
37.1
37.0
35.7
35.5
33.7
32.8
32.5
29.3
Columbia 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
46.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Pt FG Defense (334 ranked) Florida 
Tennessee 
Vanderbilt 
Mississippi 
Mississippi St. 
LSU 
Georgia 
Alabama 
South Carolina 
Kentucky 
Auburn 
Arkansas
15
23
75
92
138
172
180
195
210
249
269
307
27.7
28.9
31.4
31.8
33.1
34.1
34.3
34.6
35.1
36.1
36.9
38.6
Wake Forest 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
24.3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Free-Throw Percentage (334 ranked) Georgia 
Alabama 
Florida 
Tennessee 
Vanderbilt 
Kentucky 
LSU 
Mississippi St. 
Mississippi 
Arkansas 
Auburn 
South Carolina
80
111
137
153
159
161
172
182
222
236
260
282
71.7
70.6
69.9
69.1
68.8
68.8
68.6
68.2
66.6
65.9
65.1
64.1
BYU 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
78.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rebound Margin (334 ranked) Kentucky 
Mississippi St. 
LSU 
Tennessee 
Georgia 
Florida 
Vanderbilt 
Mississippi 
Auburn 
Alabama 
Arkansas 
South Carolina
1
11
53
96
102
103
135
151
155
222
257
292
11.5
8.5
5.4
3.4
3.2
3.2
2.0
1.5
1.5
-0.5
-2.3
-4.2
Kentucky 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
11.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assists Per Game (334 ranked) Tennessee 
Kentucky 
Mississippi 
Arkansas 
Florida 
Alabama 
Auburn 
Vanderbilt 
Mississippi St. 
LSU 
Georgia 
South Carolina
13
18
35
79
92
108
117
128
186
220
233
286
17.3
17.1
16.2
15.0
14.8
14.4
14.3
14.0
13.1
12.4
12.2
11.1
Sam Houston St. 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
21.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assist Turnover Ratio (334 ranked) Mississippi 
Tennessee 
Alabama 
Florida 
Kentucky 
Arkansas 
LSU 
Mississippi St. 
Auburn 
Vanderbilt 
Georgia 
South Carolina
32
35
50
69
76
81
131
146
156
164
233
242
1.29
1.28
1.18
1.13
1.1
1.1
0.99
0.97
0.96
0.94
0.83
0.82
Notre Dame 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
1.65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blocked Shots Per Game (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
South Carolina 
Kentucky 
Mississippi 
Vanderbilt 
Georgia 
Alabama 
LSU 
Arkansas 
Tennessee 
Florida 
Auburn
4
5
8
18
21
27
66
90
95
169
194
243
8.1
8.1
7.5
6.3
6.1
5.6
4.6
4.1
4.1
3.4
3.1
2.7
Connecticut 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
9.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steals Per Game (334 ranked) South Carolina 
Tennessee 
Auburn 
Alabama 
Mississippi 
Florida 
Kentucky 
Arkansas 
Georgia 
Vanderbilt 
LSU 
Mississippi St.
17
18
24
36
62
73
146
160
179
239
262
286
9.7
9.6
9.2
8.8
8.4
8.2
7.2
7.1
6.8
6.1
5.9
5.5
Missouri 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
13.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turnovers Per Game (334 ranked) Alabama 
LSU 
Mississippi 
Florida 
South Carolina 
Tennessee 
Mississippi St. 
Arkansas 
Georgia 
Vanderbilt 
Auburn 
Kentucky
44
54
59
85
110
114
119
127
204
211
219
249
12.2
12.5
12.6
13.1
13.5
13.5
13.6
13.7
14.7
14.9
14.9
15.5
Houston 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
8.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turnover Margin (334 ranked) Tennessee 
South Carolina 
Mississippi 
Alabama 
Florida 
Auburn 
Arkansas 
LSU 
Vanderbilt 
Kentucky 
Georgia 
Mississippi St.
5
7
29
34
45
79
150
196
203
225
269
296
6.6
5.6
3.8
3.6
3.3
2.3
0.5
-0.4
-0.4
-0.8
-1.8
-2.6
Houston 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
10.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal Fouls Per Game (334 ranked) Mississippi St. 
Florida 
Georgia 
Kentucky 
South Carolina 
Alabama 
LSU 
Vanderbilt 
Arkansas 
Mississippi 
Auburn 
Tennessee
1
15
22
23
89
120
125
158
166
198
250
296
12.9
14.9
15.4
15.4
17.4
17.9
17.9
18.4
18.5
18.9
20.0
21.1
Mississippi St. 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
12.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Category Player Rank Actual National Leader Actual
Points Per Game (250 ranked) Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas 
Devan Downey, South Carolina 
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU 
Terrico White, Mississippi 
John Wall, Kentucky 
Chris Warren, Mississippi 
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky 
Howard Thompkins III, Georgia 
Bo Spencer, LSU 
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama 
JaMychal Green, Alabama 
DeWayne Reed, Auburn 
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
31
50
80
91
99
115
123
146
153
171
181
185
200
225
19.4
18.5
17.6
17.3
17.2
16.9
16.7
16.2
16.0
15.8
15.7
15.7
15.4
15.1
Aubrey Coleman, Houstn 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
25.2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked) Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi St. 
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky 
Storm Warren, LSU 
JaMychal Green, Alabama 
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 
Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas 
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt 
Lucas Hargrove, Auburn 
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi St. 
John Wall, Kentucky 
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama 
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee 
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas 
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU 
Howard Thompkins III, Georgia 
Terrico White, Mississippi 
Chris Warren, Mississippi
2
6
20
35
50
63
68
70
71
78
82
95
107
156
165
208
248
64.7
63.0
58.1
55.6
54.1
52.8
52.5
52.3
52.3
51.9
51.8
50.7
49.7
47.2
46.6
44.7
42.8
Dexter Pittman, Texas 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
74.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked) Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas 
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi St. 
Chris Warren, Mississippi 
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt 
Frankie Sullivan, Auburn 
Terrico White, Mississippi 
Brandis Raley-Ross, South Carolina 
Ricky McPhee, Georgia 
Bo Spencer, LSU
1
25
30
98
131
154
190
209
209
3.9
3.1
3.0
2.4
2.3
2.2
2.1
2.0
2.0
Rotnei Clarke, Ark 
Kelvin Lewis, Houstn 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
3.9
3.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked) Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas 
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi St. 
Chris Warren, Mississippi
3
10
64
50.0
48.5
38.9
Noruwa Agho, Clmbia 
  
 
59.0
 
 
Free-Throw Percentage (250 ranked) Frankie Sullivan, Auburn 
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama 
Dustin Ware, Georgia 
Bo Spencer, LSU 
Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas 
Devan Downey, South Carolina 
Chris Warren, Mississippi 
Jemal Farmer, Arkansas 
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU 
John Wall, Kentucky 
Dee Bost, Mississippi St.
19
39
71
77
111
150
160
197
205
205
241
90.2
87.1
83.7
83.3
82.1
80.6
80.0
78.8
78.6
78.6
76.9
Clevin Hannah, WichSt 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
95.2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rebounds Per Game (250 ranked) Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi St. 
Storm Warren, LSU 
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU 
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky 
Howard Thompkins III, Georgia 
JaMychal Green, Alabama 
Lucas Hargrove, Auburn 
Murphy Holloway, Mississippi 
Alex Tyus, Florida 
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
11
26
39
42
96
114
188
188
188
206
246
10.9
9.9
9.6
9.5
8.3
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.9
6.5
Damian Saunders, Duqsne 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
12.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assists Per Game (250 ranked) John Wall, Kentucky 
Dee Bost, Mississippi St. 
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama 
Erving Walker, Florida 
Eniel Polynice, Mississippi 
DeWayne Reed, Auburn 
Julysses Nobles, Arkansas 
Devan Downey, South Carolina 
Chris Bass, LSU 
Tyler Smith, Tennessee 
Chris Warren, Mississippi 
Stef Welsh, Arkansas 
Kenny Boynton, Florida
2
28
40
60
82
97
114
158
178
197
203
223
238
7.3
5.4
5.2
4.9
4.6
4.5
4.3
3.9
3.8
3.7
3.6
3.5
3.4
Ronald Moore, Siena 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
8.7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blocked Shots Per Game (250 ranked) Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi St. 
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina 
Reginald Buckner, Mississippi 
JaMychal Green, Alabama 
Johndre Jefferson, South Carolina 
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt 
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt 
Storm Warren, LSU 
Daniel Orton, Kentucky 
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas 
Albert Jackson, Georgia 
Mike Washington, Arkansas 
Howard Thompkins III, Georgia 
Vernon Macklin, Florida 
Terrance Henry, Mississippi 
Travis Leslie, Georgia
3
9
35
35
58
72
75
90
90
132
132
137
157
172
227
239
243
4.9
3.4
2.3
2.3
2.0
1.8
1.8
1.7
1.7
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.4
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.1
Hassan Whiteside, Marsh 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
5.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steals Per Game (250 ranked) Devan Downey, South Carolina 
John Wall, Kentucky 
Tony Mitchell, Alabama 
Frankie Sullivan, Auburn 
Lakeem Jackson, South Carolina 
DeWayne Reed, Auburn 
Senario Hillman, Alabama 
Ricky McPhee, Georgia 
Dan Werner, Florida 
Erving Walker, Florida
5
30
65
100
130
153
163
176
191
231
3.0
2.4
2.0
1.9
1.8
1.7
1.7
1.7
1.6
1.6
Aubrey Coleman, Houstn 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
3.4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Double Doubles (30 ranked) DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi St. 
Storm Warren, LSU
13
13
24
8.0
8.0
7.0
Damian Saunders, Duqsne 
  
 
12.0
 
 
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked) Tyler Smith, Tennessee 
Chris Bass, LSU 
Erving Walker, Florida 
Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt 
J.P. Prince, Tennessee 
Kenny Boynton, Florida 
Dee Bost, Mississippi St. 
Chris Warren, Mississippi 
John Wall, Kentucky 
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama 
Eniel Polynice, Mississippi 
Stef Welsh, Arkansas 
DeWayne Reed, Auburn 
Julysses Nobles, Arkansas
15
22
36
44
59
90
122
131
137
162
165
166
168
200
2.75
2.65
2.46
2.39
2.28
2.0
1.84
1.82
1.79
1.7
1.68
1.68
1.68
1.54
Jon Scheyer, Duke 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
4.58
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Triple Doubles (30 ranked)       Evan Turner, OhioSt 2.0

Now that you have gone blurry eyed, you will see that the Dawgs are not highly ranked. But I think the key is we are not at the worst. I can see the improvement being made, which at this point is what we are looking for. Just a few notes:
  • Last is scoring defense, but mid pack in scoring defense. Need to find another scorer. Maybe Ebuka?? More points from Albert or Chris or JP? Right now Trey and Travis lead the way, with Ricky coming in with just under 10 points a game. I don’t expect Ricky or Dustin to get many more points than they are currently getting, that’s why I think the scoring needs to come from those listed above.
  • Free Throw Percentage – We still lead the conference with 71.7% with Dustin shooting 83.7%. This has to continue for the dawgs to stand a chance this year. As we saw in the game against Tech, free throws kept us in the lead. In the past, we would have lost such a game.
  • One area that I was not really seeing, but it stands out is our assist rankings. Near the bottom in assists, same for the assist to turnover ratio. I knew that the turnovers were an issue, but didn’t realize how our assist numbers ranked. I firmly believe we can cut our turnover numbers from nearly 15 per game to near 10 if we stop the mental mistakes. I can count 3 or 4 a game where we just toss it away.
  • Personal Fouls – This area is harder to judge, because many times its the flow of the game and the refs. And sometimes, you just have to foul. I thought we were committing too many, but as it turns out, we are not that bad. We are third in conference at 15.4 per game. This will be a number to watch as we move into conference play. Which didn’t start well against Kentucky, where we had 33.

I hope you enjoyed the numbers game. I don’t expect to do this until we wrap up the year, unless I see some trends occurring.

Also, get on the band wagon now. I have been a season ticket holder for nearly 10 years as best I can remember and before that I was attending many games. Tickets are cheap and the “donations” requirements are still low. Although in a few years, these may go up as Coach Mark Fox guides the team into success.

So go ahead, tell me how I’m too optimistic. But I’m also the first to call out the dawgs. I’m more than willing to say they stank the joint up. But to date, under Coach Fox, that has only happened once so far. We have had our ups and downs, but overall a better “team.”

NOTE : For football readers. Kirbygate is still underway.