Date: November 21, 2013
Tip-off Time: 5:00 PM ET
TV Channel: ESPNU, ESPN3
It has been nearly a week since the Georgia Bulldogs took to the basketball court, but the Dawgs will look to get the taste of that unfortunate result out of their mouth as they travel to Charleston to face Davidson on Thursday afternoon. The meeting between the two teams is part of the Charleston Classic (an ESPN production), and if UGA can grab a win, they’ll move on to the semifinals against the winner of Temple/Clemson.
Davidson is a highly-respectable mid-major opponent, as the alma mater of Stephen Curry has continually been involved in NCAA Tournament discussion over the past few years. The Wildcats are 0-3 to start the season, but that is slightly misleading, as they’ve already had to face a top-5 team in Duke and another ranked opponent in Virginia. Davidson is led by senior forward De’Mon Brooks, who is averaging 17 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season, and this is a solid roster overall.
As for the Dawgs, it’s tough to get a full read on this year’s group through just 2 contests. Currently, the offense ranks just 200th in the country (101.7 points per 100 possessions), and that is a bit of an issue, especially considering the preseason worries about how to replace the scoring of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The defense, however, has been quite stingy (97.9 points per 100) in the small sample, and they’ll need that to continue today in order to get a victory in what amounts to a road game.
Our pals in Las Vegas have actually made Davidson a slight, 1-point favorite in the game, and while that may shock you, it probably shouldn’t. There is a bit of fear nationally about this Bulldogs team, and Mark Fox and company could go a long way in diffusing that talk with a efficient victory in this spot, especially on an ESPN network.
Stay tuned for more coverage, including a game recap after the final buzzer.