Georgia Basketball Game Notes
Georgia (4-3) vs. Texas Southern (3-5)
Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.
Watch: SEC Network + (Jeff Dantzler, play-by-play; Dean Keener, analyst)
Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta; XM: 382; Internet: 973. (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, producer)
The Starting 5…
- Nicolas Claxton became the first SEC player this season to lead his team in points, boards, assists, blocks & steals vs. Kennesaw State.
- Rayshaun Hammonds became the first SEC player this season with 30 points and 0 TOs when he had 31 points versus Illinois State.
- Derek Ogbeide enters the Texas Southern game 10 rebounds shy of catching No. 14 Marcus Thornton among UGA’s career leaders.
- The crowd of 9,018 against Savannah State was UGA’s largest for a home opener since Dominique Wilkins’ sopho-more year in Athens.
- UGA’s coaching staff sports a combined 80 seasons of D-I experience (Crean-28, Scott-27, Dollar-23, Abdur-Rahim-12) with 38 postseason bids
The Opening Tip
Georgia hosts Texas Southern, which has emerged as a perennial NCAA Tournament participant, on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs are 4-3 and looking to stay perfect at home. Georgia is 3-0 at Stegeman, most recently dispatching Kennesaw State last Tuesday behind Nicolas Claxton’s extremely impressive linescore of 16 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. All of those were team-best tallies for the Bulldogs, making Claxton the first SEC player to lead his team in all five major stats in a game this season...and he did so with zero turnovers.
Texas Southern, which has earned invites to four of the last five editions of “March Madness” is 3-5 to date. The Tigers already own a pair of road wins over Power 5 teams, defeating Baylor in the season opener and besting No. 16 Oregon last Monday.
Monday’s matchup will be the first-ever between Georgia and Texas Southern.
Up Next: Finals, Then Some Devils
Following the Texas Southern game, the Bulldogs will have a dozen-day break between games while Final Exams are administered on the UGA campus.
Georgia will return to action a week from Saturday when the Bulldogs host undefeated Arizona State at 6:00 p.m.
The Dogs Are Drawing
A combined 22,160 members of the Bulldog Nation have attended Georgia’s first three home dates of the 2018-29 campaign.
That is the third-largest three-game tally for the initial trio outings of the season at Stegeman Coliseum during the 2000s.
In 2002-03, Georgia welcomed a total of 25,156 spectators for their first three home dates of that season. The following year, the Bulldogs entertained 22,945 fans for their initial three outings of the 2003-04 campaign at Stegeman Coliseum.