Georgia Basketball Game Notes
Georgia (8-5, 0-1 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (9-4, 0-1 SEC)
Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.
Watch: SEC Network (Mike Morgan, play-by-play; Mark Wise, analyst)
Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta; Sirius: 98; XM: 190; Internet: 961. (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, producer)
The Starting 5…
- Georgia has already sold out 7 games this season, the most sellouts for the Bulldogs since they had 9 during the 2002-03 season.
- Nicolas Claxton is the only SEC player to lead his team in points, boards, assists, blocks & steals in a game this season...and he’s done it twice.
- Derek Ogbeide enters the Vanderbilt game eight rebounds shy of joining UGA’s top-10 career leaders in boards.
- UGA’s bench has outscored it counterparts in 11 games, with nine of those being by +10 or more. UGA’s bench has a +172 scoring margin.
- 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 returns to the friendly – and increasingly crowded – confines of Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday evening to host Vanderbilt in an SEC Network-televised matchup.
The Bulldogs are 6-1 at Stegeman this season and averaging 8,004 fans per game. Georgia’s non-conference attendance average was the Bulldogs’ best since the 2002-03 season.
The first 1,250 UGA students through the gates on Wednesday will receive either a No. 0, No. 13 or No. 24 player t-shirt and a free Bojangles chicken biscuit.
Series History With The Dores
Vanderbilt owns a 91-53 advantage in the all-time series between UGA and VU; however, the Bulldogs possess a 35-28 edge in Athens. There is one contested score, what UGA lists as a 50-44 win on Jan. 17, 1941.
Up Next: A Trip To The Plains
For the second consecutive weekend, Georgia will face a defending SEC co-Champion on the road. The Bulldogs will trek to The Plains this Saturday to face No. 11/10 Auburn.
Welcome To The League, Coach
Tom Crean’s initiation into the SEC might be considered hazing by some.
Georgia begins league play with six consecutive outings against teams that entered SEC competition ranked in the top-50 of the new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings.
The Bulldogs’ first half-dozen SEC opponents will be, in succession, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 45 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Auburn, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 33 Florida and No. 27 LSU.
Dogs’ Sellout Count Climbs To 7
The Tom Crean regime established some attendance records before the season even began by selling out three games.
In early December, that count ascended to six sellouts. The Bulldogs then wrapped up 2018 with a capacity crowd against UMass on Dec. 30.
On Oct. 24, Georgia announced sellouts for the Florida and Kentucky games, the earliest sellout(s) in UGA Basketball history.
Two days later, the Texas game also sold out. Prior to this year, Georgia never had more than one sellout prior to the opener.
Dates with LSU, South Carolina and Ole Miss also sold out in December. The last time the Bulldogs had seven sellouts was in 2002-03 when they hosted nine capacity crowds.
It should be noted that the 2,000 free seats reserved for UGA’s student body must be filled at those games for capacity crowds of 10,523 to be in attendance at the Bulldogs’ half-dozen “sellouts.”
The Dogs Are Drawing
Georgia averaged 8,004 fans for its seven non-conference outings, the second-highest figure in the 2000s.
That’s the most since the Bulldogs averaged crowds of 8,792 during the 2002-03 non-conference campaign. That season featured only five non-league dates, with three of those being on weekends and a fourth against No. 2 Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve.