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Tom Crean: Georgia basketball win over No. 9 Memphis ‘absolutely paramount’
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Tom Crean: Georgia basketball win over No. 9 Memphis ‘absolutely paramount’

Tom Crean: Georgia basketball win over No. 9 Memphis ‘absolutely paramount’

Tom Crean: Georgia basketball win over No. 9 Memphis ‘absolutely paramount’

Tom Crean knew his Georgia basketball team was poised to win at Memphis when he looked into their eyes during a timeout during the back-and-forth slugfest.

"You look in their eyes, they're looking back at you, and you're not trying to convince them they can win," Crean said on CBS after the win. "That's huge."

Indeed, and so was the statement Crean's Bulldogs (10-3) made by beating the No. 9-ranked Tigers, 65-62, in the nationally televised CBS matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Historic upset: How Georgia took down Memphis in final minutes

"It's absolutely paramount and it was a made-for-TV game, with us not being in the Big 12 Challenge, they come back to our place next year," Crean said on the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. "Everybody knew what Memphis was, and the hype surrounding them. That's why it was such a big win."

It was Georgia's first road win over a Top 10 team since beating a No. 10-ranked Kentucky team 65-57 on Jan. 17, 2004.

It was also UGA's first win over a Top 10 team since beating a No. 10 Kentucky team 77-70 on Jan. 5, 2011.

The Tigers (12-2) had won 10 straight and were a 9-point favorite to beat the Bulldogs.

"Bottom line for us we got a chance to showcase our program early in the second year, on national television, right before an NFL playoff game," Crean said.

"Really, really proud of the way they played, and I'm glad so many people got to see it."

Both programs featured 10 newcomers this season, but Georgia made better use of theirs.

Crean's team showed more balance and ball movement, with 18 assists on 24 made baskets, while Memphis had 10 assists on 22 makes.

Penny Hardaway's Tigers had to rely on a friendly homecourt whistle, 11 of 20 from the free-throw line, while Georgia was just 7 of 11.

"When they get 20 free throws and we get 11, and a lot of those are at the end when they had so far to go to get into the bonus," Crean said. "I'm not sure I've seen something like that, where you had that far to go to get into the bonus."

Anthony Edwards, Georgia's prolific freshman signee and a projected NBA lottery pick, was just 4-of-17 shooting and scored 13 points.

But Edwards still affected the game greatly, drawing attention from the Tigers' defense while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists.

Freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler delivered 10 points and seven assists, graduate transfer Donnell Gresham Jr. had 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Junior Rayshaun Hammonds delivered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, providing the rebounding the undersized Bulldogs needed against Memphis.

Crean said Georgia, which has just two players 6-9 or taller, must continue to play the way it did at Memphis to be competitive in the SEC.

The Bulldogs play host to No. 17 Kentucky (10-3) at 9 p.m. on Tuesday in Stegeman Coliseum before traveling to play at No. 8 Auburn (13-0) next Saturday and then returning home for a game with Tennessee (8-5) on Jan. 15.

"If we don't build a physicality, if we don't build a five-man team rebounding group when we're on the court, we're going to struggle, because it's a very good rebounding league and we don't have the size," Crean said.

"The bottom line for us, when we compete like that, that has to continue to show us that not only we can do it, but how important it is that we do, do it."

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  • Major Burns enrolled early at Georgia earlier this month. He was from Louisiana. He played his high school ball in Baton Rouge. But he wound up going rogue from those Tigers that play in his hometown. He was committed to Texas A&M at one time, then to LSU. He de-committed from LSU abruptly right before the early signing period. Georgia got involved thanks to his new Georgia roommate Jalen Kimber and that is a story DawgNation has already chronicled. Burns went from LSU commit on Dec. 10 to de-commit on Dec. 11 to Georgia signee on Dec. 17. He was enrolled at UGA on Jan. 6. A crucial official visit to UGA should be wedged in there as well. It came on the last weekend prior to the early period. Quite the whirlwind. But that's not the story to share about Burns today. Of all days. The book on Burns can come easy in a few clicks. His junior film is a good place to start. But Burns didn't make a senior reel. That's typical of an elite prospect who already had all the offers and college interest he could ever dream for. The final 247Sports Composite rankings for Burns read like this: Nation's No. 13 safety. No. 180 overall prospect. No. 7 player in Louisiana. Did LSU have room for Burns in its class? Signs do point to that, but that is of little concern to this narrative. His prospect status took a slight dip. Likely because he skipped the Under Armour All-American Game. Other prospects had more chances to impress on a national stage. Burns chose to soak up more time with family. That made sense. Especially his situation. Family is his priority. It will always likely be. The story to read about Burns today is about family, a father's love, being a son and wanting to make Dad proud. We all want that, right? The new Georgia Bulldogs burns for that. Literally. That's the thing Georgia fans need to associate with this new Bulldog. Not the famous name that invokes memories for older Bulldog fans of that famous 1980s 'M.A.S.H.' sitcom. Burns will grind to make his father Tony Burns proud. Always. Even after tragically losing him at the age of 51. Check out the words from his initial commitment video to LSU. That video was produced by TigerDetails.com and it will perfectly capture why this young man will succeed in life. That's the real clip to watch when it comes to Burns. It reads: Dear Dad, Let me start by saying how much I wish you were here. One of the core building blocks we relied on for stability was pulled from my feet when I was only 16 years old. Life didn't wait for me. I had to move forward without your physical guidance and presence. I had to clear the obstacles blocking the path you laid out for me. Every camp. Every rep. Every game. You were there. I am here today because of you. We walk this journey together and I know you will be by my side for the next chapter. This is for you, Dad. Welcome to our new home. Go Tigers! The pictures. The subtle melody. The sound of 'we've got to want it right here' in the background. It tells the Major Burns story far better than mere words aboutwho he was committed to. Or rankings. Or his status on the 'All-Name' team for the next few years in the SEC. Tony Burns passed away on July 28, 2018. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that he battled sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease, and contracted pneumonia . When the script of his recruiting story changed to a new team on his early signing day, his thoughts were still with his father. TigerDetails.com reporter Jerit Roser captured this moment, too. An emotional Signing Day celebration for Madison Prep star Major Burns, who will represent his family, his school and his community at #Georgia. pic.twitter.com/bdXwweTZu8 Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) December 18, 2019 Burns thanked his mother, his brother, his family, his pastor and the entire Madison Prep school community. At the 51-second mark of that video clip, he thought of his father. It was a happy day, but it was not an easy day. 'I want to thank my father even though he is not here with me today,' Major Burns said. 'He made me the man that I am.' He spoke for about eight seconds before all the joy and love and hurt and grief and pride all caught up with him. He was still his father's son. There was a 10-second pause. Burns didn't have to say anything else. That's when all the Madison Prep Chargers in the room started clapping. His mother, Choretta Burns, came over to support him. Like she always has. Then he continued. He wore a red Georgia sweatshirt. There were no hats on the table. No ceremony or suspense to this announcement. 'For the next three or four years, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Georgia,' he said. Burns then put a 'Power G' hat on. He let it all sink in and blew a kiss out to the crowd. And then he starting acting like a Dawg. 'Woof woof woof,' he barked. With that, he signed his letter of intent for that ceremony. A school official then shared her thoughts on Burns. 'I would just like to thank Mrs. Burns and the Burns family for trusting us with such a genuine, kind-hearted and unique child. I'm excited about his decision.' The video clip ends at that point. But that message was already clear about what he will bring to the University of Georgia. When it was time for him to report to UGA, he stayed up all night on the drive. He wanted to see the whole road on his way to Athens. Georgia thank you for taking me in with open arms, let's get to work!! #GoDawgs!! 2.0 (@majorburns6) December 17, 2019 Major Burns: A reason to honor his father on this day Tony Burns was 51 years old when he passed. He was born on January 29, 1967. Burns chose to honor his father today on his birthday via social media. Like he does on a lot of days. Happy bday to my pops 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 29, 2020 If your name not on it you don't own it pops taught me that 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 28, 2020 This season dedicated to my pops 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 23, 2020 Confidence on 100 but still the most humble person you will ever meet. 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 8, 2020 Told moms have no worries your son gone handle business. 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 8, 2020 I'm so thankful for everything I know people have worse situations then me. 2.0 (@majorburns6) January 1, 2020 We all strong and fast but let me see what your heart about 2.0 (@majorburns6) December 27, 2019 Thank you lord #Ripdad https://t.co/y4sjtP4WB1 2.0 (@majorburns6) December 18, 2019 Rip pops 2.0 (@majorburns6) December 7, 2019 I can imagine my pops smiling rite now I miss that guy. #Rip 2.0 (@majorburns6) November 14, 2019 The freshman safety is already excelling in winter workouts. Turning heads. Challenging guys. He was a former QB at Madison Prep, but he moved to the defensive side of the ball and acquired a rep for being a hard hitter.Even with a no-doubt baby face inside that helmet. Burns aspires to write a book one day. He has certainly shown the ability to do just that.Just take a look at his LSU de-commitment tweet and note. The cream will always rise to the top. #Ripdad pic.twitter.com/aTzZcYYdN6 2.0 (@majorburns6) December 11, 2019 It reads: Life is like a book. No matter where you think the next chapter may lead you, it can take you in an entirely different direction. I'm writing my own book. The chapters written so far were mostly out of my hands, but as I've grown, I control the pen. I've enjoyed my time as an LSU commit, making a lot of lasting relationships along the way, but its time to turn the page and move on to the next chapter. I am officially an uncommitted prospect. #OpenSeason A few clips from his senior year are embedded via this tweet below. It shows that DawgNation will have a lot to look forward to when he is ready to line up in Kirby Smart's secondary. Remember the name. Not because of a sitcom character. But because of who he plays for. Tony Burns would have been 53 years old today. May he rest in peace. Thank you Madison prep but this is not over #Ripdad pic.twitter.com/RiBeTlqTpw 2.0 (@majorburns6) November 30, 2019 The post Major Burns: A father's son and a story to read today about a new Bulldog appeared first on DawgNation.
  • It's hard to imagine the awkward silence on the Georgia basketball plane ride back from Missouri late Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday. The Bulldogs blew a 20-point lead to drop their fourth-straight game in deflating fashion, 72-69. There are growing pains, and then there's this, a team that lacks an identity with players who appear to either refuse or be unable to accept roles. Missing point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle) was no doubt a factor in the loss. But this was a game Georgia had won, up 59-39 with 13:33 left. The Tigers (10-10, 2-5 SEC) were just as desperate for the win as the Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6), as they snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. RELATED: Meltdown in Missouri, how Georgia lost to the Tigers Crean tried to take the approach on the postgame radio show on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network that it was another lesson learned. 'We've got to learn that when we play hard and we play together like that, we can do a lot of really good things,' Crean said, focusing on how Georgia played through contact early and controlled the glass in the first half. 'But momentum was up for grabs, and no one ever went and grabbed it back, and that's the level of toughness that you have to have to be able to make strides and to be able to win on the road.' The Bulldogs have been outscored in the second half of each of their seven road games in the SEC. Here are three things from the Bulldogs' heartbreaking loss at Missouri Anthony Edwards' effort The freshman played all 40 minutes and left it all out on the court, leading the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Edwards' missed a potential game-tying 3-point shot at the buzzer, and he had his shot blocked at the rim the previous trip down the floor. But anyone who watched the game could see Edwards' effort providing the lifeblood for the team on a night point guard Sahvir Wheeler was sidelined by an ankle injury. Edwards' downfall was his 3-point shooting. He was just 3 of 12 beyond the arc after a 3-of-10 shooting performance from three in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Rayshaun Hammonds stat line Hammonds roller-coaster season continued at Missouri. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior played 33 minutes but failed to score and had just two rebounds. 'It's a tough stat line,' Crean said. 'We'll watch the film.' Hammonds attempted just one shot in the game. Hammonds was coming off a 4-point outing in the loss to Ole Miss, 1-of-8 shooting in that game in 30 minutes. Georgia seems at its best when Hammonds is asserting himself inside: offensively, defensively and rebounding. Plus-minus It's always interesting to see how the team does with each player on the floor, and the plus-minus statistic can provide a window. Tye Fagan played only five minutes and made the only shot he took. But the Bulldogs outscored Missouri by 15 when he was in the game. Conversely, Jordan Harris played 23 minutes and scored 8 points on 1-of-4 shooting, and UGA was outscored by 13 with him in the game. The most puzzling plus-minus came from Donnell Gresham Jr.,. Gresham had a minus-12 despite going 2-of-2 shooting from the floor, 5-of-5 from the line while pulling down five rebounds and recording two steals. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post 3 things from Georgia basketball's perplexing 72-69 loss at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball squandered a 20-point lead in the second half at Missouri on Tuesday night, losing its fourth game in a row, 72-69. 'We have witnessed a meltdown,' UGA play-by-play man Scott Howard said, encapsulating the game on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network. Anthony Edwards recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, playing the full 40 minutes before the crowd of 8,451 Mizzou Arena and an SEC Network television audience. Edwards, however, came up short on the final play of the game when his 3-point shot attempt from the wing went off the front of the rim just before time expired. The Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6 SEC) led 59-39 with 13:33 left when Edwards, who was 9-of-24 shooting including 3 of 12 beyond the arc, hit a 3-pointer. Georgia, playing without injured point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle), appeared to be in control of the game against the Tigers (10-10, 2-5) at Mizzoui Arena, on the verge of outscoring an SEC opponent in the second half for the first time this season. Instead, Missouri rallied behind Xavier Pinson moments later. Pinson, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, sparked the rally in full with a 3-pointer that ignited a 23-4 run. 'I told my team, momentum is always up for grabs,' Crean said on his post-game radio show. 'We did not guard as well in the second half, we didn't guard the dribble as well, and we had some guys that really struggled tonight.' Georgia failed to score a field goal for more than seven minutes during the Tigers' run, missing seven shots during that stretch. Senior Reed Nikko , a 6-foot-10 post, hit a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to put Missouri up 66-65, the Tigers' first lead since a 14-13 lead led than nine minutes into the game. But Nikko's biggest play of the night came with 8.6 seconds left and Missouri clinging to a 71-69 lead, when he blocked an Edwards' shot at the rim. UGA fouled immediately, but Mitchell Smith split a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three, leading to Edwards' final trey attempt of the night. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win despite Edwards recording his first 20-point scoring outing since he went for 26 in an 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15 in Athens. Senior Tyree Crump scored 13 points and Toumani Camara added 12 for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded Missouri 32-31 and went 17 of 21 from the free-throw line to Missouri's 16-of-21 effort from the charity strip. Georgia junior Rayshaun Hammonds, who entered the game as the team's second-leading scorer, took just one shot missing it and had only two rebounds in his 33 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs held a 42-30 lead at the half on the strength of 52-percent shooting and a 21-13 rebounding advantage through the first 20 minutes. Edwards scored the first 14 of his points in the first half, 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down five rebounds. Crump had 11 first-half points, coming off the bench midway through the first half to hit a pair of free throws and consecutive 3-pointers that ignited a 22-3 run. Rodney Howard's jumper closed the Bulldogs' pivotal surge by scoring a basket from in the paint, giving UGA its largest lead of the game to that point at 35-17 at the 4:53 mark. Georgia returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Texas A&M (10-9, 4-3) at Stegeman Coliseum. The Aggies won at Tennessee, 63-58, on Tuesday night. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Meltdown' in Missouri, Georgia squanders 20-point lead to lose fourth straight appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia basketball team arrived in the 'Show Me State' on Monday night intent on being prepared to show Missouri a new brand of physicality. Bulldogs' coach Tom Crean said playing that style of basketball, with toughness, will be needed against Coach Cuonzo Martin's Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Columbia (TV: SEC Network). 'W e've got to deal with [Missouri's] physicality, because they're a very physical, aggressive basketball team,' Crean said on Monday before the team practiced and flew to Missouri. 'We've got to defend their guards and definitely have to be able to continue to run our offense, because of that physicality and the way they help and recover.' Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) will be looking to snap its season-long three-game losing streak against Missouri (9-10, 1-5). The Tigers rank 33rd in the nation and second in the SEC in scoring defense, opponents averaging just 62.3 points per game against them. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are fourth in the SEC in scoring with 76.7 points per game. The improved health of freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler figures to be key, as he has been battling back from an ankle injury suffered in the 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15. ' He's got to push the ball better, (and) we have to get out and go,' Crean said. 'We have to get him flying up the court and doing a better job with that. There's no doubt about that and when he does, he's really good. That's what we have to have. 'Push it, throw it ahead, get it back, attack, get his confidence back making layups. Continue if it's not there keeping the ball alive, don't try to force a shot, keep it alive, keep it moving. Hopefully his confidence will come back to him.' Tempo, spacing and ball movement are all near the top of the priority list for the Bulldogs. But on Tuesday night, it starts with toughness. 'At the end of the day we've got to get some loose balls, we've got to get some guys that will put their body on the ground, be quick, react quicker, and that's part of it,' Crean said. 'You want to make this your career and it doesn't stay your career very long if you're not aggressive if you're not tough, you're not physical, if you don't have a mindset for winning. That's what it is.' DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards hits 'Freshman Wall' like no other Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia quarterback and SEC Championship Game MVP (2005) D.J. Shockley knows all about offseason competition, drawing from his days playing with David Greene under Mark Richt. Shockley, recently speaking with WSB on the Bulldogs Game Day show, discussed how pivotal it is that incoming grad-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman will be present for spring drills. 'You've got some young guys who have already been there,' Shockley said. 'Stetson Bennett has already been there. D'Wan Mathis is coming off his injury, he has been there, he's been a part of the system. 'So (Newman) is going to need this time to really dive into that playbook and understand all the nuances of it.' The Bulldogs hired new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to replace James Coley earlier this month. Coley left for Texas A&M last Friday, opening up a spot on the staff many expect newly hired analyst Buster Faulkner to fill. RELATED: Football stars endorse new Georgia hire Todd Monken Monken has been active on the recruiting trail since his hire, but with the start of a dead period fast approaching (Feb. 3), Kirby Smart and his staff could have time to crunch some Xs and Os. RELATED: Terry Bowden shares thought on drop-back to dual-threat QB flip Georgia will likely retain some of its base offense, but there are sure to be plenty of twists. Monken, an 'Air Raid' pass scheme expert, will bring part of his playbook and look to maximize UGA'sdual-threat quarterbacks. Mathis, Bennett and incoming freshman Carson Beck all have good mobility. And then there's Newman who rushed for 574 yards and 6 TDs last season, including a 50-yard run. Of Newman's 180 attempts, 128 were designed runs, per PFF advanced metrics. The former Wake Forest quarterback was recently tagged among the top five Heisman Trophy favorites, and PFF ranks him the third-best quarterback returning in the nation behind Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. 'Joe Burrow (was) far and away the highest-graded quarterback throwing to a tight window, but Newman is second and third isn't anywhere near him,' PFF penned earlier this month. 'He also limited his uncatchable pass rate to the fourth lowest. 'Newman has some rushing ability and has seen the eighth-most designed rushes for a quarterback (128). While some may say it's his rushing that can be his greatest weapon, it's clearly his arm.' But the key where Georgia is concerned is that Newman is already on campus and working out with his teammates. 'So him being here early,' Shockley said, 'I think, gives him an opportunity to be the guy.' Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley With Jamie Newman already on campus in Athens, @DjShockley3 says spring practice will be huge for him to prove he can be 'the guy'! : Sat at 11am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/5Z7ND86mUG Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) January 27, 2020 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense ESPN details how Georgia might win national title Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change UGA recruiting in South Florida affected by James Coley departure Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' appeared first on DawgNation.