Georgia guard Kenny Gaines gets some air to block a shot by Georgia Tech guard Stacey Poole, Jr., during the second half but was called for a foul on the play on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Athens. Georgia Tech won the game 80-71.
ATHENS – Georgia’s men’s basketball team will see if it can pick itself up off the mat when it resumes play this afternoon at 5 p.m. in a game against Davidson in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. The game will be televised on FSN South.
This will be the first road trip of the season for the Bulldogs (1-1), who were last in action this past Friday when they dropped an 80-71 decision to rival Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum. They opened the season with a 72-52 win over Wofford.
In Davidson, they will encounter a Southern Conference team that is seeking its first victory of the year, but on that certainly won’t be intimidated by playing an SEC team in basketball. The Wildcats, who are 3-1 all-time against Georgia, have already played Duke and Virginia from the ACC. They lost 111-77 and 70-57, respectively. Their other loss was 81-77 at home to Milwaukee.
Georgia has played its first two games of the season without forward Brandon Morris. The 6-foot-7 forward, who started 20 games a year ago, has been suspended by coach Mark Fox for undisclosed reasons. Fox has not said whether Morris will be reinstated for these games but Morris made the trip.
Clemson, Temple, UAB, New Mexico, Nebraska and UMass are slow playing in the four-day tournament at TD Arena. The Bulldogs will play either Temple or Clemson on Friday in the winners-vs.-winners/losers-vs.losers format. No games will be played on Saturday and the championship game is on Sunday.
Currently, sophomore Charles Mann is leading the Bulldogs with a 15.5 scoring average and 3 assists per game. The point guard needs to reduce his turnovers, however, after having 7 in the loss to Tech. Kenny Gaines averages 11.5 points and 6 rebounds and Nemi Djurisic is average 10.5 points with 5 boards per game.
The Wildcats are led by a pair of high-scoring seniors: 6-7 forward De’Mon Brooks (17.0, 6.7) and 6-6 guard Tom Droney of Powder Springs (15.7, 3.7).