Georgia-Florida Basketball

Georgia Almost Breaks The Streak in Gainesville

For the first time in 15 years, Georgia was not scared of Florida in Gainesville.

Georgia came ready for a fight mentally and physically in Gainesville against the Florida Gators.  What was different yesterday was composed against Florida’s pressure and played with far less nerves than teams past that came into the O’Connell Center.  This Georgia team played with toughness and physicality, but the path to defeat came down to self-inflicted turnovers, bad decisions and an egregious officiating decision.

This article is a bit delayed for a reason as this article is a special GIF’d edition of the Game Recap.  There are some videos here for a longer clips and credit belongs to ESPN and the SEC, but there is much to be ascertained from each clip.

Memories are fleeting and unreliable.  In fact, witness testimony is rather inaccurate.  These inaccuracies help shape memes and misconceptions, which takes the eyes off the prize and feeds into agendas.  After all, narratives come first and the truth is not important in this post-truth age.  This special GIF’d edition will help refresh the memory.

Georgia outrebounded Florida and completely dominated the glass up until the end of the game.  Georgia really did not do a good job boxing out at the end of the game.  Florida was able to get hustle rebounds and take advantage of Derek Ogbeide and the rest of the team falling asleep on defensive rebounds.   Georgia’s ability to rebound matched their fortunes on the scoreboard.  Once Georgia ceded the glass, Florida was back in the game and out in front.

Georgia committed 18 turnovers, which is absolutely ridiculous.  In the clips below, it is pretty obvious that Florida had very little to do with the turnovers.  Offensive fouls, horrible passes along the wing and the inability to catch uncontested passes were befuddling reminders that this team was certainly not playing out of their minds.

Georgia was the team that scored in the fast break more often and also was the team to get the second chance scoring opportunities.  Not exactly something one can say about Georgia in this series in the past 15 years.

Georgia played a very slow first half on offense and were extremely turnover-prone.  Yante Maten’s foul trouble did not help things, but the supporting cast did an admirable job keeping the team in front at Halftime.

The Shot Chart tells a very interesting tale.

Florida only attempted five shots outside of the money zones and made none of them.  Georgia attempted eight shots out of the money zones and made six of them.  Georgia was taking harder shots and making them.  Florida went 5/9 from three point range.  These rates are not exactly sustainable.

In the second half, Georgia committed less turnovers and were able to get into transition a bit more.  Still the average possession time was very long and it seems that this deliberate pace was self-imposed against the Florida man-to-man defense.  The foul counts climbed in this half and it created serious foul trouble (including Yante Maten fouling out).

Florida was taking their shots on the right side and Georgia was taking their shots on the left side.  Florida cooled off a bit in the second half from three point range and Georgia could be best described as thawing out from the perimeter.  Georgia could not keep shooting as effectively in the mid-range and Florida did not shoot as often in the mid-range.

How can this happen in Overtime?  Free Throws got Florida over the top.  Florida made eight out of ten Free Throws in the extra period.  Georgia attempted none.  Florida got three extra points from offensive rebounds at the Free Throw Line in this Overtime session, which represented their lead on Georgia’s possession with 1:55 left.

Should this game have went to Overtime?  No.

The Good Moments:

In this second possession of the game, Georgia used a continuation set featuring cross screens and a post player on the perimeter.  It set up Yante Maten on Devin Robinson, which is a mismatch and it enabled a clear post entry pass where Maten could seal off his defender and get an easy layup.  Robinson’s only chance was to disrupt the pass by trying to 3/4 court front Maten, which was not going to work since Maten was going to get the pass with his right hand.

On this screen and roll between Maten and Frazier, Maten was met by Kevarrius Hayes who had switched defenders to stop Maten’s roll or get in his face in case Maten was going to fade or take a jumper.  This switch created a mismatch where Derek Ogbeide was in the restricted arc against KeVaughn Allen.  Maten made the right pass and it was an easy two points.

In years past, Georgia would leave a Point Guard stranded against the press.  Here Georgia faced a 2-2-1 Zone Press and had Jordan Harris set a screen for J.J. Frazier to provide an option to dribble on his own or pass to Harris as a rolling pressure release.  Georgia broke the press with ease, but was not really able to figure out a way to take advantage of the brief 4-on-3 advantage.  However, they did not fold, panic or turn it over here and that’s why this is considered ‘good’.

This is Georgia’s High Post Triangle Screen.  When this screen is set properly the cutter has an opportunity to score at the basket.  In this case, Pape Diatta was able to draw a foul on Justin Leon.  If Leon did not fully commit to stopping Diatta from attempting a layup or dunk, he would have committed a foul on a made shot.  The play worked correctly and the credit actually belongs to Derek Ogbeide for setting a good screen on Leon to inhibit his path to his defender.

Some good secondary break offense here after a rebound and five players getting caught up in each other under the basket.  J.J. Frazier drifted toward the perimeter as an option to shoot a three, but Turtle Jackson chose wisely by passing to E’Torrion Wilridge streaking down the middle.  Wilridge made the layup on a clearly fouling Chris Chiozza who was outsized and outpositioned in this transition.

Canyon Barry was lethal in this game from three point range and the 2-3 Matchup Zone in this possession kept him from taking an open or uncontested three point shot.  Barry had to attack off the dribble and he attempted a shot that was a bit out of character for him as it was a contested runner.  Yante Maten was in excellent position for the rebound and he boxed out John Egbunu very well.

Georgia’s secondary break was at it again.  Juwan Parker was able to get an semi-contested mid-range jumper in rhythm off a J.J. Frazier feed.  Parker is the team’s best mid-range shooter and he put Georgia back in front again without having to get back into the half court offense.

Florida’s 1-3-1 Zone Defense was aggressive, they were extending as 3/4 court at times with it.  However, in this possession, it was extended out to the half court line.  The weakness of the 1-3-1 Zone is the short corner and in this case Florida trapped and it left Chris Chiozza in a bad spot once again with a driving E’Torrion Wilridge.  Wilridge had an option to feed to Maten, which kept Egbunu at bay.

This time against the 1-3-1 Zone, Juwan Parker fed E’Torrion Wilridge in the corner and Kasey Hill was not going to let Wilridge have the baseline drive again.  Kevarrius Hayes was completely dominated by Maten as he completely ceded the restricted arc due to shifting down in the zone.  Wilridge made the post entry feed and Maten took care of the rest.

KeVaughn Allen made a turnover here that was very similar to the type of turnovers Georgia was committing.  It resulted in an easy two points on the other end for J.J. Frazier.

Jordan Harris has shined when he takes it upon himself to attack the rim.  He also has been a good three point shooter this season, but some of his best moments have come on moments like the one you see above.   When it all breaks down and the set completely implodes, Jordan Harris takes the initiative.

The Bad:

What was a great strip was marred by a pass that should have been corralled in by Derek Ogbeide and resulted in two points.

Canyon Barry was favoring the inside and Pape Diatta received a pass on his left hand side, he cannot haul it in and turn toward the baseline for a layup opportunity or kick out pass to E’Torrion Wilridge toward the top of the key.  It’s another unforced turnover.

Pape Diatta was defending Canyon Barry so well and an 18 foot jump shot attempt is a suboptimal shot to take.  Diatta should have let Barry try the shot over his arm rather than leave his feet.  If Barry was faking, Diatta would not have been set up to draw a foul and Barry would have been forced to attempt a tough entry pass.  It’s hindsight sure, but situationally, he is in an area that goes hand-in-hand with low Field Goal percentages.  Barry is a great Free Throw shooter and he’d rather shoot underhanded Free Throws than attempt an 18 foot fade away jump shot with a hand in his face.

The movement without the ball is terrible in this possession.  Maten has to direct traffic and deal with pressure man-to-man defense.  He tries to do too much to compensate and the results are ugly.  It is another case where the so-called “supporting cast” shows too much deference to the stars.

Some stalled dribbling and a contested three point shot there.  The quick hitter really did not work well.  Frazier could have had that shot any time he wanted.

A dribble hand-off with an unexpected switch from Chris Chiozza created this turnover.  The switch was well executed and it is possible that there was a slick spot on the floor to cause this sort of a thing from happening.  However, the decision to drive was ill-advised considering Chiozza’s superior position.  Had Jordan Harris stayed upright, it is possible that he could have made a pass to Wilridge, but this is far too speculative.

Who forgot to guard Canyon Barry on the perimeter on this Baseline Out of Bounds (BLOB) play?  Canyon Barry should never be left alone at the top of the key like this.

The three point shot was taken out of rhythm so if the shot was made, it would not really be an ugly play.  What made it bad was that despite superior rebounding position, the rebound was not hauled in by Maten.  Arguably, the ball went off Egbunu and the officials winged it here.  Secure it and leave no doubt.  Instead, Florida gets another crack at it.

The good news is that Florida did not score on that second chance opportunity, the bad news is that Ogbeide made the ill-advised decision to dribble when the Florida defenders were collapsing on him.  He could see Jordan Harris ready for a rhythm inside-out three point attempt.  Had Ogbeide passed it out and Harris made the three point shot, it would be in the good GIFs.

First off, why is Mike Edwards barely rolling in the first place?  Edwards is being guarded by KeVaughn Allen on the switch from the ball screen.  Edwards is 6’9″ 235 pounds and Allen is 6’2″ 183 pounds.  Second, Edwards should be getting the feed on the roll.  It makes no sense that there be an intra-wing pass like that.  It’s a short pass that serves no purpose and there’s nothing to be gained here.  One man is guarded and the man you want to pass to is also guarded well.  This is what is designed in the half court set??

There was no turnover here, it just looks like stalling by the offense with a weave that included a more perilous pass to Juwan Parker than one would expect.

KeVaughn Allen has two fouls at this point in the game.  Allen would have had to guard J.J. Frazier on a dribble drive had Frazier done so.  Frazier had a clear driving lane and an option to pass to Mike Edwards should Schuyler Rimmer provide help defense.  Frazier was right to reject Houston Kessler’s ball screen, but he is one of the quickest guards in the country against a defender in foul trouble with a driving lane available.  Take it.  He did not though.

After much success with the 2-3 Matchup Zone, Georgia went back to man-to-man defense.  It did not start off very well.  Man-to-man defense is not bad, but Georgia is not as good at man-to-man defense as they are with the 2-3 Matchup Zone.

Another short pass this time intended to put Yante Maten in an eventually face-up dribble to the basket position yields poor results.  It was bad bounce pass with poor spacing.

This is the high post option weave that was well scouted by Florida and it resulted in a turnover in the previous GIF.

How many times did UGA foul three point shooters in this game?  Three times!  This is something that needs to be worked on.  Georgia gave up 11 points fouling three jump shooters.  A pair of 4 point plays from Canyon Barry and this play here that resulted three made Free Throws.

Juwan Parker knocks down a big three point shot.  Hooray!  Mark Fox calls a timeout immediately.  How many times did Mark Fox call a timeout after a made three point shot in this game?  Twice.  What happened in response to each timeout?  Georgia was up 29-23 after a Frazier three point shot.  Florida got a 4 point play from Canyon Barry immediately after the first timeout called at 1:47 left in the first half and the Gators came back to cut the lead to 1 at the Half.  After the timeout called above, Florida went on a 7-0 run and Canyon Barry had another 4 point play.

All of this to set up an 18 footer.  The mid-range jumpers were not falling in the second half like they did in the first half.

Deferring to stars gone wild here.  Dribble hand-off fail here to get the ball in Frazier’s hands.  Diatta was guarded by Kevarrius Hayes it appears in this possession.  Diatta could have tried to dribble drive on Hayes here, he has the capability to do it.  Diatta’s versatility is why he was recruited by Georgia in the first place.

Right matchup for Frazier to drive on Leon, but everything else was rough including the official’s call on Maten.

This was the most important possession of the game.  Click the play button.  There were several things that went wrong here.

  1.  The decision to stall for a shot.  Georgia is up only 2 in this game.  A Florida stop means that they can tie it up or take the lead on the subsequent possession.  The right play is go to 2 for 1 here rather than just put all of the eggs into the basket of this possession.  Georgia did not fare very well with the stall approach either.
  2. Getting the ball back into Frazier’s hands became the priority over getting any sort of an action toward the basket with time running out on the shot clock.
  3. Fox did not implore his team to call a timeout upon seeing that this play was going straight to hell.  Fox is right there literally in their ear, he can just yell “Call Timeout!” and have 7-8 seconds left for a Sidelines Out of Bounds (SLOB) play.  A bad shot attempt is better than a turnover like what transpired here.  Florida did not do anything special here.

Horrible box out by Derek Ogbeide.  Ogbeide would have probably been not as easy to manuever last season as he was heavier, but Ogbeide did not get good position here and he did not fight for his ground.

The Charging Call That Went Uncalled

The game should have been about Free Throws and the decision to foul or not to foul to avoid a three point shot attempt from Florida after this play.

Hill extends his arm and lowers his shoulder, it is an obvious charge.  Charles Mann was not able to get away with it his final season at Georgia and Kasey Hill got away with it in this game.  It’s an offensive foul and Georgia should have had the ball with 6.5 seconds left.

What does it all mean for Georgia now?  Find out in the next article.

Anyway here’s a terrible lesson.

Here’s the operating philosophy of the University of Georgia Athletic Association for all sports not named ‘Football’.