Roy Moore University was without Dazon Ingram and their energy level reflected it. Georgia was able to suffocate Avery Johnson’s squad.
Georgia jumped out on a sleepy, lethargic Roy Moore University Basketball Team. Without Dazon Ingram, there was a not-so-surprising lack of energy on both ends of the floor. Georgia was able to control the glass, get to the Free Throw Line and force Roy Moore University’s team to be just Collin Sexton. The prediction in the preview of this game was taking into account that Roy Moore University would have Dazon Ingram, instead Ingram’s flu and poor shootaround due to illness was a miasma for their team in Athens. Without Ingram, this is the type of result one can expect. The opportunity was handed to Mark Fox’s Dawgs and the team was more than happy to take advantage of it.
Roy Moore’s Start was Hymnal
The lack of energy from Roy Moore allowed Georgia opportunities to grab offensive rebounds and create offensive opportunities. The ball movement was critical and E’Torrion Wilridge getting three assists by the 8 minute mark of the First Half was a good indication that the post feeds were strong. Yante Maten was drawing defenders out while Derek Ogbeide was a mismatch for Daniel Giddens and Donta Hall in the post.
The pace of play favored the Dawgs in the First Half, Roy Moore is accustomed to attacking in a relentless fashion, but seemed very muted due to the absence of Dazon Ingram. There were no momentum plays for them today and it fed into their own sloppiness.
Roy Moore University was not getting to the Free Throw Line like they were accustomed, they were missing something and it seemed to be their soul. Avery Johnson could not motivate or scheme his way out of getting further engagement from Herbert Jones, John Petty and Braxton Key. He was left with Collin Sexton doing all of the work and nobody else getting involved. This is the formula for losses for this team, they just made it much easier for Georgia by having to sit Ingram out due to the flu.
Mark Fox was content to let Herbert Jones and Braxton Key attempt jump shots. To this Georgia team’s credit, the rebounding effort was absolutely what was needed for this game. An 86.95% defensive rebounding win rate is absolutely incredible for the First Half. Georgia was ready and brought the physicality. Closing out possessions with one-and-outs and following it up with Yante Maten shot attempts and a stellar half for the team demoralized Roy Moore University.
It was pretty much over at Halftime, but don’t tell Roy Moore University.
The Second Half Was A Sloppy Mess
This half would not be considered part of the highlight reels for both teams. Turnovers, sloppy ball movement, brain farts and the inability to handle Full Court Pressure were what stood out. The 2-2-1 Zone Press from Roy Moore worked, but they could not capitalize on it due to their own sloppiness. In all, it was a wash of a Second Half.
Georgia went 5 for 27 in this Second Half, but needed Free Throws and an equally bad performance from Roy Moore to get through this with a win. Georgia had 6 steals in the Second Half and some of them were immediate turnovers after coughing the ball up. Georgia played out of rhythm in this Second Half and the sets were clearly not working. It was the sort of a Half of Basketball that Mark Fox would be able to dig into and find things to work on going forward.
Georgia should be fortunate to have come out of that Second Half unscathed and testing Roy Moore University’s perimeter to get them to shoot threes was the right approach.
Avery Johnson’s team was turning it over frequently and having quick one-and-out possessions. The only redeemable part of the Half for them was their ability to force turnovers with the 2-2-1 Zone Press. Outside of that, it was a complete disaster. Complete disaster and Roy Moore just go together so well.
Collin Sexton was operating on an island today and while Turtle Jackson and Teshaun Hightower had their struggles, his inability to help his teammates get better shots is a credit to the Georgia defensive effort.
Takeaways from the Georgia’s Commanding Victory over Roy Moore
- The National Championship Game during the era of the College Football Playoff has had a preceding game in Men’s Basketball each season. The National Champion won the Men’s Basketball game every time.
- Georgia must improve against Full Court Presses. Georgia used 2-3 Matchup Zone and the enhanced use of it during this season has resulted in better zone offense.
- Georgia is going to have to win with a team effort. Points scored are not everything. Steals, blocks, assists and drawing fouls are critical to the team’s success.
- Georgia’s Offense needs more read-and-react elements. It’s too predictable and by the Second Half, it was snuffed out.
- Derek Ogbeide is emerging as a major force for the Dawgs on both ends of the floor.
- Jordan Harris did a good job against Collin Sexton when the defensive assignments were switched.
- What is Antoine Pettway going to say on the recruiting trail now?
- Yasir Rosemond clearly offered no insider perspective as far as what to expect from Georgia.
Georgia improves to 11-3 (2-1 SEC), dispatches a potential stumbling block to the NCAA Tournament and soundly defeats their #1 recruiting rival. It will not be long before Updyke Nation looks to burn it all down.
A National Championship is coming to Athens in two days and Georgia soundly wrecks Roy Moore University in Hoops. It’s a good time to be had, just make sure to have extra security present on the UGA campus for the next few months, the Roy Moore folks can get a bit crazy.