2017–18 Georgia Bulldogs basketball team

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2017–18 Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball
Georgia Athletics logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
2017–18 record 18–15 (7–11 SEC)
Head coach Mark Fox (9th season)
Assistant coach Philip Pearson
Assistant coach Jonas Hayes
Assistant coach David Carter
Home arena Stegeman Coliseum
Seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Georgia bulldogs basketball team represented the University of Georgia during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Mark Fox in his ninth season at UGA, they played their home games at Stegeman Coliseum as members of the Southeastern Conference.[1] The Bulldogs finished the season 18–15, 7–11 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 11th place, as the No. 12 seed in the SEC Tournament, they defeated Vanderbilt[2] and Missouri[3] before losing to Kentucky in the quarterfinals.[4]

On March 10, 2018, the school fired head coach Mark Fox after nine seasons at Georgia,[5][6] on March 13, the school hired former Indiana coach Tom Crean to replace Fox.[7][8]

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished the 2016–17 season 19–15, 9–9 in SEC play to finish in eighth place. They defeated Tennessee in the second round of the SEC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Kentucky, they were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Belmont.[9]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Brandon Young 14 G 5'10" 160 Senior Atlanta, GA Graduated
Houston Kessler 24 F 6'8" 230 RS Senior Newnan, GA Graduated
Kenny Paul Geno 25 F 6'6" 210 Senior Booneville, MS Graduated
J. J. Frazier 30 G 5'10" 155 Senior Gleenville, GA Graduated

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Rayshaun Hammonds
#7 SF
Norcross, GA Norcross High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Nov 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Nicolas Claxton
#28 PF
Greenville, SC Legacy Charter School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Nov 14, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Teshaun Hightower
#50 PG
Suwanee, GA Mount Zion Baptist Christian School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jan 16, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Isaac Kante
PF
Brooklyn, NY Putnam Science Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) May 2, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: Not Ranked   Rivals: Not Ranked  ESPN: Not Ranked
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2018 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Amanze Ngumezi
PF
Savannah, GA Johnson High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sep 3, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPNN/A
JoJo Toppin
SF
Norcross, GA Norcross High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Tye Fagan
CG
Thomaston, GA Upson-Lee High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 30, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jackson II, WilliamWilliam Jackson II 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Athens Christian School Athens, GA
F 1 Maten, YanteYante Maten 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Bloomfield Hills HS Bloomfield Hills, MI
G 2 Harris, JordanJordan Harris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Seminole County HS Iron City, GA
G 3 Parker, JuwanJuwan Parker 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Sr Washington HS Tulsa, OK
G 4 Crump, TyreeTyree Crump 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) So Bainbridge HS Bainbridge, GA
F 5 Diatta, PapePape Diatta 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr The Rock
College of Southern Idaho
Dakar, Senegal
G 10 Hightower, TeShaunTeShaun Hightower 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Mount Zion Prep Lithonia, GA
G 11 Harrison, ChristianChristian Harrison (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA
F 13 Wilridge, E'TorrionE'Torrion Wilridge 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Central Medical Magnet HS Beaumont, TX
F 20 Hammonds, RayshaunRayshaun Hammonds 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Fr Norcross HS Norcross, GA
F 24 O'Neill, ConnorConnor O'Neill (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Tilton School Roswell, GA
F 30 Kante, IsaacIsaac Kante 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) Fr Putnam Science Academy Brooklyn, NY
F 32 Edwards, MikeMike Edwards 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr John Glenn HS Westland, MI
F 33 Claxton, NicolasNicolas Claxton 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Legacy Charter School Greenville, SC
F 34 Ogbeide, DerekDerek Ogbeide 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Pebblebrook HS Atlanta, GA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 29, 2017
2:00 pm
vs. Michigan State
Hurricane charity relief exhibition
L 68–80 
 33  Maten   7  Ogbeide   4  Tied  Van Andel Arena (10,699)
Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 2, 2017*
7:00 pm
Valdosta State W 112–74 
 24  Maten   11  Hammonds   7  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (3,752)
Athens, GA
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 pm
Bryant W 79–54  1–0
 21  Maten   12  Maten   3  Wilridge  Stegeman Coliseum (7,387)
Athens, GA
Nov 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN+
USC Upstate W 74–65  2–0
 22  Maten   14  Maten   5  Wilridge  Stegeman Coliseum (5,369)
Athens, GA
Nov 19, 2017*
1:00 pm
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi W 68–65  3–0
 19  Maten   13  Maten   4  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (6,220)
Athens, GA
Nov 23, 2017*
10:30 pm, ESPNews
at Cal State Fullerton
Wooden Legacy quarterfinals
W 64–57  4–0
 16  Jackson II   12  Hammonds   3  Tied  Titan Gym (2,192)
Fullerton, CA
Nov 24, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. San Diego State
Wooden Legacy
L 68–75  4–1
 17  Tied   7  3 tied   4  Jackson II  Titan Gym (3,813)
Fullerton, CA
Nov 26, 2017*
5:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. No. 21 Saint Mary's
Wooden Legacy
W 83–81 OT 5–1
 17  Crump   9  Ogbeide   5  Hammonds  Honda Center (3,193)
Anaheim, CA
Dec 2, 2017*
2:00 pm, CBSSN
at Marquette W 73–66  6–1
 13  Maten   8  Hammonds   7  Jackson II  BMO Harris Bradley Center (14,476)
Milwaukee, WI
Dec 5, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
Winthrop W 87–82  7–1
 25  Maten   11  Maten   7  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (6,405)
Athens, GA
Dec 16, 2017*
3:00 pm, NBCSN
at Massachusetts L 62–72  7–2
 20  Maten   9  Maten   5  Jackson II  Mullins Center (4,744)
Amherst, MA
Dec 19, 2017*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
Georgia Tech W 80–59  8–2
 24  Maten   6  Maten   4  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (10,048)
Athens, GA
Dec 22, 2017*
1:00 pm, SECN
Temple W 84–66  9–2
 30  Maten   12  Maten   4  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
Dec 31, 2017
6:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 16 Kentucky L 61–66  9–3
(0–1)
 17  Maten   12  Maten   3  Crump  Rupp Arena (22,862)
Lexington, KY
Jan 3, 2018
6:30 pm, SECN
Ole Miss W 71–60  10–3
(1–1)
 18  Parker   11  Parker   5  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (7,515)
Athens, GA
Jan 6, 2018
12:00 pm, SECN
Alabama W 65–46  11–3
(2–1)
 26  Maten   11  Maten   5  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
Jan 10, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at Missouri L 56–68  11–4
(2–2)
 10  Tied   6  Hammonds   2  Tied  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
Jan 13, 2018
1:00 pm, SECN
South Carolina L 57–64  11–5
(2–3)
 25  Maten   10  Ogbeide   2  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (9,788)
Athens, GA
Jan 16, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at LSU W 61–60  12–5
(3–3)
 21  Maten   12  Maten   5  Jackson II  Maravich Center (8,269)
Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 20, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
at No. 17 Auburn L 65–79  12–6
(3–4)
 17  Maten   9  Maten   3  Maten  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
Jan 23, 2018
6:30 pm, SECN
Arkansas L 77–80  12–7
(3–5)
 26  Maten   15  Maten   5  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (6,405)
Athens, GA
Jan 27, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at Kansas State
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 51–56  12–8
 14  Maten   8  Ogbeide   4  Jackson II  Bramlage Coliseum (10,314)
Manhattan, KS
Jan 30, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
No. 23 Florida W 72–60  13–8
(4–5)
 20  Maten   8  Claxton   3  Parker  Stegeman Coliseum (8,779)
Athens, GA
Feb 3, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
at Mississippi State L 57–72  13–9
(4–6)
 13  Tied   7  Maten   7  Jackson II  Humphrey Coliseum (7,775)
Starkville, MS
Feb 7, 2018
8:30 pm, SECN
at Vanderbilt L 66–81  13–10
(4–7)
 20  Maten   6  Maten   4  Jackson II  Memorial Gymnasium (8,761)
Nashville, TN
Feb 10, 2018
3:30 pm, SECN
No. 8 Auburn L 61–78  13–11
(4–8)
 20  Maten   5  3 tied   4  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
Feb 14, 2018
9:00 pm, SECN
at Florida W 72–69 OT 14–11
(5–8)
 23  Maten   10  Tied   5  Crump  O'Connell Center (9,497)
Gainesville, FL
Feb 17, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 18 Tennessee W 73–62  15–11
(6–8)
 19  Maten   11  Ogbeide   4  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (10,028)
Athens, GA
Feb 21, 2018
6:30 pm, SECN
at South Carolina L 66–57  15–12
(6–9)
 14  Jackson II   10  Maten   3  Jackson II  Colonial Life Arena (11,529)
Columbia, SC
Feb 24, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPNU
LSU W 93–82  16–12
(7–9)
 27  Maten   11  Maten   8  Jackson II  Stegeman Coliseum (9,518)
Athens, GA
Feb 28, 2018
8:30 pm, SECN
Texas A&M L 61–60  16–13
(7–10)
 16  Maten   12  Maten   4  Hightower  Stegeman Coliseum (6,417)
Athens, GA
Mar 3, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
at No. 16 Tennessee L 61–66  16–14
(7–11)
 18  Maten   9  Maten   8  Jackson  Thompson–Boling Arena (22,237)
Knoxville, TN
SEC Tournament
Mar 7, 2018
7:00 pm, SECN
(12) vs. (13) Vanderbilt
First round
W 78–62  17–14
 25  Maten   10  Ogbeide   6  Hightower  Scottrade Center (8,190)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 8, 2018
3:30 pm, SECN
(12) vs. (5) Missouri
Second round
W 62–60  18–14
 21  Maten   10  Maten   3  Crump  Scottrade Center (15,129)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 9, 2018
3:30 pm, ESPN
(12) vs. (4) Kentucky
Quarterfinals
L 49–62  18–15
 17  Crump   11  Ogbeide   1  Tied  Scottrade Center (16,364)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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