The men’s basketball teams at our state’s two showcase universities are having very similar seasons.
And that’s not a good thing.
Georgia is 10-10 overall and 1-5 in the SEC, which puts it in last place. The Bulldogs have lost five of their past six games in an up-and-down season. Before that skid, they had a five-game winning streak, and they also had a four-game losing streak.
The Bulldogs have two players scoring in double figures: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (14.7 points per game) and Gerald Robinson (13.8). They are averaging 62 points per game, which is 296th in the country, and they are shooting 39.9 percent from the floor (317th), while also shooting 69.1 percent from the foul line and 31.9 percent on 3-pointers.
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Georgia Tech is 8-12 and 1-5 in the ACC, also in last place. The Yellow Jackets have lost four straight, which is their second four-game losing streak of the season, and they also have had a three-game winning streak.
Glen Rice Jr. (13.6) and Mfon Udofia (10.6) are the only the two Yellow Jackets averaging in double figures. Georgia Tech is averaging 62.4 points per game (285th), and it is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor (162nd), while also shooting 64.6 percent from the foul line and 31 percent on 3-pointers.
Those numbers aren’t exactly the same, but they’re close enough, and they’re not really a surprise.
Even the team’s expectations to struggle this season are similar. Georgia Tech has a first-year head coach in Brian Gregory, who took over a struggling program left behind by Paul Hewitt. Georgia went to the NCAA tournament last year, but head coach Mark Fox’s team lost its best two players from last year -- Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie -- to the NBA draft a year early.
The similarities have ramped up the past couple of games. Both teams had games Saturday that saw them fall behind by large margins only to make a frantic push at the end of the game to come up just short. On Tuesday, both teams had a chance to get things turned around with a home game, but both continued their season-long struggles on offense.
The Bulldogs scored only 44 points against Kentucky, shooting 34.5 percent from the floor, while the Yellow Jackets scored 49 points and shot only 35.7 percent.
That’s just not good enough, and just like the rest of the season, those numbers added up to another loss for each team.
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