Men’s hoops ready for clash in Georgia on Wednesday night
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Athens, Georgia â¢ Stegeman Coliseum
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ATHENS, GA – Back in the hardwoods for the game action for the first time in 12 days, Gardner-Webb hits the road on Wednesday, December 29 for a trip to Athens and a showdown against the University of Georgia at the Stegeman Coliseum.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with live video coverage airing on SEC Network +. The Runnin ‘Bulldogs Sports Network (RBSN) as well as local radio station WGNC FM 101.1 / AM 1450 will also broadcast live audio with Gardner-Webb’s own. Phil constantino On call.
Wednesday night’s meeting will be the runnin ‘Bulldogs-Bulldogs’ fifth all-time meeting as Gardner-Webb secures his first-ever victory over his SEC opponent. The two teams last met on November 25, 2016, a 77-59 victory for Georgia. GWU finished nine points behind Georgia in 2013, 58-49, while the closest match between the two teams came when they first met on December 8, 2004, a 67-62 final in Athens.
Last time, Gardner-Webb (5-7) received 19 points each out of a total of 10-3 points from Lance Terry and D’Maurian Williams, and Anthony selden amassed five blocks as the Runnin ‘Bulldogs claimed a 79-46 victory over Converse on December 17. On defense, GWU kept the Valkyries 27.0% from shots from the ground and 20.0% from behind the arc, while the offense exploded for 16 trebles to cap a convincing 33-point win to help break it down. a four-game slippage before the Christmas holidays.
As for Georgia (5-7), Noah Baumann had 25 points last time to lead a double-digit Bulldogs trio. However, East Tennessee State took advantage of a late rally to defeat UGA, 86-84, on Dec. 22 at the Stegeman Coliseum.
LOCK D: GWU kept Converse at 27.0% shooting percentage, the lowest shooting percentage of any opponent since Brevard shot 18.0% against the ‘Dogs’ on December 19, 2018, almost three full years ago. .
THREE FOR ALL: The ‘Dogs knocked down 16 to 3 points last time against Converse, the most in a contest since February 10, 2020 against High Point exactly 45 games ago. GWU, who is averaging 7.9 to 3 points per game, has now reached more than 10 trebles in consecutive games and in five games total this season.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Over the course of 12 games, Gardner-Webb kept his opponents at 39.4% on fieldings, the best score in the Deep South and the 61st best average in the country. Runnin ‘Bulldogs are also ranked 36e in the country as a percentage of the opponent to 3 points to 28.1%. While GWU is giving up an average of 66.4 PPG, the ‘Dogs have allowed just 61.9 PPG in their 10 games not against nationally ranked opponents while averaging 75.1% in those same contests. .
DEFEND THE PERIMETER: Outside of his two games against nationally ranked opponents, Gardner-Webb has been excellent at perimeter defense this season. In 10 games not against ranked teams, GWU has kept their opponents just 24.1% (56 of 232) from deep. Facing a VMI team ranked second in the country for the total of 3 points achieved at the time, GWU limited the Keydets to just seven 3 points, tied for their lowest triples of the season. The Dogs then limited the NCCU to just four triples and Converse to six in their next two games.
BLOCK PARTY: Since the return of Ludovic Dufeal from an injury seven games ago, the frontcourt duo made up of him and Kareem reid were the elite in defense. The two rim protectors combined for 29 blocks in seven games (Dufeal – 17; Reid – 12), bringing the GWU to 20e best rating in the country at 5.7 BPG. This season, Dufeal is averaging 2.4 BPG, while Reid is averaging 1.8 BPG. Dufeal ranks first among all Gardner-Webb players in his Division I era with 145 blocks, while Reid ranks fifth with 106. Both occupy the top two spots at Gardner-Webb in career blocks per game with Dufeal ranked. first (1.7 BPG) followed by Reid in second (1.5 BPG).
DOUBLE DIGIT OF MAURIAN: D’Maurian Williams continues to do so on offense for GWU. The second-year goaltender has finished nine double-digit times this season, including in each of the last four games, while finishing with 21 or more points three times in 12 games. The Phoenix, Arizona native currently leads the Runnin ‘Bulldogs at 14.6 PPG.
WELCOME, LUDO: Since returning from a calf injury that forced him to miss the first seven games, the senior Ludovic Dufeal had an immediate impact for Gardner-Webb. In seven games, the veteran great is averaging 2.4 blocks per game, including a season-high four-block performance in his first start against Wofford. Against VMI, Dufeal snatched a career-high 15 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass (also tied for a career-high). This is the most rebounds by a Gardner-Webb player since Tyrell Nelson won 16 rebounds on January 6, 2016. Against Converse on December 17, Dufeal surpassed first place in program history to career blocks (Division I era), eclipsing the 144-block mark set by Simon Conn who played at Boiling Springs from ’02 -’03 through ’05 -’06.
MASTER OF EFFICIENCY: Kareem reid, who has finished perfect on the field in four games this season, is eighth in NCAA Division I with 64.6% field shots (62 of 66). He remains GWU’s third-highest scorer at just 11.8 PPG behind D’Maurian Williams (14.6 PPG) and Lance Terry (13.5 PPG). Reid, who started the season with a career-high 13 points in a game, has already eclipsed that total in five games this season while finishing seven times in double digits.
HOUSE VS. ROAD: Gardner-Webb has struggled on the road (0-6) versus at home (5-1) this season, winning 440-363 (-77) at Boiling Springs while edging opponents 509-357 ( +152) at home. In six home games, the Runnin ‘Bulldogs shot 51.1% and averaged 84.8 points per game while allowing only 59.5 points per game to their opponents. However, in six road games, the ‘Dogs have shot just 39.3% and averaged just 60.5 PPG while still allowing opponents to score 73.6 PPG. GWU has reached over 40.0% in six home games, eclipsing 50.0% in four of them. On the road, GWU has eclipsed 40.0% only once in six tries.