Georgia vs Ole Miss game thread
Leading scorers on the SEC clash tonight on national television....
Kentavious Caldwell Pope vs the infamous Marshall Henderson.
"Shooting guards Marshall Henderson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can light it up from behind the 3-point line.
They are not only 1-2 in scoring in the league, but also in 3-pointers made.
Henderson is scoring 19.5 points per game for the Rebels. Caldwell-Pope is averaging 17.7 an outing for the Bulldogs.
Their games, not to mention their personalities, aren’t as similar as those numbers might indicate.
“Totally different players,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “They’re wired different.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Henderson can be flamboyant and over the top with his on-court displays that included taunting Auburn fans by grabbing a hold of his jersey and waving it after Ole Miss won on the road.
Caldwell-Pope, by comparison, is a “relatively quiet kid,” Fox has said.
Opposing coaches haven’t been quiet about their praise for the 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore.
“I think he’s a terrific player,” said Alabama coach Anthony Grant after Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, nearly half of Georgia’s output in a 52-45 loss to the Crimson Tide on Tuesday night. “I think he’s a guy that needs to be in consideration for player of the year in the league for what he’s done. He’s very efficient. He plays on both ends extremely hard. He’s just a really good player, and I’m really impressed watching him on film and competing against him.”
Georgia (12-12, 6-5 SEC) usually goes slow while the Rebels (18-6, 7-4) can speed it up.
Georgia is second to last in the SEC and 327th in the nation in scoring at 59.0 points per game. Ole Miss leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation at 79.3 points per game.
Henderson is jacking up the third most 3-point attempts per game in the nation, and is also third in 3-pointers. He had 19 shots against Tennessee and Kentucky and 18 against Mississippi State.
Caldwell-Pope is second in the SEC. “He’s a dynamic scorer,” Fox said. “He’s just a terrific shooter. He plays with no conscience He just fills it up.”
Caldwell-Pope is shooting 50.8 percent in SEC games.
Fox talked to him in early December about his shot selection. “He addressed that and that has been one of the things that have made him effective,” Fox said.
“I just used the offense to my advantage and take the open shots that they give me,” Caldwell-Pope said.
Against Texas A&M a week ago, Caldwell-Pope went 0-for-3 and still scored 10 points.
“I thought he still impacted the game because of the defensive attention that you have to give towards him,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
Caldwell-Pope didn’t have a good night offensively, but Fox said he didn’t get him enough shots.
He was 8 of 18 against Alabama, which said Fox was fine, except for an ill-advised shot before halftime that came too early.
Caldwell-Pope doesn’t want to be viewed as 3-point shooter only. He has a good mid-range game and leads the Bulldogs in rebounding at 6.4 per game.
“I just want to become an all-around player, just drive the ball and sometime post and shoot the ball,” said Caldwell-Pope, the only Bulldog averaging double figures.
Caldwell-Pope will try to stop Henderson.
“He’s a great shooter, a great player,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We’ve just got to do a number on him.”
I said: KCP is pretty flashy, with his picture perfect shots. I could watch him play all day. THROWING NOWITZKI RAINBOWS off the catch and shoot in matters of less than second. Every time he shoots it lately I think is going in, including when he shoots it off the dribble.
KCP just made a corner step back 3, had the commentator saying that was that was a 'NOWITZKI TYPE of shot.'