Georgia will face the Mocs of UT-Chattanooga for their season opener Friday night. Many Georgia fans looking at the opponent, may assume this would be an easy win for the Bulldogs. However, that is not the case. Chattanooga is projected to win the SoCon and make the NCAA Tournament field. Their strengths will make this a tough matchup for Georgia in a few different ways.
The Mocs are led by a head coach with a rich background. Matt McCall began his career as a student mentor for Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators. This has importance because he knows how to effectively lead and be a superb mentor for his team.
Chattanooga also features upper-tier guard play. Georgia will need to do their best to contain Casey Jones, the leading scorer for the Mocs, averaging 14.2 PPG last season. Jones will try to carry the Mocs to victory and pull off the upset bid.
Georgia counters Chattanooga’s guard game with two of their own. Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines will need to implement their senior leadership roles starting with game one. Mann will need to focus on minimizing mistakes, while Gaines will need to manage the game from start to finish. Guard play is vital in order for Georgia to have success.
Georgia enters the 2015-2016 campaign banged up once again. Derek Ogbeide (shoulder) and Juwan Parker (achilles) are both game-time decisions. JJ Frazier will play but is still dealing with the hairline fracture in his face. Georgia will need to have the “next man up” mentality to beat a sneaky tough Mocs team.
Georgia should take care of business, as Mark Fox should have his guys ready, and win by double digits as their non-conference slate begins. The game is at Stegeman Coliseum at 7pm ET on SEC Network +.