Georgia Basketball: Final 2014-15 Grades Are In

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Mar 14, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard J.J. Frazier (30) collides with Arkansas Razorbacks guard Anton Beard (31) during first half the semi finals of the SEC Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: A+

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The Dawgs were the 18th best field goal defensive team in the country – that puts the Dawgs in the top 5 percent with the cream of the cream. Georgia also ranked 36 in three point shooting defense – and that puts the Dawgs in the top 10%.

The Bulldogs also ranked inside the top 14 % of all D1 teams in blocks per game. Thornton ranked 210 nationally and Yante Maten ranked 135 in blocks per game. We’ll get to rebounds separately, but defensive rebounding earned more than a footnote mention in the evaluation of the Dawgs defense: fourth ranked among all D1 schools – top 2%.

Performing against a strength of schedule ranked 40 nationally, the Bulldogs proved night in and night out to be an elite defensive team. In fact, with games on the line, the Dawgs time and again made defensive stops to secure wins. If Georgia can maintain the defensive effectiveness of 2015 in 2016, the Dawgs will play in the NCAA Tournament again.

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