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Get To Know A Marquette Basketball Opponent: Georgia Bulldogs

Marquette plays their second SEC opponent of the season as the Bulldogs come to the Bradley Center

NCAA Football: Georgia at Florida
They’re all good dogs, Brent
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Name: University of Georgia

Location: Athens, Georgia

I don’t actually know where that is. It’s about 75 minutes east of Atlanta.

Founded: 1785

Began Classes: 1801, those slackers.

Enrollment: 36,230, with 28,450 undergraduates.

Nickname: Bulldogs

Why “Bulldogs?” Honestly, it appears that even Georgia isn’t totally sure about it. From their website:

Many old-timers say Georgia acquired the nickname, Bulldogs, because of the strong ties with Yale whose nickname is Bulldogs. Georgia's first president, Abraham Baldwin, was a Yale man and the early buildings on campus were designed from blueprints of the same building at Yale. But on Nov. 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the ATLANTA JOURNAL wrote about school nicknames and said "The Georgia Bulldogs" would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity." After a 0-0 tie with Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 1920, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION writer Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" in his story five times. The name has been used ever since.

What’s the deal with Uga, anyway? Uga is the name of the live English bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia. U-GA. Get it? Anyway, Uga I and his successors are all owned not by the university, but by the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family. Uga I made his debut in 1956, and the current mascot is Uga X, familiarly known as Que. You can visit Georgia’s official Uga history page to learn more about the mascots through the years.

But they’ve got a costume mascot, too? Yep, the wildly inferior “human in a suit” mascot is named Hairy Dawg. He made his first appearance at the 1981 Sugar Bowl and has been an official part of game days since then. Hairy Dawg is probably most famous for former Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford thinking he peed on the floor in the ESPN offices.

Wacky Campus Tradition: At the border of the North Campus and downtown Athens, there stands a cast iron structure known as “The Arch.” According to the UGA website, “The Arch is modeled after the Georgia state seal featuring the three pillars of wisdom, justice and moderation.” That’s all well and good, but APPARENTLY, there is a superstition surrounding The Arch. If you pass underneath The Arch, you will not graduate from Georgia. ALLEGEDLY. According to this article, originally the policy applied only to freshmen, but over time, everyone, even those not enrolled, are subject to avoiding walking underneath The Arch.

Notable Alumni: actor Kyle Chandler aka Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights; musician Danger Mouse, professional wrestler Disco Inferno; actor Josh Holloway; actor Wayne Knight; all four members of R.E.M.; Ryan Seacrest; Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis; UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin; Heisman Trophy Winner and undefeated MMA fighter Herschel Walker; Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward; 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; Maxine Clark, founder of Build A Bear; Billy Payne, 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics CEO and current Augusta National Golf Club chairman; Saxby Chambliss; U.S. Senator and noted great name guy; Nathaniel E. Harris, former governor of Georgia and founder of Georgia Tech (now that’s how you build some rivalry smack talk); Guy G. Hurlbutt, former U.S. Attorney for Idaho; baseball announcer Chip Caray; Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson; Crawford Long, surgeon best known for first using inhaled diethyl ether as an anesthetic; Michael D. Steele; retired United States Army colonel and decorated veteran of the Battle of Mogadishu; and professional wrestler and former NFL player Bill Goldberg.

Last Season: 19-15, 9-9 in the SEC, good enough for 8th place in the conference. Lost to Kentucky in SEC tournament before losing to Belmont in the first round of the NIT.

This Season: 5-1 with the lone loss coming to San Diego State. They did bounce back to upset No. 21 Saint Mary’s the next day in the Wooden Legacy tournament, though.

Final 2016-17 Kenpom Ranking: #61

Current Kenpom Ranking: #68, damn, almost the same.

Stat Leaders

Points: Yante Maten, 18.3 ppg
Rebounds: Yante Maten, 9.5 rpg
Assists: William Jackson II, 3.0 apg

Big Man? Maten stands 6’8” and weighs 240 lb., and he definitely plays like it. Well, mostly. Yes, he’s leading the team in points and rebounds, along with hitting one third of his threes. Maten attempts more than two longballs per game, so Marquette is going to have to watch for that. If the name sounds familiar to you, that’s because he went for 24 points, six rebounds, and two assists in MU’s 89-79 win over the Bulldogs down in Athens.

They’ve got a couple of other big guys, too: Derek Ogbeide (6’8”, 245 lb.) starts and plays 20 minutes a night and Mike Edwards (6’9”, 225 lb.) sees the court for nearly 15 minutes per game on average. Between the two of them, they average 8.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Shooters? Only one. William Jackson is averaging more than five three-point attempts per game and is connecting on 42% of them. The 6’4” junior is second on the team in minutes per game to only Maten, so expect to see heavy doses of him.

Head Coach: Mark Fox, in his 14th season overall and ninth year at Georgia. He has a 278-164 record overall, and 145-121 for the Bulldogs.

All Time Series: Marquette leads the series 2-0 after last year’s 89-79 victory.