Last season: 18-15, 7-11 SEC, declined possible NIT bid.
Coach: Tom Crean.
Conference: Southeastern Conference.
Who's gone: Coach Mark Fox, F Yante Maten, G Juwan Parker
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With the Southeastern Conference tournament in St. Louis and heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr. returning, Missouri fans were hoping to be treated to a weekend-long show from the Tigers.
Yante Maten and the Georgia Bulldogs did their best job to prevent that from happening.
Maten scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Georgia squeaked out a 62-60 victory over Missouri in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yante Maten was a lightly used freshman the last time Georgia reached the NCAA Tournament during the 2014-15 season.
The senior knows the odds are against the Bulldogs of returning to the tournament this season, but he wasn't about to let them go down without at least one last push at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.
Maten and Tennessee forward Grant Williams were unanimous first-team picks on the all-SEC team announced Tuesday. Tennessee's Rick Barnes was named coach of the year and Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton was selected as newcomer of the year by the 15-person media panel.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tyler Davis got just the ending he wanted, even if it was a little close for comfort.
"It just gets us prepared for what's to come," Davis said. "We've got one more game and then we have the SEC Tournament, so we just have to lock in and focus on what's ahead."
T.J. Starks scored 15 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 58 seconds remaining to help Texas A&M eke out a 61-60 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten puts a lot of stock in moving into second place on Georgia's career scoring list.
"It means a lot," he said, "just being able to represent my school the way I've tried to for the past four years and just having the opportunity to make plays night in and night out."
Maten had 27 points and 11 rebounds, freshman Rayshaun Hammonds scored a career-high 21 and Georgia beat LSU 93-82 on Saturday.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says the homestretch of the regular season is a time to either improve or lose ground.
Barnes said Georgia is improving. He wasn't as generous in his appraisal of his Volunteers.
Yante Maten scored 19 points and Georgia held off No. 18 Tennessee for a 73-62 victory Saturday night that denied the Volunteers an opportunity to pull within a game of the SEC lead.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Yante Maten has been a one-man show for Georgia all season.
Even though the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer got some much-needed help against Florida, it was no surprise to see Maten deliver the biggest buckets of the night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored a season-high 20 points to lead Mississippi State to a 72-57 win over Georgia on Saturday night.
Quinndary Weatherspoon and his brother Nick Weatherspoon added 14 points for Mississippi State while Aric Holman chipped in 12 points, all of which came in the second half. The Bulldogs (17-6, 5-5 SEC) have now won three straight SEC games.
Georgia (13-9, 5-5) received 13 points from Yante Maten and Tyree Crump while Pape Diatta added 12 points.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The repeated misses were bad for No. 23 Florida.
The failure to rebound them made the offensive struggles even more painful.
Yante Maten scored 20 points and Georgia recovered after blowing a halftime lead to beat the Gators 72-60 on Tuesday night.
Florida's 36.5 percent shooting from the field was its second-worst in a Southeastern Conference game this season.
"It seemed like there was a lid on the basket for us at times," said Florida coach Mike White.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Coming off a loss to archrival Alabama and trailing by double digits at halftime for the third time in four games, No. 17 Auburn never panicked and let the home crowd spark another second-half comeback.
Bryce Brown scored 28 points, and Auburn rallied in the second half to beat Georgia 79-65 on Saturday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Yante Maten's field goal in the lane with five seconds remaining gave Georgia a 61-60 Southeastern Conference victory against LSU on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (11-6, 2-3) pulled ahead 60-59 on a basket by Duop Reath with 39 seconds left, and the game-winning field goal followed an offensive rebound by Juwan Parker with 23 seconds to play.
LSU's Tremont Waters missed an off-balance 3-point shot with two seconds remaining.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — South Carolina made only six second-half shots from the field while struggling with its worst shooting of the season.
The good news for the Gamecocks is two of those shots were important late 3-pointers by Frank Booker.
Booker scored 17 and South Carolina withstood Georgia's strong second-half start to beat the Bulldogs 64-57 on Saturday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Jontay Porter didn't hesitate. Jordan Geist flung a pass to the freshman forward, who took one step, jumped over 6-foot-8 Georgia forward Yante Maten and crashed the ball into the net.
The crowd at Mizzou Arena erupted, foreshadowing the explosiveness Missouri would have in the second half on Wednesday night. On the drive after Porter's dunk, Geist stole the ball from William Jackson III and made the layup to cut Georgia's lead to three at the halftime buzzer.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Fox knew his team would play in front of a sellout crowd and wanted his players to look spiffy.
It was Georgia against Alabama, two days before the two schools meet for the football national championship in Atlanta, so Fox told the equipment manager to break out the silver uniforms.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Juwan Parker's teammates do not call him Dr. J yet, but the graduate student set new a career high Wednesday night in Georgia's 71-60 Southeastern Conference win over Ole Miss.
Parker scored a career-high 18 points and equaled his career-best 11 rebounds, coming off the bench. Parker got extra minutes because freshman starter Rayshaun Hammonds fouled out in just eight minutes.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Graduate student Juwan Parker came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and claim a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Georgia to a 71-60 win over Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference contest on Wednesday night.
Yante Maten scored 15 points and Derek Ogbeide 14 for Georgia (10-3, 1-1).
Breein Tyree led Ole Miss (8-6, 1-1) with 17 points.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — After Yante Maten's season-high 30 points and suffocating defense in the first half led Georgia to an 84-66 win over Temple Friday, Temple coach Fran Dunphy still considered the Owls' defense on Maten passable.
Maten made 12-of-17 free throws and finished with 12 rebounds in Georgia's 84-66 win over Temple on Friday.
"Maten did a great job on a number of plays," said Dunphy afterward. "I still thought we controlled Maten really well."
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten began his career at Georgia when the Bulldogs were completing a streak of four straight losses to state rival Georgia Tech.
With Maten leading the way, Georgia has launched its own winning streak in the rivalry.
Maten scored 24 points, including two baskets in Georgia's 13-3 run to open a dominant second half, and the Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 80-59 on Tuesday night.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Before turning its attention to final exams, Georgia had to face one final test on the floor.
Balancing criticism with praise, Georgia coach Mark Fox concluded its 87-82 win over Winthrop on Tuesday night was a good win, if not a good performance.
"There are a ton of positives from winning this game," Fox said. "This was a great way to be tested. Sometimes you have to find ways to win."
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Once Yante Maten settled down, the rest of the Georgia Bulldogs followed suit.
Turtle Jackson scored 14 of his career-high 16 points in the second half, when Maten had 13 of his 15 points, and the Bulldogs rallied past Cal State Fullerton 64-57 in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday night.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yes, Yante Maten scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Georgia's 68-65 win Sunday over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but he also turned the ball over seven times.
Count on Coach Mark Fox to focus on the miscues in the coming days.
For the second straight game, Georgia (3-0) had to hold on to win. Georgia closed out USC Upstate 74-65 on Nov. 14.
"We found a way to win," said Coach Mark Fox, "but we didn't play well. When we got the lead, we did not handle it with maturity."
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Georgia to a 68-65 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon.
Georgia (3-0) scored the first 11 points of the game and led by as much as 19 points, but Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rallied in the second half. The Islanders never led, but tied the game three times, the last at 53-all with 5:25 to go after a pair of free throws by Kareem South.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten knows when the time is right to yell at his supporting cast, and this was not that time.
"One of the things a leader has to do is encourage, so I try my hardest to encourage my teammates," he said. "We started strong and we kind of dipped. I told everyone on the bench that we have to watch our energy level on the bench."
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten scored 21 points and had strong support from a freshman class led by Rayshaun Hammonds as Georgia rolled to an easy 79-54 win over Bryant on Friday night in the season opener for each team.
Maten had game-high totals of 12 rebounds and four blocks. Hammonds added 17 points on his 19th birthday. He became the first freshman to start Georgia's opener since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, now with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, in 2011.
Last season: 19-15, lost in first round of the NIT.
Coach: Mark Fox.
Who's gone: G J.J. Frazier, F Houston Kessler, F Kenny Paul Geno, G Brandon Young.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten's decision to return for his senior season gives Georgia more reason to hope it can make the NCAA Tournament.
If not for a knee injury which forced Maten to miss the last four regular-season games and Georgia's NIT loss to Belmont, the forward's NBA decision might have been different.
"When he entered the draft he wasn't cleared to work out," said Georgia coach Mark Fox, who said Maten delayed workouts for NBA scouts "to get himself in some kind of shape."
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten will return for his senior season, coach Mark Fox said Tuesday night.
Maten applied for early entry to the NBA draft last month. Because he didn't hire an agent, Maten had until Wednesday to withdraw his name and stay eligible with the Bulldogs.
Fox spoke with Maten several times over the last few weeks.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten is submitting his name for the NBA draft while protecting his option to return for his senior season.
Maten won't hire an agent while testing his standing in the draft, he said Thursday. He has until May 24 — 10 days after the draft combine — to make a final decision on whether to remain in the draft or return to Georgia.
A disappointing Georgia season ended with two injured starters watching from the bench.
The Bulldogs entered the year with high expectations, including playing in the NCAA Tournament. But after failing to reach that goal, Georgia (19-15) hosted a first-round game in the NIT only to have Yante Maten and Juwan Parker sitting out as the Bulldogs were ousted by Belmont.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored 21 points and Belmont hit 14 3-pointers to beat Georgia 78-69 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
No. 7 seed Belmont (23-6) has won five of its last six games and will play at sixth-seeded Georgia Tech (19-15) in the second round.
ATLANTA (AP) — For Georgia Tech first-year coach Josh Pastner, the National Invitation Tournament is a "great accomplishment."
For Georgia eighth-year coach Mark Fox, failing to land a NCAA bid is a bitter disappointment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Finding a rhythm took the whole game for Georgia, even with the eagerly awaited return of co-scoring leader Yante Maten.
Senior guard J.J. Frazier also struggled initially before getting in sync in time to lead the Bulldogs further in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Frazier scored four of his 17 points down the stretch, and Georgia withstood several Tennessee chances to rally in the final 30 seconds to hold on for a 59-57 victory on Thursday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Georgia didn't quit defending without its leading scorer, and J.J. Frazier certainly kept making baskets.
Frazier scored 28 points in his second straight huge performance to lead the short-handed Bulldogs to a 60-55 victory over Alabama Thursday night in a game that could easily have ended as another exasperatingly close defeat.
Georgia is facing the difficult task of finding a way to win without its best player.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten, Georgia's leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee.
Bulldogs coach Mark Fox updated Maten's condition Sunday. Fox said he did not know when Maten could return, but it appeared surgery was not necessary and the 6-foot-8 junior would make a full recovery "in time."
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When it was unable to pull away from a short-handed Georgia team, Kentucky turned to freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox — again and again.
Fox scored 16 points, including six free throws in the final 45 seconds, and No. 13 Kentucky overcame J.J. Frazier's 36 points to beat Georgia 82-77 on Saturday night.
"I just want people to know I can step up in the big moments," Fox said.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten, the Southeastern Conference's third-leading scorer, left the Bulldogs' game against No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday night with a right knee injury.
Georgia said Maten is doubtful to return to the game.
Maten was hurt when defending a layup by Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe less than two minutes into the game.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Fox continues to tinker with his lineup as he tries to find a way to boost the Bulldogs' slim NCAA Tournament hopes.
As Mississippi State coach Ben Howland noticed, that tinkering hasn't affected the secure starting jobs of Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's NCAA Tournament hopes have crumbled under a wave of turnovers and close losses.
That is not good for coach Mark Fox, who in his eighth season was expected to have enough talent to finally lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1996.
High expectations were built around forward Yante Maten and guard J.J. Frazier, who are established high-scoring starters. The lineup received a boost with the return of guard Juwan Parker, who missed last season.