Before the Georgia Bulldogs have played their first game, their second one was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lost is a Sunday nonconference game in Athens against Gardner-Webb, which had a positive COVID-19 test. However, the Bulldogs are still slated to play their season opener Wednesday night against Columbus State, a Division II school from Georgia’s third-largest city. “You have to be extremely flexible and versatile as a coach and be able to adjust, obviously,” Georgia coach Tom Crean said last week about playing a season amid possible interruptions, before the cancellation. “We’ve had numerous COVID cases already on our team and our staff, going back to the summertime. Now we’re testing three times a week. “Am I confident that it’s going to go the whole way? I don’t think anybody can even remotely look anybody in the eye and say that they are. But do you have to plan like it is? Absolutely.” Crean said he has to do different things in practice for social distancing, adding that coaches have a sense of urgency to make the most out of every chance to practice and play because it might not be there from one day or one week to the next. “If we miss games, if we have people miss games, we’re going to have to make adjustments. If I show any frustration or panic, then why should I feel upset if anybody else does?” Crean said. “It’s uncontrollable. Until they say we’re not playing (against Columbus State), everything is geared toward that.” A pair of starters, guard Sahvir Wheeler and forward Toumani Camara, return for Georgia, which lost Anthony Edwards, the top pick in last week’s NBA draft. Graduate transfers P.J. Horne (Virginia Tech) and Justin Kier (George Mason) are among eight newcomers this season. Georgia finished 16-16 overall but just 5-13 in the Southeastern Conference last season. Wednesday’s game will be an exhibition for Columbus State though it will count as Georgia’s season opener. The Cougars went 18-13 last season and 11-9 in the Peach Belt Conference, and they made it to the conference tournament championship game. Senior swingman Anthony Moore is the top returner for Columbus State. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season. “Over the years, we have been able to play some premier Division I programs in exhibition games, and we are adding to the list with Georgia,” head coach Robert Moore said. “UGA is one of the rising programs in the nation under one of the best coaches in our game in Tom Crean, and I can’t wait for our guys to take in the experience.” --Field Level Media

Before the Georgia Bulldogs have played their first game, their second one was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lost is a Sunday nonconference game in Athens, Ga., against Gardner-Webb, which had a positive COVID-19 test. However, the Bulldogs are still slated to play their season opener Wednesday night against Columbus State, a Division II school from Georgia’s third-largest city.

“You have to be extremely flexible and versatile as a coach and be able to adjust, obviously,” Georgia coach Tom Crean said last week about playing a season amid possible interruptions, before the cancellation. “We’ve had numerous COVID cases already on our team and our staff, going back to the summertime. Now we’re testing three times a week. ...

“Am I confident that it’s going to go the whole way? I don’t think anybody can even remotely look anybody in the eye and say that they are. But do you have to plan like it is? Absolutely.”

Crean said he has to do different things in practice for social distancing, adding that coaches have a sense of urgency to make the most out of every chance to practice and play because it might not be there from one day or one week to the next.

“If we miss games, if we have people miss games, we’re going to have to make adjustments. If I show any frustration or panic, then why should I feel upset if anybody else does?” Crean said. “It’s uncontrollable. Until they say we’re not playing (against Columbus State), everything is geared toward that.”

A pair of starters, guard Sahvir Wheeler and forward Toumani Camara, return for Georgia, which lost Anthony Edwards, the top pick in last week’s NBA draft. Graduate transfers P.J. Horne (Virginia Tech) and Justin Kier (George Mason) are among eight newcomers this season.

Georgia finished 16-16 overall but just 5-13 in the Southeastern Conference last season.

Wednesday’s game will be an exhibition for Columbus State though it will count as Georgia’s season opener. The Cougars went 18-13 last season and 11-9 in the Peach Belt Conference, and they made it to the conference tournament championship game.

Senior swingman Anthony Moore is the top returner for Columbus State. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.

“Over the years, we have been able to play some premier Division I programs in exhibition games, and we are adding to the list with Georgia,” head coach Robert Moore said. “UGA is one of the rising programs in the nation under one of the best coaches in our game in Tom Crean, and I can’t wait for our guys to take in the experience.”

--Field Level Media

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