(18-12, 9-8 SEC) Georgia vs. (22-8, 11-6 SEC) Arkansas
Game time: Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AK
TV: ESPN2 (Play-by-play: Mike Morgan; Analyst: Dalen Cuff)
Video Stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG (Play-by-play: Scott Howard; Color Commentary: Chuck Dowdle; Producer: Tony Schiavone)
Flagship Station: WSB AM 750
The Georgia men’s basketball team look to extend their win streak to 4 as they take to the road for their regular season finale against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville at 2:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.
The matinee matchup at Bud Walton Arena carries significant tournament implications, both those of the SEC and NCAA variety. The Bulldogs are 18-12 overall and 9-8 in SEC play…and winners of five of their last six. Georgia is in a three-way tie for sixth in the league standings and could end up as anywhere from the No. 5 to No. 9 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs were No. 51 in the most recent edition of the RPI and on most bracketolgists’ bubble.
J.J. Frazier, who on Monday was named both SEC Player of the Week and nbcsports.com’s National Player of the Week, headlines Georgia’s roster. The 5-10, 155-pound senior has scored 28.3 ppg over the Bulldogs’ last six contests, upping his season average from 16.0 ppg to 18.5 ppg in the process.
Frazier’s production helped offset the loss of Yante Maten, who has been the SEC’s second-leading scorer for much of the 2016-17 campaign. Maten, one of 10 players on the final watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation’s premier center, suffered a sprained right knee 95 seconds in to the Feb. 18 game against No. 13 Kentucky.
Juwan Parker has been Georgia’s third-leading scorer for the majority of the season but has stepped up his production in league play. Parker averaged 8.0 ppg in non-conference play but is contributing 10.7 ppg in SEC action, with double-digit scoring outputs in 12 of 17 conference games. That has upped his season average to 9.6 ppg.
Arkansas is 22-8 on the year and 11-6 in the SEC. The Razorbacks have wrapped up a “double-bye” in the SEC Tournament and will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in Nashville. Arkansas is No. 29 in the RPI and by virtually every account has an NCAA bid firmed up.
Dusty Hannahs leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for Arkansas at 14.6 ppg. In addition, Daryl Macon adds 13.5 ppg, Jaylen Barford chips in 12.4 ppg and Moses Kingsley contributes 11.9 ppg.
The Starting Five
UGA leads the all-time series with AU, 93-91, including a more decisive 60-25 advantage in Athens.
UA owns a 20-15 lead in the all-time series with UGA, including a 9-3 mark in Fayetteville.
UGA’s most likely starters will be those from the four games prior to Senior Day – Jackson, Frazier, Parker, Wilridge & Ogbeide.
J.J. Frazier is the reigning SEC and National (nbcsports.com) Player of the Week. He averaged 28.5 ppg in wins over Alabama and LSU last week.
Juwan Parker had one double-digit scoring performance in his first 58 games at UGA. In his last 22 games, he has hit double figures 14 times, including 12 of 17 SEC outings.
Mark Fox is the first coach ever to lead UGA to three straight 20-win finishes. UGA has notched three consecutive 20-win efforts two times in 111 seasons.
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