(13-9, 4-9 SEC) Georgia vs. (18-4, 8-1 SEC) No.19 South Carolina
Game time: Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
TV: ESPN2 (Play-by-play: (Beth Mowins; 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 are on the road for a Saturday afternoon game in Columbia versus top-20 South Carolina.
Georgia concludes a travel-intensive portion of its SEC slate on Saturday when the Bulldogs venture down I-20 to face No. 19/20 South Carolina at Colonial Live Arena.
The date with the Gamecocks is the fifth road game for the Bulldogs in a seven-game SEC stretch. The span has included trips to Ole Miss, Florida, Texas A&M and Kentucky.
The Bulldogs are 13-9 overall and 4-5 in SEC play. On Tuesday, Georgia dropped a 90-81 overtime decision at No. 8/6 Kentucky. The Bulldogs led by as many as 14 points in the first half (19-5), then trailed by as many as eight six times in the second period before rallying to lead on three occasions in the final two minutes of regulation.
Yante Maten leads Georgia in both scoring (19.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Among SEC leaders, he is second in scoring and third in rebounding. Maten also ranks second in the league in double-doubles with five.
J.J. Frazier is contributing 15.9 ppg (No. 7 in the SEC) and leads the SEC in both steals (2.0 spg) and playing time (33.7 mpg).
Maten, a junior forward, and Frazier, a senior guard, are one of the nation’s most potent inside-outside offensive tandems. Their combined average of 35.7 ppg ranks No. 10 nationally among guard-forward scoring duos with both players ranked among the nation’s top-250 scorers. They are the only teammates in the top-10 from a Power 5 conference.
In statistics for conference games only, Maten and Frazier currently rank No. 2 and No. 4 in the SEC in scoring at 19.8 ppg and 17.1 ppg, respectively.
Juwan ParkerClick here to hear it, who has been Georgia’s third-leading scorer for the majority of the season, is on a tear of late. Parker averaged 8.0 ppg in non-conference play but is contributing 11.2 ppg in league action. That has upped his season average to 9.4 ppg.
South Carolina is currently 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the SEC, tied atop the league standings with Kentucky.
Like Maten, Sindarius Thornwell leads the Gamecocks in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). Due to a suspension, Thornwell lacks playing in 75.0 percent of South Carolina’s games to qualify for SEC stats leaders. He would rank No. 3 in scoring and No. 6 in rebounding.
PJ Dozier (13.8 ppg) and Duane Notice (10.3 ppg) also score at a double-digit pace, while Chris Silva (9.9 ppg) is a single bucket shy of providing a fourth double-figure average.
The Starting Five
UGA leads the all-time series with USC, 58-51; however, USC owns a 32-19 advantage in Columbia.
UGA & USC sport the SEC’s top-4 active scoring leaders – No. 1 Thorn-well, No. 2 Frazier, No. 3 Notice and No. 4 Maten.
Derek OgbeideClick here to hear it posted career highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds at No. 8 Kentucky on Tuesday.
J.J. Frazier and Yante MatenClick here to hear it are the nation’s 10th-best inside-outside scoring combo among teams with two top-250 scorers in country.
Mark Fox is the first coach ever to lead UGA to three-straight 20-win finishes. UGA has notched three-conseuctive 20-win efforts two times in 111 seasons.
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