Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) vs. Missouri (9-10, 1-5 SEC)
Tuesday, January 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Mizzou Arena (15,061) in Columbia, Mo.
Watch: SEC Network (Tom Hart, play-by-play; Jon Sundvold, analyst)
Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta. XM: 387; Internet: 977. (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, producer)
The Starting Five
• Anthony Edwards is the nation’s top-scoring freshman at 18.6 ppg…and one of only five first-year players currently ranked among the top-100 scorers in D-I.
• Over the last 13 games, Toumani Camara is UGA’s second-leading rebounder (5.1 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (7.4 ppg) and minutes played (26.6 mpg).
• UGA’s win at No. 9 Memphis was just its second road victory ever over a ranked, non-conference foe…and the first since Dec. 28, 1977, at No. 7 Louisville.
• Six of nine SEC games at Stegeman Coliseum are now sellouts – Kentucky, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida.
• Georgia’s celebrated freshman class – ranked among the top-10 groups nationally by every recruiting service – features five of the nation’s top-100 prospects.
The Opening Tip
Georgia travels to Missouri for a Tuesday evening matchup with the Tigers at Mizzou Arena in an SEC Network-televised outing.
The Bulldogs are 11-8 overall and 1-4 on the road this season, but that road victory was perhaps the most impressive one in the SEC this season. Georgia topped No. 9 Memphis on Jan. 4, one of two non-conference road victories by any league team this season…South Carolina’s upset at No. 9 Virginia being the other.
Anthony Edwards, a pre- and mid-season All-American and leading National Freshman of the Year candidate, is the nation’s top-scoring freshman at 18.6 ppg. Rayshaun Hammonds is ranked among SEC leaders in rebounding (No. 5), scoring (No. 18) and FG percentage (No. 5).
The Bulldogs and Tigers have split their 14 all-time meetings on the hardwood, with Mizzou owning a 3-2 edge in games in Columbia.
After Missouri won the first four matchups, including three before the Tigers joined the SEC, Georgia reeled off six consecutive victories.
The last contest was in the opening round of last season’s SEC Tournament in Nashville. Despite a career-high 26 points from Jordan Harris, the Tigers topped Georgia, 71-61.
Following a 43-43 tie at the 12:47 mark, the Tigers used a 6-0 surge to gain the lead for good. Missouri eventually extended its advantage to 60-50 and never allowed the Bulldogs closer than eight points thereafter.
In the Bulldogs’ last trip to Columbia on Jan. 10, 2018, Missouri rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Georgia, 68-56.
The Bulldogs led for much of the first 20 minutes and by as much as seven points on three occasions, lastly at 23-16 with 1:23 remaining.
The Tigers scored the final four points of the first half and then opened the second period with an additional 18-4 surge to build a double-digit advantage at 38-27.
The Bulldogs answered quickly, however, and used a 13-5 run of their own to close the gap to a single bucket. Kassius Robertson thwarted the comeback with back-to-back big plays, a 3-pointer followed by a steal and a breakaway layup to put Missouri back up 47-40.
Keeping An Eye On . . . Entering Today’s Game
Among UGA’s Freshman Leaders Anthony Edwards is…
• 14 points from No. 8 Terry Fair
• 27 points from No. 7 D.A. Layne
Among UGA’s career Leaders Tyree Crump is…
• 14 3FGs from No. 10 Jody Patton
• 16 3FGAs from No. 8 G.G. Smith
Scouting The Tigers
Missouri opened the season with an 8-4 start before the New Year, but the Tigers are just 1-6 in January. Mizzou is 1-5 in SEC play, with a 91-75 victory over Florida.
The Tigers’ fortunes turned with a stress fracture to Jeremiah Tilmon. He started the first 11 games of the season and was averaging 9.0 ppg but has played only eight minutes of the Kentucky game during 2020.
Dru Smith and Mark Smith are the Tigers’ leading scorers, averaging 11.6 ppg and 11.4 ppg, respectively.