MEN’S BASKETBALL: Georgia Travels to Missouri For Mid-Week SEC Showdown

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Georgia Travels to Missouri For Mid-Week SEC Showdown

Georgia forward Yante Maten (1) gets a dunk during the Bulldogs' game against in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in Athens, Georgia (Photo by John Kelley/UGA)
Georgia forward Yante Maten (1) gets a dunk during the Bulldogs’ game against in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in Athens, Georgia (Photo by John Kelley/UGA)


The Georgia men’s basketball team will face the Missouri Tigers for a Wednesday night SEC showdown at 9:00 p.m. in the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and be available to live stream on WatchESPN.


Georgia Men’s Basketball Game Notes

Georgia (11-3, 2-1) vs. Missouri (11-4, 1-1)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Mizzou Arena (15,061) in Columbia, MO


Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.
Stations: WSB AM 750 Atlanta, Sirius: 145; XM, 190
(Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, Producer)
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Channel: ESPN2
(Tom Hart, play-by-play; Sean Farnham, analyst)
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The Georgia Bulldogs, winners of four of their last five outings by double-digit margins, will trek to Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday evening to face Missouri.


Georgia sports a 17.3-point average margin of victory in that quartet of victories over Georgia Tech (21 points), Temple (18), Ole Miss (11) and Alabama (19). The lone blip during that stretch was a five-point setback at No. 16 Kentucky on New Year’s Eve when the Bulldogs owned an eight-point edge on multiple occasions in the second half.


While postseason play is months away, the Bulldogs and the Tigers are among a slew of SEC teams with serious NCAA Tournament aspirations. And those hopes are well warranted. The league is extremely well represented in the NCAA’s RPI. Through last weekend’s action, no less than six SEC teams were included in the top-30 of the RPI. Another five are featured in the top-66, including Missouri at No. 30 and Georgia at No. 38.


Georgia arrives in Columbia at 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC on the year.


Yante Maten, a National Player of the Year candidate and preseason SEC Player of the Year honoree, leads Georgia with averages of 20.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Those efforts rank second and first, respectively, among league leaders.


Maten has been a picture of consistency for the Bulldogs since the beginning of his sophomore year. Over the 77 games during that span, Maten has produced 70 double-digit scoring performances, with 29 20-point and five 30-point outings and 22 double-doubles.


Turtle Jackson provides a second a double-figure scoring average at 10.1 ppg. Jackson entered the season with two double-digit productions in 66 games but has scored 10-plus points in nine of Georgia’s first 14 outings.


Mizzou is currently 11-4 overall and 1-1 in SEC play.


Jordan Barnett and Kassius Robertson provide the Tigers with a potent 1-2 scoring punch. Barnett averages a team-most 15.9 ppg, while Robertson is chipping in 15.4.

Series History: UGA vs. Missouri

Georgia sports a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series with Missouri, including a 2-2 mark in contests in Columbia.


The Bulldogs have a six-game winning streak in matchups with the Tigers.


In the most recent meeting last Jan. 7 in Athens, Yante Maten scored 17 points and Georgia posted 51 second-half points in defeating Missouri, 71-66.


After trailing 26-20 at the half, Georgia opened the second stanza with an 11-2 run that gave the Bulldogs a lead they held most of the rest of the game.


Missouri led briefly 52-51 and 54-53, before Georgia went on a 12-0 run to make it 65-54. Five Bulldogs scored during that stretch as Georgia took a lead with 7:04 left it would not surrender the rest of the way.


Missouri put up 36 3-pointers in the game, tying the third-most ever by a Georgia foe.


In the last meeting in Columbia on Jan. 20, 2016, Georgia secured a 60-57 victory. The Bulldogs used a 17-0 run midway through the second half to earn the win.


After scoring only 22 points on 31.3-percent shooting in the first half, the Bulldogs exploded for 38 points in the second half shooting 48.3 percent in the final 20 minutes.


Maten led all scorers with 21 points and finished with 12 rebounds. J.J. Frazier and Kenny Gaines added 16 and 11 points, respectively, while Houston Kessler ripped down a career-high 10 rebounds.


Following a 22-22 tie at halftime and an even first five minutes in the second stanza, the Bulldogs went on their 17-0 run highlighted by several 3-pointers and a big dunk by Maten leading to a 50-34 Georgia advantage.


The Tigers were able to cut the lead to as little as three, but the Bulldogs fought off Missouri’s comeback attempt with Frazier connecting both ends of two one-and-one situations in the final 26 seconds.

Full Game Notes for Georgia vs. Missouri

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