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MBB: Georgia (14-8, 4-5 SEC) vs. Texas A&M (15-7, 7-2 SEC) tonight at 8:30

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Reed Arena (12,989) in Byan-College Station, Texas





Series History: TAMU leads, 7-5

Last meeting: TAMU, 91-77, on 2/22/22

Video: SEC Network (Dave Neal, pbp; Jon Sundvold, analyst)





Audio: Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network (WSB AM 750; SiriusXM: 380; SXM App: 97) (Scott Howard, pbp; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Adam Gillespie, producer) 

The Starting Five

• Eight different Dogs have been used to comprise 10 different starting lineups for UGA this season.

• No Dog has started every game, though M-A Moncrieffe, K. Oquendo and T. Roberts have started every GP.

• M. McBride has led UGA offensively the last 2 games, scoring 37 points after having 14 in the 1st 7 SEC games.

• UGA is on pace to hold opponents under 30.0 from 3-point range for just the 2nd time in program history.

• UGA’s assist-to-TO ratio is up by +.23 since Thanksgiving, the best improvement by an SEC team during that span.

The Opening Tip

Georgia completes a two-game road swing on Saturday when the Bulldogs venture to Bryan-College Station to face Texas A&M.

Georgia is currently 14-8 overall and 4-5 in the SEC play, marks which are significantly improved over the Bulldogs’ finishes of 6-26 overall and 1-17 in the league competition a year ago.

Georgia is 11-1 at Stegeman Coliseum – improving first-year head coach Mike White to 18-2 all-time in the arena – and 2-1 at neutral sites this season, a combined 13-2 record. 

Conversely, the Bulldogs are just 1-6 on the road. Reed Arena does not appear like a welcoming environment to improve upon that mark, as the Aggies are 10-1 at home during the 2022-23 campaign. 

Series History With A&M

By virtue of winning the last three meetings, Texas A&M now possesses a 7-5 edge in the all-time series between the Bulldogs and the Aggies. A&M also owns a 4-2 advantage in contests played in Bryan-College Station. 

Texas A&M swept both ends of a home-and-home series last season after the Bulldogs and Aggies did not meet during the 2020-21 campaign. They were slated to play on Feb. 10 in College Station; however, that contest was postponed – and later canceled – due to COVID issues within the Texas A&M program.

In the last meeting on deuces wild day (Feb. 22, 2022), Kario Oquendo exploded for 33 points; however, Georgia still dropped a 91-77 decision at Texas A&M.

Oquendo’s outburst represented the Bulldogs’ largest offensive output since Anthony Edwards’ 37-point performance versus No. 3 Michigan State at the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The 33-point tally also equaled the single-game high by any SEC player in a conference game last season.

Braelen Bridges added 10 points and Aaron Cook handed out a game-high seven assists for Georgia.

The Bulldogs produced better shooting percentages than the Aggies from everywhere on the floor (60.0 to 56.1 on field goals, 54.2 to 34.8 on 3-pointers and 90.0 to 76.0 at the free throw) line in the loss.

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