Tide on Road to UGA

Alabama Men's basketball team (11-6, 0-2) travels to Athens, (Ga.) to take on the Georgia Bulldogs (9-5, 0-1) this Wednesday (1/16/08) at 6:30pm CST. The Bulldogs have a somewhat different team from last season due to multiple defections as they will go with a guard oriented lineup. Even with the personnel losses, Georgia is still competitive with upperclassmen experience and a deep bench.

Starting in their conference opener in a loss to Mississippi State 60-49 were Sundiata Gaines (6-1, senior guard), Billy Humphrey (6-2, junior guard), Corey Butler (6-3, junior guard), Terrance Woodbury (6-7, junior guard/forward), and Dave Bliss (6-10, senior center).

On offense, the Bulldogs average 70.2 points per game while being lead by Humphrey and Gaines at 13.5 and 13 points per game respectfully. Georgia has shooting percentages of 43.9 percent from the floor, 33.1 (83-251) percent from the three point line, and 67.6 percent from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs distribute the ball at the rate of 12.1 assists and 15.9 turnovers per game. Just like Arkansas, Georgia's offense runs through the wing positions with more emphasis on the jump shot as four of the five players on the court at any given time having made multiple three pointers.

Defensively, the Bulldogs only surrender 64.9 points per game while holding their opponents to 40.4 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from the arc. Georgia also averages 7.6 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while forcing their opponents to 15.2 turnovers per game.

The Bulldogs enjoy a 5.6 rebounding margin over the opposition by averaging 39.2 per game compared to 33.6 for the competition.

This game is a prime opportunity for the Tide to steal one on the road, but the Bulldogs will look for revenge after the last second lost to Bama last year. The Tide will mostly use the man-to-man defense as Georgia is not much of a scoring threat on the inside.

Mykal Riley and Alonzo Gee should provide enough length to cover-up the two leading scorers. The Tide should also break out the full court press as the Bulldogs are prone to commit several turnovers that could be turned into easy baskets.

Offensively, Richard Hendrix and company should have an easier time with scoring on the inside as the Bulldogs have some holes there defensively. Georgia will try to use a zone to stop the bleeding until the Bama shooters start knocking down jumpers.

If the Bulldogs extend out to the perimeter with that smaller line-up, look for Gee and Riley to take it to the rack. Also look for the Tide's bench to be more active as there was only six points scored by that group against Arkansas.

Bama should be longer, quicker, and more athletic than the Bulldogs which should lead to the team's first conference win.

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