Mustafa Shakur, Jawann McClellan, Chase Budinger, Ivan Radenovic and Mohamed Tangara will get the start. Due to too many injuries, the Wildcats did not use rebounding numbers to determine the starting five, instead Lute Olson just picked the five healthy players who were playing the best.
McClellan and Tangara were held out of Monday's practice and McClellan was also held out of a midweek practice but returned to practice on Thursday and reported no pain or soreness. McClellan himself said he is close to 100% and is not limited by the knee.
Tangara was held out of practice early in the week after banging his knee a little bit. There was no damage but the Cats sidelined him as a precaution.
Mix And Match:
Expect Olson to use a number of different line-ups and combinations in the game. Due to the injuries, Olson is still trying to adjust to his personnel. It is also the first chance to see them play against outside competition.
The team has tried to use many different line-ups. One intriguing pairing was Nic Wise at point guard and Mustafa Shakur at the two-guard spot. Shakur said it was strange not to have the ball in his hand, but that after a few days the backcourt was really clicking.
Nod To The Old School:
At Friday's media session Shakur was wearing a Huntington Park Warriors t-shirt. The Warriors are Shakur's old AAU team.
Something In Common:
Kirk Walters can empathize with Wildcat quarterback Willie Tuitama. Like Tuitama, Walters has been sidelined with a concussion.
"Me and Willy should probably hang out," Walters joked.
Jawann McClellan is looking forward to the Virginia game. Not only is it the start to his season, but he and the Cavs starting point guard have been in contact.
"Me and Sean Singletary have been talking trash," McClellan said. "He's been e-mailing me everyday."
Team Georgia boasts a few players who college basketball fans may be familiar with. Most of the players on the team played at small southern schools but there are a few from name programs. Darrin Hancock played at Kansas and played a time in the NBA. Eddie Elisma was a big man from Georgia Tech and Brian Thompson was a wing at Florida.
Olson described Team Georgia as having good size and being very athletic.
Flick The Switch:
Lute Olson praised freshman Jordan Hill and his play this week in practice. Olson said that Hill made a "lot of progress" this week. Olson said that he was very interested to see what Hill did against the older, athletic players on Team Georgia.