Georgia and Vols meet in Athens

Please check local TV; Fox SS is picking up the JP feed in some areas.

When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.

Records: Georgia 13-2 (2-0 Southeastern Conference), Tennessee 6-7 (1-1 SEC)

Radio/TV: WRCG-AM 1420/Jefferson-Pilot and Fox Sports Net South TV

Tennessee starters: F  Vincent Yarbrough, 6-7, Sr. (19.5 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game); F Ron Slay, 6-8, Jr. (15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg); F Marcus Haislip, 6-10, Jr. (15.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg); G Thaydeus Holden, 6-0, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg); G Jon Higgins, 6-3, Jr. (7.1 rpg, 5.1 assists per game).

Georgia starters:  F Jarvis Hayes, 6-6, So. (17.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg); F Chris Daniels, 6-7, So. (12.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg); F Steve Thomas, 6-8, So. (8.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg); G Ezra Williams, 6-4, Jr. (17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G Rashad Wright, 6-0, So. (8.3 ppg, 4.5 apg).

Outlook: Tennessee has lost four of its last five games, including a 104-100 overtime loss at home to No. 3 Florida on Wednesday night. It beat Mississippi 82-76 at home to open its SEC schedule.

The Vols have good experience, size and production from their frontcourt, which is led by All-SEC forward Vincent  Yarbrough, who scored 26 points against the Gators. The 6-foot-7 Yarbrough leads the SEC in scoring.

Under first-year coach Buzz Peterson, the Vols have been plagued by the same inability to finish off games that plagued former coach Jerry Green the last few years. The Vols are 0-5 in games decided by no more than five points.

For Georgia, the obvious challenge is to move past Wednesday night's 88-84 upset win at No. 8 Kentucky. It will be difficult for Georgia's Ezra Williams and Jarvis Hayes to match their outside shooting against Kentucky.

The Bulldogs had not beaten Kentucky since 1994, and that is also the last year they opened with three straight conference wins. Georgia has its best overall record through 15 games since 1931.

A sellout is expected. Georgia swept two games from the Vols last year, including a double-overtime win in Athens.

- Compiled by Charles Odum

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