Georgia - Alabama advance box

Dawgs host Bama in top 20 showdown

No. 16 ALABAMA at No. 20 GEORGIA

When/Where: Tonight, 8 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.

Records: Georgia 14-2 (3-0 Southeastern Conference), ALABAMA 14-3 (2-1 SEC)

Radio/TV: WRCG-AM 1420/Jefferson-Pilot Sports

Alabama starters: F Rod Grizzard, 6-8, Jr. (14.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game); F Kenny Walker, 6-9, Jr. (9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg); C Erwin Dudley, 6-8, Jr. (14.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg); G Terrance Meade, 6-2, Jr. (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg); G Maurice Williams, 6-1, Fr. (10.0 ppg, 4.7 assists per game).

Georgia starters: F Jarvis Hayes, 6-6, So. (16.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg); F Chris Daniels, 6-7, So. (13.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg); F Steve Thomas, 6-8, So. (8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Ezra Williams, 6-4, Jr. (17.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg); G Rashad Wright, 6-0, So. (8.3 ppg, 4.6 apg).

Outlook: Georgia will be playing for its first 4-0 start in the conference since the 1969-70 season. This will be the Bulldogs' first game since entering the Top 25 polls and their third game of the season against a ranked team. Last week, Georgia won at No. 8 Kentucky, 88-84, and earlier in the year it beat No. 14 Georgetown. Georgia visits No. 2 Florida Saturday at noon. A concern for Georgia coach Jim Harrick tonight will be Georgia's inside defense.

Against a similarly athletic Tennessee team, Georgia ran into early foul trouble and then gave up 17 layups, including 12 dunks. Considering Georgia also was outrebounded by 10 (52-42), it was fortunate to escape with the win.

Alabama starts three players listed at 6-foot-8 or bigger; Georgia has only one player on its roster bigger than 6-foot-7. Of particular concern will be Alabama's Erwin Dudley, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound center.

Alabama leads the series 83-43, including a 27-25 lead in games played in Athens. Last year in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide beat the Bulldogs 76-68 as Dudley scored 16 points.

This will be the first time Georgia and Alabama have played when both were ranked in The Associated Press' Top 25.

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