No. 20 GEORGIA at No. 2 FLORIDA
When/Where: Saturday, noon, O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Records: Georgia 14-3 (3-1 Southeastern Conference), Florida 1501 (4-0 SEC)
Radio/TV: WRCG-AM 1420/Jefferson-Pilot Sports
Florida starters: F Matt Bonner, 6-10, Jr. (16.1 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game); F Orien Greene, 6-4, So. (4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg); C Udonis Haslem, 6-8, Sr. (16.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg); G Brett Nelson, 6-3, Jr. (15.6 ppg, 3.3 assists per game); G Justin Hamilton, 6-3, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 4.0 apg).
Georgia starters: F Jarvis Hayes, 6-6, So. (16.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg); F Chris Daniels, 6-7, So. (13.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg); F Jonas Hayes, 6-6, So. (7.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Ezra Williams, 6-4, Jr. (18.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg); G Rashad Wright, 6-0, So. (7.8 ppg, 4.7 apg).
Outlook: This was the site of perhaps Georgia's most impressive win last season. With Ezra Williams scoring 24 points, Georgia upset Florida in Gainesville, 75-72, on Jan. 17 of last season. Even though Georgia has moved into the Top 25, a win today would be a bigger upset.
Georgia might not have been able to keep pace with Florida if it had a full roster. As starting power forward Steve Thomas and backup point guard Tony Cole are suspended for a second straight game, the Bulldogs are left with no real depth inside.
The loss of Thomas is especially devastating as Georgia attempts to contain Florida's 6-foot-8, 246-pound Udonis Haslem. Assuming Chris Daniels can shadow Florida's 6-foot-10 Matt Bonner, Thomas might have had a chance with Haslem because Jonas Hayes could have provided help off the bench. Now the 6-foot-6 Hayes is a starter and will give up about 50 pounds in his matchup with Haslem.
The lack of inside depth and height was telling in Wednesday night's 77-72 home loss to Alabama.
Even after losing 3-point shooter Teddy Dupay before the season, Florida still boasts a strong perimeter game with Brett Nelson, Justin Hamilton and the versatile Bonner.
Georgia's only hope may be for Williams and Jarvis Hayes to enjoy the strong 3-point shooting that helped the Bulldogs win on the road at Kentucky last week. Williams ranks second in the league with 18.2 points per game and was named SEC Player of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky and Tennessee.
— Compiled by Charles Odum