ARKANSAS at No. 15 GEORGIA
When/Where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Records: Georgia 15-3 (4-1 Southeastern Conference), Arkansas 10-7 (2-3 SEC)
Radio/TV: WRCG-AM 1420/No TV
Arkansas starters: F Berry Jordan, 6-7, Fr. (1.9 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game); F Dionisio Gomez, 6-8, Sr. (6.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg); F Alonzo Lane, 6-7, Jr. (4.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg); G Jannero Pargo, 6-2, Sr. (16.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg); G T.J. Cleveland, 6-1, Sr. (4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg).
Georgia starters: F Jarvis Hayes, 6-6, So. (17.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg); F Chris Daniels, 6-7, So. (13.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg); F Jonas Hayes, 6-6, So. (7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Ezra Williams, 6-4, Jr. (18.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg); G Rashad Wright, 6-0, So. (7.7 ppg, 4.6 apg).
Outlook: Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson juggles his lineup almost every week, and he regularly uses 12 or more players in a game. Considering that, the Razorbacks may be better able to withstand the possible loss of senior guard Brandon Dean to a sprained knee and bone bruise he suffered Saturday at Ole Miss. Dean is expected to dress out tonight but is listed as questionable.
Arkansas has won the last four games in the series with Georgia, but the Razorbacks come to Athens with a three-game losing streak. After winning its conference openers against Auburn and Mississippi State, Arkansas has lost at LSU and has suffered home losses to South Carolina and Ole Miss.
Dean is Arkansas' second-leading scorer with 14.3 points per game. Jannero Pargo leads the Razorbacks with 16.1 points and 2.9 assists per game. The key will be which team controls the tempo. Arkansas will try to run and wear down the Bulldogs, but Georgia — already successful in wins against up-tempo Kentucky and Florida teams — will try to set the pace with its half-court offense.
With Arkansas subbing heavily, it may become more important for such backups as Brandon Dean, Fred Gibson and Mike Patrick to provide quality backup minutes for Georgia. Dean will have to avoid turnovers against Arkansas' famed pressure defense when he is playing behind starting point guard Rashad Wright.
After tonight, four of Georgia's next five games will be on the road, including Saturday's 3 p.m. game at Vanderbilt.