News and Notes: Georgia faces Carolina

USC enters the week playing a pair of ranked teams (No. 15 Georgia, No. 8 Kentucky). This already marks the second time in the first half of the season that the Gamecocks have taken on back-to-back ranked teams.

GEORGIA Bulldogs
The Bulldogs lead the SEC East by one-half game, despite an 86-84 setback at Vanderbilt last Saturday. They squandered an opportunity to pad their division lead, for both Florida and Kentucky also lost respective games. The road gets no easier for the Bulldogs. They will take on East Division rival South Carolina this Wednesday night in Columbia, where they've lost seven straight games to their hosts. Last year, not even an 8-point lead in the final 2:00 was good enough capital to produce a victory over the Gamecocks.

SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks
USC enters the week playing a pair of ranked teams (No. 15 Georgia, No. 8 Kentucky). This already marks the second time in the first half of the season that the Gamecocks have taken on back-to-back ranked teams. The Georgia and Kentucky games (combined with next week's game at home vs. Florida) give the Gamecocks eight of their first nine league games against teams who went to the postseason a year ago. Jamel Bradley fin-ished the week with 214 career 3P made, just one off the USC all-time record of 215 set by BJ McKie (1996-99). The Gamecocks' 94-60 win over Tennessee marked the high-est victory margin ever in an SEC road game for Carolina. The Gamecocks and Georgia are tied 38-38 in the all-time series after Carolina swept the NCAA-bound Bulldogs last season. USC leads, 22-12 in Columbia. Carolina trails Kentucky, 28-4, in the series, having lost the last 11 games in the series and 17 of 18 since joining the SEC in 1992. 
Georgias Chris Daniels scores with under eight seconds left in double overtime to give Georgia the 77-75 win over Tennessee Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001 in Athens, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Chris Daniels leads the Dawgs into Columbia this week. (AP Photo: John Bazemore)

Who's Hot

Rolando Howell, South Carolina
• Averaged a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game over the last two weeks, tying him for sixth in the SEC over that span.

Aaron Lucas, South Carolina
• Ranked fourth in the South Conference with 2.5 steals per game over the last two weeks.

Jamel Bradley, South Carolina
• Ranked second in the South Conference with 3.5 three-pointers made per game

Chris Daniels, Georgia
• Averaged a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game over the last two weeks, tying him for second in the SEC over that span.

Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
• Tied for fifth in the SEC, scoring 19.0 points per game over the last two weeks. Hayes also ranks sixth in rebounding over the period with 7.8 rpg over Georgia's 4-game span.


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