Georgia - South Carolina get ready for showdown

"Now I don't know what (South Carolina) team I'm going to see,'' Harrick said.


When/Where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Frank McGuire Arena, Columbia, S.C. 

Records: Georgia 16-4 (5-2 Southeastern Conference), South Carolina 12-7 (2-4 SEC) 

Radio/TV: WRCG-AM 1420/No TV. 

South Carolina starters: F Carlos Powell, 6-7, Fr. (5.3 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game); F Chuck Eidson, 6-7, Jr. (7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg); C Rolando Howell, 6-9, So. (8.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G Aaron Lucas, 5-11, Sr. (10.5 ppg, 4.4 assists per game); G Jemel Bradley, 6-2, Sr. (14.2 ppg, 2.4 apg). 

Georgia starters: F Jarvis Hayes, 6-6, So. (17.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg); F Chris Daniels, 6-7, So. (13.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg); F Jonas Hayes, 6-6, So. (7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Ezra Williams, 6-4, Jr. (18.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G Rashad Wright, 6-0, So. (7.9 ppg, 4.7 apg). 

Outlook: Georgia coach Jim Harrick thought he had South Carolina pegged as a team that liked to slow the pace on offense. Then the Gamecocks went to Tennessee last week and blew away the Vols, 94-60. In that game, South Carolina first-year coach Dave Odom benched 6-foot-10 junior Maruis Petravicius to better accommodate a more up-tempo pace. Using the same lineup, the Gamecocks fell at Mississippi on Saturday. 

"Now I don't know what (South Carolina) team I'm going to see,'' Harrick said. 

Despite the big win at Tennessee, South Carolina still is averaging only 69.6 points per game and allowing just over 60 points per game. Both averages are considerably under the normal figures in a Georgia game. 

Thought by some to be the best pick for a darkhorse team in the SEC East this season, South Carolina has the advantage of an all-senior backcourt. One of those guards, Aaron Lucas, hit a jumper with only 2.6 seconds left to cap a come-from-behind 77-75 victory over Georgia in Columbia last season. 

Georgia had led by double figures late in the game, but Petravicius scored 20 points and the guards helped force 18 turnovers by Georgia. It was South Carolina's seventh straight home win over Georgia. The Gamecocks completed the season sweep by winning 64-56 in Athens. Again Petravicius led the way, this time with 17 points and 10 rebounds. 

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 and the Dawgs face Carolina (AP Photo: John Bazemore)

Georgia has not lost back-to-back games all season and is coming off an 86-84 loss at Vanderbilt, but the Bulldogs have not won at South Carolina since 1994. The Bulldogs play host to Ole Miss Saturday at 4 p.m.

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