Dawgs try to sweep Vandy

NASHVILLE - Georgia and Vanderbilt tipoff at 4PM

Records/rankings: Georgia 8-16 (2-11 SEC), Vanderbilt 16-11 (6-7 SEC)

About Georgia: One of the Bulldogs' two SEC wins came against Vanderbilt in a 68-59 victory on Jan. 22. … The last time Georgia won in Nashville was 2001. … Freshman point guard Sundiata Gaines has more steals this season than Rashad Wright did in 2004, when Wright was named SEC defensive player of the year. Gaines has 58 takeaways this year. … Levi Stukes is on pace to set Georgia's career record for 3-pointers made. He would take the record away from D.A. Layne.

About Vanderbilt: The Commodores have won two of their last three games, but they are coming off an eight-point loss at Florida. … Mario Moore leads Vanderbilt in scoring with 12.5 points per game. He also leads the team in assists. Julian Terrell is the Commodores' leading rebounder, with 4.8 per game. … The Commodores have made 263 3-pointers this year, by far the most in the SEC, but they made just two in their last game against Georgia.

Scouting report: Georgia returns today to the building where it scored 39 points last year, the lowest in school history since the inception of the shot clock. (Point guard Rashad Wright missed that game.) SEC coaches and players have discussed for years about how difficult it is score in the Commodores' unique gym. The benches are on the baselines in Memorial Gym and the shooting background is much bigger and more cluttered than it is in other arenas. However, Georgia coach Dennis Felton doesn't think his team's performance last year had anything to do with that. "I don't think the building had anything to do with it," he said. "I don't think it should affect our shooting. Vanderbilt's defense is the only thing that should affect that." That doesn't mean Felton isn't a little put off by the layout in Nashville. "They have the only gym in America that gets away with not complying with the NCAA rule book," he said. "For half the game, you can't communicate with the officials, you can't communicate with your team, and there is a huge change in perspective." On Friday, he threatened to bring a megaphone to today's game. Asked if that would be against the rules, he responded, "I can't imagine how it would be if anything else in the building goes."

Next: Georgia vs. Florida, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


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