Georgia takes on Georgia State in Gwinnett

Time/place: Saturday, 1 p.m., Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth Broadcast: Fox SportsNet South Records: Georgia is 6-1, Georgia State is 2-3

Georgia vs. Georgia State

About Georgia State: The high point of the Panthers season was the opening of Tuesday's game against Kentucky. Georgia State flew out to an 11-0 lead over the Wildcats but was outscored 73-35 from that point forward. Freshman Rashad Chase is looking like he might be a factor for the Panthers. The 6-7 forward from Mays High School had 19 points against Kentucky. Still, guards Malcolm Manier (11.6 ppg) and Boyd Copeland (10.6 ppg) lead State in scoring.

About Georgia: The Bulldogs will go as far as their guards will take them this season. While center Dave Bliss is to be commended for his consistency and aggressive style, the team's top six scorers all are guards. If Terrance Woodbury can recover from the knee sprain that has kept him out of three straight games and Mike Mercer can bounce back from a disappointing effort against Georgia Tech, Georgia will only be that much better at guard. Sophomore point guard Sundiata Gaines is fifth on the team in scoring but has 22 assists and 14 steals and is very committed on the defensive end.

Scouting report: The Panthers have wins over Delaware and Louisiana-Lafayette and losses to Charlotte, George Mason and Kentucky this year. They won't be able to match up with the Bulldogs' streaking guard play, but they do have a chance with Chase in the middle. He's just the kind of athletic player that Georgia has trouble against in the post.

Up next: Georgia at Oregon State, Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Portland, Ore.; Georgia State at Alabama, Saturday, 8 p.m., Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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