Dawgs and Panthers set for showdown

Dennis Felton and his Dawgs get ready for Georgia State.

Georgia vs. Georgia State

• Georgia plays host (sort of) to another in-state foe when it faces Georgia State at The Arena at Gwinnett Center today. Though the Bulldogs are not in Stegeman Coliseum, they are considered the home team for this afternoon's game.

It will indeed seem like a home game for three members of the Georgia squad. Channing Toney (Snellville), Billy Humphrey (Dacula) and Mike Mercer (Snellville) all attended Gwinnett County high schools, and Mercer's 2004 South Gwinnett Comets team, in fact, won the Class AAAAA state title in this building.

Georgia is three days removed from its 91-75 win over Georgia Tech in the two schools' 182nd all-time meeting between them. In winning, the Bulldogs posted their sixth straight win, the longest such streak in the Dennis Felton era at Georgia.

• After today, the Bulldogs will take a week off from competition for Fall Semester final exams. They'll embark Friday for a 2-game swing through the Pacific Northwest that features a Dec. 17 contest vs. Oregon State in Portland, as well as a Dec. 21 matchup at Nevada.

Georgia - Georgia State Series

Today's game is the seventh all-time meeting between these two schools. Georgia leads the series, which started in the 1982-83 season, by a 4-2 count.

The series is more vivdly recalled, however, by its two most recent meetings, both won by Georgia State in the past five seasons. Former coaches Jim Harrick and Lefty Driesell struck a 2-year series that tipped off the 2001 season and continued the next year. Driesell's Panther teams won each time in fairly convincing fashion.

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