Dawgs return to court: Oregon St on tap

ATHENS - Georgia resumes its pre-conference schedule after a week's break for Fall Semester final exams. The Bulldogs play Oregon State on a neutral floor in Portland, shooting for their eighth straight victory in the process. Such a milestone would be important for two reasons: 1) already the longest win streak of the Dennis Felton era at seven games, it would be the longest streak since 1996-97 and 2) it would match the total number of wins recorded by the 2004-05 Georgia squad.

• Most recently, the Bulldogs improved to 7-1 with a 72-61 win over Georgia State last Saturday in Duluth, Ga.

• Today's game is the 2nd installment of a series that began last season at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Classic for Kids in Atlanta. The Bulldogs, behind a regulation buzzer-beater by Sundiata Gaines and 31 points from Levi Stukes, prevailed 76-74. Despite their heroics, Georgia still had to survive an errant running bank shot by OSU's Nick DeWitz at the overtime buzzer.

• Georgia concludes its pre-Christmas slate next Wednesday when it plays 20th-ranked Nevada in Reno.

Georgia-Oregon State Series

• Today's game is just the second all-time meeting between these two schools in basketball.

• Georgia won the only other meeting last season by a 76-74 score in overtime. That contest, like this year's, was played at an NBA venue: Philips Arena in Atlanta.

• Given the opposition's quality, it was perhaps the Bulldogs' best win of the 2005 season. Georgia defeated just two schools from the so-called "BCS" conferences that had winning records: Oregon State and Vanderbilt.

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