Dawgs and Tigers get ready for tip-off

ATHENS - The 2005-06 season resumes for Georgia on Wednesday night when it plays host to an undefeated Clemson team.

Georgia vs. Clemson

• The Bulldogs arrive at the game with a 7-3 record, having dropped both games in a six-day western road trip that preceded Christmas break. Most recently, Georgia lost a 68-62 decision at 20th-ranked Nevada on Dec. 21

Georgia followed the Nevada game by spreading out across the country for Christmas. The Bulldogs convened in Athens on the night of the 25th for a practice and have followed each day with a single workout.

• Though Georgia has failed in its last two attempts, it still bears repeating: the Bulldogs' next victory will match the entire total of wins recorded by the 2005 UGA squad.

• Tonight's game is the third straight year these two programs have met in basketball. However, it will mark the first regular-season matchup on either school's campus in 41 years! Clemson's last trip to Athens for a game of any kind was in the 1986 NIT, but its last regular-season trip here came in 1965.

For all but four seasons during a stretch of 40 years, Georgia and Clemson were annual opponents in basketball.

Georgia-Clemson Series

• Hard to believe that these two backyard rivals haven't played a regular-season game on either's home court since 1965. That year, they played a home-and-home series, as they had for many preceding years.

• Georgia leads the overall series, which began in 1913, by a 54-23 count.

• Clemson last visited Athens for a second-round NIT matchup in 1986. Cliff Ellis' Tigers prevailed 77-65.

• As long as the current head coaches remain in place, these two schools are likely annual opponents.


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