Kendall's Take: Dawgs get ready for Rebels

ATHENS - Josh Kendall previews Georgia's basketball game with Ole Miss.

Georgia vs. Ole Miss
Time/place: Today, 5 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Broadcast: Fox SportsNet South Records: Georgia is 11-6, 1-3 SEC; Ole Miss is 13-3, 3-0 SEC

About Ole Miss: Sophomore center Dwayne Curtis leads the Rebels in scoring with 14.6 points per game and rebounding with 7.5 boards per game. "He's another very forceful scorer," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "We have some good size and ability to defend in the post, but he's going to be a big challenge because he knows his way around and he's strong and has good skill. Their team is really good at moving around him and changing angles for the ball so they have good opportunities to feed him."

About Georgia: Guards Sundiata Gaines and Billy Humphrey lead the Bulldogs in rebounding, with 4.5 and 4.4 per game respectively. According to Georgia's sports information department, Georgia hasn't had a guard lead the team in rebounding at least since the school began keeping records. … The combined record of the 11 teams the Bulldogs have beaten is 72-94. Georgia's RPI is 72, according to CollegeRPI.com.

Scouting report: The Rebels have what the Bulldogs' desperately need, an inside-outside scoring bunch. Guard Todd Abernathy averages 9.9 points per game and can score in bunches, as evidenced by the 17 he had in the second half against Mississippi State last Saturday. Inside, center Dwayne Curtis is just 6-foot-8 but is very strong in athletic. He hits more than 61 percent of his shots, so he'll have to be a point of emphasis for Georgia's big men. Expect to see more of 7-foot Georgia center Rashaad Singleton in an attempt to alter Curtis' shots around the basket. All five Rebel starters average 7.9 points per game or more.

Up next: Georgia at LSU, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Ole Miss at Arkansas, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


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