Kendall's Take: Dawgs host Vols

ATHENS - Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's critical game with Tennessee.


Georgia vs. Tennessee
Time/place: Today, 4 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Broadcast: No television
Records: Georgia is 14-8, 4-5 SEC; No. 11 Tennessee is 17-3, 8-1 SEC

About Georgia: Forward Terrance Woodbury is questionable due to tendonitis in his knee. Woodbury was scheduled to start against Vanderbilt but was scratched during the pre-game warmup and played just five minutes. … Forward Kendrick Johnson hasn't played in three games and is questionable again due to chronic ankle injuries. … Younes Idrissi has had four blocks in each of the last two games.

About Tennessee: The Volunteers one this season's first meeting between the teams 89-76 in Knoxville on Jan. 11. … Tennessee is led by guard Chris Lofton, who is averaging 16.5 points per game. … The Vols lead the SEC and are sixth nationally in scoring with 82.4 points per game.

Scouting report: Expect an up-tempo game today. Georgia point guard Sundiata Gaines said the Bulldogs are going to press Tennessee and try to use their depth at guard to wear out Lofton and point guard C.J. Watson. A fast-pace game will be just fine with the Vols, who love to run. The second strategy for Georgia will be to stop Lofton and make any other Volunteer take the scoring load. "There's nobody better than Lofton at making tough shots," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "You can do a pretty good job on him most of the night and then he'll come through with some ridiculous shots. He became a stud last year."

In their first game against Tennessee, Georgia held Lofton scoreless for the first half only to allow him to score 16 in the final 20 minutes.

Up next: Georgia vs. Kentucky, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Tennessee vs. Auburn, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.


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