Dawgs back to hardwood vs. Vols

ATHENS - Georgia resumes its regular-season schedule with a Saturday afternoon contest against Tennessee at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs haven't played since last Saturday, when they won a 74-73 decision at Vanderbilt. It improved their overall record to 14-8, 4-5 in SEC play, and moved them past the Commodores into fourth place in the Eastern Division standings.

The win was also Georgia's third true road victory of the season. The first two years of the Dennis Felton era yielded just one road win, coming at Kentucky in 2004.

Tennessee represents the first of the five "return" games for Georgia against SEC East brethren. These two teams met for the first time this season Jan. 11 in Knoxville, a game won by the Volunteers, 89-76.

• In order for the Bulldogs to sustain their candidacy for a post-season bid of any kind, they desperately need to start posting so-called "quality wins." Georgia has just one win against a team (Western Ky.) with an RPI currently higher than its own. And of the seven games left in the regular season, just three such opportunities remain: vs. Tennessee, at Kentucky and at Florida.

In addition, the Dogs are also 0-2 in their only games against the Top 25 (Nevada, Florida).

Georgia - Tennessee Series

• Today's game is the 134th all-time meeting between these two schools in basketball. Tennessee leads the series, which began in 1913, by an 81-52 count.

Two of Georgia's victories (2002, 2003) were later vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

• The home team has a decided advantage in this series. Georgia is 15-5 over the past 20 games in Athens, while Tennessee has won eight of the past nine meetings in Knoxville, including the two teams' first meeting this season by an 89-76 count.

• The last time Tennessee brought a Top 25 team to Athens was in 2001, when the Bulldogs upended the sixth-rated Vols 77-75 in double OT.


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