Kendall's Take: Dawgs to take on USC

ATHENS - Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's game with South Carolina.

Georgia men vs. South Carolina
Time/place: Today, 7 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Broadcast: ESPN
Records: Georgia is 14-11, 4-8 SEC; South Carolina is 14-11, 5-7 SEC

About Georgia: Sophomore guard Kevin Brophy's parents visited Athens this month from their home in Melbourne, Australia, but they went home Wednesday. Brophy had mixed feelings about their departure. "We're 0-3 since they came," he said. … The Bulldogs are 10th in the SEC in field goal percentage (43.9) and 11th in field goal percentage defense (45.4). … Kendrick Johnson's Monday ankle surgery went "perfectly," Coach Dennis Felton said. It's likely Johnson will have the other ankle operated on as well.

About South Carolina: The Gamecocks are led senior guard Tarence Kinsey, who is averaging 15.2 points per game. Guard Tre Kelley and forward Renaldo Balkman also average double figures in scoring. … Both teams have a quick turnaround after today's game because they have to play again on Saturday. However, the Gamecocks have it a little worse because they play at 1 p.m. Saturday, four hours earlier than Georgia. "I was hoping that we would have a late-day game Saturday to give us a little more time," Coach Dave Odom said. "Maybe as the SEC conference schedulers look at that when they ask for some sort of consideration in terms of moving a game, hopefully they'll give you a late game Saturday."

Scouting report: The Bulldogs and Gamecocks are still scuffling to avoid the cellar of the SEC East. Georgia currently holds that spot but could bring South Carolina down to its level with a win today. That also would give Georgia two wins over the Gamecocks this season, thus assuring it would win any tiebreakers for conference tournament seeding. The Bulldogs could still end up seeded second in the East but that would involve not only them winning all four of their remaining games but several other factors as well.

Up next: Georgia at Mississippi State, Saturday, 5 p.m.; Vanderbilt at South Carolina, Saturday 1 p.m.

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