Battle of the Dawgs Saturday at State

ATHENS - Georgia ventures outside its own division for the first time in 3 1/2 weeks when the Bulldogs play at Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia vs. Mississippi State

• The red & black Bulldogs are less than 48 hours removed from their most recent outing, a 48-47 tug-of-war victory over South Carolina in Athens. The 2-day turnaround marks the first such quirk in scheduling since 1998, when the Bulldogs played at Kentucky on a Sunday afternoon and at South Carolina two nights later.

The victory Thursday improved Georgia's overall record to 15-11, and it also moved it into a 3-way tie for fourth place in the SEC East with Vandy and Carolina. If the regular season had ended Thursday, the Bulldogs would have claimed the No. 4 seed at the SEC Tournament, having won a tie-breaker with the aforementioned teams. It would be Georgia's highest showing since it finished third in the truncated season of 2003.

Alas, the homestretch for Georgia includes a pair of road games, as well as a home finale against an 18-8 Arkansas team.

• Today's game also marks the continuation of the league-wide "Throwback" uniform program. The Bulldogs are outfitted in uniforms patterned from their predecessors of the mid-1960s.

Georgia - MSU Series

• Today's game is the 95th all-time meeting between Georgia and Mississippi State. The series is currently tied at 47 wins apiece. This 47-47 record includes two Georgia wins that were later vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

• Georgia has won just once in its past seven trips to Starkville, reaching back to the 1992 season. That lone victory was one of the two vacated wins (2002).

• State has won the past three meetings, following a 3-game win streak by Georgia. The maroon Bulldogs won twice last season, including a first-round matchup at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. These two schools, in fact, have met nine times at the league's post-season tourney, Georgia winning seven of those.

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