Kendall's Take: Dawgs take on Dawgs

ATHENS - Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's game with Mississippi State.

Time/place: Today, 5:05 p.m., Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.

Broadcast: No television

Records: Georgia is 15-11, 5-8 SEC; Mississippi State is 13-13, 3-10 SEC

About Georgia: Today will be the first time in more than three weeks that Georgia has played a Western Division team. The last two times it hasn't gone so well as the Bulldogs lost to Auburn and LSU. … The Bulldogs, who beat South Carolina 48-47 on Thursday, have had just two days to prepare for this game. It's Georgia's first two-day turnaround on regular season games since the 1998 season. … Levi Stukes remains Georgia leading scorer despite scoring just two points against the Gamecocks. Stukes is averaging 12.2 per game.

About Mississippi State: Freshman forward Jamont Gordon leads the other Bulldogs in scoring with 13.7 points per game. He's also averaging 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. … Mississippi State is 0-5 this season against Eastern Division teams. … The Bulldogs probably are the worst ball-handling team in the league. They average more than 18 turnovers per game.

Scouting report: There's no getting around it. This game is a dud. It pits the teams ranked No. 93 (Georgia) and No. 116 (Mississippi State) in the RPI. Both teams are near the bottom of the SEC in shooting percentage. The all-time series is tied at 47 wins each, although Georgia technically has had to vacate two of its victories due to NCAA violations. The Bulldogs have won just one in Starkville since 1992, and that victory (2002) is one of the ones that no longer counts in the eyes of the NCAA. Mississippi State has won three in a row overall in this series, but Georgia has a decided advantage today because of its tough perimeter defense and Mississippi State's sloppy ball-handling.

Up next: Georgia at Florida, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Mississippi State at Arkansas, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

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