Kendall's Take: Dawgs take on Hogs

ATHENS - Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's final regular season game.

Georgia men vs. Arkansas
Time/place: Today, 2 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Broadcast: Jefferson-Pilot television
Records: Georgia is 15-13, 5-10 SEC; Arkansas is 20-8, 9-6 SEC

About Georgia: Prior to tipoff of today's game, the Bulldogs will recognize Jay McAuley, the only senior on their young roster, in the final regular season home game of the season. McAuley, a graduate of Pope High School, is the Bulldogs' only remaining link to the Jim Harrick era. The walk-on made the team in Harrick's final season and has been with Georgia ever since. He has only played nine total minutes this season.

About Arkansas: The Razorbacks are one of the hottest teams in the league. They have won five of their last six. … Junior guard Ronnie Brewer leads Arkansas with 18.4 points per game, but senior guard Jonathon  Modica is an explosive scorer as well. Modica has already had 37 points in one SEC game, which ties Florida's Joakim Noah for the highest single-game total in the league. Modica averages 15.9 points per game. … Arkansas plays well on both ends of the floor. The Razorbacks are fourth in the SEC in scoring (74.2 ppg) and third in scoring defense (65 ppg allowed).

Scouting report: Georgia needs a win over Arkansas to improve its chances of the making the NIT. At one point, the Bulldogs appeared to be a lock for that second-tier event, but they have lost five of six. A loss to Arkansas and another in the first round of the SEC Tournament would leave them 15-15 overall and having lost seven of their last eight games. The game also has implications on the conference ournament, which begins Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Thanks to South Carolina's 67-63 win over Auburn on Saturday, the Bulldogs must win today to avoid finishing dead last in the Eastern Division. If the Bulldogs do lose, that will mean they will play Arkansas, the No. 3 seed from the West, again in the first round of the SEC tourney. The Razorbacks will improve their NCAA Tournament chances, which already are pretty good, with a victory, with a win, but they can't affect their seeding in the SEC Tournament. They will be the third-seed in Nashville, Tenn., regardless of the outcome of this game.

Up next: Georgia in SEC Tournament, Thursday, Nashville, Tenn.; Arkansas in SEC Tournament, Thursday, Nashville, Tenn.


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