Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Valdosta St.

ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Valdosta State.

Georgia (1-1) vs. Valdosta State (1-0)

Time/place: 4 p.m./Stegeman Coliseum

Broadcast: 940-AM

About Valdosta State: The Blazers beat Carver Bible 130-62 in their first game of the season. Valdosta State is a perimeter-oriented team. Guards Mike Crain and Richard Lusane and swing man Devario Hudson paced the offense against Carver. … Second-year coach Mike Helfer was 17-11 last season. … The Blazers finished fourth in the Gulf South Conference last year.

About Georgia: Georgia had hoped it had its post-depth issues addressed this season, but that hasn't been the case through two games. Against Western Kentucky on Tuesday, the Bulldogs got just 20 points from its five forwards and centers. Things aren't likely to get better until junior college transfer Takais Brown makes his debut. Brown has been on an indefinite suspension since before the season began, but he is once again practicing with the team and he watched Tuesday's game from the bench, so his return may be near. Despite losing guard Channing Toney to transfer, Georgia still has plenty of guards. Four scored in double figures Tuesday.

Scouting report: This is the first of three cake-walk games for the Bulldogs, who face the Blazers, South Carolina State and Alabama A&M before getting to the next test in their season – a Dec. 2 game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Blazers shouldn't wilt under Georgia's pressure defense as both their starting guards are seniors. In fact, 13 of Valdosta State's 16 players are upperclassmen. They probably won't be intimidated, but they probably don't have enough talent to compete either.

Up next: Georgia vs. South Carolina State, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Athens; Valdosta State vs. Albany State, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Valdosta


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