Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Gonzaga

DULUTH - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Gonzaga.

Georgia (6-1) vs. No. 16 Gonzaga (9-2)

Time/place: 5 p.m./The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth

Broadcast: ESPN2, 940-AM

About Gonzaga: The West Coast Conference Bulldogs are led by senior guard Derek Raivio, who averages 20.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt averages 17 points and 7.8 rebounds. … Gonzaga is 3-3 all-time against SEC schools. … The Bulldogs' losses have come against North Carolina and Butler. They are coming off a 20-point victory over then-No. 8 Washington.

About Georgia: Sophomore guard Mike Mercer is leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 17.6 points per game, and junior college transfer forward Takais Brown is just behind with 16.6. … Georgia has shot better than 50 percent from the field in six of its seven games this year, and it leads the SEC in scoring at 91 points per game. … Point guard Sundiata Gaines leads the SEC in assists with 5.7 per game.

Scouting report: Georgia finds out today, in a game that's part of the Chick-fil-A Classic for Kids, if its 6-1 start is the result of a cakewalk early season schedule or a program's turnaround. Gonzaga is the first ranked opponent on the Bulldogs' schedule. Georgia is coming off an 11-day break due to final exams and the rescheduling of one game. Heading into the break, Coach Dennis Felton was concerned how it would affect his team, which was playing its best basketball in more than two seasons through the first seven games. This is the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Gonzaga won the most recent one, 82-76 in overtime in Spokane, Wash., in 2003. Georgia won a 2002 matchup in Atlanta.

Up next: Georgia vs. Jacksonsville, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Athens; Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Duke, Thursday, 9 p.m., New York

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