Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Clemson

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

Georgia (8-2) vs. No. 25 Clemson (12-0)

Time/place: 7 p.m./Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.

Broadcast: Fox Sports South, 940-AM

About Clemson: The Tigers' starters are led by junior forward James May, a 6-foot-9, 222-pounder who averages 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. However, reserve K.C. Rivers, a sophomore, is the team's leading scorer with 14.8 points per game. … Cairo native Cliff Hammonds starts for Clemson and averages 9.9 points per game. … The Tigers are got into the Top 25 this week despite being one of only four major universities without a loss on their schedule. Clemson's most impressive wins this year have come against Mississippi State, South Carolina and Minnesota.

About Georgia: Coach Dennis Felton was an assistant at Clemson under Rick Barnes from 1994-'98, during which time the Tigers were 92-64 and three-time NCAA participants. … Sophomore guard Mike Mercer's stats dropped off after a subpar effort against Georgia Tech, but he still leads the team with 17.2 points per game. … The Bulldogs took two full days off for the holiday break before returning to Athens for a night practice on Monday. … The seven-game win streak that was snapped by last week's loss to Georgia Tech tied the longest of the Felton era.

Scouting report: It's been seven years since the Bulldogs visited Littlejohn Coliseum. That trip resulted in a 77-57 loss in the first round of the NIT and the end of the Ron Jirsa era. On this trip, they'll face a Tigers team that is on the second-longest winning streak in school history. Clemson will have an advantage in athleticism in the post, but the Bulldogs have faced a more challenging schedule this year and may benefit from that experience.

Up next: Georgia vs. Wisconsin, Sunday, 1 p.m., Athens; Clemson vs. Georgia State, Sunday, 2 p.m., Clemson, S.C.

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