Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. S.Carolina

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

Georgia (8-5, 0-1 SEC) vs. South Carolina (10-3, 0-0)


Broadcast: No television, 940-AM

About South Carolina: The Gamecocks are two-time defending NIT championships. … South Carolina feeds all its offense through two seniors – 6-foot guard Tre Kelly, who averages 16.3 points per game and 6-foot-9 center Brandon Wallace, who averages 11.9 points per game. … Gamecocks coach Dave Odom received a contract extension on Monday. The deal is scheduled to keep Odom in Columbia through the 2009-2010 season.

About Georgia: Despite a mighty slump, guard Mike Mercer leads the Bulldogs with 15.5 points per game. The sophomore has missed 41 of his last 55 shots. … Forward Takais Brown is catching up fast with Mercer. He's averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. … The Bulldogs announced this week two time changes for upcoming games. The Jan. 17 game at Arkansas will now start at 9 p.m. Eastern time and be broadcast by ESPNU. The Jan. 24 home game against Kentucky will tip off at 7 p.m. and be broadcast by Lincoln Financial.

Scouting report: Expect the Bulldogs to get back to their basics, and that means defense. South Carolina is particularly susceptible for a committed defensive team since so much of its offense comes from two players. South Carolina is last in the SEC in scoring offense (65.1 points per game) and shooting percentage (43.8 percent). Mercer will try to smother Tre Kelly with his length and quickness, and Brown can bully Wallace in the post. The Gameocks also are 11th in the league in rebounding margin. If the Bulldogs don't get back on track tonight, their season could be headed for a bad place.

Up next: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (4 p.m., Saturday, Athens, Ga.); South Carolina vs. Florida (1 p.m., Saturday, Columbia, S.C.)

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