Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

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

Georgia (9-5, 1-1 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (11-5, 1-1 SEC)

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

Broadcast: No television, 940-AM

About Vanderbilt: The Commodores are led by junior swingman Shan Foster, who averages 15.2 points per game and is second on the team with five rebounds per game. Senior guard Derrick Byars is right behind Foster with 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game and also has a team-high 23 steals. … Vanderbilt is fourth in the SEC in scoring offense (79 points per game) but next-to-last in scoring defense (68.5 points allowed per game). The ‘Dores also are next-to-last in rebounding margin. … The Commodores' strength is taking care of the basketball. They lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and are second in turnover margin.

About Georgia: The Bulldogs have outrebounded three straight opponents and 12 of their last 14. They are fourth in SEC in rebounding margin at plus-7.9 and even outrebounded Florida, becoming first team to do that this year and lose. That's a mighty improvement for a team that finished next-to-last in the SEC in rebounding margin last year. … Georgia has lost five of six games, but its most recent outing was a win, a big one as it beat South Carolina 80-56.

Scouting report: The Commodores are coming off a big win against state rival Tennessee. Vanderbilt won 82-81 on a last second tip-in for its third victory in four games. "Games like this, it shows your resolve, and that's definitely something we can build from," Byars said. It's too early to tell if it will mark a turnaround for a team that has losses this year to Furman and Appalachian State. Georgia also has a little bit of confidence back after beating South Carolina on Wednesday night for its first win in five tries. The Bulldogs and Commodores have shared two common opponents this year but the results do little to point to the team with the edge tonight. Georgia beat Wake Forest and lost to Georgia Tech, while Vanderbilt beat Georgia Tech and lost to Wake Forest. Give the edge to Georgia due to rebounding prowess.

Up next: Georgia vs. Arkansas (9 p.m., Wednesday, Fayetteville, Ark.); Vanderbilt vs. Alabama (8 p.m., Wednesday, Nashville, Tenn.)

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