Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Arkansas.

Georgia (10-5, 2-1 SEC) vs. Arkansas (12-5, 1-2 SEC)

Time/place: 9 p.m./Fayetteville, Ark.

Broadcast: ESPNU, 940-AM

About Arkansas: Starting point guard Gary Ervin, the SEC assist leader (5.47 per game), did not practice on Monday due to an ankle injury and is questionable for tonight's game. … The Razorbacks are eighth in the SEC in scoring (73.4 ppg), fifth in scoring defense (63.8 ppg allowed) and seventh in rebounding margin. … Arkansas is led by freshman guard Patrick Beverly, who averages 14 points per game. Junior forward Charles Thomas (6-foot-8, 235 pounds) is next with 12.8 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. … The Razorbacks have won 16 straight home games.

About Georgia: Sophomore guard Mike Mercer, Georgia's leading scorer with 15.1 points per game, is completely healthy after suffering a hyperextended knee and a bruise near his eye last week. Mercer scored just seven points against Vanderbilt on Saturday, when he played just eight minutes in the second half. The Bulldogs played well without Mercer on the floor, but Felton didn't hint Tuesday at any lineup changes. … Senior guard Levi Stukes leads the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage (50 percent) and is fifth in steals (2.07 per game). Point guard Sundiata Gaines leads the league in steals (2.64 per game).

Scouting report: This game will turn on guard play, which could be bad news for Arkansas if Ervin can't play. "Mercer, Stukes and Gaines might be the fastest backcourt we've faced," Heath said. "They have speed and quickness. They all have the ability to put the ball on the floor and can make shots in transition." Both coaches expect a fast pace. "The thing that jumps out at you with the Razorbacks is they're very athletic," Georgia head coach Dennis Felton said. "They're very, very fast from end to end. It'll be another very challenging SEC game."

Up next: Georgia vs. Alabama (1 p.m., Saturday, Tuscaloosa, Ala.); Arkansas vs. LSU (3:45 p.m., Saturday, Fayetteville, Ark.)

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