Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Alabama

TUSCALOOSA - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Alabama.

Georgia (11-5, 3-1 SEC) vs. No. 10 Alabama (14-3, 1-2 SEC)

Time/place: 1:30 p.m./Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Broadcast: CBS, 940-AM

About Alabama: Alabama is 9-0 at home. … The Crimson Tide is very balanced offensively. Its top three scorers, in order Richard Hendrix (14.9 ppg), Alonzo Gee (14.5) and Jermareo Davidson (14.2), are 11th, 13th and 14th in the SEC in scoring. … Alabama excels rebounding the ball. It's second only to Florida in SEC rebounding margin at plus-8.1. The Crimson Tide is fifth in the league in scoring (77.6 ppg) and sixth in scoring defense (65.2 ppg allowed). … The Crimson Tide defends the perimeter well, allowing opponents to shoot just 29.4 percent from behind the arc, which is the second-best defense in the league. Georgia will put that to the test. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC in 3-point shooting (41.1 percent).

About Georgia: Reserve wing player Terrence Woodbury will not be at today's game due to his grandmother's funeral. He will return to Athens on Sunday, Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. Reserve forward Albert Jackson will be limited due to a nagging ankle injury. … The Bulldogs haven't won four straight in the SEC since February of 2003, Jim Harrick's final season. The NCAA forced the school to forfeit those wins due to rules violations. The last four-game conference winning streak that still counts came in January of 2001. … Mike Mercer, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, is ninth in the SEC in scoring (15.1 ppg). … Georgia is fourth in the SEC in rebounding margin (plus-7.1) but doesn't have a player in the top 15 of the individual standings. Point guard Sundiata Gaines, its leader, is 16th with 5.5 per game. … Forward Takais Brown is hitting more than 58 percent of his shots, the fourth-best percentage in the league.

Scouting report: Alabama is perhaps the most complete team in the SEC, Felton said. It all starts with point guard Ronald Steele, who was an All-America candidate entering the year but slowed by an ankle injury early. He's healthy enough now to give the Bulldogs fits, Felton said. If Jackson is very limited due to his ankle injury, it will hurt Georgia because Hendrix and Davidson are probably the most athletic pair of low-post players in the SEC, and the Bulldogs could use the five fouls that Jackson has to give on defense. With Woodbury gone, don't expect Mike Mercer to be out of the game much, which could be a good thing or a bad thing for the Bulldogs, depending on how Mercer is playing today.

Up next: Georgia vs. Kentucky (7 p.m., Wednesday, Athens, Ga.); Alabama vs. Auburn (9 p.m., Tuesday, Auburn, Ala.)

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