Georgia vs. Mississippi State
2 p.m., Today, Starkville, Miss.
Records: Georgia 9-4, Mississippi State 10-5
Last game: Georgia beat Georgia Tech 79-72, Mississippi State beat LSU 61-39
The scouting report: This is the first SEC game Georgia but not for Mississippi State. It opened conference play Wednesday with a sound thumping of LSU. Georgia guard Billy Humphrey has a condition commonly known as "runner's knee" in his left knee. The usual prescription is rest, but the junior isn't about to get any of that. Humphrey is coming to the first back-to-back 20-point games in his career and is carrying the Bulldogs' offense at this point. The Bulldogs have won just once in Starkville since the league was split into divisions, and they later had to vacate that 2002 victory due to NCAA sanctions. Point guard Sundiata Gaines needs four assists today to reach 400 for his career. Mississippi State is tied for the first in SEC in points allowed at 61.9. The Western Division Bulldogs are led by Jamont Gordon, who is fifth in the SEC in scoring with 17.2 points per game. The highest Bulldog on the conference scoring list is Humphrey at 18th. He is averaging 14.2 per game.
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