Dawgs and Hogs Fight at bottom of SEC

ATHENS – A year ago, Georgia and Arkansas faced off in Atlanta with an SEC championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament on the line.

Today, they'll take to the court again battling to stay out of last place in the conference.

Georgia won the last showdown with Arkansas to complete a miracle run to the SEC tournament title, but just two of the 10 players who started that game will be around for this year's matchup, and the inexperience on both rosters has been evident.

The Razorbacks enter the game with the SEC's worst in-conference record at 1-12 and have not won a game in a month. Georgia struggled to an 0-9 start in conference play, but has managed to win two of its past four games, including a 61-57 victory over Vanderbilt last Wednesday.

In the game, Georgia held Vandy to just 31 percent shooting, including a stretch of nearly four-and-a-half minutes without a field goal to end the game.

"We've always been a defensive-oriented team, and guys just decided (Wednesday) they were going to buy in," freshman forward Trey Thompkins said. "We've got to have guys buying in every day from here on out. That's the way it's going to have to be."

Georgia will be without freshman Travis Leslie, who the team announced would miss the remainder of the season to concentrate on academics. Leslie was averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.

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