Hoop Dawgs square off with Auburn tomorrow

This is the first time Georgia and Auburn have played when both teams were in the AP Top 25.

No. 19 GEORGIA vs. No. 24 AUBURN
When/Where: Saturday, 1 p.m, Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
Records: Georgia 11-4 (3-1 Southeastern Conference); Auburn 15-3 (4-1 SEC).

Georgia is 2-3 against Top 25 teams thus far. Auburn won its first two SEC road games before falling Wednesday night at Kentucky. Included in Auburn's strong start was a home win over No. 9 Alabama.

Auburn leans on its front line for most of its production. While he is does not compare with Jarvis Hayes and Williams as a 3-point threat, Marquis Daniels is a versatile perimeter player who can play small forward or either guard spot. Killingsworth is likely to be matched with Georgia defensive ace Chris Daniels, leaving Hayes to match up with Marquis Daniels.

Only 4-12 in the SEC last year, Auburn was the surprise of the league with a 4-0 start this year, before dropping one on the road to Kenttucky, including road wins at Arkansas and South Carolina.  

In a clash of strengths, Georgia leads the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage and Auburn leads the league in 3-point defense.  

Georgia was stretched to overtime before beating Auburn at home two years ago, and it lost a close 75-72 game at Auburn last year. Georgia coach Jim Harrick and two players — Davis for Auburn and Steve Thomas for Georgia — were ejected late in the game.

Georgia is 7-0 in home games this year but had to fight back from a second-half deficit of 10 points and then recover from after losing a lead late in regulation to beat Tennessee 81-76 in overtime Wednesday night.

Georgia currently is No. 1 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and its strength of schedule also is No. 1. Auburn is No. 24 in the RPI and has the 66th-ranked schedule.

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