Gamecocks must solve road woes at Georgia

After dropping 3 of 4 in SEC road games so far, Darrin Horn and his Gamecocks know that they must pick it up to keep their NCAA hopes alive. They will have their chance today, heading to Athens to take on Mark Fox's struggling Georgia basketball team.

"I think it goes without saying that tomorrow's a really big road game for us, against a team that's been outstanding at home," said Horn. "I mean you're talking about a Georgia team that's won three top-25 games at home. We're going to have to build on what we did Wednesday night, which is be solid on both ends of the floor and go back to that old boring theme of everybody doing what they can do. When we do that, we give ourselves a chance to win and we show that we can play with anybody."

Georgia is coming off a blowout loss to Auburn during the week, and despite only two SEC wins; Horn knows that the Dawgs will definitely be a formidable opponent.

Horn said that simply being consistent on the road says a lot about a basketball team when it comes down to wins and losses.

"I think consistency is a better way to say it. There have been times we've been good on the road, like at Florida, but just not good enough. I think it's more of a consistency and being able to do it over 40 minutes, I don't think it's a confidence thing at all."

Devan Downey didn't show many, if any, effect from his injured ankles against Florida, scoring 24 points while facing a talented defense. It was the win against Florida that led many national prognosticators to place the Gamecocks firmly on the NCAA bubble. However, with seven SEC games remaining, Horn's team has a lot of work to do with a challenging schedule still ahead.

One challenge today will be trying to contain Georgia's guard Travis Leslie. Leslie enters the game averaging right around 17 points in league play.

"I think the big thing with him is that he's so gifted athletically that he can do it in a variety of ways," said Horn. "He's excellent in transition, he can drive the ball, he's starting to shoot the ball at a higher clip, he's great on the offensive glass. I think he's a guy that you just have to be aware of at all times. His athletic ability allows him to take advantage of mistakes pretty easily."

"You can't continue to build up wins if you don't get some on the road. It's just a reality."

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