Georgia has new look

After dazzling Tennessee's basketball team with his ballhandling and passing skills a year ago, Georgia's Rashad Wright gives the Vols one more thing to worry about in tonight's SEC opener at Thompson-Boling Arena ... his scoring.

''It's amazing to see Rashad Wright shooting the ball as much as he's doing,'' Vol head man Buzz Peterson said this week. ''He led our league last year in assist/turnover ratio but now he's putting up the shot, and he's doing a good job of 3-point shooting for them.''

Wright has tried121 field goals this season -- 61 from 3-point range -- topping all Bulldogs in each category. He is hitting 45.5 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. His scoring average of 14.6 is second on the team, just a shade behind Jonas Hayes' 14.8.

''Hayes is coming off two excellent games inside,'' Peterson said. ''He's got a nice mid-range shot, and you've got to box him out.''

The most unsung Georgia player is probably Chris Daniels, who averages 10.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He has 16 blocked shots to his credit, and can be a real force in the paint.

''I love the warrior-type mentality he brings,'' Peterson said. ''He's hard to guard, hard to box out.''

Georgia's greatest enigma is Damien Wilkins, who is shooting a sizzling 88.3 percent from the foul line but an icy 17.2 percent from 3-point range.

''We're excited about conference play starting against Georgia, a team that's so versatile. They have guys who can play spots all over the floor.''

The Bulldogs are coming off an 83-80 double-overtime defeat of third-ranked Georgia Tech, so they are riding an emotional high heading into tonight's game.

''I'm sure they're going to come in here with a lot of confidence -- with the win over Georgia, which was ranked in the top five,'' Peterson said. ''We've got to be ready to step up, make sure we win this first conference game, especially with it being at home.''


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