Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:30pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala
A pair of SEC foes take the floor in the Magnolia State looking to put a win in the books. The Georgia Bulldogs are on the road as they travel to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday night. Georgia comes in after rolling over Tennessee 80-63 at home Wednesday night in their last contest. Mississippi State cruised to an easy 72-45 victory over Missouri in their previous action Tuesday night. The all-time series between the schools is tied at 55 wins apiece though Mississippi State has taken the last two. That includes a 68-67 road win in the most recent meeting on February 20, 2019.
Georgia Bulldogs Seek Back to Back Conference WinsGeorgia has had a solid year so far under coach Tom Crean as they come in 12-5 overall though they sit 1-2 in conference play. The Bulldogs look to even their conference mark by picking up a road win in this contest. Georgia began the year with four straight wins, including a home win over Georgia Tech. That was followed by back to back neutral floor losses to Dayton and Michigan State. The Bulldogs won two straight before losing by 20 at Arizona State before reeling off four straight wins. Georgia beat SMU in double overtime at home and downed Memphis on the road in that stretch. The Bulldogs opened conference play with a home loss to Kentucky followed by a road loss to Auburn before whipping Tennessee in their last game.
The Bulldogs are averaging 78.8 points per game this season, putting them 35th in the nation in scoring offense. Georgia is excellent on the glass this season as they collect 40.4 boards a night while dishing out 15 assists per contest. The Bulldogs are below average on the defensive end of the floor as they are 277th in scoring defense by allowing 73.3 points per game. Anthony Edwards Jr. leads the team with 19.1 points plus 4.9 rebounds per game on the year. Rayshaun Hammonds is the only other player in double figures with 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds a night. Sahvir Wheeler, Tyree Crump, Donnell Gresham Jr., Jordan Harris, Toumani Camara and Christian Brown are key pieces for the Bulldogs’ rotation. Georgia shoots 46.2 percent from the field this season. The Bulldogs average 7.1 triples a night on 31.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Georgia is below average at the charity stripe, cashing in 65.7 percent at the line.
The numbers from KenPom show that Georgia is effective on both ends of the floor. Georgia comes in 52nd in the nation in offensive efficiency and 86th in defensive efficiency this season. The Bulldogs are a team that likes to push the tempo as they are 62nd in pace with 71.2 possessions a game on the year. Georgia is 71st in effective field goal percentage as they have a 52 percent clip on the year and they are 61st in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 32.2 percent. The Bulldogs are very good inside the arc, ranking 13th in the nation by hitting 55.1 percent of their attempts.
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