January 29, 2008

Scouting Report: Georgia at South Carolina

What: Georgia (11-6, 2-2) at South Carolina (9-10, 1-4)
Where: Colonial Center, Columbia, S.C. (18,000)
When: Wednesday
Time/TV: 7:37/None
Series Record: Georgia leads 45-43

Coaches: Now in his sixth season at
Last Season: The Gamecocks were swept by Georgia, 80-56 in Athens and later 73-54 in Columbia. South Carolina eventually finished 14-16 and did not advance to postseason play.

Last Five Games:
Defeated Georgia Tech 79-72
Lost to Mississippi State 60-49
Defeated Alabama 61-54
Defeated Arkansas 82-69
Lost to Tennessee 85-69

South Carolina
Lost to Vanderbilt 80-73
Lost to Tennessee 80-56
Beat Arkansas 70-66
Lost to Florida 73-71
Lost to Kentucky 78-70

Did you know?
• Georgia will be seeking its fifth straight win over Carolina on Wednesday night. The program hasn't posted five consecutive wins over any SEC school since Georgia put together a 5-game streak over Ole
Miss from 2000-04.

• Georgia posted double-digit wins in both meetings with South Carolina last season: 80-56 in Athens on Jan. 10 and 73-54 in Columbia exactly one month later.

Sundiata Gaines would surely be a candidate for the record. He enters tonight's game having already logged 3,301 minutes over 106 career games (31.1 avg.). For comparison's sake, 4-year guards Rashad
Wright and Litterial Green both averaged over 32 minutes per game over their careers.

All Eyes On
Sophomore guard Devan Downey has been South Carolina's most exciting play-maker, averaging a team-high 20. 1 points and 5.1 assists per game. Downey hails from Chester, S.C.

Scouting the Bulldogs
F - 50 Jeremy Price 6-8 270 Fr. Decatur, Ga. 9.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game.
C - 44 Dave Bliss 6-10 255 Sr. Wausau, Wis. 7.1 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game
G - 2 Sundiata Gaines 6-1 205 Sr. Jamaica, N.Y. 13.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game
G - 30 Terrance Woodbury 6-7 220 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va. 8.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game
G - 31 Billy Humphrey 6-2 190 Jr. Dacula, Ga. 14.2 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game

Bench Report
F - 23 Corey Butler 6-3 190 Jr. Decatur, Ga. 3.6 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game
G - 5 Zac Swansey 6-1 175 Fr. Dunwoody, Ga. 4.4 points per game, 1.1 assists per game

Scouting the Gamecocks
F - 21 Dominique Archie 6-7 208 So. Augusta, Ga. 10.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game
F - 23 Dwayne Day 6-5 185 Sr. Mt. Vernon, Ga. 5.1 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game
F - 31 Evka Baniulis 6-7 210 So. Vilnius, Lithuania 3.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game
G - 2 Devan Downey 5-9 175 So. Chester, S.C. 20.1 points per game, 5.1 assists per game
G - 20 Zam Fredrick 6-0 203 Jr. St. Mathews, S.C. 15.9 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game

Bench Report
G - 5 Brandis Raley-Ross 6-2 193 So. Charlotte, N.C. 7.7 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game
F - 44 Sam Muldroh 6-9 216 Fr. Florence , S.C. 4.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game.

Analysis and Prediction
Tonight's road game in Columbia would seem like an opportune time for the Bulldogs to pick up their first road SEC victory of the season. Having swept the Gamecocks last year, no doubt Georgia would love to do the same again.

Georgia just needs to play consistent, something the team hasn't done in road losses at Mississippi State and Tennessee.
The Gamecocks shouldn't pose quite the same challenge.

It will be close, but Georgia will prevail…

Prediction: Georgia 74, South Carolina 66.

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