Less than 48 hours after dropping a tough game to Arkansas on the road in Fayetteville, Georgia (12-14, 6-7) will have to find a way to collect themselves so that they are prepared to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (13-13, 3-10) in Athens at 2:00PM Saturday.
The Cocks are tied for second to last in the SEC with Auburn at 3-10 entering Saturday’s game. This season has not been kind to first year coach Frank Martin as his team is near the bottom in almost every team statistic in the league (other than offensive rebounds, which USC is shockingly second best at), and they have only managed to win one true road game this year.
However, Carolina is coming off of their biggest victory of the season after stunning Ole Miss at home 63-62 on Wednesday night.
If Coach Mark Fox’s team is still reeling from Thursday’s game or if they do not take the Gamecocks seriously, they could find themselves in trouble in this one.
UGA won the first game between these two teams by limiting turnovers (13) and playing strong on the defensive side of the ball, where they held South Carolina to under 36% from the floor and just 56 points.
In addition, Coach Mark Fox got a balanced scoring attack from his team with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19), Charles Mann (11) and Kenny Gaines (11) all scoring in double-figures.
Georgia must match the effort that they put forth against the Cocks in the first meeting between these two squads if they hope to come out on top on Saturday.
This game is very important for UGA because a win would set the Dawgs up with an opportunity to get back over .500 on the season next week with a game at dismal Vanderbilt and a home rematch with Tennessee.
Georgia has a chance to get another run going in Athens this weekend.