Mark Fox's Bulldogs travel to South Carolina today seeking a key road SEC win that could help bolster their NCAA Tournament hopes. Currently Georgia is 5-4 in the SEC with seven games remaining. The Bulldogs desperately need to finish at .500 or better in the conference to have hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the big dance. After today's game, Georgia's next three opponents all previously defeated the Bulldogs (Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Florida) which makes today's road game in South Carolina that much more important.
The Bulldogs enter today's match-up with the Gamecocks with the all time series tied at 47 wins apiece. South Carolina holds a 29-15 record over the Bulldogs in games played at Columbia. Georgia's two SEC road wins this season are the most conference road wins for the Bulldogs since 2007.
In Georgia's last outing, a 65-57 home loss to non conference opponent Xavier, the Bulldogs failed to find any sort of rhythm offensively and were done in late due to foul trouble. Georgia needs to go on the attack today against the Gamecocks and establish the type of pace that they want to play at. The Bulldogs need a bounce back game for Trey Thompkins who wasn't bad against Xavier but fouled out late and wasn't around when the Bulldogs needed him the most.
South Carolina is 13-9 overall with a 4-5 mark in the SEC. They come into today's game having lost four of their last five games. They are led by freshman guard Bruce Ellington who is averaging 14.4 points per contest.