Wednesday night's match up between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets features two teams that are slowly guiding their way through the season while trying to lay the foundation for the future.
The parallels between the two teams are striking. Both enter Wednesday's match up with 4-4 records and riding losing streaks. Neither team has had much success scoring the basketball. Also both teams are trying to replace players that decided to leave school early and enter last summer's NBA Draft.
For the Bulldogs, Mark Fox is searching for offense and a consistent inside presence. Georgia is trying to replace the production lost by the early departures of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has performed well averaging a team best 13.9 points per game but senior backcourt mates Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson have struggled to start the season. Ware is averaging just 6.4 points per game and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field. Robinson has lost his starting spot in recent games to Vincent Williams.
Georgia Tech has also struggled offensively but might have the best player in this game in Glen Rice Jr. After being suspended for the first three games, Rice is averaging a team best 14.8 points per game for the Yellow Jackets.
Wednesday's game will be played in Athens at Stegeman Coliseum where Georgia Tech hasn't won since 1976. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings including a 73-72 win at Alexander Memorial Coliseum last season.
Tip off for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports South.