University of Missouri

Georgia-Missouri basketball preview

Updated: 2014-01-08T03:45:34Z

PNo.GeorgiaHt.Yr.PPG
F2Marcus Thornton6-8Jr.6.7
F15Donte’ Williams6-9Sr.6.3
F31Brandon Morris6-7So.9.6
G4Charles Mann6-5So.13.0
G12Kenny Gaines6-3So.11.5

PNo.MissouriHt.Yr.PPG
F3J. Williams III6-9Fr.6.8
F44Ryan Rosburg6-10So.5.1
G5Jordan Clarkson6-5Jr.19.3
G32Jabari Brown6-5Jr.18.4
G33Earnest Ross6-5Sr.14.0

• WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mizzou Arena

• TV/RADI O: KSMO (Ch. 62); KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)

• ABOUT GEORGIA (6-6, 0-0 SEC) : The Bulldogs have endured a streaky season, including a five-game win streak and a four-game losing skid. Georgia is currently in the midst of another slide after back-to-back road losses to Colorado and George Washington. … The Bulldogs own the worst scoring margin in the SEC (2.2 points per game) primarily because coach Mark Fox’s squad gives up nearly 70 points per game. … Georgia also has the fewest assists and worst assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference.

• ABOUT MISSOURI (12-1, 0-0 SEC): The Tigers have never lost to Georgia, and had a 79-62 win last season in Columbia. Missouri is 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs and owns a 26-game home winning streak, which is tied for the longest in the nation with Stephen F. Austin. That streak includes a perfect 9-0 record at home last season during Southeastern Conference play. … Tigers junior guard Jordan Clarkson enters conference play ranked second in both scoring (19.3 points) and assists (4.1).

• BOTTOM LINE: Conference play represents a fresh start for the Bulldogs, who could pull a massive surprise by knocking off Missouri. … The Bulldogs, who boast four players averaging at least 9.6 points per game, are 0-1 this season against ranked teams. … Junior forward Nemanja Djurisic averages 10.8 points per game off the bench. Still, it’s probably not enough firepower to match up with Missouri’s big three of juniors Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown along with senior Earnest Ross.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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