It's The Battle of the Bulldogs as Georgia takes on Mississippi State

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2009

Mississippi State Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday 6PM

Mississippi State travels to Athens for a crucial conference game on Saturday. Why is it crucial for Miss State? Because if they lose this one then they have a dreaded loss vs a RPI 150+ team which the NCAA Tournament Committee does not look favorably upon.


Keys to the Game:

1. Offensive Rebounds

Georgia has not won an SEC game and only beaten one BCS team. That team (Virginia Tech) just upset the No. 1 team in the nation this week (Wake Forest), but lets not get carried away too soon. In that win, UGA had 16 offensive rebounds against Virginia Tech and attempted 10 more shots than the Hokies. Miss State does give up nearly 16 offensive rebounds per game which ranks near the bottom of Division I-A.


2. Turnovers

Also in the VT win, Georgia turned the ball over just 12 times which is five times less then their season average of 17. The Bulldogs of Miss State force just under 14 turnovers a game while turning it over 15 times themselves.


3. Fast Start

In Georgia's last three losses, all really bad losses, they have scored 32, 19, 18 and points in the first half. UGA needs to get off to a fast start to build some confidence.



If Georgia can get off to a fast start and win the battle of the boards, they have a great shot in this one. Somehow, some way Georgia pulls off this upset behind the home crowd.

Georgia wins by 1-5 points

Other SEC Games This Weekend...
Arkansas over Auburn
Kentucky over Alabama
South Carolina over Ole Miss
Xavier over LSU

Florida vs Vanderbilt Preview a little later

Season: 6-5 SU

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