South Carolina vs. Georgia: Full Game Preview

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South Carolina vs. Georgia: Full Game Preview
South Carolina
(13-13, 3-6 away)
Georgia
(12-14, 9-8 home)
Venue: Stegeman Coliseum
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
South Carolina L Page 11.7 M Carrera 7.3 E Smith 3.0
Georgia K Caldwell-Pope 17.6 K Caldwell-Pope 6.6 C Mann 2.7

On Saturday, South Carolina visits Stegeman Coliseum to take on Georgia. It starts at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBS. The Gamecocks fell to the Bulldogs 67-56 on Feb. 2 and are 4-5 against them over the last four years.

South Carolina is currently in 12th place in the SEC and Georgia is in eigth place.

The Gamecocks got past Ole Miss 63-62 on Feb. 20 with the help of 13 points and 13 rebounds from Michael Carrera. He leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.3 while also putting up 10.2 points per game. The Bulldogs were defeated by Arkansas 62-60 on Feb. 21 despite 15 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He puts up a team-leading 17.6 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, and 2.1 steals per game. One category in which Georgia is especially proficient is free throw rate at 44.3 percent, ranking second in their conference (and 15th nationally).

Georgia StatSmack

  • South Carolina has a potent offense, scoring more points (66.7 per game vs. 59.7 per game) than Georgia this season.
  • The South Carolina assist leader (Eric Smith, 79 assists) has more assists than the Georgia assist leader (Charles Mann, 70 assists).
  • That must sting. South Carolina has blown out Georgia by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2003.
  • South Carolina has a better record in close games than Georgia this season (5-3 vs. 1-5).
  • South Carolina has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Georgia ($34,062 vs. $36,436).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? South Carolina currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (968 to 960) than Georgia, per the NCAA.
  • Lakeem Jackson is ranked 10th in the SEC in rebounds.
  • The South Carolina basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Georgia (53 percent vs. 36 percent).
  • South Carolina has an average margin of victory of 8 over Georgia in 21 wins since 1991.
  • South Carolina players are more experienced than Georgia players (14,128 minutes played vs. 10,935 minutes played).
  • South Carolina has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (52.8 percent to 48.2 percent).
USC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Michael Carrera 21 10 7 1 0 1 2
C LaShay Page 24 12 3 1 0 0 2
C Lakeem Jackson 30 8 6 2 1 1 2
C Bruce Ellington 33 10 3 2 1 0 3
C B. Williams 21 10 2 1 1 0 1
C- B. Richardson 20 8 2 1 1 0 1
D+ M. Kacinas 20 5 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Eric Smith 28 6 2 3 1 0 2
D+ RJ Slawson 17 4 4 1 1 1 1
D+ L. Chatkevicius 13 4 3 0 0 0 1
D Damien Leonard 15 4 2 1 0 0 1
D A. Constable 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Brian Steele 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Shane Phillips 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UGA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B K. Caldwell-Pope 34 18 7 2 2 0 2
C N. Djurisic 24 8 4 2 1 0 2
C Donte` Williams 24 6 5 0 0 1 1
C- Charles Mann 21 6 3 3 1 0 3
D+ V. Williams 20 5 2 2 1 0 2
D+ Brandon Morris 16 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Marcus Thornton 22 4 4 1 0 1 1
D S. Brantley 17 3 1 1 0 0 1
D John Florveus 17 2 3 0 0 1 1
D Kenny Gaines 10 3 1 0 0 0 0
D John Cannon 9 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Tim Dixon 11 2 2 0 0 1 0
F Taylor Echols 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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