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

Georgia plays host to South Carolina at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday. The game gets underway at 2 p.m. EST and it can be seen on CBS. The Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks 67-56 on Feb. 2 and are 5-4 against them over the last four years.

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

The Bulldogs fell 62-60 to Arkansas on Feb. 21. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 15 points in the loss. He leads the team in points with 17.6 per game, rebounds with 6.6 per game, and steals with 2.1 per game. In a 63-62 victory over Ole Miss on Feb. 20, Michael Carrera put up 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Gamecocks. He averages 10.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game. A key area of strength for South Carolina is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.4 percent, which ranks second in their conference (and 20th nationally).

South Carolina StatSmack

  • The Georgia blocks leader (Donte` Williams, 25 blocks) has more blocks than the South Carolina blocks leader (Lakeem Jackson, 20 blocks).
  • Over the past 10 years, Georgia has had more players drafted by the NBA than South Carolina (four vs. one).
  • Georgia has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (54.8 percent to 51.7 percent).
  • Georgia has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than South Carolina (No. 19 vs. No. 55).
  • Georgia is ranked higher than South Carolina in the SEC (No. 8 vs. No. 12).
  • That must sting. Georgia has blown out South Carolina by 20 points or more on three occasions since 1998.
  • The Georgia scoring leader (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 458 points) has more points than the South Carolina scoring leader (Brenton Williams, 251 points).
  • Georgia has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than South Carolina (No. 8 vs. No. 42).
  • A for effort, but Georgia has emerged victorious against South Carolina the last two times they've played.
  • Georgia does a better job contesting shots (39.0 percent allowed vs. 44.2 percent allowed) than South Carolina this season.
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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