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Georgia (1-1) vs. Davidson (0-3)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UGA 1-1, Davidson 0-1. Away Record: UGA 0-0, Davidson 0-1. Neutral Record: UGA 0-0, Davidson 0-1. Conference Record: UGA 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Series Record: Davidson leads, 3-1.

GAME NOTES: The opening round of the Charleston Classic continues at TD Arena on Thursday afternoon, as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Davidson Wildcats.

The winner will move on to the semifinal round on Friday to play the survivor on the Temple/Clemson matchup, while the losers face each other in the consolation bracket.

Georgia, which finished 15-17 a year ago, has played just two games in the season's first two weeks, both at home. After opening up with a strong 72-52 win over Wofford, the Bulldogs hosted intrastate rival Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 and lost, 80-71.

Davidson has had one of the most disappointing starts in the nation. A season removed for a 26-8 mark and their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have begun the new campaign at 0-3. Granted, two of those losses came on the road against nationally-ranked squads Duke (111-77) and Virginia (70-57), but sandwiched in between was a disconcerting home defeat at the hands of Milwaukee (81-77).

Davidson leads the all-time series with Georgia, 3-1, although the squads haven't met since 1970.

The Bulldogs fell short at home against Georgia Tech in their latest outing due to their lackluster shooting performance, as they made less than 39 percent of their field goal tries, including 6-of-20 from 3-point range. They also weren't especially impressive at the foul line (19-of-29). Charles Mann was able to override the struggles of many of his teammates with 24 points on 7-of-12 from the field (4-of-4 from beyond the arc), but he was also plagued by seven turnovers. Kenny Gaines was the only other player in double figures with 13 points.

Georgia is still scoring more points this season (71.5 ppg) than it allows to its opponents (66.0 ppg), and it has a great rebounding margin (+8.0) to thank for that. Mann leads the squad with 15.5 points and 3.0 assists per game. Gaines adds 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest, while Nemanja Djurisic (10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) brings stability to the frontcourt.

The Wildcats had their hands full in last Saturday's loss against a Virginia squad that plays outstanding team defense, as they shot just 30.6 percent from the field in the 13-point setback. Tyler Kalinoski tallied a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and he was on target from beyond the arc at 3- of-4. De'Mon Brooks and Brian Sullivan also scored 13 points in the losing effort, while the rest of the team (seven players) combined for only 18 points.

Davidson's tough early slate of games has caused it to get outscored by its opposition by 17 points per game. It has been a team that relies on high volume from 3-point range in recent years, and while that remains the case this season (23.7 attempts per game), it has struggled from long distance at just 31 percent. Brooks paces the squad in both scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg), but also in turnovers (10). Tom Droney is hot on his heels with 15.7 points per game, while Brian Sullivan (14.0 ppg) is also actively involved.

Davidson has had some tough luck on the young season, but that is expected to change against the underwhelming Bulldogs. It's only a matter of time before the Wildcats catch fire from 3-point territory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 83, Georgia 74

11/21 10:35:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 118
POR 118
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR