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November 17, 2008
WHEN: Tonight, 9:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Georgia 1-0, Loyola of Chicago 0-1
COACHES: Georgia ? Dennis Felton (76-80, 6th year; 175-134 overall). Loyola of Chicago ? Jim Whitesell (65-59, fifth year; 343-252 overall)
NEXT GAME: Tuesday vs Eastern Michigan-Purdue winner
ON THE AIR: WSB 750-AM
About the Bulldogs
Georgia hits the road for the first time of this young season when it plays Loyola of Chicago in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pre-Season Tipoff on Monday night. The Bulldogs are seeded sixth out of the field of 16 teams while Loyola is the 10th seed.
Whoever wins this contest will face the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Purdue and No. 14 Eastern Michigan. This is Georgia's third all-time appearance in what was once called the Pre-Season NIT.
All three times have come in 10-year intervals: 1988-1998-2008. Each of the first two appearances featured first-round wins at home, followed by losses at North Carolina in the second round.
Georgia players to watch
About the Ramblers
Loyola of Chicago players to watch
J.R. Blount started the 2008-09 season with a bang, scoring a career-best 42 points in Loyola's Nov. 14 tilt versus Rockhurst. The 42 points are the most ever by a Rambler in a season opener and also tied former LU star David Bailey's Gentile Center record for points in a single contest. Bailey netted 42 points versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 29, 2001.
In addition, Blount's 42-point effort ranks tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history and fell just five points shy of Alfredrick Hughes' school standard of 47 points, which was set against Detroit on Feb. 9, 1985. A Preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, Blount enters his final year as a Rambler looking to climb the school's all-time scoring chart.
Heading into Monday night's game against Georgia, the 6-foot-1 guard ranks 22nd on Loyola's career scoring list with 1,195 points and last season became the 37th player in school annals to score 1,000 career points. Last year, the Milwaukee, Wis., native started the season with a bang, scoring in double figures in each of the team's first nine contests, while tallying 17.6 points per game in that stretch.