December 5, 2009

Preview: Georgia at Virginia Tech

WHERE: Blacksburg, Va.

WHEN: Sunday, 6 p.m.

RECORDS: Georgia 4-1, Virginia Tech 5-1

TV/RADIO: None/Georgia Bulldog Radio Network

Sunday's Game

• Having successfully concluded a 3-game homestand, the Georgia basketball team hits the road for its next three contests in a 2-week span. First is a Sunday afternoon game at Virginia Tech.

• The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 4-2 overall record, having posted three straight wins, most recently a 64-56 decision over St. Louis at home Wednesday night. For the first time in almost a year, five Bulldogs tallied in double figures, led by 17 points from sophomore guard Dustin Ware.

• This game is the return installment of a 2-year, home-and-home series that began last Dec. 9 in Athens. Won by Georgia in a 67-66 decision, the victory was easily the Bulldogs' best in non-conference play, from a purely RPI perspective. Each team lost three participants from that 2009 game.

• Sunday's game holds particular signficance for UGA assistant coach Stacey Palmore. The native South Carolinian came to Georgia last May after spending the previous five seasons in a similar capacity at Virginia Tech.

• Georgia continues this most challenging por¬tion of its schedule next Wednesday, when the Bulldogs make their first appearance in the SEC-Big East Invitational. They'll play St. John's on the supposedly neutral court of Madison Square Garden in New York City.


No doubt because of regional proximity, Georgia has an extensive history play¬ing current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, Duke is the only ACC school never to have played the Bulldogs in basketball. Most frequent ACC foes include Georgia Tech (185 times), Clemson (79 times), N.C. State (19 times) & UNC (18)... Georgia center Albert Jackson, the team's only 4-year senior, played his senior season of high school ball at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Among his teammates there in the 2005-06 season included Vir¬ginia Tech's Jeff Allen...Jackson earned his way back into the starting unit Wednesday in the St. Louis game for the first time this season... Ricky McPhee has established career highs in six categories over the past three games: Points (20 vs. UNCA), Rebounds (8 vs. JSU), Minutes (34 vs. SLU), Steals (4 vs. UNCA), 3FGA (11 vs. JSU) and FGA (14 vs. JSU)...McPhee scored over 20 points three times while playing two seasons (2006-07) at Gardner-Webb, including 21 in his first college game at North Carolina....Junior post player Jeremy Price is the leading career scorer among all cur¬rent Bulldogs with 462 points (6.8 ppg). It seems inevitable, however, that sophomore Trey Thompkins will soon pass him. Play¬ing just his 34th collegiate game tonight, the Lithonia native surpassed the 400-point mark against UNC Asheville on Tuesday. … Price in this young season has exhib¬ited some of the same play that won his Freshman All-SEC honors in 2008. He's already scored in double figures three times, something he did five times in all of 2009....Thompkins has already established career highs in both scoring (25 vs. New Orleans) and rebounding (16 vs. Wofford) in this young season. Teammates that set personal highs in the first two games include Chris Barnes (11 rebs. vs. UNO), Travis Leslie (5 asts, 34 min. vs. Wofford), and Drazen Zlovaric (25 min. vs. UNO). … Thompkins' 16 rebounds Nov. 17 vs. Wofford were the most by a Georgia player in almost eight years, going back to a 16-board effort by Chris Daniels vs. South Alabama on Dec. 15, 2001. ... Georgia shoots for its fourth straight win today. Such winning streaks have been a rarity indeed in recent seasons. The 2008 and 2009 Bulldog teams had one 4-game win streak apiece.

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