February 13, 2007

Basketball Notebook: Replacing Mercer

Georgia (14-9, 6-5) has a chance to catch their breath on Wednesday as Kennesaw State (11-16, 7-8) travels to Athens to play the Bulldogs on Valentine's Day. Georgia was supposed to face the Owls on December 9 in Athens, but both schools were taking finals that week, so the game was postponed to February 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST and the game is not scheduled to be televised.

"We were supposed to play this game in December, but the game was going to be played during final exams and fortunately Kennesaw State was able to work with us and we were both lucky enough to have a bye in conference during the same week," said head coach Dennis Felton. "They are a team that is playing better in their conference and they are capable of running up a lot of points at times and playing fast."

Georgia won their second SEC road game Saturday at South Carolina 73-54, but the Bulldogs lost their second leading scorer (13.6 ppg) sophomore guard Mike Mercer to a knee injury in the second half.

Mercer ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and has a sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his knee. Mercer will have surgery in 10-14 days and is expected to recover before the 2007-08 season opener.

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