A closer look at UGA vs. George Washington

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. today/Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, D.C.

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Nemanja Djurisic (42) puts Georgia up 63-61 during Georgia's game against Western Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 in Athens.

TV/RADIO: CSS/The Ref 960-AM.

RECORDS: George Washington is 11-2. Georgia is 6-5.

PROBABLE STARTERS: George Washington — F Kevin Larsen (So., 6-10, 10.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg); F Isaiah Armwood (Sr., 6-9, 11.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg); G Maurice Creek (Gr., 6-5, 16.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg); G Kethan Savage (So., 6-3, 13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Joe McDonald (So., 6-1, 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Georgia — F Marcus Thornton (Jr., 6-8, 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg); G Brandon Morris (So., 6-7, 6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg); F Donte’ Williams (Sr., 6-9, 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Charles Mann (So., 6-5, 16.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg), G Kenny Gaines (So., 6-3, 13.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg).

SERIES: Georgia leads the series, which began last year, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs defeated the Colonials 52-41 on Jan. 4, 2013, at Stegeman Coliseum. The victory capped a four-game win streak for Georgia, which had lost four of their last five.

SEASON AT A GLANCE: George Washington saw its six-game winning streak halted on New Year’s Eve in a 72-55 loss at Kansas State. The Colonials are unranked but received 37 votes for inclusion to the Dec. 30 top 25 poll. Georgia lost 84-70 at No. 21 Colorado last Saturday night in Boulder ending a five-game winning streak.

NOTEWORTHY: Junior forward Nemanja Djurisic (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg) is perhaps Georgia’s top player off the bench and Nemanja Mikic (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg), a 6-foot-8 senior from Serbia, is one of George Washington’s top bench performers. … Against Colorado, Georgia shot a season-best 62.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc and shot 50 percent overall from the field, the seventh time this season the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better from the field. … Charles Mann made his 42nd career start and Marcus Thornton registered his 36th career start against the Buffaloes. … The only team to score more than Colorado’s 84 points against Georgia this season was Davidson, which tallied 94 points against the Bulldogs in November; Georgia’s best scoring outing of the year came in an 87-56 victory over Chattanooga on Dec. 2. … George Washington’s roster lists players from Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Puerto Rico and Serbia. … The Colonials have averaged 77.7 points per game this season and tallied a season-high 108 points in a victory over Maine on Nov. 12. … Thus far this season, George Washington has defeated Maryland, Rutgers and then-No. 18 Creighton. … The Colonials’ first loss came to then-No. 25 Marquette, 76-60 on Nov. 29 at the Wooden Legacy tournament at Cal State Fullerton. … Mike Lonergan is in his third year at George Washington and has a 34-40 record at the school. … George Washington went 13-17 overall and 7-9 in the Atlantic 10 conference in 2012-13. … Against Kansas State, Keethan Savage scored 14 points and Maurice Creek added 13 points for the Colonials. … After today’s game, Georgia begins its Southeastern Conference schedule, traveling to No. 25 Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 8; the Bulldogs will then host Alabama at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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