George Washington at Georgia
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Stegeman Coliseum.
Radio: WRFC 960-AM.
Records: The Colonials are 6-6, The Bulldogs are 5-7
Season at a glance: Both teams enter on winning streaks. Georgia has won three in a row — over Mercer, Southern California and Florida A&M — after starting 2-7. The Bulldogs are coming off an 82-73 win over A&M last Saturday. Nemanja Djurisic scored a career-high 21 points in that game off the bench. George Washington beat VMI 76-67 and Sacred Heart 77-38 in its last two games after dropping three straight to Bradley, Kansas State and Rutgers. The win over Sacred Heart last Sunday was its biggest margin of victory in five seasons. This is the last nonconference game of the season for both teams.
Probable starting lineups:
George Washington: G Patricio Garino (6-6, 203, Fr., 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg); G Lasan Kromah (6-6, 207, Sr., 10.1 ppg, 3.9 RPG); G Joe McDonald (6-1, 181, Fr, 7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg.); F Kevin Larsen (6-10, 264, Fr., 7.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg); F Isaiah Armwood (6-9, 210, Sr., 13.3 ppg. 8.4 rpg).
Georgia: G Charles Mann (6-4, 205, Fr., 5.5 ppg, 2.3 apg); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-5, 205, So., 17.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg ); F: Brandon Morris (6-7, 205, Fr., 4.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg); F Donte’ Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., 6.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg); C John Cannon (6-10, 240, So., 3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
Series record: This is the first meeting between the teams.
Noteworthy: Georgia junior forward Marcus Thornton, who has missed the past two games, is out indefinitely following arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26. “I don’t know when he’ll back,” coach Mark Fox said. “I just hate to see him struggle with the pain and frustration. Hopefully, we can get him healthy.” Thornton started seven games this season and has had surgeries on both knees. … Fox said he had a “long talk” with Jay Rome before the tight end went to Orlando for Georgia’s bowl game. Rome has said he may focus just on football after playing basketball last winter. “Last year, he was with our team every week for a couple of days,” Fox said. “He hasn’t been with our team at all and we’re in January. It would be a challenge for him to really break into the rotation. I was real honest with Jay. If he wants to play, we would welcome him back. He’s at the threshold, I think, of really becoming a very significant part of our football team offensively.” … George Washington coach Mike Lonergan, a former head coach at Vermont and Catholic and an assistant at Maryland, and Fox went up against each other once before when Fox’s Nevada team beat Vermont 77-62 in November of 2005. … GW leading scorer Armwood is a transfer from Villanova. He’s eighth in the nation in blocks per game at 3.1. … The Colonials, an Atlantic 10 member, are 42nd nationally in rebounding (plus-6.7). “They might have as good a frontline as we’ve seen all year,” Fox said. “I know (Indiana’s Cody) Zeller is a good player, but Armwood is as productive a frontline player as we’ve seen all year.”… Both teams lost to Youngstown State this season. Georgia fell 68-56 on Nov. 12 and George Washington lost 80-73 two days earlier. … Mann is averaging 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg over the past four games. … Cannon has started two of the last three games. “Per minute his scoring and rebounding are pretty good,” Fox said. “He’s a guy still adjusting to the speed of play.”