Closer look: Georgia men’s basketball team aims to keep streak alive at Colorado

GEORGIA AT NO. 21 COLORADO

Closer look: Georgia men's basketball team aims to keep streak alive at Colorado
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WHEN/WHERE: 10 p.m. (EST) today/Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colo.

TV/RADIO: Pac 12 Network/The Ref 960-AM.

RECORDS: Colorado is 10-2. Georgia is 6-4.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado – F Wesley Gordon (RFr., 7.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg); F Xavier Johnson (So., 6-7, 9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg); F Josh Scott (So., 13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg); G Askia Booker (Jr., 6-2, 12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg); G Spencer Dinwiddie (Jr., 6-6, 15.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg). Georgia – F Marcus Thornton (Jr., 6-8, 6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg); F Donte’ Williams (Sr., 6-9, 7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg); G Charles Mann (So., 6-5, 13.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg), G Kenny Gaines (So., 6-3, 11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg); G Juwan Parker (Fr., 6-4, 5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

SERIES: Georgia and Colorado first played Dec. 7, 1991 at the Mile High Classic in Boulder, with Colorado winning 69-58. The Bulldogs hold a 7-2 edge in the series, although the Georgia media guide notes that at least one victory was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

LAST MEETING: The Buffaloes and Bulldogs last met on Nov. 28, 2011 in Boulder with Colorado taking a 70-68 victory.

SEASON AT A GLANCE: Colorado’s 10-game winning streak came to an end last Saturday with a 78-73 loss to Oklahoma State at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas. After losing four of their first five games, the Bulldogs have won five straight – including a 65-63 triumph last Saturday over Western Carolina.

NOTEWORTHY: After a five-game homestand (in which they went 5-0), the Bulldogs’ next three games are on the road – today at Colorado, Jan. 3 at George Washington and Jan. 8 at Missouri, Georgia’s Southeastern Conference opener. … Charles Mann hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining last Saturday as Georgia slipped by Western Carolina; Mann finished with 13 points, trailing only Kenny Gaines, who scored 17 points against the Catamounts. … Gaines and Donte’ Williams are the only Bulldogs to start all 10 games thus far this season; nine players have drawn starting assignments through the first 10 games. … Coming off the bench for Georgia is forward Nemanja Djurisic (11.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Brandon Morris (10.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg). … Colorado’s 10-game winning streak included a 75-72 upset over then-No. 6 Kansas on Dec. 7; Askia Booker, who scored a team-high 15 points, sank the game-winner at the buzzer and earned Pac 12 Player of the Week honors. … Jaron Hopkins has started four games for the Buffaloes and averages 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. … Redshirt freshman Wesley Gordon has started 10 games for Colorado and averages 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game; he’s missed two games due to a concussion. …Tad Boyle is in his fourth year at Colorado and has compiled a 79-41 record; the Buffaloes went 21-12 overall, 10-8 in the Pac 12 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

— Chris Starrs

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