GARDNER-WEBB AT GEORGIA
WHEN/WHERE: 11:30 a.m. today/Stegeman Coliseum.
RADIO: The Ref 960-AM.
RECORDS: Gardner-Webb is 6-6. Georgia is 4-4.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Gardner-Webb ‚Äî F Donta Harper (Jr., 6-7, 12.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg); F Jerome Hill (So., 6-5, 11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg); C Mike Byron (So., 6-10, 4.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg); G Tyler Strange (Jr., 5-10, 8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg); G Naji Hibbert (RSo., 6-5, 12.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg). Georgia ‚Äî F Marcus Thornton (Jr., 6-8, 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg); G Cameron Forte (So., 6-7, 6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F Donte‚Äô Williams (Sr., 6-9, 6.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Charles Mann (So., 6-5, 14.3 ppg, 2.9 apg), G Kenny Gaines (So., 6-3, 12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
SERIES: Georgia leads the series 2-0.
LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs defeated Gardner-Webb 96-67 on Dec. 5, 2006. Levi Stukes led Georgia with 20 points and was 6 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: Gardner-Webb defeated Clearwater Christian 106-54 on Dec. 14 and lost 85-66 at No. 8 Duke on Monday. Georgia evened its record at 4-4 on Dec. 14 with an 84-75 victory over Lipscomb, its third consecutive victory after a 1-4 start.
NOTEWORTHY: Some 5,000 Athens-Clarke County school children, faculty and staff will be in attendance at today‚Äôs game. ‚Ä¶ Charles Mann, Georgia‚Äôs leading scorer, sustained a bone bruise against Appalachian State on Nov. 29; he only played nine minutes against Chattanooga, didn‚Äôt play at all against Lipscomb and returned to practice for the first time in two weeks on Monday. ‚Ä¶ In the Bulldogs‚Äô win over Lipscomb, Brandon Morris (17 points), Nemanja Djurisic (15 points), Donte‚Äô Williams (14 points) and Kenny Gaines (11 points) all scored in double digits ‚Ä¶ Walk-on Taylor Echols added nine points for Georgia against Lipscomb. ‚Ä¶ Georgia is ranked 37th in the country in field goal percentage (49 percent), which is the best percentage by a Bulldog team since the mid-1980s. ‚Ä¶ Against Duke, Garnder-Webb had four players score in double figures ‚ÄìJerome Hill (22 points), Donta Harper (13 points), Tyler Strange (11 points) and Naji Hibbert (12 points). ‚Ä¶ Strange leads Gardner-Webb with an average of 30 minutes played per game. ‚Ä¶ In the team‚Äôs victory over Clearwater Christian, Tyrell Nelson came off the bench to score 20 points. ‚Ä¶ Gardner Webb has had eight different players start this season. ‚Ä¶ Players on the Gardner-Webb roster from Georgia include Hill (Cook County) and Donnell Tuff (Tift County) . ‚Ä¶ Tim Craft is in his first year coaching the Runnin‚Äô Bulldogs. ‚Ä¶ Gardner-Webb went 21-13 overall and 11-5 in the Big South Conference in 2012-13. ‚Ä¶ Georgia will host Western Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday to close out a five-game homestand and will then hit the road to face Colorado (Dec. 28) and George Washington (Jan. 3).
‚Äî Chris Starrs