WHEN/WHERE: 2 p.m. today/Stegeman Coliseum.
TV/RADIO: CSS/ESPN3.com/WGAU 1430-AM.
RECORDS: Western Carolina is 6-7. Georgia is 5-4.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Western Carolina ‚Äî F Kenneth Hall (Jr., 6-7, 2.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F Tawaski King (Sr., 6-8, 7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Trey Sumler (Sr., 6-2, 17.8 ppg, 4.4 apg); G Brandon Boggs (Sr., 6-5, 10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G James Sinclair (Jr., 6-3, 9.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Georgia ‚Äî F Marcus Thornton (Jr., 6-8, 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg); G Cameron Forte (So., 6-7, 5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg); F Donte‚Äô Williams (Sr., 6-9, 7.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg); G Charles Mann (So., 6-5, 13.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), G Kenny Gaines (So., 6-3, 11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg).
SERIES: Georgia leads the series, which began in the 1993-94 season, 5-0.
LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs defeated the Catamounts 89-65 on New Year‚Äôs Eve in 2005 in Athens.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: Western Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 92-84 victory over Charleston Southern. Georgia has won four straight and defeated Gardner-Webb 58-49 on Thursday at Stegeman Coliseum.
NOTEWORTHY: Nemanja Djurisic is Georgia‚Äôs second-leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game; Brandon Morris the fourth-leading scorer, averaging 10 points and four rebounds per game. ‚Ä¶ Freshman Juwan Parker had his first career start against Gardner-Webb and was Georgia‚Äôs leading scorer, posting a career-best 12 points in 30 minutes of play; junior walk-on Taylor Echols also received his first start against Gardner-Webb but didn‚Äôt score in seven minutes. ‚Ä¶ Against Gardner-Webb, Donte‚Äô Williams logged his 67th career start and Marcus Thornton started for the 34th time in his career. ‚Ä¶ Charles Mann returned to the floor against Gardner-Webb after missing time due to a bone bruise; he played 32 minutes and recorded eight points and six rebounds. ‚Ä¶ After today‚Äôs game, the Bulldogs will hit the road, facing Colorado on Dec. 28, George Washington on Jan. 3 and kicking off Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 8 at Missouri. ‚Ä¶ Georgia outrebounded Gardner-Webb 47-26. ‚Ä¶ Western Carolina‚Äôs Tom Tankelewicz, who has started four games for the Catamounts, came off the bench against Charleston Southern and connected on a school-record 10 3-point attempts; Western Carolina recorded a school-best 20 treys in the game. ‚Ä¶ Trey Sumler, who was named Southern Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 26 and earned his degree on Dec. 14, averages almost 38 minutes a game for Western Carolina. ‚Ä¶ Larry Hunter is in his ninth year coaching the Catamounts and is 127-145 in Cullowee and is 636-368 overall in 42 years‚Ä¶ The Catamounts have three players from Georgia; sophomore forward Torrion Brummitt (Shaw), junior guard James Sinclair (Savannah) and senior forward Tawaski King (Dublin). ‚Ä¶ Western Carolina went 14-19 overall and 9-9 in conference play in 2012-13.
‚Äî Chris Starrs