Closer look: UGA men’s basketball to host Mercer this afternoon

MEN’S BASKETBALL: MERCER AT GEORGIA

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Where: Stegeman Coliseum.

Radio: WRFC AM-960.

TV: None.

Records: Georgia is 2-7, Mercer is 6-5.

Rankings: Both teams are unranked.

Probable starting lineups: Mercer: G Langston Hall (Jr., 6-4, 180, 9.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg); G Travis Smith (Sr., 6-3, 185, 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg); G Bud Thomas (Jr., 6-6, 200, 5.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg); F Jakob Gollon (Jr., 6-6, 200, 7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg; C Daniel Coursey (Jr., 6-10, 220, 6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg). Georgia: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (So., 6-5, 205, 17.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg); G Vincent Williams (Sr., 6-0, 167, 4.8 ppg, 2.8 apg); F Donte’ Williams (Jr., 6-9, 225, 7.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Nemanja Djurisic (So., 6-8, 230, 7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg); F Brandon Morris (Fr., 6-7, 205, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg).

Series record: Georgia leads 53-23.

Last meeting: Georgia won 72-58 last season.

Season at a glance: Georgia has lost three in a row and comes off of an 81-78 overtime loss at home to Iona last Saturday. Mercer has won two in a row and comes off of a 63-53 victory at Chattanooga on Sunday.

Noteworthy: The early start is to accommodate nearly 4,000 students from Clarke County elementary schools invited to attend the game. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has recorded double-doubles in his last two games. … Caldwell-Pope has led Georgia in scoring in every game and also leads the team in rebounding average at 7.2 a game. … Freshman forward Brandon Morris scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in his first career start against Iona on Saturday. … Marcus Thornton missed the Iona game because of injury. … Both of Georgia’s wins have come at home against Atlantic Sun opponents. Georgia beat Jacksonville 68-62 in the season opener and East Tennessee State 54-38 on Nov. 23. Mercer plays in the Atlantic Sun. … Mercer beat Florida State 61-56 on Dec. 2 at Tallahassee.

— Roger Clarkson

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