The Georgia men’s basketball team’s long and winding winter road trip – which began when it left town all the way back on Tuesday – has taken the Bulldogs today to Oxford, Miss., where they hope for a breakthrough win away from home in Southeastern Conference play.
Mark Humphrey/AP Following Wednesday’s 73-66 loss to Vanderbilt in Nashville, coach Mark Fox is now 0-9 in SEC road games.
The No. 24 Bulldogs (12-3, 1-1 SEC) were stuck in Nashville after Wednesday night’s 73-66 loss at Vanderbilt until Friday because icy conditions grounded all flights back home.
So after bussing from Athens to Nashville, the Bulldogs rolled from Nashville to Oxford, where Ole Miss (12-5, 0-2 SEC) is desperate for a conference win after a 69-64 home loss to Mississippi State on Thursday night.
The Rebels are one of only three SEC teams still winless in conference play and are looking to avoid their first 0-3 league start since 2004.
Georgia is 0-9 in SEC road games under coach Mark Fox and has lost 16 of its last 17 – with its last conference road win coming on March 4, 2009, at Kentucky under interim coach Pete Herrmann.
The Bulldogs went 3-0 in non-conference road games this season.
“Certainly this year in the SEC, especially with these teams in the East, if you can steal one on the road like Florida was able to the other night (at Tennessee), that’s really going to help you down the line because it’s going to be awfully hard to win away from home,” Fox said on his radio show Thursday night.
“On the flip side at home, we’ve been pretty good and we need to maintain that advantage.”
Fox and Georgia players were not made available for interviews leading up to today’s game.
The Bulldogs practiced Thursday at Lipscomb University in Nashville, one day after the loss to the Commodores.
“We didn’t have a good karma about us (Wednesday night),” Fox said. “Even in our shootaround, I stopped our shootaround and said, ‘We’re not on the right page.’ We just didn’t play as well as we did the time before and Vandy caused some of that. … I don’t know if we had a Kentucky hangover or not, but we did not play as well as we needed to.”
Georgia hasn’t won at Ole Miss since 2003.
Rebels senior guard Chris Warren leads the SEC in scoring (18.9 ppg.) and free throw shooting (94.4 percent) and his 46 3-pointers are more than anybody in the conference.
Florida and Mississippi State shot a combined 48.1 percent against the Rebels the past two games.
No. 24 Georgia at Ole Miss
► WHEN: 5 p.m. today.
► WHERE: Tad Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Miss.
► TV/RADIO: FSSO/1340-AM.
► RECORDS: Georgia is 12-3, 1-1 SEC; Ole Miss is 12-5, 0-2.
► PROBABLE STARTERS: Georgia – F Travis Leslie (Jr., 6-4, 205, 14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg); F Trey Thompkins (Jr., 6-10, 240, 17.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg); F Jeremy Price (Sr., 6-8, 270, 8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G Dustin Ware (Jr., 5-11, 182, 6.9 ppg, 3.3 apg); G Gerald Robinson (Jr., 6-1, 180, 13.4 ppg, 4.3 apg).
Ole Miss – F Terrance Henry (Jr., 6-10, 210, 8.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg); F Reginald Buckner (So., 6-9, 238, 7.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg); G Chris Warren (Sr., 5-10, 168, 18.9 ppg, 4.1 apg); G Nick Williams (Sr., 6-4, 215, 8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg); G Zach Graham (Sr., 6-6, 210, 13.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
► SERIES: Georgia leads 65-39. The Rebels have won four of the last five.
► LAST MEETING: Ole Miss won last year, 80-76, in Athens on Jan. 13. Warren led Ole Miss with 12 points, including three 3-pointers.
► SEASON AT A GLANCE: Georgia lost for the first time since Nov. 26 on Wednesday night when it dropped a 73-66 decision at Vanderbilt. That snapped the Bulldogs’ nine-game winning streak. The Bulldogs shot 34.7 percent from the field, including 5 of 21 on 3-pointers. Ole Miss has dropped its first two conference games, including a 69-64 home loss to Mississippi State on Thursday night, a game the Rebels led by seven in the second half. The Rebels had won nine of 10 before that loss.
n NOTEWORTHY: Georgia leads the SEC with 15.0 assists per game. … Ole Miss is 0-2 in the SEC for the first time since 2007. … Warren scored 25 and went 7 of 14 on 3-pointers against Mississippi State to break the program’s career record for 3s. He now has 285, which ranks eighth all time in the SEC. … Ole Miss’ Williams is a transfer from Indiana, who averaged 8.9 points per game in 2008-09 for the Hoosiers. … Graham is from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. … Ole Miss leads the SEC in free throw percentage at 74.7. … Georgia is last in the SEC in 3-point field-goal percentage (30.2) and 3-pointers per game (4.1). Ole Miss set a school record for 3-pointers attempted with 35 against Mississippi State’s zone defense. …This is the first ranked team Ole Miss has played this season.