Georgia is playing an SEC team Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum that is struggling big time to get wins.
So in preparation for Mississippi State, Georgia coach Mark Fox brought up to his players this week that South Carolina was in similar straits before stunning Kentucky Saturday in Columbia.
‚ÄúThey want to win, as everybody team does, same as South Carolina,‚Äù Georgia forward Nemanja Djurisic said. ‚ÄúWe really have to come out mature and strong and give everything on the court.‚Äù
Mississippi State (13-16, 3-13 SEC) has lost 11 straight and ranks last in the SEC with a No. 228 RPI.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll never relax and say our team‚Äôs not going to overlook somebody,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúThey should respect Mississippi State and I think they do, but we‚Äôre going to need to be ready to play.‚Äù
Fox pointed out that Mississippi State leading scorer Craig Sword missed the loss Saturday at Missouri (while attending his grandmother‚Äôs funeral in Alabama) and guard I.J. Ready has been sidelined by injury (missing seven games).
Georgia, which will honor forward Donte’ Williams for the 7 p.m. Senior Night game, has three losses to teams 161 to 174 in the RPI, but this would be the worst.
The Bulldogs (16-12, 10-6) hold a one-game lead in the SEC for third place over Tennessee and Arkansas. Georgia‚Äôs other remaining SEC game is Saturday at LSU.
The Volunteers play at Auburn Wednesday and at home against Missouri Saturday. The Razorbacks host Ole Miss Wednesday and play at Alabama Saturday.
Fox said that guard Kenny Gaines hasn‚Äôt been bothered by the minor knee injury that had him briefly leave the loss at Arkansas Saturday.
‚ÄúI haven‚Äôt seen him move around today, but I think he‚Äôll be fine,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúHe better be fine.‚Äù
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