February 8, 2008

Scouting Report: Georgia at Florida

What: Georgia (11-9, 2-5) at No. 22 Florida (18-5, 5-3)
Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center
When: Saturday
Time/TV: 3:06 p.m./none
Series Record: Florida leads the series 99-96

Coaches: As a player he was known as Billy the Kid...No kid anymore, Donovan is in his 12th season at Florida and has the longest tenure at his current school of anyone in the SEC...There have been 18 head coaching changes in the league since Donovan's arrival prior to the 1996-97 season...With all he has accomplished, Donovan is still the fourth youngest coach in the SEC.

Last Season: Florida won all three games against the Bulldogs, including a quarterfinal game in the SEC scored the first 17 points of the game, built a 25-point lead before halftime and romped to a 74-57 victory. Georgia missed its first 13 shots and needed a late surge to reach 7-for-37 from the field.

Last Five Games:
Defeated Arkansas 82-69
Lost to Tennessee 85-69
Lost to South Carolina 62-56
Lost to Kentucky 63-58
Lost to Vanderbilt 67-59

Beat Kentucky 81-70
Beat South Carolina 73-71
Beat Vanderbilt 86-64
Lost to Arkansas 80-61
Lost to Tennessee 104-82

Did you know?
• It is quite possible that Georgia could be deploying a first-time starter in today's game. Junior Billy Humphrey, the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer, today will be serving the first game of a suspension for violating UGA Athletic Association policy. Head coach Dennis Felton could replace him with either Zac Swansey or Troy Brewer, both freshmen without a collegiate start to their credit. Felton could also insert junior Corey Butler, a non-scholarship player who has started four games this season, in Humphrey's place.

• The Bulldogs are seeking victory in a venue that has yielded few positive results in recent years. Georgia teams have won just twice in Gainesville in the past 10 tries. Those occurred consecutively in the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

• Georgia and Florida meet for the first of two regular-season matchups in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs are 11-9 on the season thus far, 2-5 in SEC games, having dropped a 67-59 decision at home to Vanderbilt three nights ago. The loss was Georgia's fourth straight after piecing together two straight SEC wins over Alabama and Arkansas in mid-JanuČary.

All Eyes On
Florida freshman Nick Calathes is averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the Gators in both important departments.

Scouting the Bulldogs
F - 50 Jeremy Price 6-8 270 Fr. Decatur, Ga. 8.7 4.4
C - 44 Dave Bliss 6-10 255 Sr. Wausau, Wis. 7.3 5.0
G - 2 Sundiata Gaines 6-1 205 Sr. Jamaica, N.Y. 13.2 6.2
G - 30 Terrance Woodbury 6-7 220 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va. 9.2 3.6
G - 5 Zac Swansey 6-1 175 So. Dunwoody, Ga. 4.1 1.3

Bench Report
G - 23 Corey Butler 6-3 190 Jr. Decatur, Ga. 3.7 2.6
F - 4 Chris Barnes 6-7 250 Fr. Riverdale, Ga. 2.6 2.1

Scouting the Gators
F - 21 Dan Werner 6-7 235 So. Middletown, N.J. 8.7 6.8
C - 34 Marreese Speights 6-10 245 So. St. Petersburg, Fla. 14.4 7.8
G - 15 Walter Hodge 6-0 170 Jr. Guaynabo, P.R. 10.1 2.8*
G - 33 Nick Calathes 6-6 194 Fr. Casselberry, Fla. 15.7 6.2*
G - 5 Jai Lucas 5-11 155 Fr. Bellaire, Texas 9.3 2.3*

Bench Report
F - 25 Chandler Parsons 6-9 205 Fr. Casselberry, Fla. 8.3 3.9
F - 23 Alex Tyus6-8 217 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. 5.1 2.4
*Assists Per Game

Analysis and Prediction
Georgia's season appears to be in complete disarray. Not only have the Bulldogs dropped four straight, but the loss of Billy Humphrey for the next three games will put a real burden on a team that already struggles putting the ball in the basket. The Bulldogs are winless on the road in the SEC this season, a streak that will continue this afternoon.

Prediction: Florida 81, Georgia 60

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