February 12, 2008

Scouting Report: South Carolina at Georgia

What: South Carolina (11-11, 3-5) at Georgia (11-10, 2-6)
Where: Stegeman Coliseum
When.: Wednesday
Time/TV: 7:37/None
Series Record: Georgia leads 45-44

Last Game: Carolina guard Zam Fredrick emerged from amongst a slew of cold shooters from both sides, and his 23 points proved to be decisive enough to send Georgia to its secŽond straight SEC road loss.

The Bulldogs never led in this game but managed to stay within close range throughŽout. Their wayward shooting, however, cost them any chance at taking control. Carolina capitalized on a 5-minute Georgia scoring drought to take a sizable early lead.

Fredrick's layup with 4:49 left got the Gamecocks their only double-digit margin of the first half at 22-11. Terrance Woodbury countered with a late flurry, including a 3-point play with 38 seconds left that pulled the Bulldogs within 26-24.
Twelve straight Carolina points, includŽing five each by Fredrick and Dominique Archie, put the Gamecocks firmly in comŽmand early in the second half. Fredrick's jumper at the 14:13 mark got them their largest lead of the game at 42-28.

Last Five Games:
Lost to Tennessee 85-69
Lost to South Carolina 62-56
Lost to Kentucky 63-58
Lost to Vanderbilt 67-59
Lost to Florida 77-67

South Carolina
Lost to Florida 73-71
Lost to Kentucky 78-70
Defeated Georgia 62-56
Defeated Ole Miss 80-77
Lost to Vanderbilt 66-65

Did you know?
• Georgia will continue its string of games with a short-handed roster. With the suspenŽsion of guard Billy Humphrey, the Bulldogs played at Florida with just eight scholarship players available, nine total. Their thin ranks resulted in some inflated numbers by players unaccustomed to so much court time. Most prominently, freshman Zac Swansey earned his first collegiate start and played 31 minutes, more than twice his seasonal average. TerŽrance Woodbury also played a season-high 34 minutes, eight above his average for 2008.

• Georgia arrives at this game with an 11-10 overall record, 2-6 in SEC games. Most recently, the Bulldogs dropped a 77-67 decision at Florida four days ago. The loss overshadŽowed a superlative performance by senior guard Sundiata Gaines, whose 32 points bettered his career high five points.

All Eyes On
Georgia Tech transfer Zam Frederick emerged from a slew of cold shooters to score 23 points in South Carolina's win over Georgia last month in Columbia.

Scouting the Bulldogs
F - 50 Jeremy Price 6-8 270 Fr. Decatur, Ga. 8.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game.
C - 44 Dave Bliss 6-10 255 Sr. Wausau, Wis. 7.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game
G - 2 Sundiata Gaines 6-1 205 Sr. Jamaica, N.Y. 14 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game
G - 30 Terrance Woodbury 6-7 220 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va. 9.3 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game
G - 31 Zac Swansey 6-1 175 Fr. Dunwoody, Ga. 4.1 points per game, 1.3 rebounds per game

Bench Report
F - 23 Corey Butler 6-3 190 Jr. Decatur, Ga. 3.5 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game
F - 4 Chris Barnes 6-7 250 Fr. Riverdale 2.5 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game

Scouting the Gamecocks
F - 21 Dominique Archie 6-7 208 So. Augusta, Ga. 10.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game
F - 23 Dwayne Day 6-5 185 Sr. Mt. Vernon, Ga. 5.4 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game
F - 31 Evka Baniulis 6-7 210 So. Vilnius, Lithuania 5.1 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game
G - 2 Devan Downey 5-9 175 So. Chester, S.C. 19.4 points per game, 5.3 assists per game
G - 20 Zam Fredrick 6-0 203 Jr. St. Mathews, S.C. 16 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game

Bench Report
G - 5 Brandis Raley-Ross 6-2 193 So. Charlotte, N.C. 7.1 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game
F - 44 Sam Muldroh 6-9 216 Fr. Florence , S.C. 3.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game.

Analysis and Prediction
The Bulldogs need a win in the worst way after dropping their last fifth, and Wednesday's game against the Gamecocks might be their best chance.

Prediction: Georgia 60, South Carolina 58.

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