by: Knox Bardeen
The Georgia Bulldogs (6-7, 0-0) travel to Gainesville, Fla. Wednesday night to take on the No. 11 Florida Gators (10-2, 0-0) in what will be the first Southeastern Conference action for both schools. Dave Baker and Bill Koss will be calling the action on CSS. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The Bulldogs enter the game winners of four straight, all by eight points or more. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic have been scoring forces during the Bulldogs' winning streak, which is nothing new for Caldwell-Pope who has been the leading scorer and rebounder all year. But Djurisic's 38 points off the bench in the last two games have been eye opening.
After starting the season with eight-straight wins, the Gators have won just three of their last five. A one-point loss to then No. 8 Arizona and a six-point loss to Kansas State are the only blemishes on Florida's impressive start.
Notes of Interest:
Florida leads the all-time series against Georgia, 106-97, and has won 15 of the last 18 games. The Gators have also won the last 10 meetings between the two at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Under head coach Billy Donovan, the Gators are 14-2 in SEC home openers, including last season's 22-point win over the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Gators have four players averaging in double figures: Kenny Boynton (13.8), Erik Murphy (12.1), Mike Rosario (11.8) and Patric Young (10.8).
Florida allows opponents very few opportunities to score. The Gators rank 11th in the country in opponent's field-goal percentage (.368), third in opponent's rebounding (27.8) and six times this year have held opponents to 50 points or less in a game.
Wednesday will be Georgia's third contest this year against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs lost to then No. 1 Indiana and then No. 11 UCLA in the first month of the season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the driving force behind the Bulldogs. He's the only member of the team that has started each of Georgia's 13 games this year and has taken 27 percent of Georgia's shots.
Georgia is 0-2 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites this season. A win in Gainesville would be the Bulldogs' first away from Stegeman Coliseum in the 2012-13 campaign.
Sophomore Nemanja Djurisic has scored in double digits four times this season, but two have come in Georgia's last two games. Djurisic likely won't start Wednesday, but should make an impact.