by: Knox Bardeen
The Georgia Bulldogs will host the Auburn Tigers Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. in Southeastern Conference basketball action. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be shown on CSS with Matt Stewart and Kyle Macy calling the action.
Auburn (8-11, 2-4 SEC) enters the game losers of its last four games, but two of those lossesa double-overtime loss to Arkansas on the road and a two-point loss to then-No. 23 Ole Misswere close.
Georgia (8-11, 2-4 SEC) is has just two wins over its last six games, but three of those contests have been against ranked opponentsFlorida twice and Missouri.
What to Watch
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has led Georgia in scoring in 17 of its 19 games this season. Hes averaging 17.3 points per game and ranks second in the SEC in scoring.
Freshman Charles Mann has started eight games at point guard and is doing a great job of distributing the ball and getting to the foul line. He leads the Bulldogs in assists (51) and free-throw attempts (86) and may have extra motivation Wednesday as hell face fellow freshman and high school teammate Shaquille Johnson who starts for Auburn. Both players starred at Milton High School in Milton, Ga.
Georgia is still waiting for its freshman class to form and step up around the sophomore Caldwell-Pope to form a creative and young nucleus. Mann and Brandon Morris have broken into the starting lineup, while Kenny Gaines is still filling in a reserve role. Watch for these three first-year stars to gain some much-needed momentum.
While Georgia boasts the SECs No. 2 scorer in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Auburn will bring in its arsenal the conferences No. 3 scorer in Frankie Sullivan. The sophomore averages 16.9 points per game and ranks third in the SEC in minutes played. Expect both big scores from both teams to be on the floor quite a bit.
After scoring zero and just one point in games against Kentucky and Vanderbilt, respectively, junior Chris Denson piled in 18 points against Ole Miss on Saturday off the bench. Denson finally seems to have gotten his rhythm back after missing four games with a foot injury. Denson claims to be 100 percent now, but will still likely be Auburns sixth man Wednesday.
Senior guard Frankie Sullivan is 15 points away from moving into 11th place on the all-time Auburn scoring list and 29 points away from moving into the top 10. Sullivan averages 16.9 points per game and his season-high is 28 points.
Sullivan (16) and senior center Rob Chubb (11) are the only Tigers to reach double digits in scoring more than 10 times this season. But its Chubbs acumen on the glass that may make a difference Wednesday. Chubb ranks seventh in the SEC with 7.9 rebounds per game and in three of his last six games has taken down at least 10 rebounds.
by: Knox Bardeen