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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 28, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coors Events Center (11,064) -- Boulder, Colorado. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: UGA 6-1, Colorado 8-0. Away Record: UGA 0-3, Colorado 2-0. Neutral Record: UGA 0-0, Colorado 0-2. Conference Record: UGA 0-0, Colorado 0-0. Series Record: Georgia leads, 6-2.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia Bulldogs will attempt to extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday night, as they take on the 21st-ranked Colorado Buffaloes in non-conference action at the Coors Events Center.
Georgia recently wrapped up a perfect five-game homestand, most recently winning on Dec. 21 in a 65-63 decision against Western Carolina, bringing their record this season to 6-4. Although this marks the first true road game for the Bulldogs, they have yet to win away from home, dropping three straight on a neutral floor in the Charleston Classic in late November.
After losing its season opener versus Baylor (72-60), Colorado surged into the Top-25 with 10 straight wins, with its signature victory coming against nationally-ranked Kansas on Dec. 7, 75-72. The Buffs' winning streak came to an end their last time out, however, as they fell to Oklahoma State on a natural floor last Saturday, 78-73.
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with the Buffs, 6-2, although Colorado won the most recent matchup in November of 2011, 70-68.
The Bulldogs trailed for the majority of the second half against WCU in their latest game, including by 10 with under eight minutes to play, but they climbed all the way back in and with the game tied late, Charles Mann converted a pair of free throws to give them the two-point win. Not only did they shoot a lofty 50 percent from the field in the triumph, but they were also busy at the foul line (24-of-38). Kenny Gaines led the way with 17 points, Mann tallied 13 points and six assists, while Brandon Morris chipped in 11 points off the bench. On the season, Georgia has played very well at both ends of the floor, showing a large discrepancy between its field goal percentage (.481) and its opponents' (.394), while boasting a +5.8 margin in both scoring and rebounding. Pacing four players in double digits is Mann, who nets 13.4 points per game on greater than 48 percent accuracy from the field. Gaines brings 11.8 points per game to the table, while Nemanja Djurisic (11.3 ppg) and Morris (10.1 ppg) both make their field goals at greater than 56 percent.
The Buffs played from behind for the majority of their most recent contest, and while they were able to climb back from 12 down with 3:02 left to make it close down the stretch, they could not pull off the comeback. Even though they held a convincing advantage in the rebounding battle, 41-30, they were outshot from the field by Oklahoma State, 52.1 percent to 40.6 percent, and outscored at the free-throw line, 23-15. Josh Scott tallied a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds and made the most of his ample attempts from the foul line (10-of-13). Askia Booker netted 19 points on 8-of-15 from the floor, while Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points. Despite its struggles the last time out, Colorado typically has no trouble filling the basket, shooting 45.1 percent from the field for 76.9 points per game, 10.5 points more than it allows. It is also one of the nation's best rebounding teams, grabbing 40.4 per game for a +10.3 margin. Dinwiddie is the club's go-to option, scoring 15.7 points per game thanks largely to his high rate of efficiency at the charity stripe (78-of-90, .867). Scott (13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is a double-double threat on any given night, while Booker pours in 12.1 points per tilt despite shooting only 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Although Georgia is red-hot after an unbeaten homestand and Colorado is coming off a tough loss, don't expect momentum to be a factor in this one after a week off for each side. The Buffs are the better team and should have no problem defending their home court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado 79, Georgia 67
12/28 10:45:04 ET
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