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Ole Miss vs Georgia preview: Bulldogs look to extend streak against Rebels

The Bulldogs look to extend their winning streak to three straight when they host the Ole Miss Rebels Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Basketball has won two straight and looks to keep rolling when they face a tough Ole Miss squad Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs evened their conference mark with a pair of wins last week defeating Vanderbilt on the road before knocking off Florida at home on Saturday. Georgia looks to add another conference win to its ledger against an Ole Miss club that is riding high after an upset win over Arkansas.

Georgia used a solid defensive effort on Saturday to score a rare win over the Gators. Florida shot 50 percent from the field but the Bulldogs were active defensively and forced the Gators into 19 turnovers. Kenny Gaines and Marcus Thornton continued their solid start to SEC play finishing with 16 points each. Gaines has been red hot from three-point range knocking down nine of his last 12 attempts. Thornton's workman like attitude has been a calming influence for the team all season long and continues to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding.

The Rebels opened conference play with a close overtime loss at Kentucky. They knocked off South Carolina but then dropped a home game to LSU. They scored a big 96-82 road win over No. 19 Arkansas on Saturday. Georgia will have to establish their defense early against a Rebels team that can be explosive offensively. Ole Miss shot 56 percent from the floor against the Razorbacks and was at 49 percent when they pushed Kentucky to the brink of their first loss. They knocked down more than half of their three-point attempts in each of those two games.

Point guard Jarvis Summers is the focal point for Ole Miss. Summers finished with 23 points, four assists and four steals in the win over Arkansas. He's averaging 13.6 points on the season but is shooting just 37 percent from the field. He has shown the ability to impact the game from the free throw line where he was 10-11 in the win over the Razorbacks.

Georgia is expected to be without Juwan Parker who re-aggravated his Achilles injury against the Gators. Parker has been dealing with the injury for most of the season but hurt it again against LSU. He sat out the win at Vanderbilt before exiting in the first half against Florida. Now it appears that he could be out for some time while it heals. J.J. Frazier has started the last three games in place of Parker and figures to remain in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

Tip off from Stegeman is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, January 20, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Bulldogs Radio Network