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The Georgia Bulldogs look for their second straight win as they hit the road to face Texas A&M.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Fox's Bulldogs hit the road on Wednesday for a key conference match up against Texas A&M who have won seven of their last eight games. Georgia is 6-4 in SEC play and are one game back of the Aggies in the conference standings.

Georgia broke a two-game losing streak by holding on for a 56-53 win over Tennessee Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum. They nearly gave the game away literally in the form of 20 turnovers. The Bulldogs had to rely on their defense late and came up with a pair of stops in the final seven seconds to preserve the victory.

The game did mark the return of senior center Marcus Thornton who returned to the lineup after a two-game absence due to a concussion. Thornton finished with eight points and four rebounds in 26 minutes but gave Georgia a lift defensively.

Texas A&M dropped the first two games of its conference schedule but has won seven of its last eight. Over that span they have knocked off LSU, Auburn and Tennessee.  A 69-59 loss to Ole Miss snapped their winning streak but they bounced back with an 83-61 win over Missouri to sweep the season series.

The Aggies feature an efficient offensive attack and are tied with Kentucky in field goal percentage during conference play at 46 percent. The Aggies feature a talented wing combination of Danuel House and Jalen Jones. House leads the team in scoring at 14.1 per game and is knocking down 40 percent of his three-point attempts. Jones is right behind him at 14.0 per game and also leads the team in rebounding at 6.2.

A lot of Georgia's conference success can be attributed to their improved three-point shooting. The Bulldogs are second in the conference making 36 percent of their attempts from beyond-the-arc. Georgia was 7-16 from downtown in Saturday's win over the Volunteers and J.J. Frazier is converting from long distance at a 44 percent clip on the season.

Georgia is still in good position for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs enter Wednesday with a KenPom RPI of 33. Texas A&M is not far behind at 40.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Bulldogs Radio Network