After back-to-back wins over Florida and Tennessee, Georgia may not have reopened the door on their NCAA Tournament chances but they have prevented it from slamming shut.
The Bulldogs enter Wednesday’s game against South Carolina with a 15-11 record and a 6-8 mark in the conference. Georgia is currently ninth in the SEC in RPI but with games against Texas A&M and Tennessee remaining, the opportunity to move up remains.
The Bulldogs will move one step closer to the .500 mark in conference play if they can score a road victory over the Gamecocks Wednesday night. South Carolina handed Georgia a disappointing 64-57 home loss back in mid-January.
The Gamecocks prevailed despite shooting just 27 percent from the field for the game. Frank Booker led the way with 17 points off the bench while Chris Silva added 14. Georgia shot 35 percent from the field but turned the ball over 14 times and were just 18-28 from the free throw line. Yante Maten finished with 25 points and eight rebounds but Juwan Parker was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 11.
The Bulldogs have won two straight after a stretch in which they dropped 8 of 10. A three-point victory against Florida in overtime completed a season sweep of the Gators. They followed that up with an impressive performance knocking off No. 18 Tennessee 73-62 this past Saturday.
Georgia held the Volunteers to just 35 percent shooting and limited leading scorer Grant Williams to just five on 1-8 shooting. Five different Bulldogs finished in double figures led by Maten’s 19. Derek Ogbeide gave the Bulldogs a huge lift off the bench with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
South Carolina pulled off their own upset victory on Saturday snapping a six-game losing streak with an 84-75 win over No. 10 Auburn. The Tigers shot just 32 percent from the field in the game and were 5-27 from 3-point range. Booker led the Gamecocks with 19 points off the bench while Silva added 14 in the victory.
Wednesday’s game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. from Colonial Life Arena and can be seen via the SEC Network.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network