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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Auburn at Georgia
When: 5:30 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

Georgia can defend as well as anybody in the nation, the biggest reason the Bulldogs sit in sixth place in the SEC entering Saturday’s home game at Auburn, but more consistent offensive production could position them for even more success. Tuesday’s 69-56 victory over No. 23 South Carolina illustrated how difficult the Bulldogs can be for opponents, as four players scored in double figures and the Bulldogs converted at several key moments to snap a two-game losing streak.

“For us to come out and play as well as we did, it was a blessing,” Georgia guard Kenny Gaines told reporters after he scored 17 points, helping the Bulldogs secure their first win against a ranked team in two years – three days after Georgia pushed No. 13 Baylor in a 10-point road defeat. The Tigers have lost four in a row since back-to-back wins over Kentucky and in-state rival Alabama, falling 80-68 Tuesday to LSU to drop into a tie for 11th in the league. “The losing is tough. It’s tough on everybody,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged to the media afterward. “When you’re not having success, it wears on them. It’s wearing on all of us.” One positive for Auburn was freshman guard Bryce Brown snapping out of a shooting slump by making six 3-pointers, scoring 18 points.

TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network, ESPN3

ABOUT AUBURN (9-12, 3-6 SEC): Brown had shot just 9-of-44 from the field in his previous six games before connecting on 6-of-14 attempts, but the Tigers shot under 40 percent as a team for the eighth consecutive game. Guard Kareem Canty ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring at 18.3 points per game and third in assists (5.3), but is shooting 32.8 percent from the field and 5-of-34 from 3-point range during Auburn’s losing streak. The Tigers are last in the conference in scoring defense (78.1 points per game) and opponents’ field-goal percentage (44.9).

ABOUT GEORGIA (12-8, 5-4
): The Bulldogs continue to make life tough on opposing offenses, holding opponents to 38.1 percent shooting from the field (second in the SEC to Vanderbilt; 10th nationally) after limiting South Carolina to 31 percent Tuesday. Center Yante Maten averages 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, while guard J.J. Frazier leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.4) and free-throw shooting (80.9 percent). Maten (18 points), Gaines (17), Frazier (13) and guard Charles Mann (11) combined for 85.5 percent of Georgia’s scoring output against the Gamecocks and average 80.7 percent of the Bulldogs production for the season.

TIP-INS

1. Auburn F Cinmeon Bowers returned Tuesday after a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, scoring 15 points but shooting 3-of-14 from the field.

2. Frazier ranks 10th in the conference in scoring, and is averaging 20.4 points in his past five games.

3. The Tigers average 9.4 made 3-pointers per contest, tops in the conference.

PREDICTION: Georgia 74, Auburn 61
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Auburn 9-12 L4 7-4 1-7 1-1 3-5 6-7 3-6
Georgia 12-8 W1 11-3 1-5 0-0 2-2 10-6 5-4
Last Meeting
Auburn Georgia
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/7/15 UGA 64 AUB 61 61 17 41.2 64 32 50.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Auburn K. Harrell 24 35.3 8
Georgia J. Frazier 16 62.5 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Auburn C. Bowers 5 2 3
Georgia N. Djurisic 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Auburn K. Harrell 4
Georgia J. Frazier 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Auburn K. Canty 384 40.1 63
Georgia J. Frazier 327 43.8 72
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Auburn C. Bowers 180 44 136
Georgia Y. Maten 153 54 99
Assists Player  
Auburn K. Canty 111
Georgia J. Frazier 88
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Auburn Off vs  red bar Georgia Defense
blue bar 74.1 Points For
red bar 68.3 Points Against
blue bar 41.3 FG%
red bar 38.1 FG%
blue bar 33.0 Reb
red bar 32.5 Reb
red bar Georgia Off vs  blue bar Auburn Defense
red bar 70.8 Points For
blue bar 78.1 Points Against
red bar 43.9 FG%
blue bar 44.9 FG%
red bar 32.5 Reb
blue bar 36.8 Reb