Archive for January 24th, 2009

On the Road … Well, Not Me

January 24, 2009

I regret to inform you all that I will not be in Athens tonight for the MSU-Georgia game. But this means I will probably be able to travel to Kentucky on Feb. 3.

But I’ll be DVRing tonight’s game to view at my leisure – 5 p.m., ESPN2. The Bulldogs (13-6, 3-1 SEC) are looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 81-57 beatdown at LSU. Georgia (9-9, 0-3) is looking to bounce back, too – from a five-game losing streak. In today’s Journal, my game advance focused on State’s four-guard lineup and how they need to be more aggressive offensively. Here is the pregame capsule:

When: 5 p.m. today, Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
XM: Channel 199.
Series: Tied, 49-49.
Last year: MSU, 60-49 in Starkville; Georgia, 64-60 in SEC Tournament.
Coaches: MSU – Rick Stansbury (221-121, 11th year); Georgia – Dennis Felton (184-143, 11th year; 84-89, 6th year at Georgia).
Notes: Georgia has lost five straight games. … Georgia’s last 0-4 SEC start was the 2004-05 season. … MSU junior Barry Stewart has 164 career 3-pointers, tying him with assistant coach Marcus Grant for fourth-most in school history. Darryl Wilson holds the mark with 258.

Probable starters
Mississippi State (13-6, 3-1 SEC)

C – Jarvis Varnado    6-9    Jr.    12.9 ppg
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    7.4 ppg
G – Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    9.9 ppg
G – Barry Stewart    6-3    Jr.    10.8 ppg
G – Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.0 ppg
Top reserves: F Romero Osby, G Twany Beckham, G Riley Benock.

Georgia (9-9, 0-3 SEC)
G – Zac Swansey    6-1    So.    6.0 ppg
G – Corey Butler    6-3    Sr.    7.1 ppg
F – Terrance Woodbury    6-7    Sr.    13.4 ppg
F – Trey Thompkins    6-8    Fr.    13.2 ppg
C – Albert Jackson    6-10    Jr.    4.1 ppg
Top reserves: G Dustin Ware, F Chris Barnes, F Travis Leslie.

If you’re not making the trip to Athens but want to see some good hoops, I highly recommend the Hotbed Classic in New Albany. Just $10 for all day, and it’s already under way. Matt Wyatt is calling all the action on Miss 98. And North Carolina coach Roy Williams is supposed to be there to check out one of his recruits.

And for what it’s worth, the Senior Bowl is on for 6 p.m. today. NFL Network carrying the game, which means I won’t be able to see it.