Georgia at Ole Miss

When: 8 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

Satellite Radio: XM 191. Sirius 119.

Series: Georgia leads 69-41.

Last Meeting: Georgia won 69-64 on Jan. 20 in Athens.

Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (211-122, 10th year; 190109 in ninth season at Ole Miss). GeorgiaMark Fox (225129, 11th year; 102-86, sixth season at Georgia).

Notes: Jarvis Summers leads the SEC with 5.5 assists per conference game. … Stefan Moody is averaging 20.3 points over his last seven games and leads the SEC with 18.6 points per conference game. … Georgia’s J.J. Frazier came off the bench against Alabama and played 29 minutes. He’s shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. … Booneville native Kenny Paul Geno got the start against Alabama, his first of the year. He missed a couple of weeks with injury earlier this season. … Like Ole Miss, Georgia has been a good road team and is 4-3 in SEC road games.

Ole Miss (198, 104 SEC)

C – M.J. Rhett 6-9 Sr.. 6.9p 4.8r

F – Sebastian Saiz 6-9 So.. 7.3p 5.1r

G – Martavious Newby 6-3 Jr. 4.0p 5.0r

G – Stefan Moody 5-10 Jr. 16.4p 3.3r

G – Jarvis Summers 6-3 Sr. 12.7p 4.7a

Top Reserves: G Terence Smith, C Dwight Coleby, G LaDarius White

Georgia (17-8, 8-6 SEC)

F – Marcus Thornton 6-8 Sr. 12.3p 6.9r

F – Nemanja Djurisic 6-8 Sr. 10.7p 4.9r

F – Kenny Paul Geno 6-6 So. 1.8p 1.6r

G – Charles Mann 6-4 Jr. 11.6p 3.7a

G – Kenny Gaines 6-3 Jr. 11.5 3.6r

Top Reserves: G J.J. Frazier

 

OXFORD – Georgia and Ole Miss are both different teams than they were a month ago, the Rebels a little bit for the better.

Ole Miss has won eight of its last nine and has a real opportunity to make a statement with what would be a fifth win against the RPI top 50.

Ole Miss goes into tonight’s 8 p.m. tip at Tad Smith Coliseum at No. 34 in the NCAA’s official Ratings Percentage Index rankings, Georgia at No. 37. The game will be televised by The SEC Network.

RPI is a primary component used in determining at-large bids to the NCAA tournament.

With four regular season games remaining most who project the NCAA field have the Rebels solidly on the inside.

One reason for that is a 10-3 record away from home. The Rebels, though, were unable to steal a game late at Georgia on Jan. 20.

“I feel like we’re a different team in terms of how we handle things and how we get at it going down the stretch,” junior guard Stefan Moody said. “We’re a much better closing team now that we’ve been in a few close ones.”

They Rebels didn’t successfully close in Athens after building a 31-25 halftime lead.

Ole Miss was two points back with a minute left when Moody had the ball taken from him. Jarvis Summers was called for charging on the Rebels’ next possession, and Georgia closed it out at the free throw line and won 69-64.

“I watched it, and it wasn’t easy to watch because we made a lot of mistakes,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “We had a few really huge mental breakdowns. Defensively we were not rotating the way we should, and offensively our timing was awful.”

The Rebels got little production from anyone not named Moody in that game.

Moody had 26 points – then a career-high – but didn’t shoot as well as he has been lately. He was 7-for-16 from the floor, but most of that was driving to the basket.

He goes into tonight’s game as the current SEC player of the week having his 14 of his last 23 3-point attempts.

Ole Miss (19-8, 10-4 SEC) is tied for third with Texas A&M in the SEC standings. Georgia (17-9, 8-6) and LSU (19-8, 8-6) are currently two games back. The Rebels follow tonight’s game against Georgia with a visit to LSU.

Georgia has won the last three in the series.

“Every game we’ve played with the exception of one or two have been a possession here, a possession there,” Kennedy said. “They don’t give you anything. You’re going to have to earn everything and be efficient on offense.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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