GAME NOTES: The Georgia Bulldogs go after a fifth consecutive win on Saturday when they host Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference bout at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia, which started this run with a win over A&M in the only other meeting between the schools, most recently topped Tennessee on Wednesday, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points to power the Bulldogs to a 68-62 victory.
Kenny Gaines hit 5-of-7 from the floor for 12 points off the bench, while Vincent Williams added 10 points for Georgia, which got its way back to .500 (11-11).
The streaky Bulldogs are in the midst of their second four-game winning streak of the season, but have also endured slides of three and four games as well. This stretch of four straight SEC wins, though, is the school's best since 2003.
Texas A&M, meanwhile, pulled off a big surprise on Thursday, as Fabyon Harris hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds to play to help the Aggies to a thrilling 70-68 win over No. 21 Missouri.
Harris went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and finished the game with 17 points, while Elston Turner gave 15 points for the Aggies, who had lost five of six coming in.
Georgia has had trouble putting the ball in the basket, as it scores a dismal 60.0 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting from the floor. Defensively though, the Bulldogs are holding their opponents to just a 39.8 percentage from the floor. Caldwell-Pope, who scored nine of Georgia's final 14 points against Tennessee, has been the Bulldogs' only consistent option, as he nets 17.8 ppg, on 46.5 percent shooting from the field. He has led the team in scoring 20 times this season and has scored in double figures in every game. Caldwell-Pope also leads the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg), steals (2.2 spg) and 3-point baskets (56). Nemanja Djurisic is the club's next-best scoring option, but he nets just 7.5 ppg.
Texas A&M has had its own problems scoring and is averaging a modest 63.1 ppg, but has been much more effective on the defensive end, limiting foes to just 59.4 ppg, while earning a +3.1 rebounding margin. Turner is by far the team's top offensive threat. He leads the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg, helped by a team-high 49 3-pointers. Harris is next in the scoring column at 11.0 ppg. Kourtney Roberson is the team's best option in the frontcourt, delivering on 60.2 percent of his shots, while leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Texas A&M might be catching Georgia at the wrong time, but the Aggies could still be riding the high from their upset win on Thursday. Neither team will light it up offensively and it will likely be a 1-on-1 battle between Caldwell-Pope and Turner. The home crowd though, and the short turnaround for A&M could be the difference for the Bulldogs in this one.