Peach State Sports Blog

Georgia set to host Mercer

Mercer is still searching for some answers to its basketball season.

Georgia seems to have found plenty the past three games.

The two teams face off at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Athens. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

Georgia has won three straight games entering the contest and sits at 6-3. The Bulldogs’ winning streak started against Chattnooga, and then they turned up their play with impressive wins over Colorado and Seton Hall.

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Marcus Thorton, who is averaging 14.7 points per game, while three other players are also averaging in double figures: Kenny Gaines (11.7), Charles Mann (11.4) and Nemanja Djurisic (10.9).

Mercer is 6-6, coming off a 64-54 loss at Tennessee. The Bears have one player (Ike Nwamu at 18.3 points per game) averaging in double figures, while the other four starters are all averaging more than eight: T.J. Hallice, 9.4; Darious Moten, 8.8; Phillip Leonard, 8.7; and Jibri Bryan, 8.7.

Georgia leads the all-time series 54-23 and won the last meeting 58-49 on Dec. 18, 2012.

After Saturday’s game, Mercer plays Tuesday at Texas A&M in its final non-conference game of the season. The Bears won their Southern Conference debut earlier this month and have three more conference road games coming up before playing at home again Jan. 10.

Georgia has two more non-conference games -- at Kansas State on Wednesday and vs. Norfolk State on Jan. 3 -- before opening SEC play Jan. 6 against Arkansas.