Georgia takes on Tech: News and Notes

Posted Dec 6, 2005

News and notes from Georgia's upcoming basketball game with Georgia Tech.

Georgia and Georgia Tech meet for the 182nd time Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. The host Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 5-1 overall record. Since dropping their opener to Old Dominion, they’ve posted five consecutive wins for just the second time in the Dennis Felton era. Another win would mark the longest such streak in his 2-plus seasons here.

Most recently, Georgia won its first two home games of the season last week, easily dispatching Florida A&M and Savannah State. Reserves played key roles in both victories, but the Bulldogs continue to be led by freshman Billy Humphrey, who pumped in 33 points in the two games.

Felton stated in the preseason that Georgia’s fate depended greatly upon the impact of its freshmen. Thus far, he’s been right on target. Humphrey and fellow rookie Mike Mercer rank 1-2 among all Bulldogs in scoring while Humphrey, a 6-2 guard, also leads them in rebounding, ahead of yet another freshman, center Rashaad Singleton.

• The season continues this Saturday when the Bulldogs play Georgia State at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Georgia’s next home game is Dec. 28 vs. Clemson.

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech - The Series

• Georgia Tech is the most frequent opponent in the 100-year history of UGA basketball. The two schools have met 181 previous times, and Georgia Tech holds a 99-82 lead in the series, which began in 1906. They played each other 22 times (11-11 record) as members of the original Southern Conference, another 88 times (GT 55, UGA 29) as charter members of the SEC.

• This series returned to campus sites for the 1995-96 season after 14 straight meetings at the Omni in Atlanta. The home team has won every time since with one exception: Georgia’s win on Dec. 6, 2000, which came 20 years to the day after the Bulldogs’ last win at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

• Since the return to campus sites, seven of the 10 meetings have been decided in the final minute of play, and two required extra periods. Three of the 10 games were decided on the game’s final possession.

Conversely, two of these home-and-home games resulted in lopsided margins: the first one in 1995 (UGA 94, GT 70) and the most recent one (GT 87, UGA 49).

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