Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
Mike Mercer
Mike Mercer
Dawg Post Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2006

ATLANTA - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Georgia Tech.

Georgia (8-1) vs. Georgia Tech (7-3)

Time/place: 7 p.m./Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta

Broadcast: Fox Sports South TV, 940-AM

About Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets, who lead this series 99-83 but lost last year 91-75 in Athens, have yet to lose at home this season. … Freshmen Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton have made an impact as expected. Young is second on the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game and Crittenton is third with 13.9. Crittenton, the Jackets’ starting point guard, also averages 5.4 assists per game. … Tech is still waiting for the normally sweet-shooting Anthony Morrow to get on track. He’s shooting 32.2 percent from the floor and averaging just 6.1 points per game.

About Georgia: Sophomore guard Mike Mercer had the first double-double of his career Tuesday against Jacksonville with 21 points and 11 assists. He was just two rebounds away from a triple-double. … Sophomore Billy Humphrey is beginning to look like the odd man out in the guard rotation. He scored a career-high 23 in the season-opener but hasn’t scored more than 13 since. He’s averaging just 2.3 in the last three games. … A victory tonight would vault Georgia into the Top 25, where it hasn’t been since March, 2003.

Scouting report: Even the Bulldog fans most excited by the team’s fast start have noticed that Georgia has one glaring weakness – no depth at point guard. That could be tested tonight. Starter Sundiata Gaines will play, his coach said, but he’s going to be slowed at least some by a sprained right ankle suffered Tuesday. When Gaines isn’t in the game, electric sophomore Mike Mercer will be handling the ball. Mercer is the most physically gifted Bulldog, but he gets out of control at times, particularly for a point guard. “He’s still learning how to manage the whole picture,” Coach Dennis Felton said. “He certainly has the skills and the athleticism for the position, but there’s just so much to manage as the point guard.” On the other end of the floor the matchup of Mercer’s defense versus Javaris Crittenton’s offense could be one of the most exciting of the season.

Up next: Georgia vs. Clemson, Thursday, 7 p.m., Clemson, S.C.; Georgia Tech vs. Troy, Thursday, 2 p.m., Atlanta

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