Projected Starters
                    PPG
Tennessee 10-12, 2-5 SEC
G Trae Golden            12.8
G Josh Richardson            2.8
G Cameron Tatum            8.3
F Jeronne Maymon        11.8
F Jarnell Stokes            9.5

Georgia 10-11, 1-6 SEC
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope    14.0
G Dustin Ware            8.0
G Gerald Robinson            13.5
F Donte’ Williams            7.8
F Nemanja Djurisic        6.5

How They Match Up
UT            UGA
68.4    Score O    60.6
66.1    Score D    62.7
43.7    FG %        38.9
35.5    3-Pt %    31.4
68.6    FT %        69.7
+3.3    Reb. Mar.    -2.9
4.6    BPG        3.8
12.8    APG        11.1
5.9    SPG        6.3
-1.7    T/O Mar.    +1.0

Last Year
Jan. 18, 2011
In Athens - Tennessee 59-57

Feb. 19, 2011
In Knoxville - Georgia 69-63

How the Vols will win: To put it kindly, defense dominated the first matchup between these two sides Jan. 18, with both teams only reaching the plus-50 mark thanks to an overtime period. It’s easy to argue Jarnell Stokes will be a new factor now that he’s starting, but he scored 11 points in Athens. Cameron Tatum is the one the Vols really need to perform. He’s failed to score a point three times in the past seven games, and only scored in double digits twice in that time. However, one of those games was the upset against UConn, the other was the near-upset of Kentucky at home. When Tatum poses a legitimate outside threat, it keeps the opposing defense from concentrating on the Stokes/Jeronne Maymon combo inside.

How the Bulldogs will win:
Mark Fox’s club is off to a slow start in conference play, with its only SEC win so far against Tennessee on Jan. 18 in overtime. The losses of Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins off of last year’s Dawgs team meant a rebuilding year in Athens. Georgia struggles offensively, but has solid guards. Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the team’s leading scorer, and veteran guard Gerald Robinson is second. In the team’s first meeting, Robinson scored 16 points, while Caldwell-Pope chipped in 9. Neither team shot particularly well from the field, (UT: 40 percent, UGA: 34.9 percent) and Saturday night’s game should be another close, low-scoring game in the 60s.